Rumour round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale set for Real Madrid stay, Fabregas linked with Chelsea exit, Wayne Rooney could leave Man United

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

Could Wayne Rooney leave Old Trafford? Is Gareth Southgate the answer to all of England problems? And are Real Madrid set to receive a double boost?

Here's a look at all of the rumours kicking around today.

Manchester United may offload captain Wayne Rooney this summer. But the catch is letting him go at the end of the season is that they would have to foot the bill for the rest of his eye-watering £300,000-a-week contract which has 20 months to run (Mirror).

Gareth Bale looks set to sign a new contract at Real Madrid (Cadena Ser, in Spanish) which will keep him at the club until 2022, while Cristiano Ronaldo could also put pen to paper. The 31-year-old forward could sign a five-year deal worth a reported £20.8m a year (Sport).

Stand-in Gareth Southgate is the Football Association's number one candidate to be the next full-time England manager. A win over Scotland next month is said to be enough to seal the deal (Daily Mail).

Despite England having performed poorly in two of Southgate's four matches as interim manager, the FA have been impressed by his approach (Guardian).

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has discussed the possibility of rejoining Werder Bremen, according to the German club's captain Clemens Fritz (Bild, via Sky Sports).

Delhi Dynamos manager and former Barcelona and Juventus full-back Gianluca Zambrotta would love to take Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic to India (Indian Express).

AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella has dismissed rumours linking Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas with the club (Corriere della Sera - in Italian).

Inter Milan could make a move for Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta (Calciomercato, in Italian).Simone Zaza could exit West Ham just two months after joining from Juventus on loan (Mirror).

Gordon Strachan may step down from his position as Scotland manager before next month's visit to Wembley (Mirror).

Bournemouth could send youngster Lewis Cook back on loan to Leeds United just six months after they paid £7m to sign him from Elland Road (Bournemouth Echo).

Bristol City and England Under-21 striker Tammy Abraham will not be able to return to his parent club Chelsea before the end of the season, as there is no release clause in his contract. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool have imposed a limit on academy players' pay. Seventeen-year-old first season pros will be paid a maximum of £40,000 a year (Telegraph).