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Inter Milan are hoping to beat Arsenal and Tottenham to the signing of 22-year-old Paris St-Germain and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot. (Calciomercato, via Talksport)external-link

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu says forward Lionel Messi is already playing under the terms of his new contract with the club, even though the 30-year-old has yet to sign it. (8TV, via Sun)external-link

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says midfielder Dele Alli, 21, needs to keep his focus on his football as six of football's biggest agencies try to sign him up. (Telegraph) external-link

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, says he is concentrating on trying to win trophies with Spurs while the Belgium international's father and agent sort out his contract. (Talksport)external-link

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is open to a move to the Premier League, but Real Madrid are likely to rival any bid for the 21-year-old Germany international. (Don Balon, via Daily Star)external-link

Everton defender Michael Keane, 24, says former club Manchester United "showed a lot of interest" in signing him in the summer but he chose a switch to Goodison Park from Burnley for more first-team football as he "wasn't as big a fan" of United as he had been. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier, 26, says Belgium team-mate and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, would be a good addition for the French club. (La Parisien, in French)external-link

Meanwhile, PSG forward Julian Draxler, 23, wants to move to Barcelona after losing his place to Neymar but a move in January could be in doubt as he played against Celtic in the Champions League and would be ineligible to play for another team in the competition this season. (Don Balon, via Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United should sign Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane, 24, and Borussia Dortmund's 28-year-old Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says former United striker Louis Saha. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, 24, says Manchester United were interested in signing him in the summer but that he "didn't think twice" about switching from Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)external-link

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland believes he can become England number one while playing for the Potters, but the 24-year-old also wants Champions League football. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Bayern Munich and Germany forward Thomas Muller, 28, has admitted he considered leaving the Bundesliga champions for Manchester United in 2015. (Kicker, via Independent)external-link

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent scouts to watch Benfica's 21-year-old Serbia winger Andrija Zivkovic. (O Jogo, in Portuguese)external-link

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is confident defender and captain Jamaal Lascelles, 23, will soon sign an improved contract. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola fears academy midfielder Brahim Diaz, 18, could be tempted by a move to Real Madrid. (Daily Express) external-link

Manchester City and France left-back Benjamin Mendy, 23, would not have left Monaco if Chelsea was his only option, says Monaco's vice president Vadim Vasilyev. (L'Equipe, via Independent)external-link

West Brom's Chinese owners have rejected an approach from a US investor to buy the club. (Bloomberg)external-link

Everton have to sign a number nine in the January transfer window to stand any chance of qualifying for Europe, says former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves. (BBC Radio 5 live In Short)

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, 23, will reject a move to Barcelona in order to sign for Real Madrid. (Don Balon - in Spanish)external-link

Former Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano, 42, is being lined up as the next manager of Gillingham, whose current boss Adrian Pennock says he is unaware of any plans to replace him.(Kent Online)external-link

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From Bob Marley to Muhammad Ali, Watford striker Andre Gray has revealed the story behind his many tattoos. (Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle's 22-year-old midfielder Isaac Hayden is a regular helper at one of the city's food banks. (Independent)external-link

Burnley defender James Tarkowski, 24, has rejected an approach to play for Poland as he is hopeful of turning out for England. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to stay with the club "for a long time", despite speculation surrounding his future. (FourFourTwo)external-link

Liverpool fans have suggested former midfielder Steven Gerrard looks more like current Reds right-back Jon Flanagan after he was brought back as one of the club's 'legends' in Pro Evolution Soccer 2018. (Sun)external-link

Manager Rafael Benitez says he missed part of Newcastle's 1-0 victory at Swansea last Sunday while watching at home because of illness - when a storm knocked out his TV signal. (Daily Mail)external-link

The best of Friday's gossip...

Real Madrid are set to revive their interest in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 26, next summer. (Don Balon, via Goal)external-link

However, Spain goalkeeper De Gea has hinted at a long-term Manchester United stay - by moving into a new house. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, will reject a move to Real Madrid in order to join the Gunners' Premier League rivals Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool will look to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij, 25, in January. (Calicomercato, via Talksport)external-link

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