Monday's gossip column: Van Gaal, Ronaldo, Pogba, Verratti
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Manchester United are considering sacking manager Louis van Gaal and replacing him with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti in order to seal a move for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30. (Daily Star)
Napoli have made United's Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela, 22, a target for the January transfer window. (Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Metro)
Paris St-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 23, could move to Old Trafford to make room in the French champions' squad for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22.(Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)
Manchester United still hope they can beat rivals Manchester City to the signing of Pep Guardiola and have increased their contact with the Bayern Munich manager.(ESPN FC)
Swansea are monitoring Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli's dispute with the country's football federation, but former Brighton and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet remains the frontrunner for the Swans' vacant managerial post.(WalesOnline)
Roy Hodgson has been told by the Football Association to reach the last eight at Euro 2016 to earn new two-year deal as England boss.(Daily Mail)
The FA will consider a foreign coach to succeed Hodgson if his four-year reign with England comes to an end after next summer's tournament in France. (Independent)
Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling, 31, has suggested he may have played his last game for the club, increasing speculation that he could be on his way to Liverpool in January. (Sky Sport Deutschland via Metro)
Crystal Palace are leading the way in the chase for 24-year-old Juventus striker Simone Zaza, who is also wanted by Watford and Norwich.(Sun)
Leicester are considering a £2m bid for AC Milan's Dutch anchorman Nigel de Jong, 31.(Sunday People)
Ex-Manchester United defender Jaap Stam - currently an assistant coach at Dutch side Ajax- is keen to take his first step into management with Fulham.(Daily Mirror)
Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes says he has had several job offers since being sacked by Real Sociedad in November.(Sky Sports, via FourFourTwo)
Questions have been raised over the future of Leeds manager Steve Evans after owner Massimo Cellino appeared in the dressing room twice in recent weeks during half-time. Evans had previously said he would quit if Cellino interfered with tactics. (Daily Star)
Best of social media
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is on his way to Japan with his team for the Club World Cup, but has found the in-flight pyjamas a little baggy for his 5ft 7ins frame.
Tottenham forward Harry Kane is not mincing his words in the wake of his side's defeat by Newcastle on Sunday. "Very bad result. We need to learn to keep our foot on the pedal when 1-0 up and kill teams off," he wrote on Twitter.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini congratulated ex-team-mate Petr Cech as the now-Arsenal stopper matched David James' record of 169 Premier League clean sheets. "Many congratulations for such a great achievement. Many more to come for the best GK ever in PL. #Topclass," he tweeted.
Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie joined new British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua following his win over Dillian Whyte on Saturday night.
Arsenal's official Twitter feed got a little over-excited after Aaron Ramsey put them 2-0 up against Aston Villa on Sunday, wrongly awarding him a second and third goal inside a minute. (London Evening Standard)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted his squad join him and his staff at the coaches' Christmas lunch after their own festive meal was cancelled for fear it would interfere with their preparation for a busy period of games. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been compared to controversial Republican presidential candidacy frontrunner Donald Trump in a critical newspaper editorial in the city.(Manchester Evening News)