Sunday's gossip column: Pogba, James, Bale, Sancho, Vidal, Kovac

Football gossip

Real Madrid are preparing to offer Colombia forward James Rodriguez, 28, and Wales winger Gareth Bale, 30, as part of a swap deal for 26-year-old Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba. (Eldesmarque via Sunday Express)external-link

Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta will have to go through a lengthy interview process if he wants to become the next permanent Arsenal manager. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says England forward Jadon Sancho will not be leaving the club in January, despite Manchester United being heavily linked with the 19-year-old. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester City have first refusal on signing Jadon Sancho because of a clause they negotiated as part of the deal which saw them sell him to the German club. But the Premier League champions will not take up the option to match any offers for the winger. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has hinted that midfielder Arturo Vidal could move to Manchester United, with £13m on the table for the 32-year-old Chilean. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Real Madrid must raise £84m in January transfer sales to comply with Financial Fair Play rules. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has denied he is in the running for the vacant manager's job at Everton, despite being at Goodison Park to watch the 3-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday. (Goal)external-link

Manager Jose Mourinho wants to make Juventus and Turkey defender Merih Demiral his first signing at Tottenham, and has joined Arsenal and Manchester United in chasing the 21-year-old. (Sun)external-link

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled out taking the vacant manager's job at Arsenal. (TYC Sports via Mail)external-link

Chelsea are lining up a £40m offer for Bournemouth's Nathan Ake, 24, with the Blues keen to trigger a buy-back clause in their former defender's contract. (Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool are interested in 20-year-old Fluminese striker Evanilson, who will be available on a free transfer in February. (Netflu via Sun) external-link

Newcastle United are preparing to make at least one January signing, with Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen, 22, on manager Steve Bruce's radar. (Telegraph)external-link

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he wants Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 32, to sign a contract extension. (Marca)external-link

Crystal Palace have put Burnley's England Under-21 winger Dwight McNeil, 20, top of their list of replacements if Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 27, leaves. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

West Ham are interested in signing Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic, with the 32-year-old Bosnia international's loan deal at Qarabag ending on 31 December. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

Olympiacos defender Omar Elabdellaoui is a target for Aston Villa and Celtic. The 28-year-old Norway international says he has "decisions" to make. (Birmingham Live)external-link

Former Leicester City manager Claude Puel says he "did not have a problem" with Jamie Vardy during his spell in charge, but the 32-year-old England striker sometimes "is like a child" and "needs attention". (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has revealed that his then team-mate Wayne Rooney gifted him a Lamborghini after the Argentina international was mocked by the squad for driving an Audi. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

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