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Transfers: Messi, Guardiola, Grealish, Bailly, Dzeko, Alaba

Manchester City remain interested in signing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi when his contract expires next summer – and a spell with New York City FC in the United States could also tempt the 33-year-old Argentina forward. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is moving closer to signing a new contract with the Premier League club. The Spaniard’s existing deal expires at the end of this season. (Sunday Telegraph – subscription required)

Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, has moved to the top of City’s list of transfer targets, while the Etihad Stadium club are also considering whether to trigger a £25m buy-back clause for Villa’s 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Ajax director of football and former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars says he is ready for a new challenge alongside the Dutch club’s chief executive Edwin van der Sar, the former Manchester United goalkeeper. The pair are linked to a possible switch to United. (Sunday Mirror)

Both Liverpool and Everton are interested in Torino’s Brazilian centre-back Gleison Bremer, 23. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United have been told by defender Eric Bailly’s representatives that the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international may need to “assess” his future if his Old Trafford situation does not improve. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says 21-year-old Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes’ loan spell from Benfica could end in January. (Sport TV, via Sky Sports)

Some Manchester City fans believe a short-term move for their 34-year-old Bosnian former forward Edin Dzeko, who now plays at Roma, could be a wise decision when the transfer window reopens in January. (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus are leading the race for Bayern Munich’s 28-year-old Austria defender David Alaba, whose contract runs out next summer. (Tuttosport – in Italian)

Crystal Palace are looking at Chelsea and Spain left-back Marcos Alonso, 29, as an option if Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt, 30, does not extend his deal with the Eagles beyond the end of this season. (Mail on Sunday)

Everton’s Ivorian midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, 25, could leave the club on loan in January after failing to make an impact at Goodison Park. (Football Insider)

Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 24, says 27-year-old forward Patrick Bamford, his Elland Road team-mate, is close to joining him on the international stage. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish believes Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will find the perfect solution to his defensive crisis after injuries to first-choice centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. (Liverpool Echo)

Southampton may look to sell Mohamed Elyounoussi to Celtic, with the 26-year-old Norwegian forward in his second spell on loan at the Scottish club. (Hampshire Live)

The English Football League has placed a number of clubs under a transfer embargo after they took out a bridging loan with the governing body. (Mail on Sunday)

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