Transfer gossip: Conte, Coutinho, Alli, Sanchez, Fabregas, Conte, Karanka

Football gossip

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's future could be in doubt if his side lose to Manchester United on Sunday. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Conte has confirmed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich attended a recent training session amid growing reports the billionaire owner is running out of patience with the Italian. (Metro)external-link

Real Madrid are ready to compete with Barcelona to sign Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Spanish giants Real are also interested in Tottenham's 21-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli. (Marca)external-link

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez was scouting Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, 25, when Spurs played Real Madrid in the Champions League but was instead seemingly left impressed by his 21-year-old midfield team-mate Harry Winks. (Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has not ruled out making another move for Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 30, is set to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge, ending rumours of a move to Manchester United. (Evening Standard)external-link

Sunderland have contacted ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka over their vacant manager's position. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, 25, is proving to be the best Premier League signing of the season, according to the club's former defender Jamie Carragher. (Telegraph)external-link

Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists no one at the club is distracted by continued speculation linking him with Everton. (Burnley Express)external-link

Leicester boss Claude Puel says he could sign Paris St-Germain and France midfielder Hatem ben Arfa in January. The 30-year-old played under Puel at Nice in 2015-16. (ESPN, via RMC Radio)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there is no pressure on Emre Can to sign a new contract, despite the Germany midfielder being linked with a move to Juventus. (Sky Sports)external-link

Juventus will face competition from Manchester City to sign Can, with City willing to promise the 23-year-old a central role in the squad. (Calciomercato)external-link

Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback appears to have no future at the club as manager Rafael Benitez says he is still only allowed to train with the club's under-23 side. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Edinson Cavani's agent has revealed the Paris St-Germain and Uruguay striker, 30, has his heart set on a return to Italian side Napoli. (Sun)external-link

Aston Villa are involved in a contract stand-off with 19-year-old striker Keinan Davis over wages, with Bournemouth, Huddersfield and West Brom monitoring the situation. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal did not sign David Silva in 2005 because they did not believe he could cope with the physical demands of the Premier League. (Daily Mail)external-link

Meanwhile

Former Newcastle and Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has suggested Paul Ince's weight is a reason why he does not have a managerial job. (Daily Express)external-link

Tottenham's players will receive a £2m bonus to share between them as a reward for qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former England boss Roy Hodgson says Tottenham striker Harry Kane was on corner taking duty during Euro 2016 because he "wasn't scoring goals" and was was the "best deliverer of the ball". (Daily Express)external-link

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has responded to criticism from pundits by pointing to their failure as managers. (Express and Star)external-link

Maidenhead full-back Remy Clerima, who will feature for the club against Coventry in the FA Cup first round on Sunday, is also a part-time model. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil's body language could be to blame for the criticism the 29-year-old Germany international receives. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Neymar, Paris St-Germain's world record signing, is "fed up" with manager Unai Emery's methods. (Le Parisien - in French)external-link

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, say the club need Gareth Bale, 28, back from injury as they try to improve their form. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes fans of his former club Chelsea still "love" him. (Independent)external-link

Former Everton midfielder Kevin Ratcliffe has called the club's form "frightening" and says he cannot see three worse teams in the Premier League. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford, 23, says the Goodison Park outfit "are not a side that will be in the bottom three", despite their struggling form. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Ousmane Dembele's surgeon says the France winger's hamstring injury may have been caused by pressure on him to succeed following his £135.5m move to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes the club's fans have rallied around out-of-form Croatia defender Dejan Lovren. (Independent)external-link

Barnsley held a treasure hunt around the town centre as they relaunched their website.

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The Guardian points to weekend fixtures, including Chelsea hosting Manchester United and Arsenal travelling to Manchester City

The best of Friday's gossip

Real Madrid will make Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino their number one target to replace Zinedine Zidane. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has already decided to sack manager Antonio Conte. (Marca)external-link

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is open to letting left-back Luke Shaw, 22, leave in January, with the pair not on speaking terms. (Sun)external-link

Shaw is keen on a return to former club Southampton, with the south-coast club considering selling defender Ryan Bertrand, 28, to Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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