Transfer gossip: Messi, Martial, Pirlo, De Gea, Sagna, Abraham

Football gossip

Manchester City have had "serious conversations" about signing Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 30, for 400m euros (£358m) in January as the Argentine is yet to sign a new deal with the La Liga club. (Marca)

Barcelona are monitoring Manchester United's France international forward Anthony Martial, 21. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

The La Liga side are also closely following Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 21, as an alternative to Liverpool's 25-year-old Philippe Coutinho. (Sport - in Spanish)

Former Italy international Andrea Pirlo, 38, has refused to rule out a coaching role with Antonio Conte at Chelsea after announcing he will retire at end of MLS season where he plays for New York City. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Paris St-Germain are interested in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 26. (Le10Sport, via Daily Express)

Arsenal are looking to sign £18m-rated midfielder Miguel Almiron, 23, from Atlanta United. The Paraguay international only joined the MLS side 10 months ago for £10m. (Daily Mail)

Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 34, released by Manchester City in the summer and still without a club, is being linked with a move to Leicester. (Manchester Evening News)

On-loan Swansea striker Tammy Abraham, 20, needs to follow the examples of Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o if he is to be successful at Chelsea, says the Welsh club's assistant Claude Makelele. (Evening Standard)

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Arsene Wenger has told Jack Wilshere, 25, he has until December to prove his fitness can cope with regular matches for Arsenal. (BeInSports, via Sun)

Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy, 23, has visited a clinic in Barcelona for assessment on his four-month rehabilitation after rupturing his cruciate ligament. (Sun)

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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, 26, said he feared getting injured on the Bosnia pitch during Belgium's win on Saturday and claims it is the worst surface he has played on since he was seven. (Daily Mirror)

Sir Alex Ferguson "rejected the chance to sign Zinedine Zidane" because he preferred Eric Cantona in his position at Manchester United, according to former chairman Martin Edwards. (Sky Sports)

Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton - now in charge at Brighton - believes the Magpies "deserve success and are in safe hands" under Rafael Benitez. (Newcastle Chronicle)

The best of Sunday's gossip

AC Milan will make an £80m move for Manchester City's Argentina forward Sergio Aguero, 29, in January. (Sun on Sunday)

The Italian club's hopes of signing Aguero could be helped if Manchester City succeed with a £20m bid for Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, in the January transfer window. (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal are planning to move for Manchester United's France forward Anthony Martial, 21, as replacement for Sanchez. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham's 24-year-old striker Harry Kane and midfielder Dele Alli, 21, are both interesting Real Madrid as the Spanish giants plan their list of potential signings. (Marca)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is considering leaving the Premier League champions at the end of the season and returning home to Italy. (Sunday Express)

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