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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is growing disillusioned under Pep Guardiola, with the 29-year-old's long-term future at the Premier League leaders in the balance. (Daily Mail)external-link

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez agreed a deal to stay at the club a year ago but changed his mind after the Gunners lost 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United are preparing an opening offer of £25m for Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon, with Jose Mourinho ready to let Luke Shaw leave Old Trafford in order to sign the 17-year-old England youth international. (Guardian)external-link

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says he is not thinking about selling Thomas Lemar, 22, next month with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all keen on the France winger. (Daily Star)external-link

West Ham have had an opening £8m bid for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, 27, rejected. (Daily Express)external-link

Everton boss Sam Allardyce is interested in signing Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi, having managed the 29-year-old at Blackburn. (Daily Mail)external-link

But any deal for N'Zonzi is now in doubt after Sevilla sacked head coach Eduardo Berizzo on Friday, with Arsenal also keen on the French midfielder. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, 28, is not a target for Everton "at the moment", says Toffees manager Sam Allardyce. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign 20-year-old Dutch winger Alessio Da Cruz from Italian Serie B side Novara after holding talks with the player's representatives. (Sky Italia via Talksport)external-link

Manchester City insist they will not be held to ransom over a move for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is set to listen to offers for out-of-favour midfielders Jack Colback, 28, Mohamed Diame, 30, and winger Rolando Aarons, 22, in January. (Chronicle)external-link

Meanwhile, Benitez has laid out his January transfer window demands to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, with a loan deal close for Chelsea winger Kenedy. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij, 25, who is a target for Liverpool, has been told by the club president that he is free to leave the Serie A club in January. (Daily Express)external-link

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid will not discuss any new deal for Cristiano Ronaldo until after the winter break. (Marca)external-link

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Manchester United sent staff to get Paul Pogba out of bed after the 24-year-old midfielder failed to report for a warm-down session. (Daily Mail)external-link

West Ham boss David Moyes says Newcastle approached him to become their manager in March 2016 before they appointed Rafael Benitez. (Times - subscription required) external-link

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been described as the 'nightmare' before Christmas by Manchester United centre-half Chris Smalling. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Jan Vertonghen is convinced a raft of returning players can help propel Tottenham back up the Premier League table after their recent struggles. (ESPN)external-link

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has revealed that the early months of this season were the hardest he's had to face at the club. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Mohamed Salah says he is convinced Liverpool will end their six-year wait for a trophy this season. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Striker Romelu Lukaku is unhappy at Manchester United and feels he's being undermined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Best of Friday's gossip

Inter Milan want to take Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan in January, but cannot commit to buying the 28-year-old Armenia captain in the summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Talksport)external-link

Manchester United legend and former assistant manager Ryan Giggs has criticised the club's transfer policy claiming he advised them to sign both now-Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, 20, and Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, 19 during his time on the staff. (The Times- subscription)external-link

Swansea are considering an approach for former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp as their new manager after the 48-year-old Dutchman was sacked as Ajax assistant. (Daily Express) external-link

Alternatively former Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer and ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka are in the frame for the job. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea have offered to make Thibaut Courtois the best-paid goalkeeper in the world, putting a contract extension worth more than £200,000 a week deal on the table for the 25-year-old Belgium international. (Telegraph)external-link

Manchester City are monitoring defender Leonardo Bonucci's situation at AC Milan, amid rumours the 30-year-old Italy defender is unhappy. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)external-link

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