Gossip column: Brandt, Aguero, Griezmann, Zidane, Dzeko, Rodwell

Football gossip

12:30 GMT update

Germany winger Julian Brandt, 21, will ignore interest from Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Barcelona in favour of remaining at Bayer Leverkusen. (Sport Bild - in German)

Feyenoord's Nicolai Jorgensen is believed to be keen to join Newcastle United after the Magpies submitted a £14m bid for the Denmark striker, 27, last week. (Chronicle)

Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst says a deal for Jorgensen could progress quickly if Newcastle follow up their interest in the striker. (Shields Gazette)

Sunderland's Jack Rodwell was set to have a trial with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, but it was cancelled before the 26-year-old former England midfielder even arrived. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea have had a £44m bid, plus add-ons, accepted by Roma for their Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, 31, and 23-year-old Brazilian full-back Emerson Palmieri. (Guardian)

Roma will continue to pick Dzeko, despite the former Manchester City forward being poised to move to Chelsea. (Independent)

Manchester City could agree a deal with Atletico Madrid to swap Argentina striker Sergio Aguero for France forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, this summer. City signed the 29-year-old from the Spanish club in 2011. (Sun)

Arsenal remain confident of signing Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite having a second bid rejected, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger already planning the 28-year-old Gabon striker's debut. (Bild, via Express)

The Gunners are also interested in 20-year-old Brazilian midfielder Maycon, who is valued by his club Corinthians at around £9m. (Sun)

Lokomotiv Moscow have approached Liverpool for 23-year-old Lazar Markovic. The Serbia winger spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon and Hull City. (Mirror)

Getafe's Spanish goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, 31, has passed a medical at Crystal Palace - but talks are ongoing over whether he will join Palace now or in the summer. (Mail)

Brighton have made a £6m bid for Bristol City defender Aden Flint, 28, who impressed in the Championship side's run to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. (Argus)

French club Monaco have agreed to sell Argentine striker Guido Carrillo, 26, to Southampton for £19.2m. (Telegraph)

Sevilla have agreed a deal to sign Swansea City's Spanish midfielder Roque Mesa, 28, on loan for the remainder of the season. (Marca - in Spanish)

All of West Brom's players will have their wages halved if the Baggies are relegated this season, while Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 30, would be allowed to leave for £3m. (Express & Star)

Real Madrid's French boss Zinedine Zidane, 45, says his job is on the line after the La Liga giants were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes. (ESPN)

West Ham are expected to sign Portugal playmaker Joao Mario, 25, from Inter Milan. A preliminary agreement has been reached between the 25-year-old and the Italian club. (Independent)

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says the Spanish club will not sign any more defenders despite the departure of Javier Mascherano, 33, to Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune. (ESPN)

Aston Villa are closing in on the loan signing of Manchester United's 20-year-old centre-back Axel Tuanzebe. (Express)

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell, 26, is on trial at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem. (Chronicle)

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick, 30, has re-emerged as a target for Cardiff City. (Wales Online)

West Brom pair James Morrison, 31, and Chris Brunt, 33, have begun organising a joint testimonial for this summer. (Express & Star)

New Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez takes a tour of a five-bedroom mansion worth £2m - that comes with its own piano room. (Mail)

Mexican side Club America will sanction Carlos Darwin Quintero after the Colombia forward, 30, kicked a ball at a reporter during a live broadcast. (Goal)

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Arsenal have increased their offer for Borussia Dortmund and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, from £48.3m to £50.9m. (Bild - in German)

Arsenal are also keen to sign West Brom central defender Jonny Evans. The 30-year-old Northern Ireland international is refusing to sign a new deal at The Hawthorns. (Mirror)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants Nice and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri, 26. (Sun)

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is among the candidates to be the next Australia boss. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Raheem Sterling will become the latest Manchester City player to be given a new long-term deal. The 23-year-old's England forward's new contract will be worth almost £275,000 a week. (Mirror)

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