Gossip column: Mourinho, Benitez, Willian, Ibrahimovic, Griezmann

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Manchester United gossip

Prospective Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting Brazil attacking midfielder Willian, 27, from former club Chelsea in a £60m deal. (Sun)external-link

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, has told Manchester United he is keen to join them but wants €15m (£11.3m) per season to do so. (Guardian)external-link

The back page of The Sun's Thursday edition

Mourinho is also targeting Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, who was Serie A's top scorer last season. The Portuguese has called the 28-year-old Argentina international's agent to try to lure him to the Premier League. (Daily Star)external-link

United have held talks with Roma defender Kostas Manolas, 24, and are willing to pay £30.3m to sign him. (Sky Sports Italia, via Daily Express)external-link

The Portuguese manager began identifying transfer targets for Manchester United months before the club announced the departure of Louis van Gaal. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, says "everyone would love to be coached by Mourinho" and expects an "interesting derby" when the Portuguese renews hostilities with incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. (Times - subscription required)external-link

More gossip

Arsenal have been told to pay £38m if they want to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, 23. (The Sun)external-link

Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil has put off contract talks with the Gunners for a second time and the 27-year-old does not want to enter negotiations until after Euro 2016. (Times - subscription required)external-link

France forward Antoine Griezmann, 25, could leave Atletico Madrid this summer after his agent said he was considering offers from a number of clubs. (Daily Mail)external-link

But Griezmann will stay at the Spanish club because "he's in the right place, under the right coach at the right time", according to Spanish football journalist Graham Hunter. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Chelsea are leading the chase for Griezmann, who has scored 32 goals in 55 games for Champions League finalists Atletico this season. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan are all interested in signing former Liverpool defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano, 31, from Barcelona. (Daily Express) external-link

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, says he will listen to the club's new investors "out of courtesy" but is ready to leave the Blues as he wants to "win titles". (Daily Star)external-link

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez may not allow his star players - including France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 26, and 25-year-old Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum - to leave after the club's relegation from the Premier League. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Daily Mirror's back page on Thursday

West Ham have beaten a host of European clubs, including Chelsea and Arsenal, to complete the signing of 16-year-old Portuguese forward Domingos Quina. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Paris St-Germain are continuing their pursuit of Leicester City's N'Golo Kante but the 25-year-old midfielder would prefer to stay in the Premier League next season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri wants £12m-rated Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy, 23, to replace fellow Frenchman Kante, who is also being targeted by Chelsea and Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Southampton's talks with manager Ronald Koeman about extending his contract are going "very positively", according to Saints executive director of football Les Reed. (Southern Daily Echo)external-link

CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa, 23, is the subject of a £23m bid by Premier League champions Leicester, according to the Russian club's manager Leonid Slutsky. (Guardian)external-link

Liverpool have joined Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign West Ham's 17-year-old defender Reece Oxford, who is available for £10m after turning down the Hammers' offer of a new contract. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Middlesbrough are poised to make Viktor Fischer their first signing of the summer after agreeing to pay Ajax €5m (£3.8m) for the 21-year-old Denmark striker. (Guardian)external-link

Long-serving Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is "90% certain" to leave Anfield this summer, the 31-year-old Slovakia international's agent says. (Daily Express)external-link

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry, 35, says he is not contemplating retirement and wants to play on for as long as possible. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Premier League clubs generated a record £3.4bn in 2014-15 and 14 of the 20 top flight outfits made a profit. (Guardian) external-link

Best of social media

With the Premier League wrapped up, many of the division's players are now turning their focus to this summer's European Championship in France, including Liverpool and Belgium keeper Simon Mignolet...external-link

Simon Mignolet tweet

Sticking with Belgium, Chelsea's Eden Hazardexternal-link and Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini are clearly putting their club allegiances to one side for the summer...

Eden Hazard tweet

Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteigerexternal-link is on hand to give us a snapshot of the Germany training camp...

Bastian Schweinsteiger tweet

And finally

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale says he would cut off his ponytail if it meant winning Saturday's Champions League final. (Metro)external-link

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