Gossip column: Messi, Hummels, Dybala, Gundogan, Januzaj

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has opened the door to a huge £480m move for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 27. (Sun - subscription required)

Arsenal are ready to begin talks with Borussia Dortmund over a £63m deal to sign 24-year-old midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and centre-back Mats Hummels, 26. (Star)

Palermo say they have rejected interest from Manchester United in 21-year-old Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, whom they value at more than £30m. (Guardian)

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Paris St-Germain, Porto and Juventus are all considering a loan deal for Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, 19. (Sun - subscription required)

Crystal Palace are edging closer to meeting Swansea's £8m valuation for striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29. (Times - subscription required)

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is considering a bid for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, 31. (Express and Star)

Swansea are hoping to reinvest some of the money received for the sale of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City on a £5m bid for Stuttgart midfielder Alexandru Maxim, 24. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have opened talks with French club PSG over a £30m deal to sign 20-year-old Brazilian defender Marquinhos.(Le10sport)

QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, has put other clubs on alert by stalling over a new contract.(Mail)

Liverpool have identified Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, 22, currently at Belgian side Bruges, as a possible rival for Simon Mignolet.(Express)

Tottenham have joined North London rivals Arsenal in the chase for West Ham's 26-year-old New Zealand defender Winston Reid.(Telegraph)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to cut his losses on wingers Andre Schurrle, 24, and Mohamed Salah, 22 - and may use the money to fund a bid for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 21.(Star)

Everton forward Kevin Mirallas, 27, says he will decide where his future lies at the end of the season.(Liverpool Echo)

OTHER GOSSIP

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Times back page

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce fears he will be sacked if his side are beaten by Derby on Saturday. (Mirror)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, still has a future at White Hart Lane.(Evening Standard)

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, 28, is hoping his good form could win him a Spain call-up.(Express)

Liverpool believe they can rival Chelsea's spending when their expanded Main Stand opens next year.(Independent)

Burnley remain on course to qualify for the Europa League via the Fair Play League this season.(Lancashire Telegraph)

Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez, 31, says playing for Newcastle United again after overcoming cancer will be the best moment of his career.(Mail)

Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, says he turned down Premier League offers in order to move to Inter Milan.(Sky Sports)

AFCON 2015 GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Former Egypt and Tottenham striker Mido wants Algeria to be crowned Africa Cup of Nations champions. (Algeria's Al-Fadjr - in Arabic)

Ghana cancelled a practice match after striker Asamoah Gyan suffered an injury scare in training. (Ghanaweb.com)

South Africa defender Thulani Hlatshwayo says Bafana Bafana will fear no-one as they bid for their second African title. (The Sowetan)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Gabriel Zakuani (left) and Yannick Bolasie
Gabriel Zakuani and Yannick Bolasie will compete for DR Congo in Group B at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie tweeted an image of himself and DR Congo team-mate Gabriel Zakuani - who plays for Peterborough United - en route to Equatorial Guinea for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas and his Chelsea team-mates Cesar Azpilicueta and Mohamed Salah seemed to enjoy spending some time with young fans.

As did Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata.

QPR striker Charlie Austin, meanwhile, was busy having a suit fitting.

AND FINALLY...

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea's girlfriend has been selected to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest. (Daily Mail)

A dog has been trained by his owner to imitate Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the command of 'Cristiano'. (101greatgoals)

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