Today's newspaper gossip: Chelsea offer Ibrahimovic two-year deal, United eye ter Stegen

Published on: 16 March 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Chelsea offer Ibrahimovic two-year deal, United eye ter Stegen

Chelsea have offered Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, a two-year deal worth almost £10m a season. (FootMercato - in French)

Premier League leaders Leicester will attempt to tie manager Claudio Ranieri to a new contract at the end of the season amid fears that he could buy himself out of his existing deal and join a bigger European club. (Times - subscription required)

The Times

The Times leads on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggesting he built the Gunners' modern success on his own

Real Madrid's Germany international Toni Kroos, 26, has an offer on the table to join Arsenal in a multi-million pound transfer, according to reports. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester United have identified Barcelona reserve keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 23, as a possible replacement for David de Gea, 25, should the Spaniard leave Old Trafford this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has agreed a deal to manage Jordan as well as coach Derby. (Sun)

Liverpool face having to pay £120,000-a-week striker Christian Benteke, 25, to play elsewhere if they want to offload him this summer. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are interested in signing Benteke but are unlikely to be be willing to offer the Belgium international more than £80,000 a week, meaning Liverpool may have to contribute towards his wages.(Times - subscription required)

The Hammers are expected to confirm the permanent signing of Manuel Lanzini, 23, in the next few days, and have also agreed to sign Norway midfielder Havard Nordtveit, 25, on a free transfer from Borussia Moenchengladbach next season. (London Evening Standard)

Antonio Conte, expected to join Chelsea when he leaves his role as Italy coach after Euro 2016, is ready to kick off his reign at Stamford Bridge before the tournament begins. (Sun)

Mauricio Pochettino is expected to finalise a new £3.5m-a-year contract to remain as Tottenham boss at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

The Sun

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany's injury is the focus on the back page of The Sun

Manchester United could lose out in the race for Borussia Dortmund's highly rated 26-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang because he promised his grandfather he would play for Real Madrid.(Manchester Evening News)

Napoli midfielder Jorginho is a target for Arsenal and has also caught the attention of Real Madrid, the player's agent has said. (Radio Kiss, via Daily Mail)

Chelsea are ready to make a transfer offer for Roma defender Kostas Manolas, 24.(Il Tempo - in Italian)

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville is unlikely to accept a permanent offer to stay in charge at Valencia.(

Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 23, is on the verge of signing a new five-year contract.(Daily Telegraph)

Southend boss Phil Brown, a former Bolton assistant manager, is a leading contender to replace Neil Lennon at the Trotters. (Guardian)

Manager Roberto Martinez will retain full control of Everton's transfer activity despite the arrival of billionaire investor Farhad Moshiri.(Liverpool Echo)

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi says he would sell the club for the right price following a new wave of criticism from supporters. (Times - subscription required)

Guardian back page

The Guardian also lead on Vincent Kompany's injury in Manchester City's 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says the door is not closed on Dutch forward Elvis Manu, 22, currently on loan at Huddersfield. Manu was disciplined and fined by the Yorkshiremen last week after previously criticising Albion in an interview in the Dutch media. (The Argus)

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have an "outstanding talent" in 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza, who has had to be loaned to Belgian outfit Sint-Truidense because of work permit issues.(Liverpool Echo)

Arsene Wenger should try to bring Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure - 33 in May - to Arsenal in the summer, according to former City boss Stuart Pearce.(Talksport)

David de Gea is the only current Manchester United player in Rio Ferdinand's 'dream five-a-side team', a rather attacking line-up being completed by Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar, plus Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. (

Norwich's home encounter with Watford has been moved to the final week of the Premier League season because of the Hornets being involved in FA Cup semi-final action.(Eastern Daily Press)

Best of social media

Tottenham's England striker Harry Kane has packed a punch in front of goal again this season but after a day off to recover from his two-goal display in Sunday's victory at Aston Villa, he was in the gym on Tuesday to hone his fitness before a key end-of-season run-in for Spurs.

Tottenham hitman Harry Kane in the gym

Harry "The Hitman" Kane

Dele Alli

— (@Dele_Alli)

">suggests some plans for his Tottenham team-mates, wanting Kane to go into UFC and Eric Dier to heavyweight boxing. "Harry to fight Mcgregor.. @ericdier to fight Joshua! Let's make this happen."

Wayne Rooney takes his youngest child, baby Kit, to Manchester United's FA Cup match with West Ham.

The Rooney family

Three-fifths of the Rooney family

Former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton, a devoted Manchester City fan, reacts to Vincent Kompany's early departure from the Champions League match with Dynamo Kiev because of injury,

— (@HitmanHatton)

">writing:"I could cry for Vincent Kompany."

Southampton striker Charlie Austin

— (@chazaustin9)

">shares his thoughts on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, and looks ahead to day two: "Yanworth is my nap but I do like Diego du charmil I think he's off a great mark of 133 so let's hope he can run a blinder! But we are up."

And finally

Leicester have signed the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, one of the world's richest men. Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, a 17-year-old winger, has been at Chelsea since 2014 after earlier spells with Arsenal and Reading.(Guardian)

Three children who invaded Barcelona's training ground were allowed to take part in a session with the club's senior stars. (Independent)

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, 18, and Jesse Lingard, 23, were spotted swapping cars near the club's Carrington training ground, forcing other motorists to swerve around them. (Daily Star)