Football gossip

Juventus have offered Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri a £6.2m-a-year contract. (Mirror)

Chelsea will decide on Friday if Sarri will remain as manager when they hold talks with the 60-year-old Italian’s agent in London. (Express)

Manchester City and Benfica have held talks over Portuguese winger Joao Felix, 19. (Sun)

Manchester United are favourites to sign 24-year-old Paris St-Germain and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who will be a free agent on 1 July. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

United will allow 26-year-old Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku to join Inter Milan this summer – but only for a fee of about £80m. (Times – subscription required)

Paris St-Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar, 27, wants to return to Barcelona this summer. (Sport – in Spanish)

Real Madrid are preparing a fresh bid of £106m for Chelsea’s 28-year-old Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard. (Telegraph)

Real and Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 33, says Hazard would “give us a lot” if he moves to the Bernabeu this summer. (Star)

Chelsea want to replace Hazard with Barcelona’s Brazil international Philippe Coutinho, 26 – if they can get their transfer ban overturned. (Mirror)

Manchester City have turned down Bayern Munich’s offer of £70m for 23-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, City have made a bid of £53m for Juventus’ 25-year-old Portugal defender Joao Cancelo. (Tuttosport – in Italian)

Leicester City are ready to compete with Manchester United and Everton for Chelsea’s £15m-rated English full-back Reece James, 19, who spent the season on loan at Wigan. (Sun)

Arsenal want Bournemouth’s Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 25, but their hopes of bringing in Crystal Palace’s 26-year-old Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha have faded following their failure to qualify for the Champions League. (Mirror)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has emerged as a contender for the Roma job. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 27, says he will not leave Liverpool – because he is already at the “sexiest club in Europe”. (Mirror)

Former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo says he rejected a move to Manchester City in 2011, while Chelsea decided against signing him in 2009 because of his age. (Mail)

Arsenal may sell 30-year-old midfielder Mesut Ozil, defender and fellow German Shkodran Mustafi, 27, and Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 30, to help fund a summer overhaul of their squad. (Star)

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says it is important manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been in charge since October 2015, stays at Anfield “for as long as he likes”. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City’s France defender Eliaquim Mangala, 28, is set to return to Porto – five years after moving to Etihad Stadium from the the Portuguese club for £32m. (O Jogo – in Portuguese)

Real Madrid and Colombia forward James Rodriguez, 27, is reluctant to move to the Premier League, leaving Italian sides Juventus and Napoli to compete for his signature. (Marca)

Newly promoted Aston Villa want Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, 29, but face competition from Fulham and Stoke for the Republic of Ireland international. (Irish Independent)

Villa are also keen to sign 26-year-old English defender Tyrone Mings on a permanent deal from Bournemouth. (Sky Sports)

West Brom will hold out for Newcastle to meet the £16.5m release clause in 29-year-old Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon’s contract. (Star)

Brighton and Stoke are among several clubs interested in signing Portsmouth’s 22-year-old English defender Matt Clarke. (Sentinel)

Blackburn, Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday are interested in former England winger Stewart Downing, 34, after Middlesbrough said he will leave. (Gazette)

Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium could stage Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Napoli after the original plan to play it at Tottenham’s new stadium was deemed “inappropriate”. (Times – subscription required)

Former England captain Wayne Rooney, 33, wants to arrange a boxing match with television presenter Jonathan Ross after a long-running “feud” with the 58-year-old. (Sun)

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