Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, but they are concerned they have left it too late to beat neighbours City to the ex-Barcelona boss.
But Guardiola is under pressure to stay in Germany and reject a job at Manchester City or Manchester United – from his wife.
Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has been sounded out by the German giants who are preparing for life after Guardiola.
Valencia wanted to appoint Ryan Giggs ahead of giving Gary Neville the job, but the Manchester United assistant manager turned down the Spanish club as he believes he is in line to take over at Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal.
United are on the trail of the FC Zurich youngster Nishan Burkhart, with the 15-year-old Swiss youth winger thought to represent an investment for the future after being likened to a young Theo Walcott.
The Red Devils have watched Paris St-Germain’s 17-year-old striker Odsonne Edouard and are ready to move if he rejects a new contract with the French champions.
Real Madrid will look to re-sign Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 27, if they sell 24-year-old James Rodriguez.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, will be offered a £24m deal to leave Manchester for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.
However, City are watching PSV Eindhoven’s highly-rated Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Pereiro, 20.
Corinthians’ 26-year-old Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, on loan at Sao Paulo, says he would be happy to play in the Premier League.
Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez says he will not talk about the personal problems that affected 30-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s form earlier in the season, adding: “Now that he is scoring I’m calm because that will give him more confidence and help him to score even more.”
Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi is subject to a tug of war between Arsenal and north London rivals Tottenham.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez faces a battle to keep John Stones from moving in January, and he has earmarked Arsenal’s Calum Chambers as a potential replacement.
Newcastle will make an £8 million approach for Tottenham’s Andros Townsend, signalling a change of transfer policy as they had not previously made a habit of moving for English players.
Liverpool’s French defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, could return to the first team next weekend after resuming full training following five weeks out.
New Valencia boss Gary Neville says he has eaten paella every day since taking charge of the Spanish club.
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, 34, says his former club could still win the Premier League this season. Cole, now at Coventry, said: “That team could beat everyone from now until the end of the season.”
“Football in England is beautiful thanks to Jean-Marc Bosman,” said…Jean-Marc Bosman, 20 years after the Belgian midfielder won a landmark case at the European Court of Justice allowing out-of-contract players to leave clubs.
Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was excited after his country was drawn in the same Euro 2016 group as England. He said:”All getting very real now. Can’t wait to face England.”
Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty was similarly thrilled by the prospect of next summer after Michael O’Neill’s side were grouped with Germany, Poland and Ukraine. “What a test for us to show everyone how far our wee country has come,” he said.
Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane said:”Who’s looking forward to the summer already?”
Republic of Ireland were drawn with Italy, Belgium and Sweden, and keeper Shay Given said:”Tough draw for us but still very excited about next summer, bring it on.”
After Bournemouth beat Manchester United 2-1, Cherries defender Adam Smith said:”What a result against United today. Lads were unreal.”
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea responded to the loss by saying:”A painful defeat and a disappointing situation, there’s no excuse. We are Manchester United and we’ll fight back.”
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was relieved by his side’s win over Swansea. He said:”Left it late but we did it again, congrats to the lads. Vital three points.”
Kompany’s team-mate Yaye Toure added:”We will fight until the end. Always!! Great to get the win today!!”
Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie was happy after his side’s 1-0 win over Southampton ensured they stayed sixth in the Premier League. He said:”Great win, fantastic atmosphere, well done lads.”
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored for the seventh successive game but his side were unable to win after dominating the first half. He said:”Difficult to accept but we need to keep on working to turn draws into wins.”
Watford striker Troy Deeney was happy with a 1-0 win at Sunderland. He said:”Wasn’t bad for a ‘very beatable team’. Not a great performance but we got the job done.”
Jurgen Klopp is renting former boss Brendan Rodgers’ old home on Merseyside from him. The house was previously owned by ex-Reds skipper Steven Gerrard.