Transfer gossip: Pochettino, Conte, Shaw, Can, Okaka, Aguero

Football gossip

Real Madrid will make Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino their number one target to replace Zinedine Zidane. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has already decided to sack manager Antonio Conte. (Marca)external-link

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is open to letting left-back Luke Shaw, 22, leave in January, with the pair not on speaking terms. (Sun)external-link

Shaw is keen on a return to former club Southampton, with the south-coast club considering selling defender Ryan Bertrand, 28, to Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Watford striker Stefano Okaka, 28, has been given no explanation as to why he has been left out of the team for the past two months. (Watford Observer)external-link

Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, 26, wants to commit his long-term future to the club. (Sky Sports)external-link

City striker Sergio Aguero's future is less clear, with the 29-year-old Argentina striker saying he "does not know" when his contract expires. (Goal)external-link

Aguero believes Manchester City's current squad is the best he has played with since moving to Etihad Stadium. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal face competition from Newcastle for 23-year-old Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron. (Calciomercato, via Daily Mirror)external-link

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, insists he is not pressuring the club's board into giving him an improved contract. (Goal)external-link

Wolfsburg are considering making a bid to permanently sign 22-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi, who is on loan from Liverpool. (ESPN)external-link

Liverpool look set to lose Germany midfielder Emre Can, 23, as contract talks have stalled and his current deal runs out at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Valencia's 20-year-old on-loan winger Goncalo Guedes is unsure whether he has a future at parent club Paris St-Germain. (ESPN)external-link

Arsenal are set to bid for Napoli star Jorginho. The 25-year-old midfielder is, however, unlikely to leave the Serie A club in January. (Transfer Market Web, via Daily Star)external-link

The Gunners are also ready to bid for unhappy Chelsea winger Charly Musonda, 21. (Foot Mercato, via Daily Mail)external-link

Harry Redknapp has hinted he could be interested in the vacant Sunderland job. (Talksport)external-link

Schalke's 22-year-old midfielder Leon Goretzka has decided to let his contract expire and join Barcelona at the end of this season. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Fulham data specialist Craig Kline called police to the club's training ground on Monday afternoon after being sacked. (London Evening Standard)external-link

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick says incoming Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, 22, is one of the best players he has worked with. (Independent)external-link

Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye is interested in joining Chelsea in January. The Premier League club have scouted the 24-year-old. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says midfielder Nemanja Matic, 29, was so determined to join Manchester United in the summer that it would have been too difficult for the London club to keep him. (Independent)external-link

The Times back page on Friday
The Times back page on Friday

Meanwhile

Doctors considered whether to amputate Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla's foot after the 32-year-old contracted gangrene. (Marca, via Daily Express)external-link

Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, has expressed his frustration over Real Madrid's form to former team-mate Pepe via text message. (Diario Gol, via Daily Star)external-link

Stoke City feel aggrieved they face an FA charge of failing to control their players at Watford last weekend. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 30, is a doubt for Tottenham's derby against Arsenal at Wembley on 18 November because of an abductor muscle injury he sustained in the 3-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid on Wednesday. (Guardian)external-link

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen was twice thrown off his horse as he stepped up preparations for his racing debut by riding out at Newmarket's British Racing School. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Sergio Aguero has revealed his son sent him a text asking for his match-worn shirt if he broke Manchester City's goalscoring record against Napoli on Wednesday. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

The best of Thursday's gossip

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte retains the support of the board despite Tuesday's Champions League defeat at Roma. (Mirror)external-link

Everton are ready to pay the £2.5m release clause in Burnley manager Sean Dyche's contract. (Sun)external-link

Nuno Espirito Santo is considering an offer to take over at Everton following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, but is inclined to stay at Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Guardian)external-link

Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist is a contender to take charge of Sunderland following the sacking of Simon Grayson. (Daily Star)external-link

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