Today's newspaper gossip: Man United line bids for Ronaldo, Bale and Neymar; Giggs for Swansea

Published on: 11 December 2015
Today's newspaper gossip: Man United line bids for Ronaldo, Bale and Neymar; Giggs for Swansea

Manchester United are lining up separate bids for Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo - as well as Barcelona attacker Neymar. (The Times - subscription required) 

Daily Star

The Star leads with news of a move for Everton's John Stones by Manchester United

United will also make John Stones the most expensive defender in the world, with the Old Trafford club happy to spend £50m on the 21-year-old. (Daily Star) 

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could be on his way out though - with Chinese side Shanghai SPG ready to give the England captain £25m a year over three years. Rooney would be reunited in China with former England boss Sven Goran-Eriksson. (Daily Mail) 

The Times

The Times suggests that Manchester United are chasing Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale - and Barcelona forward Neymar.

Real Madrid are keen to take Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu next summer. Mourinho, 52, left Madrid in 2013 after three years but president Florentino Perez remains a fan. (The Sun) 

Swansea have put Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs on their shortlist to replace Garry Monk as manager. (The Sun) 

Another Premier League legend - former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp - is also among the favourites at the Liberty Stadium.(London Evening Standard) 

Alternatively, former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, 47, and his ex-Chelsea team-mate Roberto di Matteo, 45, are both in the running at Swansea. (Guardian) 

Arsenal will counter their latest raft of midfield injuries by bidding for Southampton's Victor Wanyama, 24, in January. (Mirror) 

The Sun

Will Ryan Giggs be the next Swansea manager? The Sun back page thinks so

The Gunners could also sign Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin, 24, for £4.3m in January. (Izvestia - via Metro) 

Former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 34, could make his return to the Premier League with struggling Aston Villa (Daily Mail) 

West Brom manager Tony Pulis phoned former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher last week and urged him to follow fellow pundit Gary Neville into management. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini says he "trusts" in the philosophy of manager Louis van Gaal and believes that goals will come for him and the team. (NBC Sports) 

Sunderland could allow reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone to move back to Italy next month, with Verona keen to sign him. The Black Cats will recall Jordan Pickford, 21, from his loan spell with Preston North End if Mannone does move on. (Newcastle Chronicle) 

Championship side Charlton insist that 18-year-old forward Ademola Lookman will stay at the Valley - despite being linked to Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea. (News Shopper) 

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And finally

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling may earn a reported £180,000 a week but he has been driving a £12,000 Smart car to training this week.(The Sun) 

Arsenal goalkeeper and keen drummer Petr Cech believes sessions on the video game Rock Band with former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini have improved his reactions and made him a better goalkeeper. (London Evening Standard)