Jose Mourinho believes he has a 'gentleman's agreement' with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to become the next Manchester United manager. (Manchester Evening News)
But the former Chelsea boss will explore other options if he has not been offered the Old Trafford job by the end of the season. (Guardian)
And Mourinho will sign Brazil defender Miranda, 31, and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 23, from his former club Inter Milan. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)
Louis van Gaal's time in charge of Manchester United is over even if they defeat Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday and Midtjylland in the Europa League, says former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.(Telegraph)
Meanwhile, Dutchman Van Gaal says United have lost their fear factor. (Daily Express)
Manchester United will pursue a £60m deal for Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang regardless of who is in charge at Old Trafford. (Independent)
Newcastle missed out on signing Aubameyang in 2013, as the 26-year-old chose to move to Dortmund instead. (L'Equipe via Newcastle Chronicle)
Bayern Munich's Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, says he rejected a move to Manchester United in favour of joining the German champions last summer.(Times - subscription required)
West Brom supporters plan to throw money into buckets for a charity of Chris Brunt's choice at Saturday's Premier League game at home to Crystal Palace after the winger was struck by a coin following the FA Cup defeat at Reading.(Telegraph)
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 27, wants to stay at Manchester City for the rest of his career. (ESPN)
Tottenham are leading the race to sign £12m Belgium striker Laurent Depoitre, 27, from Gent. (Daily Mirror)
Watford midfielder George Byers, 19, is close to signing for Romanian club Rapid Bucharest on loan. (Sun)
Newcastle's Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, says the trip to La Manga in Spain has brought the players closer together. (L'Equipe, via Newcastle Chronicle)
However, the trip came at a cost with Magpies skipper Fabricio Coloccini, 34, ruled out for a month with a calf injury. (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 24, turned down a lucrative move to China because the Brazil international feels he is too young to end his Premier League career.(Daily Express)
Liverpool's Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 23, says Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is turning him into a better player. (World Soccer, via Liverpool Echo)
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How's this for a team bus? Former Italy and Juventus striker Alessandro del Piero posted this picture of the team involved in the Global Legends charity match in Las Vegas. Stars included Deco, Cafu, Landon Donovan, Andriy Shevchenko, Paolo Maldini, Paul Scholes, Robert Pires and Luis Figo.
Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor said it was "nice seeing all my former team-mates" in an Instagram post after the FA Cup win over Tottenham. ">https://www.instagram.com/p/BCD8esov5t9/?taken-by=e_adebayor">Instagram post after the FA Cup win over Tottenham.
Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon watched with the away fan as his side beat Tottenham in the FA Cup at White Hart Lane. He tweeted:"What an experience sitting in the away end - fans were great, a good team performance and now on to the next round."
What does Zlatan Ibrahimovic do the day after scoring twice for Paris St-Germain? According to his Instagram the Sweden striker goes out on his snowmobile. ">https://www.instagram.com/p/BCD27IPx04F/">Instagram the Sweden striker goes out on his snowmobile.
A parking ticket failed to ruin Memphis Depay's night out. The Manchester United winger had parked his £250,000 Rolls Royce on double yellow lines for a meal with his girlfriend Lori Harvey - but the Netherlands international just laughed it off. (Manchester Evening News)