Gossip column: Messi, Walcott, Sanchez, Coutinho, Sandro

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Lionel Messi turned down wages of £850,000 a week from Manchester City before signing a new deal with Barcelona. The Premier League leaders also offered the 30-year-old Argentina forward an £88m signing bonus. (Marca - in Spanish)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there are no guarantees that 25-year-old midfielder Philippe Coutinho will still be at Anfield after the January transfer window. Barcelona made three bids for the Brazil international in the summer. (Daily Star)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will return with a huge offer to try to sign Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, in January. (Independent)

Everton have approached the Gunners about 28-year-old England forward Theo Walcott, who is yet to start a first-team game this season. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have been given a boost with the news that Brazil defender Alex Sandro, 26, wants to leave Juventus. (Telegraph)

West Ham could revive their interest in 25-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho after making peace with his club following the row over the Hammers' attempts to sign the Portugal international in the summer. (Sun)

Manchester United's summer target Ivan Perisic, 28, has revealed Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti convinced him to stay in Italy rather than make the switch to Old Trafford. (Mediaset via Manchester Evening News)

United sent scouts to watch Lazio's Serbia midfielder Sergej-Milinkovic Savic, 22, in a 2-1 win over Sampdoria last weekend. (Sun)

Southampton, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are interested in a possible January move for Dundee defender Jack Hendry, 22. (Daily Mail)


Everton boss Sam Allardyce may miss the Europa League match at Apollon Limassol to prepare for Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield. With Everton already out of the competition, Allardyce is expected to send a makeshift side to Cyprus. (Guardian)

Tottenham's England midfielder Dele Alli, 21, has signed a contract with the same agency that represents Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane. (Telegraph)

Stoke City's Spanish striker Jese Rodriguez stormed down the tunnel before full-time in the win over Swansea City after being overlooked by Mark Hughes. (Daily Mail)

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard says there are only two sides who can challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. (Talksport)

Wayne Rooney was back at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick
Wayne Rooney was back at Old Trafford alongside former team-mate Michael Carrick to watch Manchester United

Aston Villa fan and celebrity violinist Nigel Kennedy says the club should reject any promotion back to the Premier League in protest at the game becoming "boring". (Birmingham Mail)

Burnley have announced the club has acquired their first piece of silverware this season. The Dr Dean Trophy was presented to the Clarets back in 1883 and is now on show at Turf Moor. (Burnley FC)

Dr Dean Trophy
Burnley were awarded the Dr Dean Trophy almost 135 years ago

Leatherhead defender Jerry Nnamani has described playing against Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa - otherwise known as 'The Beast' - as being like a scene from the erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey. Nnamani said their tussle in the FA Cup second round left him "with scratches all over my body". (Get Surrey)

Best of Tuesday's gossip

Manchester City's England forward Raheem Sterling, 22, will hold off talks on a new contract at Etihad Stadium until after next summer's World Cup. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea's Belgium forward Eden Hazard is stalling on a new £300,000 deal at Stamford Bridge in the hope of attracting an offer from Real Madrid. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal are willing to sell Theo Walcott, 28, in January, with his former club Southampton and West Ham interested in the England winger. (Sun)

Juventus legend Alessandro del Piero believes Liverpool's Germany midfielder Emre Can, 23, would be the perfect fit in the Italian club's side. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United are confident they will sign Tottenham's England defender Danny Rose, 27, for £50 million either in January or next summer. (Daily Mail)

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