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)external-link

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)external-link

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

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The Daily Mirror reveal Pep Guardiola's contract offer

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

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)external-link

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

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)external-link

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

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)external-link

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

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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)external-link

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)external-link

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)external-link

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)external-link

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

Best of social media

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)external-link

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