Monday's gossip column: Ibrahimovic, Emery, Neymar, Kante, Drinkwater

Football gossip

Manchester United could be tempted to try to bring striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Old Trafford. The 38-year-old ex-Sweden international will be a free agent as his contract with MLS side LA Galaxy is about to end. (TuttoMercatoWeb, via Mail)external-link

Arsenal's hierarchy are "100%" behind manager Unai Emery and plan to wait until the summer before making a decision on the Spaniard's future. (The Athletic - subscription required)external-link

The Gunners say Emery is not in imminent danger of being sacked. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Spain manager Luis Enrique, who has been linked with replacing Emery at Arsenal, would not consider a return to management at present. (ESPN)external-link

Tottenham will move for Ajax and Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 26, if and when Denmark international Christian Eriksen, 27, leaves the club. (90min)external-link

Brazil international Neymar's father says he will not be holding talks with Barcelona over his son returning to the Nou Camp club and that the 27-year-old forward will be staying at Paris St-Germain. (ESPN Brazil, via Mail)external-link

Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 28, has distanced himself from a move to Real Madrid and says he could finish his career at Stamford Bridge. (Sun)external-link

Burnley are set to end 29-year-old Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater's loan spell at the club in January. (Sun)external-link

Inter Milan are interested in 32-year-old Belgium forward Dries Mertens, whose contract with Napoli runs out next summer. The San Siro club are also keen on Paris St-Germain's 28-year-old Thomas Meunier, of Belgium, and his fellow defender Layvin Kurzawa, 27, of France. (Calciomercato)external-link

Wolves forward Adama Traore is at the centre of an international tug-of-war after the 23-year-old was called up by both Spain and Mali. Traore was born in Spain to Malian parents. (Sun)external-link

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has questioned whether he was properly backed by Liverpool's owners during his time in charge at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate has suggested that criticism aimed at him on social media could be coming from Newcastle United and Sunderland fans. (Evening Gazette)external-link

Leeds United's English midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 23, and compatriot Ben White, the 22-year-old defender on loan at Elland Road from Brighton, are being monitored by Manchester United. (Football Insider) external-link

German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 27, defends his criticism of his Barcelona team-mates. (Bild Sport - in German)external-link

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 34, left the Allianz Stadium before the end of Juventus' 1-0 win over AC Milan on Sunday. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)external-link

Former England manager Fabio Capello says Ronaldo's displays have dropped in standard during the past three years. (Marca)external-link

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