Gossip column: Mourinho, Van Gaal, Benzema, Koeman, Koke

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Manchester United gossip

Manchester United will bring Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, back to Old Trafford if they meet Real Madrid's £80m asking price. (Daily Star)external-link

Jose Mourinho wants to make Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 28, one of his first signings as Red Devils manager. (The i)external-link

PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, will be Mourinho's first target as United boss - with £8m the mooted asking price. (Daily Mail)external-link

Mourinho has told United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to sign a new centre-back, right midfielder, central midfielder and centre-forward. The former Chelsea manager wants a "captain" in central midfield.(Daily Mirror)external-link

But he faces a battle to sign Everton defender John Stones, with Manchester City and Barcelona the favourites to sign the 21-year-old England international.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

The Guardian
The Guardian's back page on Wednesday

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 25, is happy to stay at the club under Mourinho, despite concerns over Spain midfielder Juan Mata's future. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

United legend Eric Cantona believes Mourinho is not the right fit for Old Trafford "in terms of the type of football he plays" and would have preferred Pep Guardiola. (Guardian)external-link

Assistant manager Ryan Giggs, 42, will be offered the Red Devils Under-21s manager's job in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford under Mourinho. (The Sun)external-link

More gossip

Chelsea's hopes of signing long-term target Koke this summer look to be over. The Spain midfielder, 24, says he has no intention of leaving Atletico Madrid. (London Evening Standard)external-link

New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will "change the face of English football", says former Barcelona midfielder Xavi. (Sc.qa via Manchester Evening News)external-link

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is set to sign a new two-year contract as the Saints look to stave off interest from Everton. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Ajax manager Frank de Boer is "keen" on replacing Roberto Martinez as Everton's new manager, the Dutchman's brother Ronald says. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror's back page on Wednesday

Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has emerged as the leading contender for the vacant Aston Villa manager's job. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has called on Roy Hodgson to take 18-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford to Euro 2016. (The Sun)external-link

Tottenham's Harry Kane believes he and Leicester's Jamie Vardy should be considered "among the best" strikers at the Euros. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea have told Everton to forget their £65m asking price for 23-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku. (Daily Express)external-link

Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend, 24, appears to be close to signing for Sporting Lisbon - after images surfaced of the England international apparently on a flight to Portugal. (Daily Express)external-link

Liverpool midfielder Sergi Canos, 19, could leave the club for £4m after reaching a stalemate over a new contract. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin hopes striker Andre Ayew, 26, will stay at the club despite continued talk of a summer move away. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Relegated Newcastle have offered defender Kevin Mbabu, 21, a new two-year contract after impressive performances in the first team. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Sunderland are keen on signing West Brom midfielder James Morrison, 29, on a free transfer. However, the Scotland international is reported to have been offered wages of £70,000 a week by former club Middlesbrough. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

The Black Cats are weighing up a move for Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal, 24, who has one year remaining on his contract with the French side. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Tony Pulis will stay on as West Brom boss as chairman Jeremy Peace is happy to keep him at the club despite criticism from fans for his style of play. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Crystal Palace have been linked with moves for defender Davide Santon, 25, midfielder Cheick Tiote, 29 and striker Demba Ba, 31, who all played under manager Alan Pardew at Newcastle. (Croydon Advertiser)external-link

Middlesbrough, newly promoted back to the Premier League, are closing in on a £3.8m transfer for 21-year-old Ajax winger Viktor Fischer. (Daily Mail)external-link

Joey Barton says he is "coming to be the best player" in Scotland after signing a two-year deal at Rangers. (Daily Record)external-link

Best of social media

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given - along with forward Jon Walters - revealed on Twitterexternal-link how the team are preparing for Friday's pre-Euro 2016 friendly against the Netherlands...

Shay Given ahead of Republic of Ireland's pre-Euro 2016 friendly against the Netherlands

And finally

Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen could be a contestant on the next series of ITV's jungle-based reality show 'I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here'. (Daily Star)external-link

Middlesbrough striker David Nugent will be best man at Leicester striker Jamie Vardy's wedding on Wednesday. Foxes team-mate Danny Drinkwater has permission to go to the ceremony but must return for England training at 16:00 BST.(Leicester Mercury)external-link

Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 23, 'liked' an Instagram post revealing the Red Devils had sacked Louis van Gaal. (Metro)external-link

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