Monday's gossip column: Messi, Van Dijk, Emerson, Pogba

Football gossip

Barcelona are preparing a new contract for forward Lionel Messi that will keep the 32-year-old Argentina international at the Nou Camp for the rest of his career. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, is bemused by talk he is to be offered a new £200,000-per-weekdeal at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea have been forced to bring forward contract talks with left-back Emerson Palmieri, with former Blues boss Maurizo Sarri interested in taking the 25-year-old Brazil international to Juventus. (Express)

Manchester United and Manchester City are set to compete for the signing of 20-year-old Benfica and Portugal Under-20 midfielder Florentino Luis. (Star)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, stayed at Manchester United instead of moving to Real Madrid because of a £150m sports sponsorship deal. (Sun)

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 24, is on the verge of signing a new contract, despite interest in the Serbia international from Manchester United, Paris St-Germain and Juventus. (Mail)

Former Leicester City manager Claude Puel is a candidate for the vacant position at Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United's 29-year-old Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, who was linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer, will push for a transfer to Aston Villa in January. (Birmingham Live)

Kelechi Nwakali, the 21-year-old Nigerian midfielder who moved to Spanish second division side Huesca from Arsenal in the summer, wants to go back to Emirates Stadium in future. (Score Nigeria)

Left-back Danny Rose, 29, wants to stay and fight for his place at Tottenham Hotspur despite interest from other clubs and the arrival of fellow Englishman Ryan Sessegnon, 19, from Fulham over the summer. (Mirror)

Real Madrid will reignite their interest in Ajax's Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 22, next summer. (Mail)

England manager Gareth Southgate says Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, 21, is not a number nine and remains "a work in progress". (Sun)

Southgate is also monitoring Nottingham Forest midfielder Brennan Johnson, 18, who scored on his debut for Wales Under-21s. (Mirror)

Leeds United are close to securing a five-year extension to 23-year-old English midfielder Kalvin Phillips' contract, after the player was the subject of interest from Aston Villa and Burnley in the summer. (Telegraph)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is considering a January bid for Middlesbrough's 17-year-old English defender Nathan Wood. (Northern Echo)

Italy full-back Matteo Darmian, 29, has "no regrets" over his move to Manchester United, after joining Parma following four seasons at Old Trafford. (Football Italia)

Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 33, has no plans to retire. (Mirror)

Albanian Prime Minister Edvin Rama says his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, offered a sincere apology after the wrong national anthem was played at their Euro 2020 qualifier with France in Paris. (Goal.com)

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