Friday's gossip: Simeone, Sane, Mourinho, Falcao, Grujic, Naismith

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Several Manchester United players believe Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will be their new boss at Old Trafford. (The Sun)external-link

Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, will become Jurgen Klopp's first signing at Liverpool, after he was granted a work permit.(Daily Star)external-link

Watford's Nigeria international striker Odion Ighalo, 26, a £12m target for Atletico Madrid, has told the Spanish club he wants to remain with the Hornets.(The Sun)external-link

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, 52, has told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez he has no interest in returning to manage the Spanish club. (Diario Sport via Independent)external-link

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The Daily Star leads its back page with comments from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Paris St-Germain are hoping to extend 50-year-old manager Laurent Blanc's contract, despite their long-standing interest in Mourinho. (Daily Mail)external-link

Mohamed Elneny has passed his Arsenal medical, but a work-permit issue could delay the 23-year-old Basel midfielder's £7m switch. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester City have stepped up their interest in Schalke forward Leroy Sane but hope to pay less than the £32m the German club want for the 19-year-old. (Bild via Guardian)external-link

However, Schalke have told the Premier League club they do not have enough money to buy the Germany international. (Daily Mail)external-link

Colombia international Radamel Falcao's injury setback could mean Chelsea struggle to end the 29-year-old striker's season-long loan from Monaco in January. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former Netherlands international Frank de Boer has told Swansea he would welcome the chance to manage in the Premier League. The 45-year-old has been in charge of Ajax since 2010, winning four league titles, but is out of contract at the end of the season. (Daily Star)external-link

Jurgen Klopp told Sam Allardyce to "calm down - it's Christmas" during the Liverpool manager's latest touchline spat. (The Times)external-link

Manager Tony Pulis says West Brom do not want to sell striker Saido Berahino - and that the 22-year-old could start against Stoke on Saturday. (Guardian) external-link

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri leads the Daily Express back page

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is set to wait until mid-January to discuss forward Steven Naismith, 29, leaving for Norwich, as he wants to get a run of five games in 14 days out of the way first. (Times - subscription required)external-link

LA Galaxy have offered former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 35, a deal to join them - but the MLS club's backroom staff are concerned he would replace the popular Robbie Rogers. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Middlesbrough are considering a bid for Scotland striker Ross McCormack, 29, who has scored 15 goals for Fulham this season. (Northern Echo)external-link

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri allowed his players to celebrate on New Year's Eve following a "fantastic 2015" but says they must quickly refocus for the home game against Bournemouth on Saturday. (Independent)external-link

The Foxes boss insists his high-flying side will not be disrupted by departures in the transfer window and that coveted forwards Jamie Vardy, 28, and Riyad Mahrez, 24, will not be leaving. (Daily Express)external-link

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere can help England to win Euro 2016 and claim their first major honour for 50 years. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says only "two, three maximum" Reds players would get into the Tottenham side. (Talksport)external-link

Best of social media

Former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado posted a picture on Twitter of Villarreal's dressing-room celebrations following the 1-0 win over Gary Neville's Valencia. He wrote: "Great end of 2015! Wish the best to Valencia. Intense derby match and we won."

Roberto Soldado on Twitter
Soldado and his Villarreal team-mates celebrate beating Valencia

Norwich City midfielder Gary O'Neil still appears to be tickled by Nigel Pearson's outburst from back in April, when the then Leicester manager called a journalist an ostrich during a news conference.

Gary O'Neil on Twitter

And finally

Brazilian side Ibis Sport Club, who became known as the worst team in the world, have offered Jose Mourinho a route back into management. The offer was made on Brazil's equivalent of April Fool's Day, and the terms included a food hamper as the Portuguese's monthly salary, bonuses for every game he loses and the sack if he wins the title. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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