Wednesday's gossip column: Ozil, Toure, Torres, Lloris

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Manchester City have earmarked Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil, 26, as the man to replace unsettled playmaker Yaya Toure. (Metro) 

Manchester United could renew their interest in midfielder Fredy Guarin after Inter Milan put the 28-year-old up for sale. (Daily Star) 

Bundesliga side Schalke are poised for a shock January move for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who is currently on loan at AC Milan. Schalke boss Roberto di Matteo is keen to work with the 30-year-old again after his time in charge of the Blues. (Bild) 

Arsenal and Chelsea's hopes of signing Barcelona's teenage attacker Munir El Haddadi are fading with the Spain international, 19, set to commit his future to the Nou Camp. (Daily Express) 

Tottenham are resigned to selling goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 27, and have already lined up Toulouse's 24-year-old stopper Ali Ahamada, rated at £9m, as a replacement. (  


Arsenal will try to recruit current Real Madrid boss and former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti if Arsene Wenger accepts a lucrative offer to take charge of Monaco at the end of the season. (Daily Express) 

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned Liverpool fans that booing former Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo could backfire in the team's Champions League meeting tonight. (Sun - subscription required) 

QPR could fine manager Harry Redknapp for his part in a public falling out with playmaker Adel Taarabt, 25. (Daily Telegraph) 

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is "finished" according to former QPR, Manchester City and England star Rodney Marsh. (Talksport) 


Bayern Munich tweet

After West Brom's ill-fated jibe at Manchester United midfielder Marouane Felliani on Monday evening, Bayern Munich poked fun at the Baggies by writing a similar tweet about their French winger Franck Ribery.  

Closer to home, Wolves also riffed on their local rivals' social media pain, adapting West Brom's infamous tweet during their 2-0 win over Middlesbrough... 

...only for the Baggies to shoot back with a reference to the division's difference  between the two clubs' standings in English football.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has posed for a snapshot in front of Liverpool's famous This is Anfield sign. 

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti will lead Real Madrid into Champions League action against Liverpool on Wednesday


Kieron Dyer has revealed that a withering assessment of Lee Bowyer's playing ability started their infamous fist-fight when Newcastle lost at home to Aston Villa in 2005. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle) 

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mates were drenched by torrential rain as they attempted to warm-up at Anfield ahead of training on Tuesday. (Liverpool Echo)