Thursday’s gossip column

Manchester City will consider a move for West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 22, if 36-year-old Brazilian Fernandinho leaves the club when his contract runs out in the summer. (Times – subscription required)external-link

Liverpool have agreed personal terms with RB Leipzig’s French defender Ibrahima Konate, 21, who is set to join the Premier League club on a five-year deal. (TalkSport)external-link

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah wants to leave Liverpool, and Paris St-Germain are planning to make a bid for the 28-year-old if France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, leaves in the summer. (Le Parisien – in French)external-link

Meanwhile, PSG are looking to strengthen in defence and have identified Tottenham and Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier, 28, as a potential summer target. (RMC Sport – in French)external-link

West Ham have joined Chelsea and a host of other clubs in the race for Brentford’s 25-year-old English striker Ivan Toney, who will cost £35m. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will “absolutely” be staying at the club even if the Reds fail to qualify for the Champions League, says the 53-year-old’s agent. (Sky Sport Germany, via Mirror)external-link

Premier League-bound Norwich City are in competition with Southampton and West Ham to sign Manchester United and England Under-21 full-back Brandon Williams, 20, on loan in the summer. (Sun)external-link

If Wayne Rooney manages to keep Derby County in the Championship he will look to sign Brighton and Republic of Ireland centre-back Shane Duffy, 29, who has spent the season on loan at Celtic. (Football Insider)external-link

Tottenham have held talks with Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte about their managerial vacancy. Discussions with the Premier League-winning former Chelsea manager come after the 51-year-old Italian guided Inter to their first league title in 11 years. (Corriere dello Sport, via Express)external-link

Jose Mourinho could ask former Roma captain and club legend Daniele de Rossi, 37, to join him as assistant manager when he takes over as manager next term. (Calciomercato – in Italian)external-link

Former Spurs boss Mourinho could look to sign Tottenham’s Argentine midfielder Erik Lamela, 29, and Brazilian forward Lucas Moura, 28, at Roma. (Football.London)external-link

Alternatively, Mourinho will look to Spurs’ midfield duo of Englishman Eric Dier, 27, and Dane Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 25, along with Manchester United’s Spanish playmaker Juan Mata, 33. (Corriere dello Sport)external-link

West Ham and Crystal Palace are considering a move for RB Leipzig and South Korea striker Hwang Hee-chan, 25. (Telegraph)external-link

Former England international Andy Carroll, 32, is set to leave Newcastle United at the end of the season after becoming frustrated at his lack of playing time. (Times – subscription required)external-link

The fitness of Brazilian forward Wesley, 24, who recently returned to action after almost 16 months out with a serious knee injury, will determine whether Aston Villa move to sign a new striker in the summer. (Express & Star)external-link

Wolves are confident about signing striker Carlos Vinicius from Benfica, with the 26-year-old available in the summer as Tottenham are not expected to make their loan deal with the Brazilian permanent. Wolves’ 22-year-old Portuguese defender Ruben Vinagre – who is on loan at Famalicao – could move the other way as part of a deal with Benfica. (Football Insider)external-link

Genk’s in-demand Nigeria striker Paul Onuachu, 26, is keen to make a move to the Premier League with Arsenal. (Voetbal Belgie – in Dutch)external-link

Benfica and RB Leipzig are closely following Leicester City midfield Sidnei Tavares, but the Premier League club are keen to tie the Portuguese 19-year-old down with a new deal. (Football Insider)external-link

Leeds United have emerged as a contender to sign 26-year-old Turkey midfielder Ozan Tufan from Fenerbahce, who has previously been strongly linked with a move to Spain. (Fotomac – in Turkish)external-link

Meanwhile, Leeds are expected to once again send Poland Under-21 midfielder Mateusz Bogusz out on loan next season, with Legia Warsaw among clubs keen to sign the 19-year-old. (WP SportoweFakty – via Sport Witness)external-link

Julian Nagelsmann wants Inter Milan and Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi, 22, at Bayern Munich with him when he takes over at the club next season. Hakimi has previously been identified as a key target for Arsenal. (Express)external-link

Lazio are considering a two-year deal for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata after the 33-year-old Spaniard’s agent contacted the club about a potential move to the Italian capital in the summer. (Il Tempo – in Italian)external-link

Atletico Madrid are keen to sign Argentina Under-20 midfielder Facundo Farias, 18, who has a £9m release clause in his contract with Argentine club CA Colon. (AS – in Spanish)external-link

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