Monday's gossip column: Van Dijk, De Gea, Eriksen, Pogba, Kante, Matic

Football gossip

Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to go head-to-head in a mammoth bid to tempt manager Jurgen Klopp and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, away from Liverpool. (AS, via Star)

Manchester United have offered to make Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, the Premier League's best-paid footballer to convince him to sign a new long-term contract. (Times - subscription required)

Midfielder Christian Eriksen is snubbing every new Tottenham contract put in front of him as the 27-year-old Dane's agent facilitates a move to Real Madrid next summer. (Marca, via Express)

Forward Eden Hazard, 28, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 27, want Frenchman N'Golo Kante at Real Madrid after the Chelsea midfielder, 28, was linked with a move to Spain. (Sun)

Real Madrid could offer German midfielder Toni Kroos, 29, to Manchester United in exchange for 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (FourFourTwo)

Arsenal are set to win the race for the signature of Sunderland's English teenager Logan Pye after the 15-year-old was linked with a move to the Premier League during the summer. (Sun)

Manchester United's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31, is a target for Juventus in January. (Mirror)

Manchester United had scouts checking out Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi, 25, when he scored against England at Wembley on Tuesday. (Express)

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, 21, has not ruled out opting to play for Nigeria instead of England.(Times - subscription required)

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, 27, was angered when team-mate Mohamed Salah, 27, did not pass to him against Burnley but says the incident is "forgotten" and the pair have "reconciled". (Canal+, via Star)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed he was with Javi Gracia when Watford sacked him. (Metro)

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said he would "run a mile" if he were ever offered the managerial position at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Lincoln City have opened fresh talks with Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth after he turned down their initial offer to take over as their new manager. (Mail)

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