Today's newspaper gossip: Newcastle target Benitez, Zlatan sure of Man United deal

Published on: 09 March 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Newcastle target Benitez, Zlatan sure of Man United deal

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez been targeted by Newcastle to replace Steve McClaren as boss. (Daily Mirror)

As well as Benitez, former Manchester United manager David Moyes is also being considered as a potential successor to McClaren. (Sky Sports)

Ex-Newcastle striker Micky Quinn says everyone at the club - including the owner, managing director, chief scout, head coach and players - are to blame for their predicament. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Daily Mirror back page

Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page

Manchester City are already looking at replacements for incoming manager Pep Guardiola - if the Spaniard walks away at the end of his contract in 2019.(Daily Mirror)

Guardiola is set to target Arsenal's England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, as one of his first signings at City. (Times - subscription required)

But Guardiola will allow striker Wilfried Bony, 27, to leave to the highest bidder in the summer. (Daily Star)

Manchester United are interested in signing three Bayer Leverkusen players, including defender Omer Toprak, 26, midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 22, and striker Karim Bellarabi, 25.(Bild - in German)

Louis van Gaal is set to stay as Manchester United manager next season to see out his three-year contract at Old Trafford.(Daily Mirror)

Paris St-Germain's Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, is so certain he will be signing for Manchester United in the summer that he is already planning for life in the Premier League. (Le Sport 10, via Manchester Evening News)

Borussia Dortmund have told Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea that Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, will not be heading to the Premier League this summer. (Sun)

Daily Telegraph sports page

Wednesday's Daily Telegraph Sport front cover

Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante, 24, has been called up to the provisional France squad for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Russia. (Le Parisien, via Leicester Mercury)

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill - who led the nation to Euro 2016 - has the capabilities to be a Premier League manager.(Belfast Telegraph)

England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks thinks Roy Hodgson's side cannot win Euro 2016 as they are "little bit behind" the other teams. (Express and Star)

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross, 28, could face Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday after missing the past eight games with a back injury.(Stoke Sentinel)

Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels feels team-mates Simon Francis, 31, and Steve Cook, 24, could work their way into Roy Hodgson's England plans. (Bournemouth Echo)

Best of social media

A former star player returned to visit his old club Liverpool at their training ground on Monday. The Anfield side tweeted:

Luis Suarez

And finally

Former Manchester United players Nani and Robin van Persie have revealed their favourite thing about life at Fenerbahce...the doner kebabs. (Sun)