Gossip column: Balotelli, Januzaj, Ings, Gerrard, Guarin, Cuadrado

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Star Sunday

Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 24, could be heading back to Serie A with Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini eager to secure his return to the San Siro. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Mancini could also return to former club Manchester City to sign England midfielder James Milner, 28, whose contract talks with the Premier League champions have broken down. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Colombia international Fredy Guarin, 28, could be going in the other direction with Liverpool considering a January loan deal for the Inter midfielder. (Sunday People)external-link

Chelsea have made a £30m bid for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, in an attempt to beat Manchester United to the signing of the Netherlands international in January. (Sunday Express)external-link

But United are set to pip neighbours Manchester City to the signature of Fiorentina's Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado, 26, next month. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)external-link

Everton have joined Arsenal, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid in the chase for Croatia international and Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 22. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, who is set to be a free agent next summer, is attracting interest from Dutch champions Ajax. (Sunday People)external-link

Ings is also a target for a number of Premier League clubs, with Newcastle United leading the top-flight chase for the forward. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Newcastle United's 27-year-old French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who is on loan at Hull City, has held talks about terminating his contract in January and is currently back in France. (L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is keen to loan out Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj, 19, in January with Real Sociedad leading the chase. (Sunday Express)external-link

Manchester City and New York City FC are set to agree to extend the loan of 36-year-old Frank Lampard at the Etihad from the end of December until the end of March. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

MLS side New York Red Bulls want to make Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard their star signing and hope to take advantage of the 34-year-old's relationship with sporting director and former Reds manager Gerard Houllier.(Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Swansea City's Spanish forward Michu, 28, who is on loan at Napoli, could be set to return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace. (Mail on Sunday)external-link


Mail on Sunday

Liverpool captain Gerrard and defender Dejan Lovren, 25, were involved in a row after last month's game against Crystal Palace with both players blaming the other for the 3-1 defeat. (Sun on Sunday - subscription required)external-link

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes can take his new club Real Sociedad to the Champions League, according to the Spanish club's 27-year-old midfielder Esteban Granero. (Observer)external-link

Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who has been sidelined since October with a knee injury, could be back sooner than expected after the 26-year-old Germany international was pictured going to training. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has attacked Van Gaal's management style and says the club have an identity crisis. (Telegraph)external-link

Meanwhile, Dutchman Van Gaal says only a lack of alternatives saved compatriot Robin van Persie, 31, from being dropped when the striker's form dipped earlier in the season. (Observer)external-link

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said his Champions League winners are "obliged to win" the Fifa Club World Cup, which begins in Morocco this weekend. (Marca)external-link

Police chiefs have announced unexpected plans to reduce security for Newcastle United and Sunderland supporters for December's Tyne-Wear derby.(Independent)external-link


Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Kieran Gibbs
Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Kieran Gibbs

Arsenal's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, 25, set up two goals in Saturday's 4-1 win over Newcastle and celebrated by tweetingexternal-link a picture from inside the Emirates' dressing room of him and his team-mates getting ready for the club's Christmas party.

West Brom's hard-fought derby win against Aston Villa literally left its mark on at least one Baggies player, with goalkeeper Ben Foster tweeting an imageexternal-link of a team-mate's foot with a huge lump on it and the hashtag #clawfeet.

Meanwhile, Baggies midfielder Craig Gardner, 28, netted the winner against former employers Villa, then the ex-Birmingham City player further twisted the knife when he tweeted:external-link "Heard the Blues were singing my name today, that puts the icing on the cake #kro"

Roma's Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, 27, tweetedexternal-link he was misquoted in reports suggesting that he "hated" former club Arsenal and posted the correct quotes stating his "love" for the Gunners, before adding: "Some media really need to hire someone to do the translations properly."


Bayern Munich's Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30, left team-mate Rafinha, 29, red faced when he pretended to high-five the Brazilian before leaving him hanging in front of 30,000 fans in Augsburg. (Metro)external-link

Manchester United manager Van Gaal let his ruthless image slip at the club's Christmas party by belting out a series of Frank Sinatra songs. (Sunday People)external-link