Football gossip: Wenger, Favre, Pochettino, Conte, Jorginho, Balotelli

Football gossip

Arsene Wenger knew four weeks ago he would be leaving Arsenal after it was made clear to the 68-year-old he would be moving on at the end of the season. (Mail)

Arsenal's chances of appointing former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as Arsene Wenger's successor have improved after Chelsea cooled their interest in the Spaniard. The Blues now have Juventus boss Max Allegri and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri top of their list to replace Antonio Conte. (Times - subscription required)

The Gunners are considering Nice's Swiss manager Lucien Favre, 60, as Wenger's replacement. (Bild via The Sun)

Paris St-Germain manager Unai Emery believes Wenger could become head coach of the French club in the future. (Goal)

However, PSG are keen to use Wenger's contacts and expertise in the role of president. (Mirror)

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez, 29, says "he could not say anything on social media" about former manager Wenger but that he texted him. Sanchez added that the Frenchman is a "football master" and he is "so thankful to him". (Sunday Express)

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he may not stay around to deliver the side their first trophy in a decade after they fell short again in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final. (Telegraph)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will not stop forward Anthony Martial moving on if the 22-year-old wants to leave the club. (Times - subscription required)

Striker Alexis Sanchez, 29, says it's been tough adapting to life at a "big club" since his January move from Arsenal to Manchester United. (Goal)

Antonio Conte's departure from Chelsea is being delayed because of the pay-off the 48-year-old Italian is owed, which is believed to be £10m. (Mirror)

Former Liverpool defender Danny Murphy claims that if striker Olivier Giroud, 32, is left out of Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final team on Sunday, he has the right to throw a tantrum. (Evening Standard)

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, 33, says he will reveal a decision over his future this week. (Sunday Express)

Napoli's Italian midfielder Jorginho, 26, has indicated he favours a move to Manchester City over rivals Manchester United. (Sun)

Former Manchester City, AC Milan and Inter Milan star Mario Balotelli, 27, has posted a message on Instagram thanking Nice fans for their support amid rumours that the Italian is to move on from the French club at the end of the season. (

Manchester United are looking at signing Sevilla's 22-year-old French centre-half Clement Lenglet, but they face a battle with Barcelona for his signature. (Sun)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez believes the club's best option in keeping hold of winger Kenedy, 22, is to sign him on another loan deal from Chelsea. (Mail on Sunday)

Stoke are to cancel forward Jese Rodriguez's season-long loan deal from Paris St-Germain with four games to go as the club's patience with the 25-year-old has run out. (Telegraph)

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal has described Manchester City's title-winning manager Pep Guardiola as a "footballing god". (Manchester Evening News)

Everton have submitted a planning application to Liverpool City Council for a statue of the Holy Trinity - Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey and Alan Ball - to be built outside Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)

The Europa League trophy has been safely returned after going missing when it was stolen after a sponsor's event in the Mexican city of Leon. (Independent)

Everton defender Michael Keane believes his former Burnley team-mate Joey Barton will be a success in his new role as manager of Fleetwood. (Liverpool Echo)

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The Mail on Sunday reports on the latest on Arsene Wenger's departure from Arsenal

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