Gossip column: Guardiola, Costa, Neville, Messi, Robben

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Manchester City's pursuit of Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been boosted by a £265m sale of a stake in the club. (Daily Mirror)

But City insist owner Sheikh Mansour will not pull out of the club after selling 13% of the holding company to Chinese investors. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea's Diego Costa could be heading back to La Liga, with former side Atletico Madrid ready to activate a £28m release clause in the 27-year-old Spanish striker's contract. (Metro)

Barcelona are being pushed to the absolute limit of their finances as they fight to keep Ballon d'Or contenders Messi and Neymar from the clutches of the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

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Liverpool have opened discussions with Simon Mignolet over a new contract in further evidence of manager Jurgen Klopp's confidence in the 27-year-old goalkeeper. (Guardian)

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, 27, says Klopp's passion has helped him get back to his best. (Daily Telegraph)

Klopp has been given the green light to make a move for Borussia Dortmund players by the Bundesliga club's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United have entered the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, who is also being watched by Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Gary Neville's odds of becoming the next Fulham manager have dropped dramatically, as speculation linking the 40-year-old former Manchester United defender to the role intensifies. (London Evening Standard)

Alberto Moreno's agent says the Liverpool defender, 23, would welcome interest from Real Madrid in January. (Radio 4G via Daily Star)

Manchester United target Arjen Robben, 31, has addressed speculation about his future - insisting he is happy at Bayern Munich. (Manchester Evening News)

Jack Grealish, 20, stayed behind for extra training on Tuesday in a desperate bid to win over new Aston Villa manager Remi Garde. (Daily Mirror)

But Grealish has been told to train with the Villa's Under-21 squad for another week as he continues to face punishment for breaching club discipline. (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham are concerned that striker Diafra Sakho, 25, could miss the rest of the season with a torn thigh muscle. (Sun)

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French club Lille want out-of-favour Yoan Gouffran, 29, who will be made available by Newcastle United in January. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says he is more likely to use the loan market in January than make permanent signings. (Sunderland Echo)

Porto and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 34, has said he is open to a move to Major League Soccer. (AS)

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has said manager Louis van Gaal is selfish and is scaring the players at Old Trafford. (Daily Telegraph)

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 28, thoroughly deserves his new Premier League record after scoring in 11 successive matches, says team-mate Marc Albrighton, 26. (Leicester Mercury)

Vardy could have been playing this weekend for Leicester's next opponents Swansea - who were offered the chance to sign him from Fleetwood for £800,000 in 2012. (Daily Mail)

Best of social media

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has posted a picture of himself dressed as batman. Zaha wrote on Twitter: "Great weekend, especially being Batman for the day. Back to work now."

Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is getting into the Christmas spirit early, posting a picture on Twitter of himself and his family next to a Christmas tree.

And finally

Manchester City are planning to offer tattooed fans free laser surgery if the club badge is redrawn. (Sun)

Furious Roma fans turned up at the club's training base with 50kg of carrots and held up a banner that read: "Enjoy your meal, rabbits." (London Evening Standard)

The president of Mauritania ordered the country's cup final to go to a penalty shootout in the 63rd minute - because he was bored of the match. (Metro)

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has been having sessions in a cryotherapy chamber - in which temperatures drop to -135°F - in attempt to shake off hip and groin problems for Saturday's trip to Swansea. (Daily Express)