Gossip column: Guardiola, Wenger, Emenalo, Ben Arfa

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Pep Guardiola, 44, will be offered a staggering £17m-a-year to stay as Bayern Munich's manager - and snub a move to the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

But former Bayern defender Willy Sagnol, now coach at Bordeaux, says Manchester City would be the perfect place for Guardiola to start a new project. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says doping is rife in football after the Russian athletics drugs scandal. (Daily Telegraph via L'Equipe)

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Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo is under pressure after a poor record in the transfer market. (The Sun)

Nice winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 28, says his life was hell while he was at former club Newcastle, where he was left to train with the reserves. (France Football - in French)

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 19, is seeking loan move away from Stamford Bridge in January. (The Times - subscription required)

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda, 19, who is frustrated with a lack of game-time at Stamford Bridge. (Metro)

Liverpool are reportedly preparing a bid for 23-year-old Empoli attacker Riccardo Saponara. (Daily Express)

Former Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic, 47, tops Championship club Blackburn's list to succeed the sacked Gary Bowyer. Ex-Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, 46, is another leading candidate. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken of his admiration for Indian culture, in particular Mahatma Gandhi and his peaceful principles.(Daily Mail)

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The Football Association has hired a lawyer to try to reclaim £21m spent on England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup. (Daily Telegraph)

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy was so confident of success when he joined the club from non-league Fleetwood Town in 2012 that he negotiated a clause in his contract for a bonus should he play for England. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Former Newcastle striker Mick Quinn believes the club need to sign a striker in January, but does not think West Ham's Andy Carroll, 26, is the answer. (Evening Chronicle)

Results of a vote reveal that the majority of participants want Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to improve the wing positions in the team.(Liverpool Echo)

Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts has urged young and fringe players to use Friday's friendly with the Netherlands to fight for a place in the Euro 2016 squad. (Wales Online)

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he won the World Cup for Spain by accident. (Independent)

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New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36, appeared to confirm he would not be leaving the club, after posting a picture and tweeting: "Finally back to work #nycfc #BackHome #ny #StopRumours #PirloStyle."

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Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 21, is looking forward to helping the England Under-21 side prepare for their match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday

And finally

World and Olympic long-distance champion Mo Farah wanted to name his son Arsenal but his wife Tania "wasn't having it". The 32-year-old is a long-standing Gunners supporter. (London Evening Standard)

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