Gossip column: Bojan, Fred, Iwobi, Sanchez, Lemar, Rakitic, Coquelin, Iheanacho, Kane

Football gossip

Tuesday 12:30 update

Bojan Krkic, 27, loaned to Spanish club Alaves last summer, wants to return to Stoke for a fresh start after the dismissal of manager Mark Hughes. (Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to bring in Brazilian midfielder Fred, 24, and has asked for work to begin on a potential £30m deal for the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, who impressed the Spaniard in two games against City in the Champions League group stages this season. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool could use some of the funds from the Philippe Coutinho transfer to bring in Roma's 27-year-old Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman. (Premium Sport, via Talksport)

Alex Iwobi, 21, will be fined by Arsenal after partying until the early hours of Saturday morning ahead of Sunday's FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest, boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed. (Guardian)

Wenger has hinted the Gunners will not be able to compete financially with Manchester City in the quest to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans, 30. (Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has told Jose Mourinho that he wants a new challenge not a new contract and the 30-year-old is now free to negotiate with clubs abroad regarding a move in the summer. (Sun)

Newcastle are expected to stick to their asking price of around £15m for 23-year-old Serbia international striker Aleksandar Mitrovic this month - despite talk of a reduced fee from Ligue 1 clubs Bordeaux and Marseille. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Bayer Leverkusen's Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, 20, has revealed that it is his dream to play in the Premier League. (Goal.com)

Tuesday 07:00 GMT

Manchester City are set to make a fresh bid for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, and believe the Gunners will allow the Chilean to leave this month. (Guardian)

Sanchez is ready to forgo a possible £25m signing-on fee to ensure he joins Manchester City this month. (Sun)

Arsenal will let Sanchez leave if they receive close to £30m and would want a deal to be completed early enough to allow them to sign a replacement. (Mirror)

Sources close to Sanchez believe he could be a Manchester City player within a week. (Independent)

Arsenal have made Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, 22, their number one target to replace Sanchez, having missed out on the Frenchman in the summer.(Mirror)

Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has not ruled out selling Lemar this month. (L'Equipe - in French)

Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in Barcelona and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 29, who wants to leave following the arrival of 25-year-old playmaker Philippe Coutinho. (Diariogol - in Spanish)

Liverpool have dismissed claims from Barcelona that Coutinho's £142m move only happened because they cut their original asking price for the Brazilian. (Times)

French midfielder Francis Coquelin, 26, could depart Arsenal this month, with West Ham interested in the midfielder. (Mirror)

Valencia are also in talks with Arsenal over Coquelin. (Cadena Ser - in Spanish)

Chelsea have stalled on a move for Juventus' Brazil international Alex Sandro, 26, because the Italian club want about £60m for the full-back. (Telegraph)

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 24, says he is happy at the club but they must start to win trophies in order to keep him. (Star)

Leicester are willing to allow striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 21, to leave this month, despite only signing the Nigerian in August for £25m. (Sun)

West Ham are interested in Anderlecht's £20m-rated Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker, 22. (Nieuwsblad - in Belgian)

West Ham are closing in on Newcastle and England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 25, in a £12m deal. (Express)

Juventus will not sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 22, as Paris St-Germain are willing to pay up to 170m euros (£150m) for the Serb, who also interests Manchester United. (Il BiancoNero - in Italian)

Newcastle will let Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 23, leave in January but will want to recoup most of the £13m they paid for him 18 months ago. (Chronicle)

Championship club Cardiff City are interested in signing 27-year-old English striker Gary Madine from Bolton. (Wales Online)

Swansea are among the clubs interested in Fulham's English full-back Ryan Fredericks. The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and could be available for about £3m. (Wales Online)


Derby County are in talks with manager Gary Rowett over a new contract. The 43-year-old is being considered as a successor to Mark Hughes at Stoke. (Telegraph)

Wolves have offered free coach travel to all supporters heading to their FA Cup third-round replay at Swansea after a goalless draw at Molineux on Saturday. (Express and Star)

Best of Monday's gossip

Juventus are ready to challenge Manchester United for the summer signing of Mesut Ozil if the 29-year-old German is not sold by Arsenal this month. (Corriere dello Sport via Mail)

RB Leipzig will resist any attempt from Liverpool to bring 22-year-old midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield this month. (Liverpool Echo)

The Welsh Football Association risk losing out on managerial target Ryan Giggs to Stoke as they seek a successor to Chris Coleman.(Mirror)

France striker Antoine Griezmann, 26, will demand £400,000 a week to reject Barcelona and join Manchester United from Atletico Madrid. (Sun)

Gossip was compiled by Louise Gwilliam, Matt Henry and Jamie Lillywhite

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