Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

AC Milan have intensified their efforts to beat Chelsea and Manchester City to sign Pep Guardiola as their next manager.

Pep Guardiola could be heading to AC Milan.
Pep Guardiola could be heading to AC Milan

Liverpool have approached Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala over a deal to sign 6ft 8in striker Lacina Traore, 22, who scored against the Reds in the Europa League last week.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Manchester City, Liverpool and Southampton are battling it out to sign Domenico Berardi, an 18-year-old striker with Italian club Sassuolo.

Full story: Skysports.comexternal-link

QPR want to sign former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to help them out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 24, insists he has no intention of leaving after being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Full story: Marcaexternal-link

Juventus are ready to make a January move for Udinese's Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia, 25, - a recent target for Manchester United and Tottenham.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, has urged Liverpool's Steven Gerrard to move to a club capable of winning major trophies before it's too late.

Steven Gerrard has been told to move to a big club by Zlatan Ibrahamovic.
Steven Gerrard has been told to move club by Zlatan Ibrahamovic

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

And Gerrard, 32, admits he has plenty of career regrets as he prepares to win his 100th England cap against Sweden.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, 20, got a rude awakening before his possible England debut when Sweden coach Erik Hamren admitted: "I've never heard of you."

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Former Stoke manager Lou Macari has urged England boss Roy Hodgson to play Ryan Shawcross, 25, for the full 90 minutes against Sweden.

Full story: Stoke Sentinelexternal-link

Liverpool are in talks to extend their shirt sponsorship deal with banking firm Standard Chartered.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering ditching his favoured back-four formation to tighten up the team's defence.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli has been urged to focus on his on-field career by his national coach

The Premier League TV rights deal is set to top £5bn for the first time.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has told Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 22, to focus on his career rather than glossy magazine interviews.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 27, insists his side are still the best team in England.

Full story: Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

The four Peterborough players fined and transfer-listed after a weekend night out in the city have asked the Professional Footballers' Association to help them fight the case.

Full story: Peterborough Telegraphexternal-link

Former France defender Willy Sagnol believes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will battle it out for the Ballon d'Or.

Full story: Goal.comexternal-link

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole who has had a knee injury could be fit to face Fulham on Saturday.

Full story: The Journalexternal-link

Tottenham could be without Kyle Walker, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon for Saturday's derby clash with Arsenal.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

But Spurs assistant boss Steffen Freund insists the balance of power in north London has shifted away from the Gunners since he was a player at White Hart Lane.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Argentina star Lionel Messi got a shock when a soldier's gun was inadvertently pointed at him as he was escorted through a Saudi Arabia airport.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard says some Everton players were keener than others to strip off and pose for their charity calendar.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

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