Friday's gossip column: Mane, Silva, Zidane, Haaland, Zidane, Lukaku

Football gossip

Liverpool have opened talks with Senegal forward Sadio Mane over a new five-and-a-half-year deal that would see the 27-year-old become the club's highest paid player, earning around £220,000 a week. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Star)

Former Spain midfielder David Silva will sign for David Beckham's Major League Soccer side Inter Miami when the 33-year-old leaves Manchester City at the end of the season. (Independent)

Real Madrid would have to pay around 80m euros (£70.5m) if they want to sack manager Zinedine Zidane (Sport - in Spanish)

Meanwhile, Barcelona are planning to sell a number of players in the January window - with Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31, France defender Samuel Umtiti, 25, and 32-year-old Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal among those who could leave. (Marca)

Barcelona are the latest club to be linked with 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, who scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Red Bull Salzburg against Genk on Tuesday. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Haaland's father, Alf-Inge, says it would be "nice" if his son joined Manchester United despite the 46-year-old playing for their rivals Leeds United and Manchester City during his playing career. (TV2 - in Norwegian)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers believes an offer from a club such as Liverpool or Manchester United may be too big for England midfielder James Maddison, 22, to turn down. (Sun)

If clubs come in for Maddison, the Foxes would demand a figure similar the £80m United paid to sign England defender Harry Maguire, 26, in the summer. (Standard)

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke invested his own money on transfers this summer rather than rely on the club's self-sustaining model to fund the deals. (Mirror)

The Gunners' German defender Shkodran Mustafi says he is open to leaving the club if the right offer arrives from a team in his home nation. (Mail)

Chelsea are optimistic the ankle injury suffered by 20-year-old England forward Mason Mount against Valencia on Tuesday is not as serious as first feared. (Standard)

Leicester City sent scouts to watch 29-year-old Portugal full-back Andre Almeida play for Benfica against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Record, via Leicester Mercury)

Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 27, says he feels "a little downbeat" at his lack of playing time at Liverpool this season but insists he is "comfortable" at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Everton and Newcastle have been tracking the progress of Atlanta United's 25-year-old Venezuela striker Josef Martinez. (Chronicle)

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku and team-mate Marcelo Brozovic had to be separated by Alexis Sanchez after a dressing room row erupted following their 1-1 Champions League draw against Slavia Prague on Tuesday. (Mail)

Watford are hoping to beat Championship side Hull City to the signature of Malmo's 19-year-old Swedish striker Kevin Harletun. (Sun)

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, is confident of breaking into the England squad after an inspirational conversation with Villa assistant John Terry helped convince him he is good enough to earn a call-up. (Standard)

Concussion substitutes could be introduced in football with the International Football Association Board due to discuss the proposal at a meeting in Zurich next month. (The Athletic - subscription required)

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