Football gossip: Fabregas, Pellegrini, Arnautovic, Bale, Benzema, Umtiti

Football gossip

AC Milan have begun talks about signing Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, from Chelsea. (Calciomercato)external-link

Manchester United are prepared to double the salary of Roma's 22-year-old Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, who has been linked with a £26m move to Old Trafford. (Corriere dello Sport, via Football Italia)external-link

Concerns outgoing Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore would take a job with La Liga were behind his £5m payoff from top-flight clubs. (Telegraph)external-link

Real Madrid are ready to sign a striker in January after losing faith in Wales international Gareth Bale, 29, and France's Karim Benzema, 30. (Sport, via Express)external-link

Barcelona will look to sign a central defender in January because of concerns over the fitness of France international Samuel Umtiti, 25. (AS)external-link

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic, 29, would not be drawn on rumours linking him with a move after coming off the bench for Austria in their 2-1 win over Northern Ireland. (Metro)external-link

France forward Antoine Griezmann says it was "very difficult" to turn down Barcelona in the summer, but the support he received at Atletico Madrid helped persuade him to stay. (Goal)external-link

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has sanctioned funds for the Magpies' January transfer-window activity. (Chronicle)external-link

Ex-Premier League players Ian Wright and Robbie Savage are supporting a 300-player revolt against Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor. (Mirror)external-link

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fears it is only a matter of time before Twitter polls are used to make substitutions during matches. (Bein Sports, via Mirror)external-link

Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham, 33, is close to extending his contract for another year. (Lancashire Telegraph)external-link

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes, 43, has been dropped by 11th-tier Royton Town now they are back to full strength. (Sun)external-link

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