Today's newspaper gossip: Guardiola to lure Messi to City; Mikel Obi could consider China

Published on: 23 March 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Guardiola to lure Messi to City; Mikel Obi could consider China

Manchester City believe Pep Guardiola will give them the edge in their bid to lure Lionel Messi, 28, from Barcelona. (Daily Mail)

Leicester have told Claudio Ranieri, 64, he will be rewarded with a £3m-per-year double-your-money deal at the end of the season. (Mirror)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, 44, has a £10m buy-out clause in his Tottenham contract. (The Sun)

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, 28, claims striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his England career before it had started. Shawcross's one international appearance came against Sweden with Ibrahimovic scoring four goals on the night. (Telegraph)


Liverpool have set their sights on Roma attacking midfielder Leandro Paredes, 21, who is currently on loan at Empoli. (Express via Gazetta Dello Sport)

Arsenal are set to secure the transfer of Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, with Real Madrid ready to turn down a buy-back option for the 23-year-old. (Metro via AS)

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, 27, is hoping to leave in the summer transfer window with Tottenham among a number of clubs keen to sign the Belgian midfielder. (Standard via La Derniere Heure)

Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Raheem Sterling, 21, made a big mistake leaving Anfield last summer to join Manchester City. (Liverpool Echo via Omnisport)

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, 28, will consider making a move to the Chinese Super League in the summer. (Standard)

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, is a transfer target for Southampton, five years after he left the Saints for the Gunners. (Mirror)

Manchester City have been urged to rethink their ticket pricing structure by fans after anger over the cost of Champions League tickets for the game against Paris St-Germain. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United are close to winning the race for 16-year-old Dutch wonderkid Tahith Chong who currently plays up front for Feyenoord.(Manchester Evening News)

Best of social media

How cool would a photo look of you swimming with dolphins? Very cool. And that's what Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson thought when he asked for someone to capture the moment.

— (@carljenkinson)

">He tweeted:"Act cool for the photo they said..."

Carl Jenkinson


Brazil are preparing for World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay and Neymar couldn't resist the chance to snap a selfie with his team-mates.

Aaron Ramsey

Who will be the best player? Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and One Direction's Niall Horan have joined up with Justin Rose for the BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am in May.

And finally

TV stars Ant and Dec mocked their fellow Geordie Alan Shearer as they accepted a Royal Television Society award for best entertainment performance on Tuesday night. Anthony McPartlin yelled: "Shearer, this is what it's like to win" at the former England and Newcastle United footballer, who had just lost out in the sports presenter, commentator and pundit category to Formula One's David Coulthard. (PA)

Former Premier League player and manager Iain Dowie has found an unlikely job outside of football - as a sales manager for a survey company. (Metro)