Friday gossip column: Dybala, Eriksen, De Gea, Giroud, Bale, Van Dijk

Friday gossip column: Dybala, Eriksen, De Gea, Giroud, Bale, Van Dijk

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Tottenham will again be offered the chance to sign £65m-rated Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, when the transfer window reopens in January after failing to complete a deal in the summer. (Star)

Atletico Madrid are set to move for Spurs and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, in January. (Express)

Manchester United have contacted Paul Pogba’s agent to discuss extending the France midfielder’s contract beyond 2021. The 26-year-old was linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer. (L’Equipe, via Mail)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will target a new centre-back in January even if injured France defender Aymeric Laporte, 25, is close to a return. (Mail)

City right-back Kyle Walker, 29, is worried about his England future after being left out of manager Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo. (Star)

Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier, 27, has refused to rule out a January transfer. the Belgium international is out of contract next summer and has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United. (RTBF – in French)

Juventus are interested in three Manchester United players – 28-year-old Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly, 25, and Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31 – and could bid for the players next summer. (Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Team Talk)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is delighted with forward Gareth Bale’s change of attitude and believes the 30-year-old Wales international could, along with Belgium winger Eden Hazard, become a key part of his new Bernabeu project. (ESPN)

Bale says he expects “plenty more turbulence” before there is a “conclusion” on his future at Real. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea’s 32-year-old France striker Olivier Giroud has opened the door for a potential move to Major League Soccer in the United States. (Mail)

Tottenham’s summer attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes failed because of the “difficult” structure of the offer, says the Portuguese club’s president. Spurs were willing to pay £40m up front for the 24-year-old, with another £18m if they had won the Premier League and Champions League. (Evening Standard)

Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 30, says he left Arsenal to join Roma on loan because of a lack of playing time with the Gunners. (Mirror)

Manchester United sent scouts to watch defender Ruben Dias, 22, during Benfica’s 4-0 win over Braga last weekend. The Portugal international is also wanted by Wolves. (Birmingham Mail)

Dutch winger Tahith Chong, 19, says he is in talks with Manchester United over a new contract at Old Trafford. (Star)

Liverpool are among the clubs scouting 20-year-old Villarreal and Nigeria winger Samuel Chukwueze. (Goal)

Inter Milan enquired about Borussia Dortmund’s Germany midfielder Mario Gotze in August and could move for the 27-year-old in January. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Derby’s Polish defender Krystian Bielik, 21, says AC Milan wanted to sign him before he moved from Arsenal to the Rams in the summer. (Derby Telegraph)

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