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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has offered Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez, 24, a "major role" at Old Trafford. (Don Balon via Manchester Evening News)external-link

Mourinho has defended world record signing Paul Pogba, 23, for his poor form since rejoining United, insisting the France midfielder will have "no problem" proving value for money. (Sun)external-link

Caretaker boss Mike Phelan has criticised Hull's owners for the wages they have offered him to become permanent manager, and he could quit if they are not willing to negotiate after Saturday's game against Arsenal. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass, 29, says he and his team-mates were "hung out to dry" by the club's failure to sign players over the summer. (Guardian)external-link

Liverpool and Arsenal are in competition for the signature of 22-year-old Torino striker Andrea Belotti. (Talksport)external-link

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is wanted by Juventus, who are preparing a cash-plus-player swap deal for the 27-year-old Chile international. (Calcio Mercato via Daily Star)external-link

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has asked supporters to show patience with 23-year-old Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, who cost the club £35m in the summer. (Independent)external-link

Saturday's Daily Mirror back page
Saturday's Daily Mirror back page

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez believes England manager Sam Allardyce should look at the Championship for players to call up, including 24-year-old Magpies midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry, 35, says his agent is taking calls from clubs in Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, but he is not ready to leave the Premier League as he prepares to make his 600th top-flight appearance. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Barry says he "could still do a job" for England if manager Sam Allardyce called him up for an international return. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned captain Vincent Kompany, 30, he cannot expect an automatic return to the team following his comeback from surgery. (Independent)external-link

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri said he has nothing but respect for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, despite a tense relationship in Serie A that led to the Portuguese describing him as a "hard-working donkey". (Guardian)external-link

Manchester United will face competition from Barcelona for the signature of Paris St-Germain's 22-year-old Brazilian defender Marquinhos. (L'Equipe via Bleacher Report)external-link

The Football League will resign themselves to not having a sponsor for the EFL Cup if a backer is not found by the end of next month. (Daily Mail)external-link

Sunderland came close to signing 19-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder Frank Kessie - dubbed the 'new Yaya Toure' - from Atalanta in the summer. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Boss David Moyes has questioned whether Sunderland have enjoyed "correct leadership and direction" at boardroom level in recent seasons. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

West Brom manager Tony Pulis will not leave The Hawthorns unless the club sack him. (Express & Star)external-link

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has warned on-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere that he faces a fight for a starting place at the Vitality Stadium. (Bournemouth Daily Echo)external-link

Best of Social Media

Ex-Manchester United defender and pundit Gary Neville en route to London for Chelsea's match with Liverpool gave up his seat on a train and joked on his Instagram about it as his "Jeremy Corbyn selfie".

Gary Neville

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard praised successor Jordan Henderson's stunning goal in the win over Chelsea as he put his feet up in Los Angeles to watch the game.

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And finally...

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants a bed installed at the club's Cobham training ground because he is spending so much time there. (Sky Sports)external-link

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 18, was less than impressed with his depiction on a football computer game. (Metro)external-link

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has taken a leave of absence until October to manage a European all-star ice hockey team in the 2016 World Cup in Toronto. (Daily Mail) external-link

Manchester City groundsman Lee Jackson has started covering the pitch at Etihad Stadium with liquid garlic to keep parasites at bay. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

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