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Gossip column: Rooney, Mourinho, Xhaka, Mata, Icardi, Conte

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Manchester United are considering selling striker and captain Wayne Rooney in the summer after receiving a bid for the 30-year-old from a Chinese Super League club. Rooney could earn £500,000 a week as part of the deal. (Manchester Evening News)

Listen: Journalist who broke story on ‘incredible’ Rooney offer

United must act fast if they want former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, 53, as their manager. The Portuguese is considering a return to Inter Milan. (The Sun)

Mourinho has identified Inter striker Mauro Icardi, 22, as one of his first transfer targets should he take charge at Old Trafford. (Corriere Dello Sport in Italian)

United could use playmaker Juan Mata, 27, as part of a £60m deal for Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann, 24. (The Sun)

Manchester City will make a £39m bid for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, 23, as they start to mould their squad to new boss Pep Guardiola’s requirements. (Bild, in German)

Daily Mail back page
The Daily Mail focus on Manchester United’s Europe League defeat to FC Midtjylland

New York Red Bulls and Orlando City want to take Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, to the MLS. The Ivorian is expected to leave the Etihad when Pep Guardiola takes over as manager in the summer. (Daily Star)

The Football Association is planning talks with the Premier League about the introduction of a winter break but is opposed to the scrapping of FA Cup replays. (Daily Mail)

Swansea hope to sign Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah, 25, from French club Evian on a free transfer. (Sun)

Former Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, has vowed to celebrate if he scores for Crystal Palace against his former club in Sunday’s FA Cup tie. (Times – subscription required)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 28, was involved in a heated argument with Paris St-Germain and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, after the French club’s 2-1 in Paris on Tuesday night. (Daily Mail)

Former Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth and a group of investors are on the verge of completing the takeover of the Lancashire club from majority stakeholder Eddie Davies. (Daily Star)

Manchester United players face having their wages cut by 25% if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. (Daily Mirror)

The first steps towards the redevelopment of Liverpool’s stadium could be taken on Friday with the council expected to approve plans for the £260m Anfield regeneration project, which includes a new hotel and business hub. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea have met with representatives of Italy coach Antonio Conte, 46, as they search for a permanent successor to the sacked Jose Mourinho. (Gianlucadimarzio.com, in Italian)

Luis Cavani, father of Paris St-Germain striker Edinson, would like his son to move to Real Madrid, Manchester United or Juventus. The 29-year-old has been played out wide in the French capital. (Sport5 in Hebrew)

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, 28, could treble his £35,000-a-week wages at Wolfsburg by moving to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)

Daily Mirror back page
The possibility of Wayne Rooney’s move to China features on the back page of the Daily Mirror

Inter Milan will try to renegotiate with Manchester City to avoid triggering a permanent deal for 26-year-old striker Stevan Jovetic, who has been on loan at the San Siro since July. (Football Italia)

Liverpool are considering triggering the £6.2m release clause in the contract of 28-year-old Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan. (Fichajes.com, in Spanish)

Incoming Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti wants AC Milan’s Colombia international Carlos Bacca, 29, to replace Robert Lewandowski if the 27-year-old Poland international leaves the German champions. (Bild, in German)

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, 21, has described Barcelona as “the best team in the world” as reports linking him to the Catalan giants emerge once again. (Football365.fr, in French)

Best of social media

Valencia coach Gary Neville’s optimistic tweet in the wake of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal’s end-of-season speech in May 2015 was widely retweeted by rival fans as United slipped to defeat by FC Midtjylland.

Gary Neville tweet

Former Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand says he is “hurting” after their latest defeat.

“I don’t know many elephants who can play football.” Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s horizons are broadened by Colchester Zoo’s Tanya.

Aaron Ramsey and Tanya
Aaron Ramsey and Tanya

And finally

A group of young fans on a tour of Valencia’s Mestalla adapted a chant to the tune of 2 Unlimited’s 90s chart hit ‘No Limits’- usually reserved for brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure – for the club’s manager Gary Neville and his brother and assistant Phil. (Metro)

Jimmy Hill’s former Match of the Day boss says it is unlikely any modern pundit could have the same cultural impact that Hill, who died in December, had. (Coventry Telegraph)

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