Today's newspaper gossip: Mourinho rejects Real Madrid; Liverpool to sign Grujic

Published on: 01 January 2016

Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, will become Jurgen Klopp's first signing at Liverpool, after he was granted a work permit.(Daily Star) 

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, 52, has told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez he has no interest in returning to manage the Spanish club. (Diario Sport via Independent) 

The Daily Star leads its back page with comments from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Paris St-Germain are hoping to extend 50-year-old manager Laurent Blanc's contract, despite their long-standing interest in Mourinho. (Daily Mail) 

Mohamed Elneny has passed his Arsenal medical, but a work-permit issue could delay the 23-year-old Basel midfielder's £7m switch. (Daily Star) 

Manchester City have stepped up their interest in Schalke forward Leroy Sane but hope to pay less than the £32m the German club want for the 19-year-old. (Bild via Guardian) 

However, Schalke have told the Premier League club they do not have enough money to buy the Germany international. (Daily Mail) 

Colombia international Radamel Falcao's injury setback could mean Chelsea struggle to end the 29-year-old striker's season-long loan from Monaco in January. (Daily Telegraph) 

Manager Tony Pulis says West Brom do not want to sell striker Saido Berahino - and that the 22-year-old could start against Stoke on Saturday.(Guardian)  

Daily Express back page

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri leads the Daily Express back page

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is set to wait until mid-January to discuss forward Steven Naismith, 29, leaving for Norwich, as he wants to get a run of five games in 14 days out of the way first. (Times - subscription required) 

LA Galaxy have offered former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 35, a deal to join them - but the MLS club's backroom staff are concerned he would replace the popular Robbie Rogers. (Daily Mirror) 

Middlesbrough are considering a bid for Scotland striker Ross McCormack, 29, who has scored 15 goals for Fulham this season.(Northern Echo) 

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri allowed his players to celebrate on New Year's Eve following a "fantastic 2015" but says they must quickly refocus for the home game against Bournemouth on Saturday. (Independent) 

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says only "two, three maximum" Reds players would get into the Tottenham side.(Talksport) 

Best of social media

Former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado posted a picture on Twitter of Villarreal's dressing-room celebrations following the 1-0 win over Gary Neville's Valencia. He wrote: "Great end of 2015! Wish the best to Valencia. Intense derby match and we won."

Roberto Soldado on Twitter

Soldado and his Villarreal team-mates celebrate beating Valencia

Norwich City midfielder Gary O'Neil still appears to be tickled by Nigel Pearson's outburst from back in April, when the then Leicester manager called a journalist an ostrich during a news conference.

Gary O'Neil on Twitter

And finally

Brazilian club Ibis Sport Club, who became known as the worst team in the world, have offered Jose Mourinho a route back into management. The offer was made on Brazil's equivalent of April Fool's Day, and the terms included a food hamper as the Portuguese's monthly salary, bonuses for every game he loses and the sack if he wins the title. (Daily Mirror) 

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