Football gossip: Zidane, Hazard, Eriksen, Solskjaer, Gundogan, De Ligt

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Football gossip: Zidane, Hazard, Eriksen, Solskjaer, Gundogan, De Ligt

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has promised returning manager, Zinedine Zidane £300m to spend this summer, with the Spanish giants interested in a number of players, including Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, and Tottenham’s Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27. Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, and 33-year-old Croatia midfielder Luka Modric are among those set to leave the Bernabeu in the summer. (Independent)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez also says he would like to sign both France forward Kylian Mbappe, 20, and 27-year-old Brazil international Neymar from Paris St-Germain. (Goal.com)

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho missed out on a return to Real Madrid because senior players at the club did not want the Portuguese in charge. (Mail)

Manchester United want to confirm Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new permanent boss during the forthcoming international break. The former United and Norway striker is now the only contender for the post. (Mirror)

Solskjaer is prepared to let Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, leave United on loan. (Sun)

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 28, says he will not be pressured into signing a new contract with Manchester City and refused to rule out leaving the club in the summer. (Telegraph)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is preparing to step up his bid to sign Ajax and Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19. (Goal.com)

Arsenal club bosses say that players who only have two years left on their contracts and refuse to sign new deals will be sold. Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 28, will be leaving the club for free at the end of the season, with Arsenal keen to avoid repeat situations. (Metro)

Arsenal scouts were again spotted watching AC Milan’s Spanish former Liverpool midfielder Suso, 25. (Caught Offside)

England boss Gareth Southgate is considering a call-up for in-form Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 24. Southgate names his squad on Wednesday for this month’s opening Euro 2020 qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Montenegro. (Mirror)

Celtic want to sign Chelsea’s Czech defender Tomas Kalas, 25, in a £5m move but will also move for Red Star Belgrade’s Serbia Under-21 center-back Srdjan Babic, 22, as an alternative. (Star)

Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Inter Milan have all scouted 21-year-old PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn, with the Dutchman valued at more than £30m. (De Telegraaf, via Team Talk)

Besiktas manager Senol Gunes says the two-year loan deal for Liverpool’s German goalkeeper Loris Karius, 25, “hasn’t worked out” and he would be dropped if a suitable replacement was available. (Liverpool Echo)

Michael Appleton is open to a return to West Brom after the sacking of Darren Moore, saying the club “have his number”. (Sky Sports)

Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City have signed defensive midfielder Gedion Zelalem, 22, on a free transfer from Arsenal. The USA Under-23 international made four substitute appearances in cup competitions for the Gunners and also had a season-long loan spell at Scottish Premiership side Rangers in 2015-16. (MLSSoccer.com)

Crystal Palace is still planning to start work on the redevelopment of Selhurst Park this summer – despite uncertainty over the club’s ownership. (London Evening Standard)

This article was extracted from BBC sport

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