Gossip: Guardiola, Messi to reunite at Man Utd?




Manchester United sponsor Adidas wants to reunite Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 28, and 44-year-old outgoing Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, who the sportswear company represents, at Old Trafford. (Marca) 

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal faces the biggest game of his tenure at Liverpool on Sunday, with the club’s hierarchy worried about the club’s Champions League qualification prospects. (Times – subscription required) 

Paris St-Germain manager Laurent Blanc says striker Edinson Cavani’s behaviour has become a problem and he would let the 28-year-old Uruguay international leave. (Daily Mail) 

Chelsea have made a £40m offer for Real Madrid’s 26-year-old Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United. (Fichajes, via Daily Star) 

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Schalke’s Cameroon centre-back Joel Matip, 24, on a free transfer at the end of the season.(Daily Mirror) 

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has failed to confirm that 23-year-old Germany midfielder Mario Gotze, who is believed to be a target for Liverpool, will be staying with the German champions. (Daily Express)  

Manchester United are close to signing 24-year-old Austria centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic from Dynamo Kiev in a £16m deal. (Sport Mediaset, via Daily Express) 

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West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, may have to stay at the club for the rest of the season as Tottenham are unwilling to pay the £23m they offered for him last summer, while Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is unsure he the right player in his search for a forward. (Sun) 

Barcelona forward Neymar, 23, has been ordered to appear in court over his transfer to the Nou Camp from Brazilian club Santos in 2013.(Guardian) 

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is hoping to sign Bordeaux’s Senegal defender Lamine Sane, 28, on loan for the rest of the season. (Telegraph) 

Chelsea’s Ghana left-back Baba Rahman, 21, is growing frustrated with his lack of first-team football since joining the Blues from Augsburg in August. (Bild, via Guardian) 

West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 27, is facing up to two months out with a hamstring problem. (Daily Mail)  

And finally

French club Toulouse gave their fans letters to try to excuse them from work so they could attend the club’s cup tie against Marseille, which was scheduled for 4pm French time on Wednesday. Toulouse emerged 2-1 winners. (Metro)