Gossip column: Pogba, Ozil, Pulis, Agbonlahor, Griezmann, Butland

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Barcelona have revealed they agreed a deal with Juventus 12 months ago to have a priority option on France midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, if he were to leave the Serie A club, but passed on the opportunity this summer before he joined Manchester United. (Sun)external-link

Real Madrid's 26-year-old forward Gareth Bale - the world's most expensive player at £85m before Pogba's £89m deal - said he "isn't bothered" about losing the title, as winning the Champions League is more important. (Wales Online)external-link

Arsenal think the signing of Shkodran Mustafi, 24, will convince fellow Germany international Mesut Ozil, 27, to sign a new contract at the club. (Daily Mirror)external-link

West Brom manager Tony Pulis, 58, is considering his future at the Hawthorns after a frustrating transfer window. (Daily Expressexternal-link)

Former England striker Gabby Agbonlahor's Aston Villa career is over as bosses say he will not play for the club again after the 29-year-old snubbed a deadline-day move to fellow Championship club Reading. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting Atletico Madrid's France striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, next summer as a long-term replacement for England captain Wayne Rooney, 30. (Bleacher Report)external-link

Daily Mirror backpage
Friday's Daily Mirror back page

Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 23, could be out for another two months after suffering a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury that has sidelined him since March. (Guardian)external-link

Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, is set to remain England's number one against Slovakia. (Telegraph)external-link

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has made his long-awaited return from injury but will not play in the Manchester derby on 10 September. The 30-year-old Belgium defender played in a behind-closed-doors game at City. (Mirror)external-link

Farhad Moshiri, the co-owner of Everton, has said the club decided against signing midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 27, because they did not want to jeopardise the future of 25-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy. (Jim White Twitter)external-link

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, 25, says Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho tried to persuade him to move to Old Trafford rather than Stamford Bridge from Premier League champions Leicester. (Sun)external-link

Despite Wednesday's transfer deadline, Stoke and Hull are hopeful of signing former West Brom and Everton striker Victor Anichebe, who is a free agent. (Daily Mailexternal-link)

But the striker could be reunited with former manager David Moyes at Sunderland after Black Cats forward Fabio Borini was ruled out for three months by injury. (Evening Chronicleexternal-link)

Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu, 27, turned down a £100,000-a-week deal from Sven Goran Eriksson's Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG to sign for West Brom. (Mirror)external-link

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Friday's back page of The Sun

Jack Wilshere has joined Bournemouth because Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants the midfielder to leave the Gunners permanently, according to former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Wilshere was weighing up a move to Roma but the deal broke down in part because Arsenal demanded a higher fee to sign the midfielder than the asking price they offered to Bournemouth. (London Evening Standard)external-link

And former Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe, now at Bournemouth, persuaded Wilshere to join, because he is "my [Wilshere's] best friend". (Sun)external-link

Chelsea failed in a bid to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly before signing David Luiz during the transfer window, according to the Serie A club's owner Aurelio de Laurentiis. (Daily Starexternal-link)

Liverpool plan to follow up their interest in targets Mahmoud Dahoud, 20, and Christian Pulisic, 17, in future transfer windows after missing out on them this summer. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has said missing Euro 2016 was the best decision he has made. (Telegraph)external-link

Crystal Palace have signed the brother of record signing Christian Benteke - 21-year-old striker Jonathan, for £850,000 from Zulte Waregem - despite scouts saying he is unlikely to be good enough for the Premier League. (Times)external-link

Best of social media

Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk, who broke the men's 400m world record in Rio, has visited the Bayern Munich squad. (Twitter)external-link

Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel says he hopes to be fit to play for Denmark on Sunday after he continues his recovery from a hernia operation. (Twitter)external-link

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has a messageexternal-link for striker Diego Costa after the club re-signed defender David Luiz.

John Obi Mikel tweet

Manchester United and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger tweetedexternal-link his thanks following his retirement from international football.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

And finally...

Super agent Mino Railola has earned over 30m euros (£25m) in commission this summer brokering the deals for Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. That is more than the 21m euros Cristiano Ronaldo earns in a year at Real Madrid. (AS)external-link

Swansea mistakenly published an article about their new signing Enner Valencia, the problem being the Ecuador forward had instead signed for Everton. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Former Swansea striker Eder, 28, who scored the winning goal for Portugal in the European Championship final, has revealed his father is in jail after being convicted for murdering his stepmum. (Daily Mail)external-link

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