Sunday's Gossip Column: Football transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Juan Mata
Mata has started twice this season and been been replaced on both occasions

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, 25, who has failed to impress manager Jose Mourinho, will be offered an escape route in January by former boss Rafa Benitez, who is now in charge at Napoli.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Atletico Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur could also may make a move for Spain international Mata as he continues to be marginalised by Mourinho.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is risking the wrath of Blues owner Roman Abramovich by snubbing playmaker Mata.

Full story: Sunday People

Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta, 29, has put Manchester City and Manchester United on alert after rejecting a new contract offer from the Catalan club.

Full story: Daily Star on Sunday

Arsenal are plotting a swoop for German midfield pair Marco Reus, 24, and Julian Draxler, 20. Juventus are also said to be interested in Draxler, who is valued at £34m by his current club Schalke, while Dortmund's Reus would also cost in excess of £30m.

Full story: Daily Express

Paris St-Germain defender Thiago Silva, 28, wants the French champions to step up their pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Tottenham are favourites to sign former Schalke striker Ciprian Marica, 27, on a free with the Romanian international expected to move to White Hart Lane ahead of a switch to Arsenal or West Ham.

Full story: Sunday People

Inter Milan are keen on signing Blackpool winger Tom Ince and could exploit a Fifa loophole to get the 21-year-old, whose father Paul also played for the Italian club, on the cheap.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager David Moyes insists predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson is not interfering at Old Trafford.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opened up the debate on "feeder" clubs after he admitted the Gunners would be interested in a formal link-up with Conference Premier club Barnet.

Full story: the Telegraph

Manager Martin Jol has been given a vote of confidence by the Fulham board but the Cottagers are understood to be interested in appointing ex-Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen to work with him.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Mark Hughes admits he is lucky to get the chance to manage Stoke City after he was "tainted" by his failure at QPR.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 21, has revealed he turned down a move to Manchester City last year as he feared he would be condemned to a life on the sidelines at the Etihad Stadium.

Full story: the Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Liverpool hard man Mamadou Sakho, 23, has been banned from the gym at the club's Melwood training ground - after he broke the equipment because of his strength.

Full story: The Metro

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