Saturday's gossip column: Alonso, Gomes, Wenger, Moutinho, Meunier

Football gossip

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is considering former Liverpool and Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso, 37, as a potential replacement for manager Zinedine Zidane. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri are also being lined up as replacements for Zidane, if the Frenchman is sacked. (Marca)

Wolves are in advanced talks with 33-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho over a new two-year contract at Molineux. (Telegraph)

Watford hope to beat Hull to the signing of Malmo's 19-year-old Swedish striker Kevin Harletun, who will be available for a compensation fee of around £140,000 when his contract expires in November. (Sun)

Liverpool are monitoring the progress of 20-year-old Netherlands striker Donyell Malen, who has scored 10 goals in 12 appearances for PSV Eindhoven this season (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United have opened talks with 19-year-old England Under-20 midfielder Angel Gomes over a new deal at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists a refinancing deal on the £637m debt on their new stadium will have no impact on the club's transfer activity. (Standard)

Newcastle are interested in their 25-year-old Paraguay forward Miguel Almiron's former Atlanta United team-mate and Venezuela striker Josef Martinez, 26. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Belgium defender Thomas Meunier admits he is frustrated at his lack of game time at Paris Saint-Germain. The 28-year-old was linked with Arsenal and Manchester United over the summer. (RMC Sport, via Mirror)

Everton boss Marco Silva says the club are exploring the possibility of signing a central defender in the January transfer window. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will take on a technical role at world governing body Fifa in the coming weeks, but still has a desire to return to management. (ESPN)

Aston Villa have set aside £20m to spend on a new striker in January after missing out on a number of targets over the summer. (Football Insider)

Former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari is in contention to become the first manager of David Beckham's MLS expansion side Inter Miami. (BeINSports on Twitter)

Barcelona need to raise an additional 100m euros (£88m) of player sales in order to balance the books and comply with financial fair play regulations. (Marca)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects his assistant and former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta to succeed him when he leaves Etihad Stadium. (Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, has asked his team-mates to improve with the Eagles struggling for form. (Sun)

Manchester City's Etihad Stadium has been ranked as the best in the world by a new study of teams who won their national or regional leagues, beating the likes of Barcelona's Nou Camp and Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena. (Mail)

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