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Monday’s gossip: Ben White, Piotr Zielinski, Marcos Alonso, Clement Lenglet, Kylian Mbappe

Arsenal's Ben White

Arsenal's Ben White

Arsenal are ready to offer England defender Ben White a substantial pay rise as they look to tie the 26-year-old down to a new and improved contract at the club. (Football Insider)external-link

Liverpool and West Ham are both looking at a move for Napoli’s Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski, 29, whose contract expires this summer. (Teamtalk via Corriere dello Sport)external-link

The Reds are also said have entered the race for Florian Wirtz, 20, but will face competition from Chelsea and Bayern Munich for the Bayer Leverkusen winger. (Mail)external-link

Luton are still hopeful of a deal for 19-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder Oscar Zambrano, although the LDU Quito player may have to give up his portion of the transfer fee. (Sun)external-link

Real Madrid are unlikely to make any new signings in the January transfer window. (Fichajes – in Spanish)external-link

Spanish defenders Marcos Alonso, 32, and Sergi Roberto, 31, will not be offered new contracts by Barcelona. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

Al-Ettifaq manager Steven Gerrard has hinted that his team will raid European clubs once again in January for talents. (Goal)external-link

Barcelona are believed to be concerned about on-loan French defender Clement Lenglet’s situation at Aston Villa, with the 28-year-old yet to make a Premier League appearance. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

Who is the mystery footballer?

Mystery star

Can you tell who Monday’s mystery player is?

Real Madrid hope the friendships that Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior, 23, has with his fellow stars could be key to securing future signings like Bayern Munich‘s Canadian defender Alphonso Davies, 23, and Paris St-Germain‘s French forward Kylian Mbappe, 24. (AS – in Spanish)external-link

Burnley are interested in winger Crysencio Summerville, 22, but Leeds are not willing to let the Dutchman leave for any less than £25m. (Football Insider)external-link

Former Arsenal star Samir Nasri has advised Mbappe to stay in France instead of heading to Madrid next summer. (Le10Sport – in French)external-link

Atletico Madrid’s Argentine head coach Diego Simeone is close to securing a contract extension with the La Liga club until at least 2027. (Marca)external-link

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