Gossip column: Wenger, Blanc, Scolari, Allardyce, Giggs, Kante, Hazard

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Arsenal are confident manager Arsene Wenger, 66, would turn down any offer from the Football Association, who have the Frenchman near the top of their list to replace Roy Hodgson as England boss. (Sun)

But Wenger is thought to be willing to sit down with the FA to discuss the England job, if they wait a year. (The Times)

Wenger's fellow Frenchman Laurent Blanc, 50, who left Paris St-Germain this week, is also in the frame for the England job. (Mirror)

Former Brazil and Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, 67, also wants to be considered for the England job he turned down a decade ago. (Daily Mail)

David Bernstein, one of the men who appointed Roy Hodgson as England manager, insists he has no regrets over the decision and made the case for Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, 61, to succeed him. (Daily Telegraph)

Allardyce and Hull boss Steve Bruce, 55, are both thought to want the England job immediately. (The Sun)

Ryan Giggs, 42, has rejected the offer of a reduced coaching role under new manager Jose Mourinho and is set to leave Manchester United after 29 years. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea are open to offers of £60m for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, who is understood to have an uneasy working relationship with French goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, who could be set to leave the club. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City want to swap Wilfried Bony, 27, for John Stones, 22, and are hopeful of a deal if Everton decide to sell Romelu Lukaku, 23. (The Sun)

Chelsea will abandon their plan to re-sign Lukaku after closing in on his Belgium team-mate and Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, 22, for £33.2m. (Daily Star)

Tottenham and Leicester are among several Premier League clubs interested in signing Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson, 30, from Russian club FC Krasnodar. (Guardian)

Pep Guardiola will find out on Friday if Manchester City have won the race to sign Colombian forward Marlos Moreno, 19, from Atletico Nacional. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid want to sign Leicester's France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 25. (Marca)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for France and Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 25.(Canal+ via Evening Standard)

Raheem Sterling was criticised by angry fans after he shared a video of his mansion, including his crystal-studded sink, just hours after arriving home from England's Euro 2016 exit. (Sun)

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The front page of the Daily Star says the odds on former England captain David Beckham becoming the national boss have dramatically fallen

Liverpool have told Crystal Palace they will have to pay £30m for Belgian striker Christian Benteke, 25. (Daily Telegraph)

Real Madrid could make a £75m move for Chelsea's Belgium star Eden Hazard, 25, by offering Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 23, plus £40m. (Mirror)

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, 28, has confirmed that he expects to leave Championship side Norwich City this summer. (Belfast Telegraph)

Wolves have denied Spanish media reports of a possible Chinese takeover that could see former Porto manager Julen Lopetegui replace Kenny Jackett as head coach. (Express & Star)

Serbian defender Neven Subotic, 27, who is being monitored by Sunderland, Liverpool and Stoke, could stay in the Bundesliga despite leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer. (Sunderland Echo)

West Brom have contacted Atletico Madrid about the availability of Spanish striker Borja Baston, 23, who is rated at around £18m. (Daily Mail)

Napoli could sign Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 30, after Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 28, revealed he want to leave the club. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)


Norwich have made an approach to sign Scotland striker Steven Fletcher, 29, when his Sunderland contract expires next week. (Daily Mail)

Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel, 31, is likely to complete his move from Liverpool to Fenerbahce this week. (AMK Spor via Liverpool Echo)

Japan international Takuma Asano, 21, says he has been approached by Arsenal over a move to the Emirates. (Express)

Dutch striker Robin van Persie, 32, could be sold by Fenerbahce this summer - just a year after joining them from Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Newcastle are closing in on the double signing of Crystal Palace's English striker Dwight Gayle, 25, and Bournemouth's Scottish winger Matt Ritchie, 26. But the England winger Andros Townsend, 24, will leave St James' Park with Palace set to trigger the player's £13m release clause. (Daily Star)

Best of social media

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has apologised for appearing to insult Jurgen Klopp on Instagram, but blamed his friend, who he says was in control of his account. (Instagram)

Watford midfielder Mario Suarez went on Instagram to chronicle the birth of daughter Matilda, uploading four videos of himself and partner Melana Costa before she gave birth before posting a photograph of the newborn. (Instagram)

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Former Bulgaria midfielder Stiliyan Petrov clearly enjoyed his first day of pre-season training back at Aston Villa. The 36-year-old has been given the chance to earn a contract with Villa, four years after his career was halted when he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

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Leicester midfielder Andy King, who has already collected a Premier League winners' medal this year, was all smiles ahead of Wales's Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium.

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And finally...

A JustGiving page has been set up by the brother-in-law of Wales manager Chris Coleman to help pay for former striker Dean Saunders' parking fine, which is said to be rising by £100 a day. Saunders is in France working as a BBC pundit at Euro 2016, but says he left his car in the Birmingham Airport's short-stay car park, assuming his nation would be knocked out in the group stage. (Daily Post)

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Saunders also claimed he had run out of clothes for his TV appearances

Iceland's co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson has warned French swimmer Yannick Agnel to pick "the right weather" after the Olympic 200m freestyle champion pledged to swim around the country - a distance of 1,247 miles - if the minnows win Euro 2016. (AS)

The Icelandic "thunderclap" which has become one of the sounds of Euro 2016 thanks to the travelling Iceland fans began life in the unlikely setting of Motherwell. (Daily Record)

England's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign will not feature in the new Jamie Vardy movie. (Daily Star)

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