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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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)

Back page of the Express
Back page of the Express

Top Stories