Tuesday's gossip: Mourinho, Van Gaal, Guardiola, Lewandowski

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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is willing to take a £16m pay cut to become Manchester United's next manager. (Daily Star)external-link

United held informal talks with representatives of Mourinho last week to gauge whether the Portuguese would want to succeed current boss Louis van Gaal, who is under pressure after his side failed to win any of their last six games. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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The Daily Star lead on Jose Mourinho taking a pay cut to become Manchester United manager

Sir Alex Ferguson will help United's hierarchy decide on Van Gaal's future at Old Trafford. (Mirror)external-link

Van Gaal will have extra security if he is still in charge of the club when the Red Devils face Chelsea at home on 28 December. (Sun)external-link

Meanwhile, United are ready to pay £51m for Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 27. (Mundo Deportivo, via Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has told outgoing Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola he will give him anything he wants in a bid to lure him to Stamford Bridge in the summer. (Sun)external-link

Abramovich is planning to make Guardiola the world's highest-paid manager and will also fund a massive overhaul of the Blues' playing staff. (Daily Mail)external-link

Midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, has agreed a five-year contract with Liverpool ahead of completing a £5m move from Red Star Belgrade. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Liverpool and Everton are watching Marseille captain Steve Mandanda, with the 30-year-old keeper considering a move to the Premier League. (Canal+, via TalkSport)external-link

Manchester City scouts are interested in 19-year-old Partizan Belgrade winger Andrija Zivkovic. (Daily Mail)external-link

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The Times' back page goes all festive in their report of Arsenal's win over Manchester City on Monday

Riyad Mahrez, 24, is likely to stay at Leicester in January according to his agent, despite interest from other Premier League clubs including Manchester United. (Sky Sports)external-link

Tottenham are preparing another attempt to bring West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino to White Hart Lane. The 22-year-old was the subject of a £23m bid by the London club in the summer. (Telegraph)external-link

Tottenham will look to sign Valencia's former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, 30, if they fail to revive a deal for Berahino. (Daily Mail)external-link

Southampton have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in showing interest in 18-year-old Charlton forward Ademola Lookman. (Newshopper)external-link

Fulham hope to unveil former Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager this week. (Mirror)external-link

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook is mulling over whether to send 19-year-old defender Jack Whatmough on loan. (The News, Portsmouth)external-link

Monaco are also interested in Newcastle target Salvatore Sirigu, the 28-year-old Paris St-Germain goalkeeper. (Daily Express)external-link

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand admits that striker Charlie Austin, 26, might leave the club in January. (Evening Standard) external-link

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has six weeks to get it right, according to former Hoops midfielder Alan Thompson. (Daily Record)external-link

Swansea City might be in the bottom three but won't end the season there, says ex-Cardiff City defender James Collins. (Wales Online)external-link

David Beckham would like to sign 34-year-old Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his MLS franchise team in Miami. (Aftonbladet)external-link

Best of social media

Arsenal's players celebrated their win over Manchester City on Twitter. Mesut Ozil, who provided both assists in his side's 2-1 victory on Monday, expressed himself through emojis.

Mesut Ozil Twitter

Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweeted his thanksexternal-link to the home fans. The 24-year-old Wales international wrote: "Brilliant performance by the boys tonight. Had to dig deep in the end and with your help we got through. Have a good Christmas!".

Less happy was Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero...external-link

Sergio Aguero

Manchester United's squad paid a Christmas visit to local hospitals to visit young patients. Defender Daley Blind tweeted a picture of himself posing with a fan, saying: "Great to give some children a big smile on their faces today".

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Daley Blind posed with young fan Finn during Manchester United's visit to a local hospital

And finally

Tottenham's players have been playing Secret Santa by choosing a Christmas present for one of their team-mates and defender Jan Vertonghen cheekily suggested he would get young midfielder Dele Alli a girlfriend. (Spurs TV)external-link

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