Gossip column: Messi, Schneiderlin, Muller, Balotelli

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 27, has alerted Manchester United to his potential availability by saying he does not know where he will be playing next year. (Guardian)external-link

The Sun
The Sun's back page on Tuesday

United are considering a £25m move for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, to strengthen their faltering Champions League hopes. (Daily Express)external-link

They are also tracking Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, 25, who is keen on a move away from the Allianz Arena. (Daily Star)external-link

Swansea City want Newcastle United's Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse, 29, to replace Manchester City-bound Wilfried Bony, 26. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool are ready to sell Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, 28, to Napoli if they land 25-year-old Fabian Delph from Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Juventus are interested in signing Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli, 24, on a loan deal this month, with an option for a £14m permanent deal in the summer. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal are prepared to increase their bid to land Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik, 17, but face competition from German club Hamburg. (Times - subscription required)external-link

The Gunners have also been sounded out over a move for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29. (Daily Mail)external-link

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, is on the verge of a move to Italian club Lazio after falling out of favour at Upton Park. (Mirror)external-link

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is holding talks over a move to Parma, but the Italian club could be deterred by his wage demands. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Ravel Morrison
Ravel Morrison could be headed for Italian club Lazio

Crystal Palace are on the brink of sealing a loan move for Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, 21. (Daily Star)external-link

Manager Roberto Martinez will reject moves for any of Everton's top players this month, despite defender Seamus Coleman, 26, interesting Manchester United. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa, 31, is set to reject Arsenal and Chelsea in favour of a return to former club Liverpool. (Daily Express)external-link

Leeds defender Scott Wootton, 23, could make a permanent move to Rotherham after his loan spell at the Millers came to an end. (Sky Sports)external-link

West Ham are closing in on the signing of Paris Saint-Germain striker Jean-Kevin Augustin, 23. (Talksport)external-link

Aston Villa are close to wrapping up the signing of Valencia midfielder Carles Gil, 22, and also want Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, 25. (Birmingham Mail)external-link


Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, 29, is being assessed by a shoulder specialist amid fears that he requires surgery and will be ruled out for up to three months after suffering a dislocation against Stoke City on Sunday. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, intends to play in Tuesday's FA Cup third-round replay at West Ham despite his grief at the death of friend Junior Malanda. The Wolfsburg midfielder, 20, was killed in a car crash on Saturday. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has asked a Zen master - Thai boxing guru Grandmaster Sken - to address his squad so they can focus on their emotional and mental side. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

United's on-loan Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 28, has been left in a state of shock by manager Louis van Gaal's decision to drop him for Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Southampton. (Daily Star)external-link

Alexis Sanchez
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says team-mate Alexis Sanchez is very "English"

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 21, says team-mate and forward Alexis Sanchez, 26, is one of the most "English" players he has encountered in terms of his style of play. (Times - subscription required) external-link

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, 27, met then Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to discuss a potential move to Old Trafford when still an Arsenal player. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could be in trouble with the FA again, after accusing referee Phil Dowd of being 'too fat' in a fresh rant at officials. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Standard Liege manager Guy Luzon is the favourite to take over as Charlton boss following the dismissal of Bob Peeters. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is convinced Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku will ultimately prove better value than Manchester City's new signing Wilfried Bony. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has warned £28m Manchester City new boy Wilfried Bony he will need a tougher mentality to survive at his former club. (Daily Express)external-link


Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was among the Germany team congratulating Joachim Loew on his Fifa world coach of the year award. He wrote on Twitter:external-link "Congratulations Jogi Löw!!! No doubt this is very well deserved ... #FIFAworldcoachoftheyear #DFB #wc2014"

Jonas Gutierrez continued his return to football after overcoming cancer, taking part in Newcastle's Under-21 fixture against Bolton. Afterwards, the midfielder tweeted:external-link "Happy to play another 90 min with the Under-21s, shame that we didn't get the 3 points. Improving all the day. Thanks for the support messages."

Danny Simpson
Danny Simpson tweeted: "Congratulations @Cristiano! A pleasure and honour to play alongside you! #BallonDOr2014"

Leicester City full-back Danny Simpson, a product of the Manchester United academy, was among the many to send their congratulations to Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, with this tweet:external-link "Congratulations @Cristiano! A pleasure and honour to play alongside you! #BallonDOr2014"


Players at Swedish club Halmstad have baulked at their new 'turtle-patterned' away kit. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea captain John Terry revealed he will be a 'shirt and tie manager' after leading an Under-15 training session. (Daily Mail)external-link

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