Gossip column: Alves, Vidal, Khedira, Casillas, Lewandowski

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Iker Casillas
Is Iker Casillas set to swap the Bernabeu for Anfield?

Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has revealed he wants to play in the Premier League. Manchester United are favourites to sign the 31-year-old Brazil international, although he is thought to favour a move to Manchester City. (Mirror)

City are said to be concerned that Yaya Toure, 31, who scored their opening goal at Aston Villa on Saturday, wants to the leave the club. (Independent)

Meanwhile, United want to complete a £95m double deal for current loanee Radamel Falcao and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, in January.(Daily Star)

But Vidal himself has rubbished the rumours suggesting he will swap Turin for Manchester in the new year. (Daily Mail)

French giants Paris Saint-Germain are ready to triple Raheem Sterling's wages in a bid to secure the services of Liverpool's 19-year-old England international.(Independent)

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, has finally agreed to join Arsenal in January with the Gunners now just needing to agree a fee.(Metro)

Arsenal have also held talks with Marseille and Juventus respectively to tempt strikers Andre Pierre Gignac, 28, and 27-year-old Sebastian Giovinco to Emirates Stadium. (Daily Express)

Louis van Gaal and Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of 26-year-old Juan Cuadrado as the midfielder has become frustrated with lengthy contract negotiations at Fiorentina. (Daily Star)

Liverpool could move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 33, if a deal for ex-Barcelona star Victor Valdes, 32, fails to materialise. (Daily Express)

Southampton are ready to offer midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin a new contract to ward off interest from Tottenham, who were poised to sign the 24-year-old France international midfielder in the summer. (Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Mail on Sunday back page
The Mail On Sunday back page

Liverpool have employed a round-the-clock minder to ensure striker Mario Ballotelli stays out of trouble when not on the pitch or at the training ground. (Sunday People)

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has introduced a string of changes at the club's Carrington training HQ, including triple training sessions. (Daily Star)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he cancelled a trip to watch his son Jose Jnr play football to ensure he could complete the summer signing of midfielder Cesc Fabregas.(Telegraph)

England manager Roy Hodgson suggested captain Wayne Rooney would not be able to stand up and lecture a room full of people because of his 'Liverpool accent'.(Daily Mail)

Liverpool are set to meet Raheem Sterling's £100,000-a-week wage demands by handing the England international a contract extension which will triple his existing salary. (Mirror)

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew expects to remain in charge for his side's next game after Papiss Cisse's two goals rescued a draw at Swansea.(The Sun - subscription required)

The takeover at Leeds by Bahraini bankers Gulf Finance House in 2012 may have been partly financed by a fund co-owned by the Iranian government.(Daily Mail)

Winger Angel Di Maria feels moving from Real Madrid to Manchester United is a step up in his career - and he plans to stay at Old Trafford for many years to come.(Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bales is to fly straight to the Wales camp in Cardiff on a private jet after Sunday's La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao. Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen are both out of next week's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia and Cyprus.(The Sun - subscription required)

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock was not happy with referee Mike Dean's failure to spot an alleged elbow from Hull's Michael Dawson on Fraizer Campbell in Palace's 2-0 defeat on Saturday.(Croydon Advertiser)

Stoke winger Victor Moses will be sent for more tests during the international break after pulling up injured in the early stages of the 3-1 defeat at Sunderland.(Stoke Sentinel)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski gets up close with Bayern fans

A banner put together by Newcastle United fans and displayed during their Premier League trip to Swansea on Saturday was widely shared on Twitter. Drawing inspiration from Welsh places beginning with a double-L, it spelt out the club's form during 2014.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski celebrated his two first-half goals against Hannover on Saturday by posing for a selfie with fans behind the goal.

A disgruntled West Brom fan took to Twitter after he discovered his £46 restricted view seat at Liverpool meant he could not even see the Kop End goal at Anfield.

AND FINALLY

After learning Kaka was recalled to Brazil manager Dunga's squad, Sao Paulo team-mate Alexandre Pato decided to celebrate the news by smashing an egg on the playmaker's head. (Talksport)

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