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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, 44, will be ready to move to the Premier League at the end of the season if he fails to agree a new contract with the German club, with London his preferred destination.(Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United will have to double their summer offer of around £20m to buy Southampton's Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 23.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea are confident of fending off Manchester United and Paris St-Germain in the race to sign Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, from Red Star Belgrade in January.(Guardian)external-link

The leader of a group of homeless people being allowed to squat in a historic Manchester building by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs is a convicted football hooligan. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned captain Vincent Kompany, 29, his days of being a Manchester City "untouchable" are gone.(Daily Mirror)external-link

But Pellegrini also hinted that Kompany may return to the City starting line-up for Sunday's derby showdown with Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester City midfielder David Silva could also be set for a surprise return at Old Trafford after missing two games with an ankle injury. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told Wayne Rooney, 30 today, that the length of the England captain's career will depend on "how he lives for his profession".(the Sun - subscription required)external-link

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce admits he feels a "big responsibility" to the hundreds of club staff who could find their jobs at risk if he cannot save the club from relegation. (Guardian)external-link

But Allardyce says the Black Cats have proved they can handle derby-day pressure better than his former club Newcastle. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told the club's supporters that he cannot create a "genius plan", when his new side are not yet a Bayern Munich or Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)external-link

West Brom manager Tony Pulis says striker Saido Berahino, 22, is overweight after losing focus during his protracted battle to leave the club and join Tottenham over the summer. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Tottenham's defensive midfielder Eric Dier, 21, says the key to handling Chelsea's temperamental striker Diego Costa, 27, is to be nice to him. (Guardian)external-link

QPR goalkeeper Rob Green believes he can play until he is 45, another 10 years. (GetWestLondon)external-link

Portsmouth are monitoring Brighton's third-choice goalkeeper Christian Walton, 19, an England U-20 international. (The Argus)external-link

Best of social media

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Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield with Stoke midfielder and former Tangerines player Charlie Adam

Liverpool striker Danny Ings, out for the rest of the season with injury, posted a picture of himselfexternal-link on crutches with the Player of the Month award for September: "First day back today, this cheered me up. Thank you to all the @LFC family."

Even Premier League footballers have problems, with Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham tweeting:external-link "Cracked alloy! Fantastic."

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish does what every man should - remembers his mum's birthday.external-link

The FA Cup returns on Saturday with the final qualifying round and Ryman League Bognor Regis Town, AKA The Rocks, travel to National League South outfit Wealdstone hoping to cause another upset:

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Bognor fans are travelling en masse to Wealdstone in the hope of another Rocks FA Cup upset

And finally

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is coming to a big screen near you, with the Italian reportedly landing a cameo role in the forthcoming Star Trek film. (Corriere della Sera via Metro)external-link

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