Gossip column: Costa, Cahill, Nasri, Isco, Rooney, Van Gaal

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Chelsea will spend the next two weeks deciding whether to bring in a striker in January to replace Diego Costa, 27. (Guardian)external-link

Defender Gary Cahill's future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt, with Chelsea only willing to give him a one-year contract extension after his 30th birthday next month. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City have turned down a £10m offer from Juventus for 28-year-old France midfielder Samir Nasri. (Daily Mirror)external-link

The Daily Telegraph focused on Manchester United's troubles in the Champions League
The Daily Telegraph sports supplement focuses on Manchester United's troubles in the Champions League

Juventus are considering making a bid for Spain midfielder and Arsenal target Isco, 23, who is unsettled at Real Madrid.(Tuttosport, via Talksport)external-link

Head coach Steve McClaren has confronted several senior Newcastle players. The former England boss is furious with the attitude of some of his squad, following their 3-0 defeat by Leicester. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Meanwhile, McClaren is keen to sign Tottenham outcast Andros Townsend, 24, and fellow midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 23, from Swansea.(Daily Mail)external-link

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will target Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Lars Bender, 26, in January. (Calciomercato - in Italian)external-link

Meanwhile, Wenger has met Corinthians director of football - and former Arsenal midfielder - Edu to enquire about Brazil striker Alexandre Pato, 26.(Metro)external-link

Manchester United continue to monitor Borussia Dortmund's Germany defender Mats Hummels, 26. (Bild, via Talksport)external-link

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has told United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, that China would be a "great place" to finish his career.(Evening Standard)external-link

Daily Mirror backpage
The Daily Mirror lead their back page on the struggles of Manchester United and Manchester City in Europe

Jack Grealish faces being frozen out of first-team action indefinitely at Aston Villa. The 20-year-old has been sent to train with the under-21s after being photographed at a nightclub a few hours after Villa's 4-0 defeat at Everton. (Sun)external-link

Gerard Deulofeu wants to stay at Everton "for a lot of years", after speculation Barcelona could take the winger, 21, back to the Nou Camp. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is considering a move for £14m-rated Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, 27. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Cardiff City are continuing to monitor Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, 26, before the emergency loan deadline. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Birmingham City supporters have urged manager Gary Rowett to sign striker Libor Kozak, 26, from rivals Aston Villa in a poll conducted by the Birmingham Mail.external-link

Best of social media

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand posted this picture on Instagram after visiting a school, saying it reminded him of when he played for his own school growing up
Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand posted this picture on Instagram, which he said reminded him of when he played for his school team

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes sent a defiant message to manager Louis van Gaal. In an Instagram post, Valdes wrote: "Not to disappoint those who want to see me play again, the only motivation that pushes me to continue working. I struggle to be free and again enjoy my profession." (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal forwards Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been pranking team-matesexternal-link on the club's Snapchat.

Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick tweetedexternal-link his delight after a horse he owns, Quintus Cerialis, won at Kempton at odds of 5-2.

Everton striker Arouna Kone tweeted a picture of himselfexternal-link signing a new contract. Although it has not been confirmed by the club, it is believed he triggered a clause in his old contract to extend his deal when he played against Sunderland earlier this month.

Best of BBC Radio 5 live

Louis van Gaal has been accused of "destroying" Manchester United
Louis van Gaal has been accused of 'destroying' Manchester United

Former England winger Chris Waddle says the Premier League is too quick for Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34. Waddle believes the Sweden international - who has been linked with a move to the English top flight - does not have "the legs or the pace" to compete in the division. Listen here.

A Manchester United fan phoned the station to say manager Louis van Gaal is "destroying" the club. Listen to the full clip here.

A United player, meanwhile, has told Telegraph football journalist Jason Burt he is "half the player he can be" under Van Gaal". Listen to the full clip here.

And finally

Manchester United players and their partners are getting fed up with surprise evening training sessions being sprung on them by manager Louis van Gaal. (Sun)external-link

Leicester City midfielder Andy King has achieved a rare feat of playing for the club at both the lowest (sixth in League One) and highest point (top of the Premier League) in their history. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

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