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Alan 12:49 Wed Oct 10
Wednesday newspapers

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will hold clear-the-air talks with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in London before a club board meeting on Thursday. (Sun)

United remain relaxed about David de Gea's contract situation, despite having been in talks with the 27-year-old Spain goalkeeper over a new deal since August. (ESPN)

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 27, is waiting to see if Real Madrid say they will try to sign him next summer before making a decision on whether to stay at Stamford Bridge or not. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid were interested in bringing in Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane during the summer. (Mundo Deportivo, via Express)

Chelsea are monitoring former manager Antonio Conte's next move, with a compensation bill yet to be agreed for the Italian, who is being linked to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. (Telegraph)

Denmark centre-back Andreas Christensen is unhappy at his lack of playing time under Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. (Times - subscription required)

Juventus have ruled out making a move to re-sign Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25. (Guardian)

Monaco are lining up former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry, 41, to replace Leonardo Jardim as manager. (Sun)

Former Chelsea and England defender John Terry's chances of becoming Aston Villa manager have increased as a result of Monaco's interest in Henry. (Times - subscription required)

Aston Villa's players are backing 37-year-old Terry, who was the Championship club's captain last season, to get the job. (Mirror)

Manchester City have an edge on their Premier League rivals if they wish to re-sign 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho - because of a buy-back clause they inserted into the deal when they sold him. (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham will target Lyon and France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 21, in the January transfer window. (Mirror)

Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno, 26, is on a list of left-backs being considered by Barcelona as a back-up to Jordi Alba. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will personally scout Fiorentina and Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic, 20, during the international break. (Telegraf, via Talksport)

Mourinho wants Manchester United to sign Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar and AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, who are both 23, in the January transfer window. (Mail)

Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says he was on the verge of joining Arsenal from West Ham before a performance by Cesc Fabregas changed ex-Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's mind about signing him. (Times - subscription required)

Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 25, has split with his long-standing agent in a move which could lead to a return to the Premier League. (Telegraph)

Manchester City plan to hold talks with Germany winger Leroy Sane, 22, over an extension to his contract. (Sun)

Christian Eriksen's agent says reports the 26-year-old Tottenham and Denmark playmaker has a chronic stomach injury are incorrect. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool and Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk "has to improve" as "sometimes he is a little too laid back", says Dutch national team manager Ronald Koeman. (Mirror)

Manchester United's summer transfer business may have been influenced by Brexit, according to one sports enterprise professor. (Manchester Evening News)

Argentina striker Mauro Icardi is yet to open talks with Inter Milan regarding an extension to his contract, which includes a £96m release clause, says his agent. (Tiki Taka, via Goal)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery put their club rivalry aside to pass on their expertise at a Uefa coaching course. (Mail)

Danny Rose, the 28-year-old Tottenham left-back, has backed 22-year-old team-mate Harry Winks, dubbed the "little Iniesta", to solve England's search for a creative midfielder. (London Evening Standard)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

People who know Arsène Wenger say that since stepping down as Arsenal overlord, there is a fresh spring in his stride. Although it was not a decision he relished taking, the 68-year-old looks liberated, spry, many years younger. It’s amazing what not being called a plonker on a weekly basis can do for a man. One day the Mill hopes to experience that.

Perhaps, in moments of reflection, Wenger feels that although others thought him to be almost all-powerful at Arsenal, in fact he became institutionalised. And only now is he truly in charge of his destiny. Or, on the other hand, is the competitor in him restless? Does gadding about with no responsibility – attending a charity event here, being feted as a Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption there – leave him hollow? Does he contemplate the international break and think: “Some Premier League heads are going to roll: comeback time is nigh” Or: “Villa have given Brucie the heave-ho, what’s all this claptrap about appointing Thierry or Terry? Let the master show them how its done!”

Well, maybe. But the only appointment that Wenger is being seriously linked with at the moment is at Paris Saint-Germain, where the director of football, Antero Henrique, is under heavy pressure. With last summer’s recruitment criticised even by some PSG players, Henrique’s days at the club are said to be numbered, and some at PSG think it’s Wenger time, at last. While Unai Emery gets applause for winning nine matches in a row against teams such as Qarabag and Fulham, would Wenger accept the challenge of helping to build a Europe-conquering squad at the Spaniard’s former club? Answer A for: “Nah, he’s content as he is”; or B for: “Yes, faster than you can say financial doping.”

Elsewhere in France, another interesting opportunity may be opening up, as Monaco are said to be close to sacking Leonardo Jardim for no longer being able to pretend the club does not keeping selling its best players. There are no plans to ask Wenger to return, apparently. Instead Monaco fancy appointing Thierry Henry, which is why John Terry’s path to Aston Villa seems freer. Zinedine Zidane’s name has got a couple of mentions, too. In relation to Monaco, not Villa.

Word of Jardim’s potential availability, meanwhile, has got clubs across Europe thinking they should make a move for a man who beat PSG to the French title and guided Monaco to the Champions League semi-finals less than two years ago. It may give Manchester United something to ponder as Ed Woodward reportedly holds clear-the-air talks with United’s current Portuguese manager this week. Real Madrid may also take an interest in Jardim, when they oust Julen Lopetegui. But United and, especially, Real are thought to be more likely to appoint Antonio Conte if they change manager. Thing is, if they hire Conte, there’s little chance of them persuading Eden Hazard to come.

Meanwhile, United are said to be keen on Jordi Alba, who’s so good that Barcelona will aim to replace him with Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno, apparently. United are also hot on the trail of the Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, whom José Mourinho will watch in action for Serbia this week.

Spurs will have scouts watching France, for whom Tanguy Ndombele could play. The Lyon midfielder is much admired by Mauricio Pochettino, so Daniel Levy is readying a bid worth €50m plus one Victor Wanyama.

Finally, Jack Butland is being linked with a new agent, which he perhaps hopes is a prelude to him being linked with a new club. If Stoke find themselves needing a new goalkeeper, they’re expected to head to the Premier League’s goalkeeping storage depot at Turf Moof. Either Nick Pope or Tom Heaton would see them right.

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Texas Iron 6:28 Thu Oct 11
Re: Wednesday newspapers

Bernie 7:23 Wed Oct 10
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Harry Winks the little Iniesta

Arthur Masuaku the black Maldini

Kaiser Zoso 3:41 Wed Oct 10
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Harry Winks dubbed the little Iniesta


SurfaceAgentX2Zero 12:55 Wed Oct 10
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Heaton and Pope are both better than Buttland, so he'd better move quickly.

Thanks Alan 12:54 Wed Oct 10
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Thanks Alan

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