Football gossip column: Ronaldo, Conte, Fabinho, Kompany, Mourinho

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Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a new deal with Real Madrid - worth £18.5m a year after tax - but the contract has not been finalised as the 31-year-old wants it to run until 2021. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool are ready to meet the £44.6m buy-out clause of Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams, 22. (Mundo Deportivo via Sun)external-link

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The Sun's back page looks ahead to Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea on Sunday

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who coached Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at Juventus, says it was the 23-year-old's dream to return to Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News) external-link

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keen on signing 22-year-old Monaco right-back Fabinho, who was a target for Manchester United in the summer. (Sun)external-link

Guardiola says centre-back Vincent Kompany's mental state after a series of injuries is why the 30-year-old did not figure in the Champions League defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has warned his team-mates not to be fooled by Jose Mourinho's charm offensive when the ex-Blues boss brings his Manchester United side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester United striker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, has been left confused by his omission from the squad to face Fenerbahce in the Europa League. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels expects Jack Wilshere, who is on loan with the Cherries from Arsenal, to win back a place in the England squad.(Talksport) external-link

Arsenal striker Lucas Perez, 28, has conceded that he expected more of a "starring role" at the Gunners after just one Premier League start so far.(The Sun)external-link

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The back page of the Daily Mail leads on an overseas TV rights deal for the FA Cup

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says striker Daniel Sturridge is not having an easy time but insists the 27-year-old is an "outstanding player". (Daily Express)external-link

Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes the club got a good deal with the £13m signing of Joe Allen, 26, from Liverpool and says he was surprised the Reds let the midfielder go. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester City midfielder Bersant Celina, 20, has caught the eye of Borussia Dortmund during a loan spell at Antwerp. (ESPN)external-link

Sunderland players face a 50% wage cut if they fail to stay in the Premier League this season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says he still has a long way to go before he can be spoken of in the same breath as Sir Bobby Robson. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Best of social media

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hinted his time at LA Galaxy could be over with this Instagram post.external-link "Living in Los Angeles and playing for the great Galaxy supporters has been a privilege. You have made this place feel like home to me. This city and this club will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you."

Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet has been on the bench for the team's last four games but is not ready to settle for being back up to first choice Loris Karius.

Simon Mignolet on Twitter

And finally...

In a quickfire question-and-answer session, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Diego Maradona is his favourite player of all time, and that he would have been a doctor if he had not had a career in football. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Leicester City players struggled in front of goal when they were challenged to a penalty shoot-out by Olympic gold medal-winning hockey goalkeeper Maddie Hinch.(Sun)external-link

A nine-year-old who used his Barcelona shirt to bandage a friend's heavily bleeding leg has been rewarded with a kick-about with his heroes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez ahead of Barca's Champions League game at Manchester City next month.(Mirror)external-link

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