Football gossip: Wenger, Bailly, Zabaleta, Hughes, Sane, Ibrahimovic, Bale

Football gossip

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is close to making a return to management with AC Milan. (France Football - in French)external-link

AC Milan are lining up a move for Manchester United's Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 24, with the player growing increasingly frustrated at his limited chances under Jose Mourinho. (ESPN)external-link

Manchester City have looked into the availability of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, 23, with the Ivory Coast player scoring eight goals so far this season. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Southampton manager Mark Hughes could be sacked if Saints fail to beat Watford on Saturday, with Sam Allardyce and David Moyes favourites to replace him. (Mirror)external-link

Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, 34, is seeking a move away from West Ham to the Middle East. (Arab News)external-link

LA Galaxy's former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, says the Premier League is "overrated". (Four Four Two)external-link

Manchester City's Germany winger Leroy Sane, 22, says he is on the "right" side of the city, amid reports of interest from Manchester United. (Evening Standard)external-link

Real Madrid and Spain full-back Dani Carvajal says Julen Lopetegui is the "best coach" he has worked with despite his dismissal at the Bernabeu. (Marca via TVE) external-link

Wales manager Ryan Giggs says he has no idea whether Gareth Bale is struggling at Real Madrid because he does not have the TV channel covering their domestic games. (Telegraph)external-link.

Spain forward Alvaro Morata, 26, says he reached rock bottom at Chelsea last season and even blamed the wet weather for missed chances. (Times)external-link

Senegal forward Mbaye Diagne, 27, who plays for Turkish side Kasimpasa, is a January transfer target for Wolves. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno, 26, says "nobody feels safe" in the battle for the club's number one jersey. (Evening Standard)external-link

Belgium forward Eden Hazard's brother Thorgan says the 27-year-old Chelsea player will decide his future at the "end of the season". (Football.London)external-link

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has told his squad to mute the sound on the TV when a pundit speaks - unless it is club legend Alan Shearer. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Barcelona and Manchester United are keen to sign Benfica's 15-year-old midfielder Ronaldo Camara, a Portugal Under-17 international. (Record - in Portuguese)external-link

Ajax are close to agreeing a deal to sign Boca Juniors' 25-year-old Argentine defender Lisandro Magallan. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)external-link

DC United forward Wayne Rooney, 33, will take Manchester City striker Raheem Starling's England number 10 shirt when he returns to the Three Lions side for a one-off friendly against the United States this month. (Mail)external-link

Real Madrid have signed a £950m 10-year sponsorship deal with Adidas. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester City are closing in on a deal to buy a club in China which will add a sixth team to their global portfolio. (Mail)external-link

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