Tuesday's gossip column: Bale, Sterling, Zaha, Werner, Mourinho

Football gossip

Real Madrid are preparing to offer Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, plus £70m in exchange for Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling. (Sky Sports)

City have told Real to forget about signing 24-year-old Sterling. (Star)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will have up to £150m to spend on players in January if their transfer ban is lifted. (Telegraph)

The Blues have Crystal Palace's Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, and RB Leipzig's Germany striker Timo Werner on their list of potential targets. (Express)

Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with Werner but his club say they do not intend to let the 23-year-old leave. (Mirror)

Manchester United have made West Ham United and England midfielder Declan Rice, 20, their top target for next summer - but he may be brought to the Old Trafford club as soon as January. (Goal)

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure for the first time in his 18-month tenure at London Stadium. (Sun)

Real Madrid have reignited their interest in Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old England and winger Jadon Sancho. (Mail)

Chelsea have entered the race for Lyon's French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, with the former Celtic player also a target for Manchester United.(Mail)

Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho would be interested in taking the vacant Bayern Munich manager's job, according to former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who played for the Portuguese at Old Trafford. (Evening Standard)

Ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is among Bayern's list of candidates to replace their former boss Niko Kovac, who left the Bundesliga champions at the weekend. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag has confirmed he will be staying at Ajax amid reported interest from Bayern Munich.(Talksport)

Leicester City have opened negotiations with Club Bruges about a potential move for Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, 21, in January. (Leicester Mercury)

The Foxes and Newcastle United are interested in signing Senegal striker Habib Diallo, 24, from French side Metz. (Express)

Magpies and England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 27, is set to become the next senior player to sign a new contract with the St James' Park club. (Northern Echo)

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale faces a race against time to make Wales' Euro 2020 qualifiers next week after he tore his calf muscle last month. (Sun)

Manchester United will remain without France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, for at least another four weeks because of his ankle injury. (ESPN)

United have rejected a bid of £13m from Roma for England defender Chris Smalling, with the 29-year-old on a season-long loan deal at the Serie A side. (Star)

Wolverhampton Wanderers are preparing a £13m bid for Atalanta's Swedish midfielder Dejan Kulusevski, 23, who has also been linked with Manchester City and Arsenal. (Sport Witness)

Wolves have joined Watford and Newcastle in tracking Royal Antwerp's Portuguese defender Aurelio Buta, 22. (Birmingham Mail)

Tottenham Hotspur have offered England Under-20 defender Japhet Tanganga a new deal to prevent the 20-year-old leaving at the end of his existing contract next summer. (Football Insider)

Leicester, Wolves and Everton are all chasing Burnley's English winger Dwight McNeil, 19. (Teamtalk)

Arsenal have parted company with head of youth scouting Steve Morrow - who scored the winning goal in the 1993 League Cup final before breaking his arm in the celebrations - as part of a planned restructuring of the club's academy. (London Evening Standard)

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