Friday’s gossip column: Shaw, Ozil, Ivanovic, Mourinho, Koeman – BBC Sport
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The Football Association is investigating a complaint Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho used abusive and sexist language towards doctor Eva Carneiro during the Premier League game against Swansea in August.
Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn could return to the Blues dugout on Saturday for the first time since being criticised by Mourinho after that game.
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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, 20, will have a second operation on his broken leg in the Netherlands on Friday.
England left-back Shaw will be offered counselling by his club as part of his recovery.
Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil, 26, could move to Turkish side Fenerbahce next summer, according to the Germany midfielder’s agent.
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Chelsea scouts have been asked to find a replacement for right-back Branislav Ivanovic. The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season.
Team-mates believe Ivanovic and fellow defender John Terry, 34, are being affected by the uncertainty over their futures. Terry is also out of contract next summer.
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid player Luis Figo would not choose between Barca forward Lionel Messi, 28, and Real frontman Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, when asked who was better, saying it was like “choosing between white truffle and caviar”.
Leeds United’s 22-year-old right-back Sam Byram is an £8m target for Swansea in the January transfer window after turning down a new deal at Elland Road. Southampton are also interested.
Southampton will offer manager Ronald Koeman, 52, a pay rise and contract extension after he was linked with the Netherlands national job.
If the poor performance of Premier League clubs in Europe continues, English clubs could lose their fourth qualifying spot for the Champions League.
Stoke forward Bojan Krkic, 25, is hoping to face Leicester this weekend and make his first start since suffering a serious knee injury in January.
Aston Villa defender Micah Richards, 27, believes he is as good as anyone in the England squad as he looks to win a first cap since 2012.
Adam Pearson, who stepped down as chief executive of Leeds United this week, will now focus his time on rugby league club Hull FC.
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is set to make changes for the Premier League game against Watford, including dropping 30-year-old striker Papiss Cisse.
Manchester United’s revenue could exceed £500m this season if they finish third in the Premier League and get to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
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