Today's newspaper gossip: Chelsea & Man City want Benzema; Mourinho rejects Roma

Published on: 20 December 2015

Current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola demands his next club sign £100m-rated Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, 28. (Daily Star) 

Jose Mourinho's long-time right-hand man Jose Morais has emerged as a surprise candidate for the vacant Swansea managerial post. (The Sun) 

The Independent on Sunday's back page on the Louis van Gaal speculation

Aston Villa have sent scouts to watch Gent striker Laurent Depoitre, 27. (Birmingham Mail) 

Chelsea and Manchester City are keeping tabs on 28-year-old striker Karim Benzema's situation at Real Madrid, with him indicating a willingness to leave the Bernabeu next month. (Daily Mirror) 

Arsenal have prepared a £13.7m transfer bid for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 23. (Metro) 

Chelsea have been in talks with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, 45, for the past month after targeting the Argentine as Jose Mourinho's successor. (Sunday Express) 

Brentford will look to extend the loans of 18-year-old winger Sergi Canos and 20-year-old midfielder John Swift from Liverpool and Chelsea respectively. (getwestlondon.com) 

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is ready to make a £6.5m bid for 29-year-old Everton striker Steven Naismith. (Sunday Telegraph) 

Manchester United are close to sacking Louis van Gaal with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho waiting in the wings.(Daily Mail) 

Mourinho, 52, is said to have rejected an approach from Roma so that he can take over at Old Trafford. (The Independent on Sunday) 

Best of 5 live sport

The owner of Italian side AS Roma has met with Jose Mourinho to discuss whether he would be interested in managing the Serie A club, according to football journalist Duncan Castles. (Listen to the clip)

Mark Pougatch presents reaction and tributes to Jimmy Hill including one from Coventry's FA Cup-winning manager John Sillett, who said: "He taught so much about the game." (Listen to the clip)

Match of the Day commentator John Motson describes his former colleague Hill as an "instigator, an innovator and an inspiration".(Listen to the clip)

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says players "owe a debt" to Hill.(Listen to the clip)

Best of social media

After Leicester beat Everton to become the first team in Premier League history to be bottom on Christmas Day one year and top a year later, their goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel posts a picture highlighting the team spirit at the Foxes.

The Leicester dressing room after victory at Everton

Leicester celebrate their latest Premier League victory at Everton

Chelsea fans made their unhappiness clear regarding the departure of manager Jose Mourinho but winger Pedro Rodriguez insisted there was unity at Stamford Bridge for the victory over Sunderland and

https://twitter.com/_Pedro17_/status/678279475390521348

— (@_Pedro17_)

">tweeted: "We both team and fans played a great game this afternoon. Come on Chelsea!"

Newcastle's Siem de Jong could not hide his frustration as his side followed last week's shock win at Tottenham with a draw against bottom club at Aston Villa, putting an enraged emoji in his

https://twitter.com/siemdejong/status/678311092850982912

— (@siemdejong)

">tweet, which reads: "I know, I should have scored need to keep improving and keep getting results!"

Tottenham favourite Harry Kane marked his 100th game for the club by opening the scoring in the victory at Southampton and

https://twitter.com/HKane/status/678274889976061952

— (@HKane)

">tweeted:  "Very proud to have played 100 games for #THFC. To score and win as well makes it even better!"

Kane's Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen is clearly planning a celebration, even if the meaning is a little obscure in his

https://twitter.com/JanVertonghen/status/678300813287161857

— (@JanVertonghen)

">tweet: "Antwerp tastes even better after a win!"

And finally

Chelsea captain John Terry insisted thoughts were still with Jose Mourinho in his interview after victory over Sunderland - and as if to prove it he inadvertently referred to him as "the manager". (London Evening Standard) 

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