Thursday's gossip: Mourinho, Guardiola, Lewandowski, Pelle

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Latest Mourinho gossip

Under-fire Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised the lifestyles of some of his players, telling the club's TV channel:external-link "Some of them need to rethink the way they live Chelsea, they live football, they live their job. I feel frustrated with some players and I feel that some others give absolutely everything."

Mourinho's accusations of having his work "betrayed" are believed to have stemmed from suspicions that there is a mole in the Chelsea camp. (Times - subscription required)external-link

The Blues will tell Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, 44, to name his price to succeed 52-year-old Mourinho. (Sun)external-link

Chelsea are considering offering Guus Hiddink, 69, a second short-term stint as manager should they sack Mourinho. Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, 45, is their longer-term target. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos, 61, is the shock candidate being considered as a potential interim manager should Mourinho depart before the end of the season. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Daily Telegraph journalist Jason Burt believes the end is "very close" for Mourinho, but only if the club can find the "right replacement". (BBC Radio 5 live)

Defeat by Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday would almost certainly spell the end for Mourinho. (Daily Express)external-link

Other gossip

Manchester City's chances of making Pep Guardiola their next manager have increased, with the Spaniard set to quit Bayern Munich. (Daily Mirror)external-link

City will offer Guardiola a deal of about £15m a year, meaning he will remain the best paid coach in world football.(Daily Mail) external-link

Meanwhile, Bayern have lost patience with speculation surrounding their manager's future and will seek to replace him with Italian Carlo Ancelotti.(Independent)external-link

Daily Star
The Daily Star focuses on Mourinho's latest criticism of his Chelsea players

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is "a bit of an idiot", according to West Brom midfielder James McClean after the German refused to shake Baggies manager Tony Pulis's hand and criticised their tactics after Sunday's 2-2 draw. (Daily Star)external-link

Liverpool are considering a move for FC Basel striker Breel Embolo, 18, who is also wanted by Manchester United. (Calcio Mercato)external-link

The Anfield club are also interested in Schalke's Cameroon international defender Joel Matip, 24, who is out of contract next summer. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United are ready to offer Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 27, £10.9m a year. (SportBild - in German)external-link

Meanwhile, United are considering building a "mini Old Trafford" next to their stadium that could hold about 5,000-10,000 fans and would host Under-21 matches and some academy and FA Youth Cup fixtures.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Criticism of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is "crazy", according to former winger Marc Overmars, who played under the Dutch manager at Ajax and Barcelona. (Sun)external-link

However, winger Ashley Young cannot understand why he was left as an unused substitute for Manchester United's last three games against Bournemouth, Wolfsburg and West Ham.(Guardian)external-link

Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are all tracking Stoke's former Barcelona playmaker Bojan Krkic, 25.(Sun)external-link

Chelsea are likely to bid for Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, 30, in the January transfer window.(CalcioNews24, in Italian)external-link

However, defender and captain John Terry, 35, fears he might not be given a new contract by Chelsea.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Tottenham will have to put any move for Marseille's Belgium international striker Michy Batshuayi, 22, on hold until next summer at the earliest. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, Spurs are planning to sell defender Fazio, 28, and winger Andros Townsend, 24. (Daily Mail)external-link

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde will be given funds in January and final say on transfers as he attempts to lift his side from the bottom of the Premier League. (Independent)external-link

Best of social media

After WWE performer Triple H declares himself a West Ham fan and tips Andy Carroll as a potential wrestler, the Hammers striker replies with a challenge.

Andy Carroll on Twitter
Andy Carroll rises to the challenge

Premier League Bournemouth tweetexternal-link some breaking news - a darts result as their winger Marc Pugh beats BDO world champion and Cherries fan Scott Mitchell with a 114 checkout.

Wayne Rooney's family
Festive frolics in the Rooney household

And finally

One Leicester City fan stands to win £5,000 from a £5 stake if the Foxes - who barely avoided relegation last season - are still top of the Premier League at Christmas. (Daily Mirror)external-link

A Manchester United fan responded to a Manchester City fan calling the Red Devils' ticket office to request a seat at Old Trafford for the last 16 of the Champions League - by asking for a chance to see the Champions League trophy on City's stadium tour. (Metro)external-link

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