Gossip column: Coutinho, Joao Mario, Moura, Mkhitaryan

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Transfer news - 11:30 GMT update

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has already chosen his Barcelona shirt number - but could face a battle for it. Diario Gol via Daily Mirror

The Anfield club are reportedly set to make a desperate last-ditch attempt to keep Coutinho away from Spain by offering him the captaincy and an improved contract. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish)

Inter Milan are targeting Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 28, in January and are willing to let Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario, 24, move to Old Trafford in exchange. (Corriere Della Sport via Daily Mail)

But French giants Paris St-Germain are also lining up a move for the Portuguese star. Talksport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sort a loan deal for the out-of-favour PSG winger Lucas Moura, 25. Sun

Arsenal are in talks to sign 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina for a fee in the region of £2.2m. London Evening Standard

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, 24, has asked for thinking time after holding talks with Manchester City representatives. L'Equipe via Daily Mirror

Earlier transfer news

Liverpool playmaker Coutinho believes he has played his last game for the club but it will take an offer in the region of £133m for a move to Barcelona to go through this month. (Times)

Liverpool should sign Alexis Sanchez, 29, from Arsenal for £40m to replace Phillippe Coutinho if he leaves Anfield, according to former Reds striker John Aldridge. (Irish Independent)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opened the door to selling Chile striker Sanchez this month. (Mirror)

RB Leipzig's Naby Keita is set to stay at the German club for the rest of the season as the 22-year-old Guinea midfielder is made to wait until the summer for his £55m move to Liverpool. (Bild via Liverpool Echo)

The German club also say selling striker Timo Werner, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, is not in their immediate plans. (AS)

Chelsea are ready to push through a £50m January deal for Juventus' Brazil left-back Alex Sandro, 26. (Mirror)

But Blues manager Antonio Conte has cooled talk of a January move for Juventus' 33-year-old Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. (Daily Mail)

And the Italian manager has also said Brazil defender David Luiz, 30, and Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi, 24, can leave Stamford Bridge in January if they wish. (Telegraph)

Fenerbahce could make a move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 31, this month. Reports in Turkey suggest the club are keen to sign him as a potential replacement for Robin Van Persie. (Fanatik via Football London)

West Ham remain interested in signing Stoke City and Wales midfielder Joe Allen, 27. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United do not need to sign anybody during the current transfer window according to the club's former coach, Steve McClaren. (Sky Sports via Daily Star)

The agent of Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian has confirmed multiple Italian clubs have been in touch with regard to signing the 28-year-old Italy full-back - but claims he is not for sale in January. (Manchester Evening News)

Everton will attempt to complete the signing of Besiktas and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, 26, on Wednesday at a meeting with the Turkish club's president, Fikret Orman. (Guardian)

Southampton, Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham all want to sign Nicolas Gaitan from Atletico Madrid. (AS via Daily Express)

Newcastle have told 28-year-old midfielder Jack Colback and right-back Jamie Sterry, 22, they can leave St James' Park. (Mirror)

Wolves are set to land their first signing of the January transfer window after agreeing a deal with Valencia for rumoured Real Madrid target, 20-year-old forward Rafa Mir. (Express and Star)

Arsenal striker Stephy Mavididi, 19, is poised to join Charlton on loan. (ESPN)

Manager Jose Mourinho is treading a fine line with the Old Trafford hierarchy over his comments about Manchester United's spending. (Daily Mail)

West Brom and Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 27, who has failed to score a goal since signing in the summer, could be offered an escape route from the Hawthorns by Spanish side Getafe. (Talksport)

QPR's Congo midfielder Yeni Ngbakoto, 25, is close to finalising a permanent move to French Ligue 1 side Guingamp. (GetWestLondon)

Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 22, insists he is not thinking about leaving the club after being linked with a move to Manchester United. (Novosti via Metro)

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The Mirror reports that Philippe Coutinho will be leaving Liverpool for Barcelona
The Mirror reports that Philippe Coutinho will be leaving Liverpool for Barcelona

Best of Tuesday's gossip

Manager Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are yet to receive an offer for 29-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, who is a target for Premier League leaders Manchester City. (Sun)

Real Madrid are set to meet Athletic Bilbao's buyout clause of 20m euros (£17.8m) for Spain goalkeeper Kepa, 23. (Marca)

Premier League strugglers Swansea are keen to move for West Ham's unsettled Senegal forward Diafra Sakho, 28. (WalesOnline)

Liverpool will demand an "astronomical" fee from Barcelona before they consider selling 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho. (Telegraph)

The Spanish giants have been told that it would take a deal worth almost £160m to bring Coutinho to the Nou Camp. (Onda Cero Radio commentator Alfredo Martinez)

Chelsea's hopes of convincing 33-year-old Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini to move to Stamford Bridge have suffered a setback after he hinted at extending his contract with Juventus. (Sky Italia - in Italian)

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