Gossip column: Toure, Messi, Varane, Mane, Lukaku, Xavi, Mahrez

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Midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, will consider signing a pre-contract deal with another European club in January after being left out of Manchester City's Champions League squad. (Independent)external-link

Real Madrid's France defender Raphael Varane, 23, has revealed he turned down a transfer to Manchester United this summer. (Canal+ via Talksport)external-link

Chelsea, Paris St-Germain and Inter Milan want to sign Benfica's Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 22, in January. (Football Italia)external-link

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Tuesday's Daily Star back page

AC Milan will give Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 17, a new contract to repel interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.(Sporting Mediaset - in Italian)external-link

Everton's Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, turned down Italian champions Juventus to stay at Goodison Park during the summer transfer window. (Het Niewsblad - in Flemish)external-link

Meanwhile, the Toffees are set to offer midfielder Ross Barkley, 22 a new long-term deal.(Daily Mail)external-link

Barcelona legend Xavi believes Leicester's Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez, 25, is good enough to play for the Spanish giants. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Portugal international Jose Fonte, 32, says he remains committed to Southampton. Manchester United tried to sign the defender in the summer.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, 24, will be fit for Saturday's Premier League match against Leicester despite getting injured on international duty. (Sun)external-link

Agent Mino Raiola, who works with new Manchester United signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba among others, says a player will soon be transferred for £200m. (Talksport)external-link

The Guardian's front page to its sports supplement

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 29, has been told to "lighten his training load" because of a hamstring injury. (Barcelona's website)external-link

Manchester City loanee Jason Denayer, 21, is in line for his first start for Sunderland in Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy game against Rochdale, while midfielder Jan Kirchoff, 25, is set to return from injury in the game.(Sunderland Echo)external-link

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has approached Eduardo Macia to replace former head of recruitment Steve Walsh, who joined Everton in July. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Sheffield Wednesday are set to sign former Netherlands left-back Urby Emanuelson, 30.(The Star)external-link

Best of social media

Real Madrid's Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training and posted a picture for his fans to "enjoy".

Cristiano Ronaldo tweet

Stoke's England keeper Jack Butland has had an ankle operation and hopes he will soon be back playing.

Jack Butland tweet

Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil shared a video of him playing football with his dog. (Twitterexternal-link)

Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish said he was "gutted" to be missing Tuesday's England Under-21 match against Norway.

Jack Grealish tweet

Younes Kaboul has thanked the Sunderland fans following his move from the Stadium of Light to Watford last month.

Younes Kaboul tweet

And finally

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says he finds non-league football more entertaining than the Premier League. (Guardian)external-link

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