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Paper News and Gossip: Joe Hart Future Doubt, Lionel Messi to Manchester City?

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterNovember 17, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Joe Hart Future Doubt, Lionel Messi to Manchester City?

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    Manchester City dominate the newspaper stories on Sunday in a busy day for headline writers.

    England international Joe Hart is under pressure with City manager Manuel Pellegrini considering a move for a high-profile goalkeeper, claims one report.

    And an Etihad Stadium link with Barcelona star Lionel Messi should not be completely ruled out as fantasy, says one newspaper writer.

    Elsewhere, there may be good news for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, but Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be facing a race against time for the World Cup finals, according to reports.

    Who else is making the headlines on Sunday? Read on to find out more.

Manchester City Eye Julio Cesar, While Messi Link 'Should Not Be Dismissed'

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    Manchester City manager Pellegrini is considering a move for Brazil international Julio Cesar in January, reports Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph.

    According to the article, the move will put pressure on England international Hart, who has been dropped by the Chilean in recent weeks in favour of Costel Pantilimon.

    Rob Shepherd of the Mail On Sunday claims links between City and Barcelona star Messi should not be summarily dismissed.

    Of more concern to City fans, though, is the link between striker Sergio Aguero and Real Madrid, as reported by Paul Brown of the Daily Star Sunday.

    The article claims the Bernabeu giants are preparing a £45 million move for Aguero in January after deciding against pursuing Luis Suarez.

    City striker Edin Dzeko has also been linked with a move away from the Etihad, with Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund monitoring his situation, claims Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday.

    Pellegrini has also been linked with a move for Real defender Sergio Ramos, according to Tom Hopkinson and Dave Kidd of the Sunday People, while Ben Burrows of the Sunday Mirror claims Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is the subject of City and Chelsea interest.

Javier Hernandez Set for New Manchester United Deal as Moyes Eyes 'Mini Messi'

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    Manchester United striker Hernandez is set to be offered a new deal at Old Trafford, reports Phil Thomas of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Mexico international has complained about a lack of first-team starts this season, according to the article, but will now be handed an extension and wage rise to convince him his future is with United.

    Meanwhile, United manager David Moyes is considering a move for a youngster labelled "the mini Messi", according to Steve Bates of the Sunday People.

    Dundee United attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld, 17, made his debut for Scotland Under-21s last week, and Moyes sent a scout to the game, claims Bates.

    Former United captain Roy Keane has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of "lies" as the fallout from the ex-Old Trafford manager's autobiography continues, reports Garry Doyle of the Daily Star Sunday.

Arsenal Star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Faces World Cup Fitness Battle

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    Arsenal winger Oxlade-Chamberlain is facing a fitness battle to be ready in time for the 2014 World Cup, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    The 20-year-old suffered a knee injury in the Gunners' opening Premier League match of the season, and the problem has failed to heal so far, claims the report.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain is not expected to return to action until 2014, according to Kidd, who also reports that the player will also be facing a fight to regain his first-team place when he is back to full fitness.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is weighing a transfer move for Brazil striker Alexandre Pato, reports Colin Mafham of the Sunday Express.

    The former AC Milan forward is currently playing for Corinthians in his home country, and the the club will allow the 24-year-old to leave for £10 million or on loan, claims Mafham.

Chelsea Consider Radamel Falcao Move While Kevin De Bruyne Urged to Leave

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to use Fernando Torres to tempt Monaco into selling striker Radamel Falcao, reports John Richardson of the Sunday Express.

    According to Richardson, Mourinho has been "tipped off" that the Colombia international is unsettled at the French club and that contact has been made with Falcao's advisers.

    Mourinho will use former Liverpool forward Torres as a potential part of the deal for Falcao, claims the report.

    Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne has been told to leave Stamford Bridge to boost his World Cup chances by Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, reports Paul Gorst of the Sunday Mirror.

Bits and Pieces: Andrea Pirlo, Jermain Defoe, QPR, Danny Higginbotham

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    Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo has put Premier League clubs on alert after refusing to commit his future to the Turin club, reports Paul Gorst of the Sunday Mirror.

    The Italy international, 34, will see his current contract expire at the end of the season, and Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United would all be interested in Pirlo, claims the article.

    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe admits a lack of first-team opportunities at White Hart Lane could harm his hopes of playing for England at the 2014 World Cup finals, claims Mike McGrath of The Sun (subscription required).

    Queens Park Rangers are facing a potential British record fine for over-spending on their failed bid to remain in the Premier League, reports Nick Harris of the Mail On Sunday.

    Former Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham, who now plays for non-league Chester, is set to make his international debut with Gibraltar on Tuesday at the age of 34, reports Simon Hart of The Independent On Sunday.

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