Football gossip: De Gea, Messi, Ake, De Ligt, Alonso

Football gossip

Manchester United will prioritise a new contract for Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, after making significant progress on extensions for England left-back Luke Shaw, 23, and 22-year-old France forward Anthony Martial. (Evening Standard)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi could be allowed to leave the club for free in 2020, if the 31-year-old Argentine does not join another "elite" league. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Tottenham are closely monitoring 23-year-old Bournemouth and Netherlands defender Nathan Ake. (Sky Sports)

Spurs are also interested in Sampdoria's 22-year-old Danish centre-back Joachim Andersen. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)

Barcelona want a central defender, with Ajax's 19-year-old Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt their preferred option. (Marca)

Spain left-back Marcos Alonso, 27, says he is set to sign a contract extension with Chelsea "in the coming days". (AS, via Evening Standard)

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to leave Arsenal for Everton on a free transfer in the summer, with the Goodison Park club ready to offer the 27-year-old a £15m signing-on fee. (Sun)

However, AC Milan could swoop for Ramsey, with the Italian club interested in bringing the player to the San Siro next summer. (Mirror)

Porto have lowered the asking price for Algerian winger Yacine Brahimi, 28, with West Ham linked to the player. (Football.London)

Arsenal have joined AC Milan and Inter in the race to sign Cagliari and Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella, 21. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Galatasaray and Besiktas will battle it out to sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi in January, although Everton are also interested in the 23-year-old Belgian. (Turkish Football)

Bournemouth are planning contract talks with Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 24. (Sun)

Newcastle United are close to agreeing a new contract with 20-year-old English midfielder Sean Longstaff. (Chronicle)

Meanwhile, a group of American businessmen are considering buying the Magpies for £300m. (Mail)

Manchester City are concerned about what state the Wembley pitch will be in when they play Tottenham on Monday, 29 October, with the venue set to host a NFL match a day earlier. (Manchester Evening News)

Former England manager Sam Allardyce says Tottenham and Three Lions midfielder Eric Dier, 24, is as good as his Barcelona and Spain counterpart Sergio Busquets, 30. (Talksport)

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires says the Gunners will "100%" finish in the Premier League's top four this season. (Express)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says not even Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi, 31, would play well under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. (ESPN)

Wednesday's Times Sport leads on Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho's touchline ban

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