Today's Gossip: Man Utd Make U-Turn On Zlatan; Liverpool Ready To Steal Arsenal Star

Or Zlatan To Make U-Turn?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue his rehabilitation with Manchester United - despite becoming a free agent on July 1.

The Reds have opted not to give him a new contract with the Swedish striker ruled out until the new year following surgery on his cruciate knee ligament injury.

It is understood the 35-year-old - signed by Jose Mourinho from Paris St Germain last summer on a one-season deal with the option of another - will recuperate under United's care at their Carrington training HQ.

And, if his recovery is successful and United feel they could use him, it has been mooted that he could be offered a short-term deal to see out the remainder of the season.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals before serious knee ligament damage brought his campaign to a halt in April.

Liverpool Pulling The Ox.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is prepared to outlay £40million for the England international who is about to enter the last 12 months of his contract at the Emirates.

Klopp isn’t being scared off by the Gunners' valuation of the 23-year-old who ended up playing as a wing-back after Arsene Wenger switched formations.

He is keen for some success in the transfer market especially with a move for Mohamed Salah in doubt over Roma’s £35m valuation.

While an embarrassed Liverpool were forced into issuing a grovelling apology over their attempts to persuade Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to join the club.

Arsenal have held initial discussions with Oxlade-Chamberlain's representatives who were hoping that they weren’t going to wait this long to get around the table.

The Gunners are ready to offer him a bumper rise to ignore the interest from Anfield and remain with the FA Cup winners in North London.

In Other News
Manchester City hope Arsenal will accept £50m for forward Alexis Sanchez as they plan to make the 28-year-old their highest paid player on £275,000 a week. (Daily Star)

World Cup-winning England Under-20 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, 20, says he is unsure about his future at Newcastle. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has convinced Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, to join the club - with an offer expected on Monday. (Marca)

Morata hinted on social media that he could be joining United, 'liking' an Instagram post appearing to confirm an imminent move. (Metro)

United could offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a short-term deal, despite releasing him, if the 35-year-old Swedish striker successfully recovers from knee surgery. (Manchester Evening News)

Paris St-Germain have made a huge step towards signing Monaco's 18-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe, who is also wanted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. (L'Equipe - in French)

Chelsea are favourites to sign Real Madrid's Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 25. (AS - in Spanish)

Liverpool are ready to make a last attempt to stop midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, from signing a new £100,000-a-week contract with Arsenal. (Daily Express)

Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for Monaco's Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 23. (Manchester Evening News)

Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, has not ruled out staying at Leicester City for the new season, despite making clear his intentions to leave the club this summer. (Leicester Mercury)

Mahrez says he has not received any formal offers. (Elheddaf Television via Sky Sports)

Manchester United's imminent signing of central defender Victor Lindeloff, 22, means the Old Trafford outfit will sell defender Chris Smalling, 27.(Daily Star)

West Ham are ready to move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30.(Sun)

France defender Laurent Koscielny, 31, has distanced himself from reports linking him with Marseille, saying he is happy at Arsenal.(Telefoot via ESPN)

Italy striker Andrea Belotti, 23, wants to stay at Torino and might refuse to leave even if a team meets his 100m euro release clause, according to club president Urbano Cairo. (Radio 24 via Four Four Two)

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 18, will sign a new deal at AC Milan.(Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Huddersfield Town are hoping to make Reims' French central defender Julian Jeanvier, 25, their first signing following promotion to the Premier League.(Daily Mail)

West Brom and Newcastle are both keen on Celtic's 26-year-old Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths.(Daily Mirror)

Uruguayan forward Gustavo Viera, 16, is set to attract interest from several Premier League teams - with his club, Montevideo-based side Liverpool, expecting him to move to Europe.(Sun)

Barcelona are set to make an £88m bid for Marco Verratti after the 24-year-old midfielder declared that he wants to leave Paris St-Germain.(Daily Mail)

Hibernian's Scottish forward Jason Cummings, 21, on the verge of joining former Rangers boss Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest.(Scottish Sun)

A resourceful Birmingham City fan drew the club's new away strip with felt tip to make sure he was the first to wear it - and fooled fellow supporters. (Birmingham Mail)

A former Barcelona director has lamented the poor crowd at the Nou Camp for Saturday's friendly game featuring members of the team that won the 1992 European Cup, including Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman. (Daily Mail)

Former Real Madrid player Luis Figo, 44, offered a reminder of his greatest days as a player after he fired in a free-kick during a legends match against Roma. (Sun)

Raheem Sterling has learned how to knit with a Manchester City fan. (Dugout)

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has swapped his football boots for boxing gloves while training with the Chilean national team in a video posted on his Instagram account. (Sun)

Sunderland found an inventive way to launch their new home kit, by allowing a local team to wear it in a match and streaming the game on Facebook. (Facebook)
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