Gossip column: Guardiola, Vardy, Neville, McClaren, Moura

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Manchester United plan to take a back seat when Pep Guardiola's contract with Bayern Munich expires at the end of the season, leaving the way open for Manchester City to pursue the 44-year-old former Barcelona coach at the expense of Manuel Pellegrini. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, 64, is set to be handed £200m to spend next summer as the Old Trafford club have no plans to move for Guardiola. (the Sun) external-link

And the Red Devils will buy at least one of the world's top players, drawing up a wish-list that includes Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and Barcelona's Neymar. (Sunday Mirror) external-link

Chelsea have made 24-year-old striker Antoine Griezmann their number one target for the January transfer window, with the France international valued at £25m by his club Atletico Madrid. (Sunday Mirror) external-link

New Valencia head coach Gary Neville has urged his new club to sign Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 28.(Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes says Neville has taken a risk by becoming the Valencia boss, but says the former England defender won't be judged on whether he speaks Spanish. (Sunday Telegraph) external-link

Moyes, 52, will be offered a return to the Premier League as replacement for beleaguered Swansea City boss Garry Monk. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Newcastle are mulling over a January move for QPR winger Matt Phillips, 24, while Tottenham wide man Andros Townsend, 24, is also on the Magpies' radar. (The Sun) external-link

Striker Gerard Deulofeu, 21, wants to stay at Everton beyond this season because of the positive influence manager Roberto Martinez is having on his career.(Mail on Sunday)external-link

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he plans to build the squad for the future around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek says that the club must not allow the situation surrounding manager Steve McClaren's future to drag on. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Arsenal are in contention to sign Paris St-Germain winger Lucas Moura, 23, and could offer in excess of £30m for the Brazilian, who has also been linked with Manchester United. (BuzzSport via Metro)external-link

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Former Liverpool midfielder Igor Biscan has been found guilty of attacking a taxi driver in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia by butting him in the face. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Everton and Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman says he would be more than happy to face England at next year's European Championship finals in France. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his team are not ready to win the Champions League even if they manage to beat Wolfsburg this week to secure a place in the knockout stages. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

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West Ham's Mauro Zarate missed a golden opportunity in the Hammers' scoreless draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United and later expressed his regretexternal-link on Twitter.

Mauro Zarate tweet

But there were happy faces all round for the Leicester fans and players after they beat Swansea 3-0 to go top of the Premier League final, with midfielder Gokhan Inler posting a picture on Twitterexternal-link of the journey back home.

Leicester's Gokhan Inler

And finally

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he has received a message of congratulations from former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after his impressive start to life at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)external-link