Gossip column: Enrique, Lemar, Fabinho, Messi, Doucore, Mahrez, Maitland-Niles

Football gossip

Liverpool are preparing a second move for Monaco's 22-year-old France midfielder Thomas Lemar, after he turned down a new contract at the Ligue 1 club. (Independent)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will not revive his interest in Leicester City's 26-year-old Algeria midfielder Riyad Mahrez in the summer. (Mirror)

Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona boss who has been linked with replacing Antonio Conte at Chelsea, is preparing for a move to England. The 47-year-old does not want to take over until the end of the season. (Telegraph)

Tottenham are interested in signing Watford's 25-year-old French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure in the summer. (Mail)

Brazil defender Fabinho, 24, whom Manchester United were interested in signing last season, says his time at Monaco is "coming to an end". (Metro)

Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune are preparing another bid for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 30, after their first move was rejected. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has chosen Manchester City as his next club, according to former coach Mircea Lucescu. The 24-year-old Brazil international has also been linked with City's neighbours Manchester United. (Mirror)

Arsenal are in talks with midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles over a new deal. The 20-year-old Englishman has 18 months remaining on his current contract. (ESPN)

Italian striker Fabio Borini and Dutch winger Jeremain Lens will leave Sunderland in the summer after triggering the clauses in their loan deals that force their temporary clubs to buy them. They are on loan at AC Milan and Besiktas respectively. (Northern Echo)

Nottingham Forest look set to sign Greece keeper Stefanos Kapino. The 23-year-old left Olympiakos - once owned by current Forest owner Angelos Marinakis - after a series of disputes. (Sun)

Striker Benik Afobe, 24, is in line to make his Wolves return permanent if the Championship leaders seal promotion. He left Molineux to join Bournemouth in January 2016 but returned on loan in January. (Mirror)

Manchester United will offer Luke Shaw a new deal, according to the Mirror

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, says he joined Arsenal in January after a phone call with former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan. (Sky Sports)

Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, says he can continue playing "for years to come". (GQ - in Italian)

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw looks set to sign a new contract at the end of the season. (Mirror)

Forward Theo Walcott says Everton boss Sam Allardyce was one of the main reasons he joined the Toffees in January after 12 years at Arsenal. (Sky Sports)

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, 33, says training sessions with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left players "dead" when he was in charge of Juve and Italy, and likened him to a "a police sergeant". (Mail)

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler wants to see the "phenomenal" Mohamed Salah break "all the records going" after he became the fastest Reds player to reach 20 Premier League goals. (Star)

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has agreed to sell the League One club to a Hong Kong-based company who run a hotel and casino in the Philippines. (Guardian)

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley is Barnsley's preferred choice for the vacant managerial role. (Mail)

Best of Wednesday's gossip

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is top of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's list to replace manager Antonio Conte if he sacks the Italian. (Sport - in Spanish)

Spaniard Enrique will make Barcelona's 31-year-old Uruguay forward Luis Suarez his first signing if he is appointed Blues manager. (Le10Sport - in French)

However, Enrique is not interested in cutting short his year-long break from football and would only take the job at the end of the season. (Goal)

Chelsea boss Conte is paying for the mistakes ex-technical director Michael Emenalo made in the summer transfer window, says former player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins. (Talksport)

Conte has 18 months left on his contract and will not quit the club. (Mirror)

Abramovich will not allow player power at Chelsea to decide whether or not Conte remains at Stamford Bridge. (Telegraph)

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