Football gossip: Gracia, Sarri, Jorginho, Hazard, Salah, Felix, Leeds, Maddison, Pogba

Updated: 25/05/2022


Watford boss Javi Gracia is under consideration as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager, if the Italian leaves Stamford Bridge to take over at Juventus.(ESPN)

Juve are set to give Sarri a three-year deal worth 7m euros (£6.22m) per season. (Corriere della Sera – in Italian)

Chelsea's Italy midfielder Jorginho, 27, says it would be a “betrayal” for former Napoli boss Sarri to join Juventus. (Standard)

Eden Hazard's hopes of securing a move from Chelsea to Real Madrid by Tuesday have been hampered by Blues manager Sarri's imminent departure. (Evening Standard)

Real are making a final push to sign Belgium forward Hazard, 28, for 120m euros (£107m). The Spanish club are sending a representative to London to meet Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. (Goal)

And Real are worried Manchester United and Bayern Munich will compete with them to sign Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 26, from Liverpool this summer. (AS – in Spanish)

Manchester City and Manchester United are set to go head to head in a £120m battle to sign Benfica's 19-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Felix. (Mirror)

Juventus want to re-sign United and France midfielder Paul Pogba. The 26-year-old spent four years at the Serie A club between 2012-2016. (Sky Italy)

Manchester United are favourites to sign Leicester City's English midfielder James Maddison, 22, this summer. (Independent)

Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, 22, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola told him he was a big admirer of his this season. (Mirror)

Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG are interested in signing Arsenal's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are offering to pay him nearly £300,000 a week. (Times – subscription required)

Nasser Al Khelaifi, who heads Qatar Sport Investment – the owners of Paris St-Germain – is to meet representatives of Leeds United in Doha with a view to buying the Championship club. (L'Equipe – in French)

And Khelaifi is not willing to let Brazil forward Neymar, 27, leave PSG this summer. (Marca)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says Manchester City are “insane” in their valuation of 23-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane, who is wanted by the Bundesliga champions. (Star)

Bayern's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer says he would “wish for nothing more” than for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to manage his club. (Bild – in German, subscription required)

Meanwhile, Bayern have offered Bayern Leverkusen around £80m for 19-year-old Germany midfielder Kai Havertz. (TZ – in German)

Manchester United have been quoted a fee of 35m euros (£31m) for Lille's French goalkeeper Mike Maignan, 23. (Daily Record)

West Ham have made a £20m bid for Barcelona's 25-year-old midfielder Andre Gomes, who was on loan at Everton last season. (Guardian)

Cardiff City have rejected an £8m bid from Aston Villa for their 29-year-old Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. (Wales Online)

Bournemouth and Burnley are interested in signing West Brom's English striker Jay Rodriguez, 29. (Express and Star)

Belgium forward Divock Origi, 24, has earned a new long-term contract at Liverpool following his end of season performances. (Mirror)

Ex-Liverpool winger John Barnes says the club's 27-year-old Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk could win the Ballon d'Or this year. (Talksport)

And former Reds captain Steven Gerrard believes winning the Champions League will change 28-year-old current skipper and England midfielder Jordan Henderson's life. (Times – subscription required)

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