Football gossip: Silva, Donnarumma, Kenedy, Gudmundsson, Neymar

Football gossip

Former Watford boss Marco Silva is among the candidates for the Southampton manager's job after they sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday. (Mail)

Alternatively, Silva is set to return to his native Portugal as he is close to agreeing a deal to become the new coach of Benfica. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but the 24-year-old has suggested he will be staying with Spurs as he "can't wait to be out there scoring some goals" at the club's new stadium. (Telegraph)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told Real Madrid to "think of another player" in their search for a goalkeeper as he believes David de Gea, 27, will stay. (Express)

Liverpool and Manchester United's hopes of signing Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij, 26, could still be on as Inter Milan failed to confirm they would be signing the Dutch defender whose contract runs out at the end of the season. (Star)

Chelsea are monitoring AC Milan's Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 19, in case Belgium international Thibaut Courtois, 25, leaves Stamford Bridge. (Corriere dello Sport, via Talksport)

Newcastle will try to sign on-loan Chelsea winger Kenedy on a permanent deal but will have to pay up to £15m for the 22-year-old Brazilian. (Mirror)

Juventus are concerned they may miss out on Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, whose contract expires at the end of the season, as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are also interested in signing the 24-year-old Germany international. (Express)

Newcastle, Leicester and Southampton are all interested in 27-year-old Burnley and Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson. (Sun)

Barcelona have had a deal in place for months to sign France forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, with Atletico Madrid failing to agree terms on a contract extension. ( - in French)

West Brom want manager Alan Pardew to stay his role, but plan to name a new boss in the summer. (Mirror)

Arsenal are monitoring Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri after being impressed by how he masterminded Tottenham's Champions League exit. (Star)

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Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson believes Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should succeed Arsene Wenger as Gunners boss. (Sky Sports, via Express)

Arsenal are ready to sell Hector Bellerin to help fund their rebuilding plans, but want £50m for the 22-year-old right-back. Juventus are interested in signing the Spaniard. (Mail)

Gunners striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, is "frustrated" at being cup-tied for the Europa League, having played for former club Borussia Dortmund in the competition before his January switch to Arsenal, as there is "a long time between games" for him. (Guardian)

Philippe Coutinho says he would love 26-year-old Brazil forward Neymar to return to Barcelona. Neymar joined PSG from Barca for £198m last summer, before compatriot Coutinho, 25, moved to the Nou Camp from Liverpool in January. (Mail)

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has apologised for "sexist and unacceptable" comments he made to a female journalist after his side's Serie A match on Sunday. (Mail)

West Ham are involved in a £100m-plus legal dispute with their London Stadium owners over the capacity as the stadium. (Telegraph)

The £2.5m rent West Ham pay to play at the London Stadium will drop by half if they are relegated to the Championship. (Sun)

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Best of Monday's gossip

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, is set to leave Real Madrid this summer, with a return to the Premier League likely. (Diario Gol)

The La Liga side are interested in Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, 25, as a replacement for Bale but have been told they would have to pay 160m euros (£142m) for the Egypt forward. (El Confidencial)

Manchester United are the favourites to sign Bayern Munich's Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, this summer. (ESPN)

But RB Leipzig's 22-year-old Germany forward Timo Werner has told United and Liverpool to forget abut trying to sign him this summer. (Mirror)

England are concerned about the fitness of Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, for this summer's World Cup after he was pictured wearing a protective boot after injuring his ankle against Bournemouth. (Sun)

Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 26, is one of Paris St-Germain's top summer targets. (Canal + via

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