Wednesday's gossip column: Messi, Atal, Sane, Fekir, Mkhitaryan, Wenger

Football gossip

David Beckham has "made contact" with Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 32, about joining his new MLS franchise in Miami. (Mirror)

Chelsea will try to sign £35m-rated Nice defender Youcef Atal, the 23-year-old Algeria full-back, in January if they manage to get their transfer ban lifted by the start of 2020. (Sun)

Manchester United have scouted Benfica's Portuguese midfielder Florentino Luis, 21, but could face competition from Manchester City. (A Bola via Sport Witness - in Portuguese)

Manchester City failed with a bid in the summer to sign Inter Milan's Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 24, but could try again in January. (Tuttosport, via Sport Witness)

Armenia's former Manchester United and Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 30, who is now at Roma, has said his spell in the Premier League made him "fall out of love" with football. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City are trying to convince winger Leroy Sane, 23, to sign a new deal before Bayern Munich have another chance to bid for the German. (Standard)

Chelsea will try to sign Valencia and Spain left-back Jose Gaya, 24, when their transfer ban ends next summer. (Soccer Link, via Talk Sport)

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon, 25, says he is ready to leave Chelsea on a permanent basis because he is fed up with being sent on loan every year. (A Bola, via Goal)

Former Arsenal and Germany defender Per Mertesacker believes the club's players failed to justify Arsene Wenger's faith in them in the latter days of the Frenchman's reign at Emirates Stadium. (Standard)

Wenger says one of his biggest regrets as Arsenal boss was missing out on signing Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. (beIN Sports)

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 28, has promised former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany he will one day play for him at Anderlecht. (Sun)

Crystal Palace academy coach Shaun Derry has revealed how a four-day spell at League Two Cambridge United inspired England Under-21 defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka to begin his journey to Manchester United. (Standard)

The son of former Liverpool owner George Gillett is in negotiations to buy Championship side Derby County. (Mail)

Police want officials to ignore new Fifa rules on where substituted players leave the pitch to help avoid any potential crowd trouble when Portsmouth take on local rivals Southampton in the third round of the Carabao Cup on 24 September. (Sun)

Former England and Luton midfielder Ricky Hill has demanded an apology from the Premier League after alleging they 'stole' his idea about an academy for players released by club academies. (Mail)

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