Football gossip column: Ozil, Rooney, Coleman, Bonucci, Vardy

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Manager Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will have to spend big to retain the services of 28-year-old Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil. (Daily Mirror)external-link

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, would consider a move away from Arsenal if he cannot secure enough first-team football. (Sky Sports)external-link

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says captain Wayne Rooney is still "first choice" but does not confirm whether he will be recalled to the starting XI for Monday's Premier League match at Liverpool. (Daily Express)external-link

Meanwhile, Mourinho appeared to mock Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp's animated touchline antics, saying he preferred to "try to coach". (Times)external-link

Mourinho could renew United's long-standing interest in Everton and Republic of Ireland right-back Seamus Coleman, 28. (Irish Independent)external-link

He may be more easily attainable than Monaco's 22-year-old Brazil full-back Fabinho. (Daily Express)external-link

Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus are targeting 19-year-old Porto and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, who will cost £18m. (Visao de Mercado - in Portuguese)external-link

Spain right-back Aleix Vidal, 27, looks set to leave Barcelona next season after being left out of the squad for Saturday's 4-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, the seventh time he has been overlooked this term. (Marca - in Spanish)external-link

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Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is the subject of the Daily Mirror back page

Juventus will offer Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29, a new contract to fend off interest from Chelsea. (Premium Sport via Daily Mirror)external-link

Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy must "stop sulking" to rediscover the form that brought him 24 goals last season, says ex-England captain Alan Shearer. (Sun)external-link

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is targeting Middlesbrough and Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes, 26, to boost his side's Championship campaign. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, had the chance to move to Old Trafford during former manager Louis van Gaal's time in charge, but did not think it was the "right moment". (Daily Mirror)external-link

Celtic must make the most of their 20-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele because he is set for bigger things, according to former Fulham team-mate Lewis Holtby. (Daily Express)external-link

Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, 34, has thanked manager Ronald Koeman and claimed his former boss at Fulham, Felix Magath, "didn't want to work with me".(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith, 53, has chosen seven Liverpool players to four from Manchester United in a combined XI. (Telegraph)external-link

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Day off? What day off? Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spent his Sunday morning watching junior football in the city. (Twitter)external-link

Jurgen Klopp

Bastian Schweinsteiger may not be getting much match action at Manchester United at the moment, but that isn't stopping the former Germany captain from enjoying the northern sunshine...

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Another man whose attention was somewhere other than football was Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic, who paid tribute to fellow Spaniard and new MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez.

Bojan Krkic

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster took time out from celebrating Southampton's 3-1 Premier League win against Burnley to pay tribute to former Saint Francis Benali, who completed an amazing challenge on Sunday.

Fraser Forster

And finally...

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive footballer, blanks out critics... by dancing. (Independent via TF1)external-link

Newcastle's 51,885-strong crowd was the sixth highest in Europe on Saturday - despite the team playing in the Championship. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

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