Thursday's gossip column

Football gossip

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged by former player Jonathan Greening to prioritise signing Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, 24, over fellow midfielder and Leicester star James Maddison, 23, this summer. (Metro)external-link

United have reportedly added Real Madrid's Uruguayan midfielder Federico Valverde, 21, to their wish list as they prepare for life without Paul Pogba. (Express)external-link

Chelsea are ready to sell Emerson Palmieri, 25, and Victor Moses, 29, as their search for a left-back continues. (Sun) external-link

Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal have been placed on alert with the news that Napoli are set to listen to offers for Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik, 26. (Calcio Mercato via Team Talk)external-link

Sheffield United players have been told they face fines if they fail to keep their fitness up during the coronavirus outbreak. (Yorkshire Post)external-link

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he tried to sign both Paris St-Germain and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani, 33, and Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, who is now at AC Milan, in the January transfer window. (Mail)external-link

Manchester United are leading the race to sign England forward Jadon Sancho, 20, from Borussia Dortmund when the transfer window reopens this summer. (Independent)external-link

Real Madrid are hoping a cash-plus-player deal will be enough to persuade Arsenal to part with Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30. (Star)external-link

Manchester United are ready to allow England defender Chris Smalling, 30, to make his loan to Roma permanent, provided they can sign Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mail)external-link

Arsenal have made an offer to sign Smalling in the summer transfer window, with Manchester United wanting £25m. (Metro)external-link

Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, admits he is not sure whether he wants to sign a new contract and stay at Spurs next season. (Mirror)external-link

Arsenal are confident they will be able to agree a deal with Real Madrid to extend 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos' loan spell should the season run beyond 30 June. (Standard)external-link

Leicester City have been linked with a move for Atalanta and Belgium defender Timothy Castagne, 24. (Sport Foot, via Leicester Mercury)external-link

Derby County have been linked with a move for Fenerbahce forward Ferdi Kadioglu, a 20-year-old who has represented Turkey at under-21 level. (Derby Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal could be on course to land Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig with the 21-year-old French defender keen to move on this summer. (Bild, via Star)external-link

West Brom want to sign Croatian midfielder Filip Krovinovic, 24, on a permanent deal once his loan from Benfica finishes. (Express and Star)external-link

The summer transfer window could stay open until January as coronavirus continues to disrupt Premier League and EFL games. (Express)external-link

Bergamo mayor Giorgio Gori has described Atalanta's Champions League match with Valencia on 19 February in Milan as a "biological bomb" and believes it caused the coronavirus to spread in Italy and Spain. (Mail)external-link

Former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is stuck in Benin because of coronavirus. He left Paraguay, where he plays for Olimpia, with the intention to join his family in Togo, but a stopover in Benin means he now has to self-isolate for 15 days. (Talksport)external-link

European football's leagues and competitions remain hopeful of finishing the season by 30 June, following an opening round of talks this week. (Sky Sports)external-link

Chelsea have put player contract talks on hold because of the coronavirus crisis. The Blues have four players – Brazil midfielder Willian, 31, France forward Olivier Giroud, 33, Spain winger Pedro, 32, and Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero, 38 - approaching the end of their current deals. (Telegraph)external-link

But Pedro has confirmed he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, although he is unsure about his future plans. (Independent)external-link

Barcelona are considering a pay cut of up to 70% for all their players for as long as the coronavirus lockdown lasts in Spain. (Guardian)external-link

Eight Premier League clubs have joined together to try to stop Manchester City playing in the Champions League next season if they make a request for their two-year ban from the competition to be frozen during an appeal. (Times, subscription required)external-link