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)external-link

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)external-link

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)external-link

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Sun back page

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

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

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

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)external-link

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

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

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

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

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)external-link

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

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)external-link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)external-link

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

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

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 imageexternal-link 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 timeexternal-link with young fans.

As did Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata.external-link

QPR striker Charlie Austin, meanwhile, was busy having a suit fittingexternal-link.

AND FINALLY...

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

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