Football gossip column: Messi, Romagnoli, Coutinho, Hodgson, Pepe, Rooney

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied trying to sign Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, but says he would if the 29-year-old indicated he wanted to leave the Nou Camp. (Guardian)external-link

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique also insists the Spanish giants have not discussed Messi's future. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Guardiola did speak to Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 24, this summer as the German was his number one choice to replace Joe Hart, 29, at Manchester City. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea are ready to bid £49m for AC Milan and Italy defender Alessio Romagnoli in January after having a £35m offer for the 21-year-old rejected in the summer. (Sun)external-link

The Blues are interested in Paris St-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe, but face competition for the 21-year-old from Liverpool and Manchester United. (Sun)external-link

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo is keen to see 24-year-old Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho at Real Madrid. (Onda Cero via Daily Star)external-link

The back page of the Daily Mirror
The back page of Wednesday's Daily Mirror

Real Madrid and Portugal defender Pepe, 33, will consider a move to Chelsea unless he gets the two-year contract he wants from the Spanish club. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says France striker Olivier Giroud, 30, still has a future at the club even though he is yet to start a Premier League game this season. (Daily Express)external-link

Frenchman Wenger is confident the Gunners will keep their best players, if they win trophies. (Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool want to sign Switzerland defender Fabian Schar, 24, from German club Hoffenheim, but may have to wait until next summer to do so. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United have been linked with Valencia midfielder Fran Villalba - but the 18-year-old Spaniard revealed on Twitterexternal-link he has signed a new four-year contract.

Paris St-Germain and Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva's contract expires next summer, and his agent says the 32-year-old has had offers from "three or four big teams" but would prefer to stay with the French club. (Le Parisien via Daily Mail)external-link

Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph focuses on Leicester City's win over FC Copenhagen

England striker Wayne Rooney says he still has "a lot of football left" in him, despite the 30-year-old having started Manchester United's past four games on the bench. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Former England boss Roy Hodgson could be offered a route back into the game at the age of 69 with a potential £8m-a-year contract if he decides to manage in the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas, 33, says he rejected offers from Manchester United and Leeds to sign for Newcastle as an 18-year-old. (BT Sport Score, via Daily Star)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United forward Ashley Young posted a pictureexternal-link of some white sandals on Instagram, asking: "Name the player who wore these today?!" Team-mate Juan Mata revealed the identity of the mystery man by posting a picture of the sandalsexternal-link along with the message: "Sorry Eric Bailly."

Ashley Young on Instagram

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has not played since his side's opening league game of the campaign because of a hamstring injury but is nearing a return and tweetedexternal-link he is keen to get back to action.

Aaron Ramsey

And finally...

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud jokingly offered to fight UFC star Conor McGregor - then said: "I'm dead." (Arsenal's YouTube channel)external-link

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