Sunday's gossip column: Messi, Kroos, Pogba, De Gea, Eriksen, Mane

Football gossip

Former England captain David Beckham has stepped up his bid to bring Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to his new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami by sending representatives to speak to the 32-year-old Argentina international's father. (Sun on Sunday)

Inter Miami are also interested in signing 30-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.(Maxifoot - in French)

Manchester United are interested in signing Real Madrid's Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 29, in January in a swap deal involving 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (Bild - in German)

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, has signed a new four-year deal with United worth about £250,000 a week, rising to £350,000 a week with performance-related clauses. (Sunday Mirror)

England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, will seal a new five-year deal at Chelsea after returning from injury. (Sun on Sunday)

Liverpool have opened contract talks with 27-year-old Senegal forward Sadio Mane. (SoccerLink, via Sport Witness)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, is holding out for a January move from Tottenham to Real Madrid. (Marca - in Spanish)

AC Milan and Inter Milan are interested in signing Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31, from Manchester United in January. (Corriere Dello Sport - in Italian)

Manchester United sent scouts to watch Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi, 25, in action for Kosovo against England last week. (Sunday Express)

Eighteen-year-old Argentine midfielder Thiago Almada, who was interesting Manchester City, has signed a new four-year contract with Velez Sarsfield. (Manchester Evening News)

Wolves owners Fosun are understood to be looking for fresh investment to help the club challenge at the top of the Premier League and are willing to sell a 20% stake in the club. (Express and Star)

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has been given the go-ahead to bring in new players in January, with a particular focus on wingers. (Chronicle)

Juventus' 33-year-old Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic, who was linked with Manchester United over the summer, is close to a move to MLS side LAFC. (Calciomercato)

English defender Tyrone Mings, 26, says he was surprised when Aston Villa decided to pay £20m to sign him from Bournemouth in the summer. (Express and Star)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says Javi Gracia learned of his sacking as Watford boss during a chance meeting between the pair back in their native Spain. (Sunday Telegraph)

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