Transfer rumours: Ozil, Solskjaer, Pereira, Griezmann, Burt

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Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker suggests German midfielder Mesut Ozil's focus has shifted away from football - the 32-year-old was left out of the Gunners' Premier League squad on Tuesday. (Klick and Rush podcast via Mail)external-link

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is frustrated at how the board failed to land any of his top transfer targets in the summer window. (BT Sport via Express)external-link

Liverpool could pursue Brighton's English defender Ben White, 23, or Turkey and Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, 20, to fill in for their injured Dutch international Virgil van Dijk, 29. (TV 2, in Norwegian)external-link

Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher says Liverpool should move for France and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, 21, to make up for the loss of Van Dijk. (Sky Sports)external-link

Tottenham are set to agree a new long-term deal with 28-year-old South Korea forward Son Heung-min. (The Athletic - subscription required)external-link

Tottenham are considering returning Gedson Fernandes, 21, to his parent club Benfica in the next transfer window. The Portugal midfielder joined Spurs on an 18-month loan deal in January. (A Bola, in Portuguese)external-link

Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury says Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr, 22, and English striker Troy Deeney, 32, are committed to helping the club back to the Premier League. (London Standard)external-link

Former Celtic and Rangers midfielder Liam Burt, 21, was at Pittodrie for Aberdeen's Premiership match with Hamilton as he continues his hunt for a club. (Daily Record)external-link

Premier League managers stay in their jobs for the longest time in Europe's top five leagues, a survey suggests. (Mirror)external-link

Portuguese right-back Ricardo Pereira, 27, who had surgery on a knee injury, hopes he will be back playing for Leicester City within six weeks. (O Jogo, via Independent)external-link

Everton forward Richarlison says he got 10,000 WhatsApp messages in five minutes after Brazil team-mate Neymar showed his phone number during a live-streamed online video game. (Star)external-link

AZ Alkmaar say 13 players have tested positive for coronavirus, but their Europa League match with Napoli on Thursday will still go ahead as planned. (Mail)external-link

Barcelona's French forward Antoine Griezmann, 29, is open to deferring part of his salary. (Marca)external-link

Minister Vincenzo Spadafora has criticised Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo for flying back to Italy from Portugal after testing positive for coronavirus. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)external-link

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