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Tuesday Paper Talk: Football gossip and transfer rumour including Silva, Pellegrini Sterling and Arteta

Tuesday's Paper Talk focuses on the future of managers and head coaches, with plenty under pressure in the Premier League.


  • Arsenal fear their top stars will be forced to consider their futures if Unai Emery remains in charge next season.
  • Juventus are planning to rival Real Madrid for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and will look to talk to the Dane when he is free to talk to other clubs in January, according to reports.
  • Unai Emery is facing criticism because of his decision to cut Arsenal's live scouting of opposition teams in favour of presiding over a video-led approach himself.
  • Everton manager Marco Silva could be given two more games in charge as major shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright discuss alternatives.
  • Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher are set to captain teams next summer in the last ever match to be played at the club's Melwood training ground.
  • Bookmakers have bowed to pressure to stop hosting vulnerable gamblers at major sporting events and will no longer give bonuses to staff who recruit so-called VIP customers.
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  • Marco Silva will take Everton training on Tuesday - but only because club owner Farhad Moshiri cannot decide on a suitable replacement.
  • David Villa has backed Manchester City for the Champions League due to Pep Guardiola's 'obsession'.
  • West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has held crisis talks with the club's board - with Sean Dyche, Chris Wilder and Chris Hughton being considered as possible replacements.
  • Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores could be 90 minutes from the sack after the Hornets cancelled a Christmas function for him.


  • Liverpool look set to loan Rhian Brewster out to Crystal Palace in the January transfer window, although Aston Villa are also keen.
  • Arsenal risk losing star duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette next summer.
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  • Pep Guardiola has warned interested clubs that his assistant coach Mikel Arteta, who has emerged as a leading candidate for both Arsenal and Everton, will stay at City for at least the rest of the season.


  • Manchester United are conducting a large-scale strategic review of their infrastructure, including Old Trafford and the club's Carrington training base, amid recognition that modernisation is required.
  • Pep Guardiola has said Mikel Arteta is destined to become a leading manager as he admitted that Manchester City may face a fight to keep the Spaniard at the club.
  • Dr Willie Stewart, the specialist brain doctor whose landmark research has proven the link between professional football and dementia, has outlined his frustration at the ongoing failure of the game's leading governing bodies to mitigate risks for current and future generations.


  • Neil Critchley, Liverpool's U23 head coach, will have the biggest night of his career when he takes the first team for the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa.
  • Manchester United are closing in on a world-record shirt sponsorship deal - with a Chinese company.
  • David Moyes and Mark Hughes are the central figures in a boardroom battle over who will replace Marco Silva.
  • Manchester United are set to trigger Timothy Fosu-Mensah's one-year contract extension in the coming weeks.


  • Celtic winger Lewis Morgan is wanted by his former club St Mirren as Jim Goodwin eyes up a January loan swoop.
  • Hearts have made their move to convince Daniel Stendel to join them instead of waiting for a job in England.


  • Incoming Dave Cormack has refused to rule out Aberdeen remaining at Pittodrie.
  • Hearts can grab managerial target Daniel Stendel for free right now after the German's contract at Barnsley ended.
  • Liverpool are willing to let Rhian Brewster and Caoimhin Kelleher leave on loan in the January transfer window. Goalkeeper Kelleher is wanted by Championship side Preston. (Liverpool Echo)
  • Chris Smalling's agent is travelling to Rome on Monday to discuss the Manchester United defender's long-term future, according to reports in Italy. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Bayern Munich are believed to still be keen on Manchester City's Leroy Sane, despite Niko Kovac's departure from the Bundesliga giants. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says owner Roman Abramovich has no interest in selling the club and remains as committed as ever, even though he has not attended any of the last 43 home games. (London Evening Standard)
  • Leicester City are reportedly keeping tabs on Schalke defender Salif Sane as they look to boost their centre-back options in January. (Leicester Mercury)
  • Championship club Middlesbrough are understood to be keen on a January loan move for Sheffield United defender Kieron Freeman. (Sheffield Star)

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