Gossip column: Guardiola, Gray, Teixeira, Donnarumma

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Bayern Munich are prepared to fight for Pep Guardiola amid reports the Spanish boss has agreed to join Manchester City next season. (Daily Mail)external-link

AC Milan's 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is understood to have impressed Manchester United and Chelsea, is worth £119m, according to his agent Mino Raiola. (Mediaset Premium - in Italian)external-link

The Sun's Saturday back page
The Sun focus on Jurgen Klopp's news conference

Manchester United could resurrect a deal for Paris St-Germain forward Lucas Moura, 23, who they almost signed four years ago. (L'Equipe, via Metro)external-link

The Football Association is to ask the Premier League to reduce the elite division from 20 clubs to 18, in a move the FA believes will give leading clubs more breathing space as they contest European honours and would also help England. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis, 34, could leave the club in January, with Rosario Central interested in taking the Argentine back to his homeland. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea are ready to make a £30m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, 25, in January. (Daily Express)external-link

Brazilian Teixeira has revealed the reigning Premier League champions are now in "deep" talks to sign him. (Sun)external-link

Everton and Aston Villa are monitoring £15m-rated Burnley striker Andre Gray, 24, who began the season at Brentford and has scored 11 goals this term. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Aston Villa captain Micah Richards, 27, says his bottom-of-the-table team have "too many nice players" and are "too easy to play against". (Telegraph)external-link

Salford City's Gareth Seddon, a former team-mate of Leicester's Jamie Vardy, says the England international has become a "working-class hero" and "a footballing version of Rocky". (Daily Star)external-link

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren says he will stand by his 33-year-old captain Fabricio Coloccini, despite a training ground clash this week. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Former Magpies manager Chris Hughton, now in charge at unbeaten Championship side Brighton, insists McClaren is the right man for Newcastle. (Talksport)external-link

Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror preview Jamie Vardy's attempt to set the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive matches

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, says he is on course to make his comeback from his knee injury over the festive period. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has some advice for Aston Villa's 20-year-old Jack Grealish, who has been dropped after his partying antics were criticised. Carragher says ex-Reds boss Gerard Houllier told him: "Don't go to the nightclubs now. Buy a nightclub when you have finished playing." (Daily Mail)external-link

Stoke summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri, 24, says displaying his trademark 'flip-flap' trickery against Chelsea proves he is getting back to his best. (Telegraph)external-link

Lee Carsley will take charge of Brentford's trip to Bolton on Monday, despite saying last Saturday's win over Nottingham Forest was his last in charge. (GetWestLondon)external-link

Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic, 22, says he cannot take any risks after the longest lay-off of his career since aggravating a hamstring problem against Chelsea in September. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Manchester United's 19-year-old striker James Wilson says it was an easy decision for him to join Brighton on loan for the rest of the season. (The Argus)external-link

But United manager Louis van Gaal says loaning Wilson is "not so good" for the club in the short-term. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

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Romelu Lukaku on Instagram
No such thing as economy class for the Everton players

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku posted an Instagram pictureexternal-link of his team's trip to the south coast to play Bournemouth this weekend, with the message "Off to Bournemouth! #GodIsInControl."

West Ham gave their Black Friday club shop sales a push with the help of midfielder Alex Song, who recorded a message on Twitterexternal-link urging fans to make their purchases.

And finally

Arsenal's decision to take a 14-minute flight to Norwich before Sunday's match at Carrow Road has been criticised by environmental campaigners. (London Evening Standard)external-link

BBC Homes Under the Hammer presenter and ex-Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin has given his assessment on the current state of his former club. "Their defence needs major plumbing repairs, the midfield is like a kitchen without a gas supply, no-one's cooking up a storm in there. Up front there's just no electricity, the strikers are short-circuiting and need a spark." BBC Radio 5 live

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