Gossip column: Guardiola, Messi, Neymar, Terry, Pogba

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Guardiola gossip

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, 45, rejected last-minute attempts from Manchester United and Chelsea before agreeing a three-year deal to become Manchester City manager next summer. (Star)

Or United made no attempt to stop Guardiola's move to City and have been prepared for the announcement for months. (Sky Sports)

Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph sports page

Guardiola is already the best-paid manager in the world, but his £15m-a-year deal with City is an increase on his salary at Bayern Munich. (Mail)

The Spaniard will earn more than any other manager or player in the Premier League after being offered a £21m-a-year contract. (Sun)

Guardiola will be given £150m to spend on players when he replaces Manuel Pellegrini. (Guardian)

Pellegrini's next job could be at Chelsea, who spoke to the 62-year-old before taking Jose Mourinho back in 2013. (Express)

Long-term Manchester United target Neymar, 23, could join rivals City after Guardiola's arrival. The club are willing to meet the player's £105m buyout clause. (Fichajes.net, via Express)

City also want Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, 28, to reunite with Guardiola and are putting together a £120m deal to tempt the Barcelona forward. (Sun)

Guardiola will try to sign Juventus' 22-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba, who is rated at £80m, and Everton's 21-year-old England defender John Stones, who could cost £50m(Mail)

City are planning an expensive summer overhaul of their squad with defender Eliaquim Mangala, 24, and striker Wilfried Bony, 27, poised to be sold.(Telegraph)

Other deadline-day gossip

Chelsea captain John Terry, 35, has been offered a move to the Middle East. Talks between his advisers and Qatar side Al Arabi - managed by former Blues forward Gianfranco Zola - have taken place. (Mirror)

Former England captain Terry could earn £20m by playing just one season in China, although the MLS is also a possible destination. (Telegraph)

Terry will not continue his career in Europe as he does not want to play against Chelsea. (Times - subscription only)

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror back page

Times journalist Henry Winter believes Chelsea will look to Italy for their next manager - hinting he thinks Italy head coach Antonio Conte, 46, will get the job. (Listen to clip on BBC Radio 5 live)

On-loan Blues striker Radamel Falcao, 29, was in Madrid on transfer deadline day as he looked to seal a move back to Atletico Madrid. (Evening Standard)

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is prepared to walk out on the club this summer after they failed to sign any of his January targets. (Star)

Surprise Premier League leaders Leicester missed out on signing striker Loic Remy, 29, after Chelsea decided not to allow the France international to leave on a loan deal. (Leicester Mercury)

Manchester United had a deadline-day move for Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, 30, blocked by Arsene Wenger. The full-back moved to Bordeaux instead. (Mirror)

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton, 40, has turned down the chance to oversee the youth set-up at Manchester United, where he started his career.(Times - subscription only)

Daily Star
Daily Star back page

Premier League strugglers Swansea were approached about the possibility of signing Brazilian Robinho, 32, who is a free agent after leaving Guangzhou Evergrande. (South Wales Evening Post)

Newcastle ended their interest in Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique, 30, after discussions about the player's contract demands.(Chronicle)

Aston Villa missed out on signing Hajduk Split's 6ft 7in goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic when the 25-year-old was denied a work permit and two appeals to the Football Association failed. (Birmingham Mail)

Serie A side Lazio blocked moves from Villa and Bournemouth to sign midfielder Ravel Morrison, 22, who will now remain in Italy until the end of the season. (Talksport)

Social media

Saido Berahino landed himself in trouble at the end of the summer transfer window when he criticised West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace for not sanctioning a move to Tottenham Hotspur. This time he kept his counsel and settled for an early night as the Baggies again decided to hang on to the England Under-21 striker.

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Saido Berahino attracted interest from Tottenham, Newcastle and Stoke during the transfer window

And finally

Former England captain David Beckham bought hot drinks for a paramedic and her patient after he spotted them waiting for an ambulance in the cold. (BBC News)

A journalist was harassed by a fan with an inflatable banana while covering deadline day for Italian television, but got his own back by using the inflatable toy against him. (Metro)

The police officer who posted a photo of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's passport online has been sentenced to a month in prison.(Sun)

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