Gossip column: Mancini, Pogba, Draxler, Subotic, Blaszczykowski, Allen

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Former Manchester City manager and current Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini, 51, is interested in taking charge of England. (Guardian)external-link

Ex-England captain Gary Lineker and former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand have been consulted by the Football Association as to who should be the next England manager. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Tottenham and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp, 69, has been ruled out as a potential successor to Roy Hodgson with England. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United have opened negotiations to bring France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba back to the club, in a transfer worth £100m. (Sky Sports)external-link

The 23-year-old's agent, Mino Raiola, will meet with Juventus after Euro 2016 to discuss the player's switch to Old Trafford. (Guardian)external-link

And Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hopeful he can secure Pogba's signature before the Community Shield on 7 August. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing to sign 22-year-old Germany forward Julian Draxler, with Wolfsburg holding out for £43m. (ESPN via the Sun)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking to trim his squad, with up to eight players heading out - including midfielder Joe Allen, 26, despite his impressive Euro 2016 performances for Wales. (Daily Mirror) external-link

Six clubs are after Allen, including his former team Swansea City, Southampton and Spanish side Sevilla. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool manager Klopp is looking to his old club Borussia Dortmund, with Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski, 30, a target.(Bild, in German)external-link

Another departure from Dortmund could be Neven Subotic, 27, with Stoke and Sunderland interested in the centre-back. (Daily Mail)external-link

But newly promoted Middlesbrough could sign Serbia international Subotic on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move. (Sun)external-link

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Friday's Guardian features a story about Roberto Mancini being in the frame to be England's next manager

Crystal Palace have had a bid for 27-year-old Palermo playmaker Franco Vazquez rejected, and face competition from West Bromwich Albion and Sevilla for his signature. (Italian reports via Croydon Advertiser)external-link

Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan has turned down a £30m switch to Chelsea, the 28-year-old opting to stay at Roma. (Daily Express)external-link

West Ham striker Diafra Sakho, 26, has handed in a transfer request because the Senegalese striker is looking for guaranteed first-team football. (Daily Mail)external-link

However, 24-year-old Turkey forward Gokhan Tore could be joining the Hammers on a season-long loan from Besiktas.(Sky Sports)external-link

Departing FA chairman Greg Dyke is pondering whether to write a book about his three-year tenure. (Daily Mail)external-link

Italian full-back Davide Santon is close to agreeing a £4m switch to Sunderland from Inter Milan, having formerly played for the Black Cats' local rivals Newcastle. (Guardian)external-link

Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook, 19, will have a medical at Bournemouth on Friday before a £6m move. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is hoping to make Blackburn's Scotland centre-back Grant Hanley his next summer signing. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

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Regardless of the transfer speculation, Paul Pogba has other things on his mind - namely Sunday's Euro 2016 final against Portugal.

Paul Pogba celebrates France's Euro 2016 semi-final victory

But it was Antoine Griezmann who took the majority of the plaudits after scoring both goals in the 2-0 win over Germany in Thursday's semi-final, with former France striker Thierry Henry leading the praise.external-link

Thierry Henry on Twitter

Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann had a rather ominous messageexternal-link for national team manager Joachim Low.

Jens Lehmann tweet

Former captain Lothar Matthaus took a more reasoned viewexternal-link on Germany's semi-final defeat, however.

Lothar Matthaus twitter

And finally...

Before France's semi-final against Germany, Manchester United fans were getting excited that Paul Pogba may have announced his transfer intentions via a telltale haircut.

Paul Pogba potential Manchester United transfer

Unfortunately for them, that red trident was the work of some skilled photo editing, not a nifty barber.

Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley will miss Wales' Euro 2016 homecoming celebrations in Cardiff on Friday as the 29-year-old prepares to get married in Ibiza on Saturday. (Daily Star)external-link

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