Sunday's gossip: Mourinho, Simeone, Ancelotti, Van Gaal

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, 44, demands his next club sign £100m-rated Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, 28.(Daily Star)external-link

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, 62, expects Guadiola to take charge of the club in the future but is not worried when that will be. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten wants ex-England forward Gary Lineker and former Portugal winger Luis Figo to join him in an effort to clean up Fifa. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Mourinho gossip

Chelsea have been in talks with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, 45, for the past month after targeting the Argentine as 52-year-old Jose Mourinho's successor. (Sunday Express)external-link

The players were not surprised by Mourinho's departure from Stamford Bridge as there was a "different" mood under him at the club this season.(Daily Star)external-link

Mourinho wanted Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to deliver a talk to the club's squad, but the Russian only addressed the players after sacking the Portuguese. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United are close to sacking Louis van Gaal with Mourinho being lined up.(Daily Mail)external-link

Mourinho is said to have rejected an approach from Roma so that he can take over at Old Trafford.(The Independent on Sunday)external-link

The Portuguese's long-time right-hand man Jose Morais has emerged as a surprise candidate for the vacant Swansea managerial post.(Sun on Sunday)external-link

Chelsea are looking at a move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, with the 25-year-old having been drawn up on a list of priority signings by Mourinho. (Sunday People)external-link

Transfer gossip

Chelsea and Manchester City are keeping an eye on 28-year-old striker Karim Benzema's situation at Real Madrid, with him indicating a willingness to leave the Bernabeu next month. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Sunday Telegraph
The Sunday Telegraph says Jose Mourinho wanted help from the Chelsea owner

Arsenal have prepared a £13.7m transfer bid for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 23. (Metro)external-link

Newcastle and Tottenham are competing to try to sign 22-year-old Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi. (Sunday Express)external-link

Aston Villa have sent scouts to watch Gent striker Laurent Depoitre, 27.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Everton are planning to make a £20m move for 26-year-old Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko, with the Toffees set to raise funds by looking to sell Steven Naismith, 29, to Norwich for about £7m. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is ready to make a £6.5m bid for Naismith. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

England manager Roy Hodgson has told Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 28, he should stay with the Premier League table toppers rather than move in the January transfer window.(Sunday People)external-link

Brentford will look to extend the loans of 18-year-old winger Sergi Canos and 20-year-old midfielder John Swift from Liverpool and Chelsea respectively. (

Best of 5 live sport

The owner of Italian side AS Roma has met with Jose Mourinho to discuss whether he would be interested in managing the Serie A club, according to football journalist Duncan Castles. (Listen to the clip)

Mark Pougatch presents reaction and tributes to Jimmy Hill including one from Coventry's FA Cup-winning manager John Sillett, who said: "He taught so much about the game." (Listen to the clip)

Match of the Day commentator John Motson describes his former colleague Hill as an "instigator, an innovator and an inspiration". (Listen to the clip)

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says players "owe a debt" to Hill. (Listen to the clip)

Best of social media

After Leicester beat Everton on Saturday to remain top of the Premier League, their goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel posted a picture highlighting the team spirit.

The Leicester dressing room after victory at Everton
Leicester celebrate their latest Premier League victory at Everton

Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez says there was unity at Stamford Bridge for the victory over Sunderland and tweeted:external-link "We both team and fans played a great game this afternoon. Come on Chelsea!"

Newcastle's Siem de Jong could not hide his frustration as his side followed last week's shock win at Tottenham with a draw against bottom club at Aston Villa, putting an enraged emoji in his tweet,external-link which reads: "I know, I should have scored need to keep improving and keep getting results!"

Tottenham favourite Harry Kane marked his 100th game for the club by opening the scoring in the victory at Southampton and tweeted:external-link "Very proud to have played 100 games for #THFC. To score and win as well makes it even better!"

Kane's Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen is clearly planning a celebration, even if the meaning is a little obscure in his tweet:external-link "Antwerp tastes even better after a win!"

And finally

Chelsea captain John Terry insisted thoughts were still with Jose Mourinho in his interview after victory over Sunderland - and as if to prove it he inadvertently referred to him as "the manager". (London Evening Standard)external-link