Sunday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours
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Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United could be tempted to move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in the new year after the Spanish club made it clear they are prepared to sell the France international, 25, for £17m.
Manchester United will make a bid of £15m plus Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia, 28, for Everton left-back Leighton Baines, 28, in January.
Tottenham will also move for Baines after the England international's contract talks with Everton stalled.
Real Madrid are considering a January offer for Manchester City's Argentina striker Sergio Aguero. Real made an enquiry for the former Atletico Madrid forward, 25, in the summer.
Paris St-Germain will make a £35m bid for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata when the transfer window opens at the turn of the year. The Spain international has started only two Premier League matches this season.
Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has warned Manchester United to forget about renewing their interest in midfielder Ander Herrera, 24, in January.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United are competing to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Zakaria Bakkali, 17. The youngster has just been given his first call-up into the Belgium squad.
Liverpool could make a move for Anzhi Makhachkala's Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore, 23, in January.
Chelsea are set to make the most of uncertainty about Saido Berahino's future by making a bid for the West Brom youngster, 20, in the January transfer window. Berahino's contract expires in the summer.
Paris St-Germain will make a final bid to lure Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to the French club.
Jose Mourinho says he will reprimand any Chelsea players that dive and wants governing bodies to introduce retrospective punishment.
Former Cambridge United manager John Beck, renowned for his direct style of football, is working for the Football Association, training young coaches.
Born on 5 February, Belgian forward Adnan Januzaj, 18, who scored twice on his full Manchester United debut to beat Sunderland 2-1, shares a birthday with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar, former Barcelona forward Gheorghe Hagi, Juventus and former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez and former Italy international Cesare Maldini.
'Teenage kicks', 'Mad about the boy', 'You've been Ad', 'A star is born' and 'Ad Fab' were just some of the back page headlines paying tribute to Januzaj after his two goals against Sunderland on Saturday.