Gossip column: Ronaldo, Gotze, Strootman, Barkley, Cleverley

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United will offer Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, a weekly wage of £300,000 to lure him back to Old Trafford. (Daily Express)

Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United

United and Chelsea are to be told publicly by Real Madrid that they have no chance of signing forward Ronaldo. (Independent)

Bayern Munich midfielder and World Cup hero Mario Gotze, 22, has revealed he would be open to a move abroad if an opportunity arose. (Daily Mail)

Roma's sporting director Walter Sabatini, 59, insists Manchester United target Kevin Strootman, 24, is not for sale. (Sky Sports)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he may revive his interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25 - currently on loan at Aston Villa - next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois's new five-year deal could pave the way for 32-year-old Petr Cech to leave Stamford Bridge in January, with Real Madrid and PSG interested. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal legend Robert Pires, 40, insists signing for Goa in the inaugural Indian Super League is not motivated by money. (Daily Mail)

Friday's Daily Mail back page
Friday's Daily Mail back page

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 19, has been offered a new four-year contract by the club to ward off interest from Chelsea. (Sun - subscription required)

Chelsea outcast, forward Lucas Piazon, 20, has admitted that he could leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis. (Daily Express)

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, 46, says he is not happy with the club's business in the summer transfer market. (Sky Sports)

Poyet admits he could make another move in January for long-term target Fabio Borini, the 23-year-old Liverpool striker. (Sun - subscription required)

Derby have been linked with a loan move for 19-year-old Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker.(Derby Evening Telegraph)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he would never have signed striker Danny Welbeck, 23, if he had not gone to Rome to meet the Pope on transfer deadline day. (Times - subscription required)

Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck would not be at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger had not gone to see the Pope

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he has lost the trust of fans at St James' Park. (Independent)

Tottenham Hotspur have received a preliminary takeover approach from a consortium of American businessmen. (Daily Telegraph)

West Brom manager Alan Irvine has pleaded with fans to give him time to get the club's summer signings to gel. (Guardian)

Defender Pablo Zabaleta, 29, says Manchester City are out to avenge their 3-0 humbling in the Community Shield when they take on Arsenal on Saturday. (Daily Star)

Celtic failed in a deadline-day bid to sign Barcelona forward Jean-Marie Dongou, 19. (Daily Record)

Defender Dedryck Boyata, 23, says he will not give up on his Manchester City dream despite facing an uphill battle for game time.(Manchester Evening News)

Stoke winger Brek Shea, 24, says he is excited to play regular football after joining Birmingham City on loan. (Stoke Sentinel)

Midfielder Adnan Januzaj, 19, says he is happy at Manchester United despite the arrival of Angel Di Maria, 26, and Radamel Falcao, 28, who could well block his route to a regular first-team spot. (Squawka)

Right-back Micah Richards, 26, who has just completed a move to Italian side Fiorentina, claims he was not given a chance by manager Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City and says he fears for his former club's youngsters. (Daily Mail)

Friday's Daily Mirror back page
Friday's Daily Mirror back page

Injured Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, is ahead of schedule on the comeback trail and could be back in training within the next month. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa loan midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, believes his days at Manchester United are over after being told to find a new club by manager Louis van Gaal. (Daily Telegraph)

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says Cleverley's preferred option was always to join the Midlands club, despite interest from Everton. (Daily Mail)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila insists defender Virgil van Dijk, 23, is happy at the club despite being denied a move to the Premier League during the transfer window. (Scotsman)

A host of footballers have paid their tributes on social media to the victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York. (Daily Mail)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, 35, asked his followers how his hair was looking on the club's team photo.

The Invictus Games - the international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women - is taking place in London this week, and Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, 28, is one of those wishing the competitors all the best.

AND FINALLY

AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, 32, has been officially announced as Fifa 15's strongest player, EA Sports has confirmed. (Evening Standard)

Italian side Napoli have launched a new third kit that is designed to look like it is made of denim. (Sun - subscription required)

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