Football gossip: Bale, Pogba, Sancho, Lallana, Coman, Messi

Football gossip

Manchester United are closing in on signing Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, in the January transfer window - and will allow France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, to move in the opposite direction as part of the deal. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

Paris St-Germain are likely to be the biggest obstacle to Manchester United's bid to sign Borussia Dortmund's £120m-rated England winger Jadon Sancho, 19. (Sunday Express)external-link

PSG are also interested in Liverpool and England midfielder Adam Lallana, 31. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Manchester United are monitoring West Bromwich Albion's 23-year-old Brazilian winger Matheus Pereira, who is on loan at The Hawthorns club from Sporting Lisbon.(Mirror)external-link

Manchester City are considering a move for Bayern Munich's France winger Kingsley Coman, 23, if Leroy Sané joins the German champions as expected in the summer. (Sky Sports)external-link

Arsenal are preparing a bid for Turkey defender Merih Demiral, who could be sold by Juventus if the right offer is received for the 21-year-old. (Tuttosport - in Italian)external-link

Barcelona are discussing a new contract with Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 32. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Former LA Galaxy and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, is demanding almost £900,000 a month to return to Serie A, where he has played for Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan. Milan, Bologna and Napoli are among the clubs interested in signing the ex-Sweden international. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Everton will target Eintracht Frankfurt's Portuguese forward Goncalo Paciencia, 25, in January after manager Marco Silva asked the club to bring in a striker. (Goal)external-link

Roma will have to pay Manchester United £18m if they want to keep England defender Chris Smalling, 29, on a permanent basis. (Tuttosport, via Metro)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur will offer 17-year-old Republic of Ireland striker Troy Parrott a significant pay rise in an improved three-year deal. (Football Insider)external-link

Bruno Fernandes, the 25-year-old Portugal midfielder heavily linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid, says he "feels the love" at Sporting Lisbon. (Goal)external-link

Inter Milan and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, claims Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted him to stay at Old Trafford prior to his £73m move to the Italian club. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

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