Gossip column: Ozil, Coutinho, Icardi, Slimani, Vinicius Junior


Transfer news

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign Arsenal’s 29-year-old Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil. (Telegraph)

Liverpool are willing to sell 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January, but only for 145m euros (£127m). (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Inter Milan‘s Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 24, is worth 200m euros (£176.5m), according to the player’s agent. (Corriere dello Sport, via BeInSport)

Watford are targeting Leicester’s 29-year-old Algeria forward Islam Slimani. (Watford Observer)

Real Madrid have opted against allowing £38m signing Vinicius Junior to stay at his Brazilian club Flamengo for another season, with the 17-year-old to join them for pre-season next year. (AS)

Tottenham are refusing to adjust their strict wage structure despite fears that contract extension talks are stalling with 28-year-old Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. (Daily Mail)

Charlton, Oxford United and Hearts are keen to sign Woking’s 24-year-old defender Nathan Ralph. (Sun)

The Guardian sport section on Saturday


Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks wore a Stoke City tie as he took part in Friday’s World Cup draw in Russia. (Stoke Sentinel)

Plans by a property firm owned by Harry Redknapp to demolish a building that houses vulnerable people in Bournemouth would result in 30 people being made homeless, according to opponents of the scheme. (Guardian)

Liverpool defender Joel Matip, 26, could be out for up to a month with a thigh injury. (Telegraph)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez expects a warm welcome from Chelsea fans when he returns to Stamford Bridge, where he was caretaker boss, on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says his family will be supporting England when the two nations meet at next summer’s World Cup. (Mirror)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will not contest a Football Association charge of misconduct, but the Italian wants the governing body to clamp down on time wasting. (Daily Mail)

Best of Friday’s gossip

Newcastle are keen to sign Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 22, but do not want to pay the £20m fee the Red Devils want. (Sun)

Manchester City are ready to launch a January move for Alexis Sanchez, 28, after learning of two rival bids for the Arsenal striker. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal will again target West Brom’s 29-year-old defender Jonny Evans in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City will also bid for Northern Ireland centre-back Evans. (Daily Telegraph)

New West Brom manager Alan Pardew has revealed he will be ready to react should the club lose any players in the January transfer window. (Birmingham Mail)

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