Wednesday's gossip column: Salah, Son, Eriksen, Jesus, Mandzukic

Football gossip

Juventus sent scouts to Anfield on Sunday to watch Liverpool's Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, Tottenham Hotspur's South Korea forward Son Heung-min and Spurs' Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, all 27. (Tuttosport - in Italian)external-link

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale's agent says the Wales international is "ecstatic to play" for the Spanish club, following reports linking the 30-year-old with a move to China. (Deportes Cuatro, via AS)external-link

Manchester City and Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus, 22, has dismissed rumours linking him with Bayern Munich, writing on social media that the speculation was a "lie". (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been in contact with representatives Borussia Monchengladbach's 22-year-old Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria. (Sky Deutschland, via Inside Futbol)external-link

Manchester United have almost completed a deal to sign Juventus and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, 33, in January. (Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)external-link

United sent scouts to watch Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali last week. Manchester City and Inter Milan are also interested in the 19-year-old Italian. (Sun)external-link

Newcastle United are ready to sign French midfielder Ibrahima Sissoko, 21, in a £13m deal from Ligue 1 club Strasbourg. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Red Bull Salzburg and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19. (Corriere dello Sport, via Manchester Evening News)external-link

Lyon have made contact with Oliver Giroud's agent over a potential January move for the Chelsea and France striker, 33. (Soccer Link, via Football.London)external-link

Everton have scouted Czech Republic and Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral, 21. (Clubcall)external-link

Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, has revealed he spoke with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez a year before he secured a move to the club from Chelsea. (Talksport)external-link

Arsenal's players want Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka to retain the club captaincy despite the 27-year-old appearing to swear at home fans during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Leicester City and Watford are among the clubs tracking Ronald Sobowale - the cousin of Bayern Munich and Austria star David Alaba. Sobowale, 22, plays for eighth-tier Bostick League South East side Whyteleafe and has also had a trial with Middlesbrough. (Mail)external-link

Former Manchester United and Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, has hinted he could join a La Liga club following his 18-month stint with LA Galaxy. (Metro)external-link

Arsenal's English attacking midfielder Stan Flaherty, 17, has spent time on trial at Newcastle this month. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

The Premier League is planning to bring in enhanced video assistant referee (VAR) technology which will increase the accuracy and speed of offside decisions. (Mail)external-link

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says referees need to consult pitchside monitors when making decisions reviewed by VAR. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes a number of Chelsea's youngsters are ahead of their Old Trafford counterparts in their development because of the time they have spent out on loan. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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