Gossip column: Ozil, Coutinho, Icardi, Slimani, Vinicius Junior

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Arsenal's 29-year-old Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil. (Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool are willing to sell 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January, but only for 145m euros (£127m). (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Inter Milan's Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 24, is worth 200m euros (£176.5m), according to the player's agent. (Corriere dello Sport, via BeInSport)external-link

Watford are targeting Leicester's 29-year-old Algeria forward Islam Slimani. (Watford Observer)external-link

Real Madrid have opted against allowing £38m signing Vinicius Junior to stay at his Brazilian club Flamengo for another season, with the 17-year-old to join them for pre-season next year. (AS)external-link

Tottenham are refusing to adjust their strict wage structure despite fears that contract extension talks are stalling with 28-year-old Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. (Daily Mail)external-link

Charlton, Oxford United and Hearts are keen to sign Woking's 24-year-old defender Nathan Ralph. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has laughed at suggestions that Barcelona have been quoted a price to buy Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 25, in the January transfer window. (ESPN)external-link

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will hold talks with the club's English striker Lewis Grabban, 29, who is on loan at Sunderland. (Bournemouth Echo)external-link

The Guardian sport section on Saturday
The Guardian sport section on Saturday

Meanwhile...

British financier Amanda Staveley's consortium has made a second £300m bid to take over Newcastle. (Sun)external-link

Paul Pogba, who cost Manchester United a British record £89m in summer 2016, believes Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is worth more than £100m. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez says the chances of him joining Arsenal in the summer were "50-50". (Daily Mail)external-link

Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks wore a Stoke City tie as he took part in Friday's World Cup draw in Russia. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Plans by a property firm owned by Harry Redknapp to demolish a building that houses vulnerable people in Bournemouth would result in 30 people being made homeless, according to opponents of the scheme. (Guardian)external-link

Liverpool defender Joel Matip, 26, could be out for up to a month with a thigh injury. (Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez expects a warm welcome from Chelsea fans when he returns to Stamford Bridge, where he was caretaker boss, on Saturday. (Daily Mail)external-link

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says his family will be supporting England when the two nations meet at next summer's World Cup. (Mirror)external-link

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will not contest a Football Association charge of misconduct, but the Italian wants the governing body to clamp down on time-wasting. (Daily Mail)external-link

Best of Friday's gossip

Newcastle are keen to sign Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 22, but do not want to pay the £20m fee the Red Devils want. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City are ready to launch a January move for Alexis Sanchez, 28, after learning of two rival bids for the Arsenal striker. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal will again target West Brom's 29-year-old defender Jonny Evans in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester City will also bid for Northern Ireland centre-back Evans. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

New West Brom manager Alan Pardew has revealed he will be ready to react should the club lose any players in the January transfer window. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

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