Football gossip: Isco, Dembele, Lewandowski, Ben Arfa, Doucoure

Football gossip

Manchester City believe they can sign Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Isco this summer. A deal for the 25-year-old could be worth £75m. (Mirror)external-link

Chelsea and Tottenham have also shown interest in Isco. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal have made central midfield and central defence their transfer priorities this year amid increasing uncertainty over the future of England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26. (Telegraph)external-link

Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 30, will not sign a new contract at Tottenham before this summer's World Cup, casting doubt on his future at the club. (Telegraph)external-link

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, will force through a move to Real Madrid this summer. Chelsea's 25-year-old Spain forward Alvaro Morata is one of the strikers the German giants are lining up as a replacement if they lose the Pole. (AS - in Spanish) external-link

Paris St-Germain midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has announced he will leave the Ligue 1 side at the end of the season. The 31-year-old Frenchman has been linked with Leicester City. (Sun)external-link

Watford boss Javi Gracia has challenged Abdoulaye Doucoure, 25, to resist a summer move, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal all linked with the £40m-rated French midfielder. (Mail)external-link

West Ham are confident of signing Russia captain Fyodor Smolov. The 28-year-old striker, who plays his club football for Krasnodar, could move for £15m. (Mirror)external-link

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will renew efforts to sell the club as soon as Premier League safety is assured. (Telegraph)external-link

The Premier League is to explore the option of cutting referees out of the VAR process, instead relying solely on the video official. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United have introduced a heavily discounted season ticket for 16 to 25-year-olds in a bid to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford. (Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool will step up contract talks with 17-year-old England Under-17 World Cup winner Rhian Brewster. The striker is attracting interest from Premier League and overseas clubs and his current deal runs out in the summer. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been criticised by a former Bayern Munich doctor, who says the Spaniard put success ahead of players' health. (Mail)external-link

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has warned Tottenham's 29-year-old defender Toby Alderweireld his place in the World Cup squad is under threat if he remains out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino. (Guardian)external-link

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend, 26, says that while he is targeting an England recall, helping the Eagles avoid relegation is a bigger priority. (Mirror)external-link

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has labelled himself "a big softie", saying: "I cry my eyes out when I watch Call the Midwife." (Mail)external-link

Lee Bowyer says he was too competitive as a player at times but is desperate to impress as Charlton Athletic caretaker boss. (Express)external-link

Arsenal's French centre-back Laurent Koscielny, 31, has taken up yoga in an attempt to prolong his playing career. (Sun)external-link

England left-back Luke Shaw, 22, challenged Jose Mourinho over the way Manchester United's manager was treating him during a heated dressing-room row at Old Trafford at half-time in the FA Cup win over Brighton. (Mail)external-link

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