Mourinho’s recent criticism of defenders Chris Smalling, 26, and Luke Shaw, 21, has been described as “disappointing” by Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor. (Daily Telegraph)

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 29, will have to stay within Tottenham’s tight wage structure if he wants to sign another long-term contract. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has opened up about his infamous ‘hairdryer treatment’, and claims he only ever lost his cool with players “about half a dozen times” in 27 years. (Sun)

Everton are considering a January loan move for out-of-favour Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, 22. (Liverpool Echo)

Striker Sergio Aguero, 28, has dismissed links with Real Madrid and said he will only ever leave Manchester City to join boyhood club Independiente. (ESPN Radio FC, via Sun)

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, says he would like to play alongside Manchester United midfielder and France team-mate Paul Pogba, 23, at club level in the future. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are keen to sign Paris St-Germain’s 24-year-old midfielder Marco Verratti, and the Blues are listening to offers for Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney, 31, rejected an offer to move to the Chinese Super League last summer, according to the chairman of Beijing Guoan. (Guardian)

United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan says “nothing will prevent me from achieving my dream” at Old Trafford. The 27-year-old Armenian joined for more than £26m in the summer but has been repeatedly left out by manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mail)

Antonio Conte has drawn up a shortlist of four centre-backs to strengthen his Chelsea squad. He is keen to sign at least one of Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, 29, AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli, 21, Roma’s Antonio Rudiger, 23, and Burnley’s Michael Keane, 23. (Squawka)