Football gossip: Kante, Gomes, Malcom, Neymar, Perisic, Doucoure

Football gossip

Chelsea have been offered a cash-plus-player deal by Barcelona for France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27. Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes, 24, is the player Barca are willing to include. (Sky Sports)external-link

Antonio Conte has been left "disgusted" by the way his sacking as Chelsea manager has been handled. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea have held talks about a signing Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, and want any deal for the Argentina international to involve Blues' Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 25, going the other way. (Mail)external-link

Tottenham look set to miss out on Bordeaux forward Malcom, 21, with Inter Milan favourites to sign the Brazilian on an initial loan deal. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Leicester are ready to offer England defender Harry Maguire, 25, an improved contract - taking his weekly wage from £45,000 to about £75,000 - in an attempt to ward off interest from Manchester United. (Mail)external-link

Lazio's Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson, 25, is expected to complete a move to West Ham in the next few days, after having a medical on Friday. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Paris St-Germain will offer Neymar an improved contract as they try to deter Real Madrid from making an offer for the 26-year-old Brazil forward. (AS)external-link

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says Germany international Mesut Ozil is a "very important player" for the club and he wants the 29-year-old midfielder to come back with a "a good mentality" after his summer break. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester United are in discussions to sign Inter Milan's Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 29. (Paris United, via Sun)external-link

Newcastle's hopes of signing Crystal Palace's English winger Andros Townsend, 26, depend on whether Stoke can agree a deal for the Magpies' Scotland international Matt Ritchie, 28. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian could be set to return to Italy, with Inter Milan having made a loan offer for the 28-year-old Italian. (Mirror)external-link

Kyle Bartley is expected to complete his move to West Brom in the next 24 hours after the Baggies agreed a £4m fee with Swansea for the 27-year-old English defender. (Express and Star)external-link

Reports Watford have rejected a bid in excess of £20m from Everton for French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 25, are wide of the mark. (Watford Observer)external-link

Brighton are keen to sign Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma from Lille, with Fulham also thought to be interested in the 21-year-old. (Argus)external-link

Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi says he has never thought about leaving Leicester, and the club are set to offer the 21-year-old a new contract. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Premier League clubs are set to receive £30.75m as Fifa pay £6,460 per day in compensation for every player released for the tournament. (Mirror)external-link

France striker Antoine Griezmann responded to criticism at his country's tactics by Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois by asking: "Does Thibaut Courtois think he plays Barcelona football at Chelsea?" (Telegraph)external-link

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