Gossip column: Klopp, Van Gaal, Mourinho, McClaren, Pearson

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Managerial gossip

Jurgen Klopp has agreed a deal in principle to become Liverpool boss and the 48-year-old German will meet the club's owners on Wednesday before his unveiling on Friday. (Daily Mirror) 

Writer Oliver Kay questions how many players at Anfield have what it takes to be central to the German's plans. (The Times - subscription) 

Meanwhile, writer Simon Hughes says the former Borussia Dortmund manager is enchanted by the romantic history of the club. (The Independent) 

It will cost Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich a world record £37.5m pay-out if he decides to sack 52-year-old manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Star) 

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Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff says Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is playing the wrong style of football and feels Chelsea boss Mourinho should "behave better". (Sky Sports) 

Ex-Newcastle striker Micky Quinn believes manager Steve McClaren has three games to save his job with the Magpies. (Chronicle) 

Former Magpies manager John Carver says the club's summer signings were already picked for the new manager. (The Sun - subscription required) 

Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, 52, is unlikely to be named as the new Sunderland manager, but remains on a list of candidates being compiled by the club. (Sunderland Echo) 

An alternative report says Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton has made contact with Pearson and is firmly in contention to take charge of the Premier League strugglers. (Daily Telegraph) 

Former USA and Egypt manager Bob Bradley, currently in charge at Norwegian side Stabaek, is a surprise contender for the Sunderland job. (Daily Express) 

Dwight Yorke, the ex-Black Cats striker, says he is "amazed" by the lack of interest in the vacant manager's job at the Stadium of Light. (TalkSport) 

And former Sunderland manager Roy Keane said if "certain people" had "left him alone" he'd still be there. (Irish Examiner) 

Other gossip

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 25, has withdrawn from the Argentina squad so he can be fit to face Everton on 17 October. The defender has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury. (Manchester Evening News) 

La Liga side Sevilla and Valencia are battling to secure the signing of the Red Devils' Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, who is out of favour at Old Trafford. (Daily Star) 


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Southampton are looking to offer Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, a new five-year contract. (Daily Mirror) 

Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 26, wants Swansea team-mates Ashley Williams, 31, and Neil Taylor, 26, to experience the "incredible feeling" of reaching Euro 2016 with Wales. (South Wales Evening Post) 

Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho says Leicester City made a £8.9m bid for Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo, 24, in the summer transfer window, but the move did not materialise. (Leicester Mercury) 

Former Bournemouth striker Luther Blissett believes Cherries striker Callum Wilson, 23, "is definitely worth a shot" for an England call-up when he returns from injury. (Bournemouth Echo) 

Meanwhile, Cherries winger Matt Ritchie, 26, says a full Scotland debut in this week's Euro 2016 qualifiers would be the highlight of his career so far. (The Scotsman) 

Manchester United's Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 27, has defended Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez, 55, against critics who claim he is a defensive manager. Mata played under the fellow Spaniard at Chelsea. (Cadena Ser via Goal) 

Best of social media

Talking out of a car window, naturally, Harry Redknapp has posted a video  on his Twitter account saying he does not want to be the next Sunderland manager.

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Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket (15,921)

India cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, 42, owner of Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters, enjoyed the support of his club's fans  in their victory over North East United.

And finally...

An optimistic Liverpool fan changed Klopp's Wikipedia page so Liverpool win every trophy until 2025. (Metro) 

The 12-year-old son of Colombia's former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel has been on trial at Arsenal. (Daily Mail) 

Ecuador national coach Gustavo Quinteros, 50, had to carry out a training session on a mobility scooter as he recovers from a foot injury. (Daily Mail)