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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is “understood” to see Manchester United as his preferred option when he decides to leave the German giants. (Sunday Telegraph)

But Guardiola, 44, has also refused to answer questions about reports in his native Spain linking him to the manager’s job at Manchester City. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, is ready to return to Manchester United, even if he gets an offer from French champions Paris St-Germain. (Sunday Mirror)

Leicester City would be willing to let in-form striker Jamie Vardy leave in the January transfer window, should Chelsea or Manchester City offer more than £30m for the 28-year-old. (Independent)

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis, 34, says that he would love to welcome Barcelona forward and Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi, 28, to the club – but so would every other team. (Manchester Evening News)

The Sunday Telegraph lead with Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking goal

Arsenal are set to enter the race for Everton defender John Stones, 21, and manager Arsene Wenger is willing spend big to land his man. (Sunday Mirror)

However, the Toffees defender has also alerted La Liga giants Barcelona after it was reported he is taking Spanish lessons. (Sun)

Arsenal have also emerged as the frontrunners to sign Germany midfielder Lars Bender, 26, from Bayer Leverkusen in January. (London Evening Standard)

Tottenham are ready to offer England winger Andros Townsend, 24, plus cash in a £25m package for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are ready to make a £20m swoop for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, 22, but face competition from Merseyside rivals Everton. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says there is no deal to stop him going back and signing players from his former club Borussia Dortmund. (Sunday People)

And Klopp will look to raid his old club for £31.5m-rated winger Marco Reus and defender Mats Hummels, both 26, valued at £24.5m. (Daily Star)

West Ham are reviving their interest in 27-year-old Inter Milan full-back Danilo D’Ambrosio after failing to agree a deal in the summer. (Football Italia)

Chelsea midfielder Willian, 27, has been backed to break the record for the most number of goals from free-kicks in a single Champions League season by the man who set it – ex-Lyon midfielder Juninho Pernambucano. (London Evening Standard)

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Plenty of current and ex-professionals congratulated Jamie Vardy on breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, including the former Manchester United striker. The Dutchman tweeted: “Well done Vardy7! You’re number one now and you deserved it.”

Ryman League side Bognor Regis Town have done it again. After beating Oxford City in the FA Cup they saw off another National League team, Bath City, to reach the first round of the FA Trophy. Skipper Jason Prior, who had a trial with Newcastle and previously played for AFC Wimbledon, hit the winner with an injury-time penalty he described as the “most important he has ever scored”.

Bognor skipper Jason Prior reveals his relief at not having a midweek replay

And finally

A video has surfaced of a 90-year-old Norwegian great-grandmother who claims to have a personal record of 1,000 keepy-uppies. (Metro)


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