Thursday's gossip column: Mourinho, Sancho, Ibrahimovic, Lovren, Mandzukic, Bale

Football gossip

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to return to English football because of a desire to win major trophies with a third Premier League club. (Sky Sports)external-link

Mourinho would be interested in the Arsenal manager's job if it became available. (ESPN)external-link

Manchester City want to re-sign England forward Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, but the 19-year-old, who was at City's academy before moving to Germany, would cost more than £100m. (Sport Bild, via Sport Witness)external-link

Bayern Munich are looking at Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as a possible replacement for manager Niko Kovac. (Sport1, via Sun) external-link

LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese plans to meet Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, to discuss the Swedish striker's future with a view to keeping him at the club. (ESPN)external-link

AC Milan are ready to make another move to try to sign Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, 30. (Tuttosport, via Mail)external-link

Juventus are willing to sell Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, 33, to Manchester United or Sevilla in January, but want £4.6m. (Calciomercato, via Mirror)external-link

Wolves and Watford are set to make a January move for Royal Antwerp's £5m-rated Portuguese right-back Aurelio Buta, 22. (Mail)external-link

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, retains the support of his Real Madrid team-mates. (Marca)external-link

Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, has rubbished rumours that the Welshman is set to leave Real Madrid and join a Chinese club. (Independent)external-link

Manchester City and Arsenal are vying to sign Real Madrid and Spain playmaker Isco, 27. (Mundo Deportivo, via Manchester Evening News)external-link

German side Schalke want to keep Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny at the club beyond this season. The 22-year-old right-back is on a season-long loan. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 27, must change his ways to be treated with more respect and has "the sensibility of a child", says former team-mate Dani Alves. (Spor TV, via Independent)external-link

Brazilian striker Joao Pedro, 18, has finally been granted a work permit and will join Watford in January. The Hornets agreed a £2m deal with Fluminense in October 2018, but have been waiting on his work permit application. (Standard)external-link

Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona are interested in Valencia's Spanish winger Ferran Torres, 19. (Sport Bild, via Metro)external-link

The agents of some of Tottenham's players are looking into whether their clients should be paid extra for appearing in an Amazon documentary about the side's season. (Mail)external-link

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