Friday’s gossip column: Maddison, Ruiz, Kante, Aurier, Terry, Lindelof, Vardy, Bolasie

Friday’s gossip column: Maddison, Ruiz, Kante, Aurier, Terry, Lindelof, Vardy, Bolasie

Manchester United are monitoring Leicester City midfielder James Maddison with a view to making a move for the 22-year-old Englishman next summer. (Ma

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Manchester United are monitoring Leicester City midfielder James Maddison with a view to making a move for the 22-year-old Englishman next summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City have proposed a change to transfer deadline day whereby domestic deals still have to be done before the start of the Premier League season but top-flight clubs can still buy and sell from European sides until the end of August. (Mail)

Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are interested in signing Napoli and Spain midfielder Fabian Ruiz, 23. (Calciomercato, via Mail)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wants to sign Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante, 28. (The Athletic – subscription required)

Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar has refused to rule out a return to Manchester United, where he played as a goalkeeper, after being linked with a possible technical director’s role at Old Trafford. (Times – subscription required)

United are willing to sell France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, to Real Madrid in January but only if the Spanish club include Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 29, in any deal. (Diario Madridista – in Spanish)

Ex-Chelsea captain John Terry has been backed by former manager Roberto di Matteo to one day become the Blues’ boss. (The Athletic, via Birmingham Mail)

Brazil forward Willian, 31, believes Chelsea are still capable of winning silverware this season despite new head coach Frank Lampard taking charge in difficult circumstances. (Standard)

Manchester United are prepared to double the wages of 25-year-old Sweden defender Victor Lindelof and offer him a contract worth £150,000 a week. (Sun)

England boss Gareth Southgate says Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy could still return to the national team, despite the 32-year-old announcing his retirement from international football last year. (Times – subscription required)

Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has urged Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30, to “step up and deliver” again for Arsenal, saying he has gifts no other Gunners player has. (Talksport)

Tottenham’s 26-year-old Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier admits he wanted to leave the club in the summer. (Football.London)

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says he has no regrets over the way the club handled 28-year-old England right-back Kieran Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid. (Guardian)

Everton’s 30-year-old DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie hopes his loan move to Sporting Lisbon will be made permanent next summer. (Record, via Sport Witness)

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says he has been portrayed as a “pantomime villain” and laughed off suggestions he had previously picked the team. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester United have scouted Reading’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace midfielder Jadan Raymond, 15, is a shock target for Valencia and Benfica after impressing for England Under-17s. (Mail)

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, 22, says he was “lied to” over his future before moving to Scottish club Rangers in the summer. (Mirror)

Inter Milan and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, says he was overweight at former club Manchester United because of a problem with his digestive system. (Sun)

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