Football gossip: De Gea, Wenger, Foden, Neymar, Mbappe, Smalling

Football gossip

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rejected the chance to replace Slavisa Jokanovic as Fulham boss before Claudio Ranieri was appointed. (Mirror)external-link

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas and ex-Monacocoach Leonardo Jardim also turned down Fulham. (Telegraph)external-link

New Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri wants to sign Liverpool's Cameroon defender Joel Matip, 27, in January. (A Spor, via Talksport)external-link

Real Madrid are ready to move for one of Paris St-Germain's two key forwards if the French club have to sell players because of Financial Fair Play. Brazil's Neymar, 26, and France international Kylian Mbappe, 19, have long been targets for Real. (AS - in Spanish)external-link

Fifa is investigating five Premier League clubs over possible violations of rules on the signing of foreign players under the age of 18, with the teams in question facing potential transfer bans if found guilty. (Guardian)external-link

West Ham have blocked any move for Austria striker Marko Arnautovic, 29, in January after he said he was the subject of interest from Manchester United in the summer. (Star)external-link

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, remains in discussions about a new contract. The Spain international's existing deal expires in the summer, but the club intend to trigger a 12-month extension. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Everton want to sign Manchester United and England centre-back Chris Smalling, 28, when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Sun)external-link

England manager Gareth Southgate will give debuts to Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, Brighton defender Lewis Dunk and Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in Thursday's friendly against USA. (Mirror)external-link

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe, 36, is wanted on loan by Championship club Sheffield United, after he has been restricted to four appearances in the Premier League this season. (Star)external-link

Outgoing Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore is in line for a CBE in the New Year's Honours. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City and England Under-21 midfielder Phil Foden, 18, is on the verge of signing a new six-year contract. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea are favourites to sign Borussia Dortmund's USA winger Christian Pulisic, 20, in the summer. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea are willing to listen to loan offers for 32-year-old central defender and captain Gary Cahill, whose contract runs out at the end of the season. (Mail)external-link

Chelsea's France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27, refused to have part of his salary paid through an offshore company. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Roma are preparing a bid for Manchester United and England full-back Ashley Young, 33, in January. (Sun)external-link

Wolves are keen to sign 28-year-old Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, who will be allowed to leave Manchester United in January. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Newcastle are interested in 24-year-old Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, who plays for MLS club Atlanta United. (Chronicle)external-link

Owner Mike Ashley is in talks to sell Newcastle in a £350m deal with a US investor. (Mirror)external-link

AC Milan are determined to re-sign 37-year-old former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (Calciomercato)external-link

Agent William Salthouse, whose clients include Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray, has been criticised by a gambling addiction charity after taking payments from bookmakers. (Mail)external-link

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