UK Back Pages: Spurs Get First Option on Bale, Man Utd Meet with Guardiola

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2016

Bayern's  head coach Pep Guardiola drinks as he arrives for the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hannover 96 and FC Bayern Munich in Hannover, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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It is widely believed that Pep Guardiola will be in charge at Manchester City next season. However, several of Friday morning's back pages suggest City's neighbours may be trying to tempt the current Bayern Munich boss. 

The Sun's Neil Custis claims Manchester United representatives met with Guardiola in Paris last week:

The Express carries details from France's L'Equipe, claiming United club directors met Pep in Paris' five-star Bristol Hotel:

The Daily Star, meanwhile, says United have denied the meeting took place. It also carries news of Crystal Palace's potential swoop for the mighty Nicklas Bendtner:

The Mirror also leads with a Manchester United story, but it concerns the "transfer ban" that has reportedly been placed upon Louis van Gaal by his superiors:

The Telegraph leads with the fallout from Gareth Bale's Real Madrid contract leak. It reports the Welshman was more expensive than Cristiano Ronaldo—and that Tottenham have the first option to buy him back:

The Metro expands on the Bale story by claiming Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring Bale back to White Hart Lane:

The Times leads with transfer news—specifically, the race between Liverpool and Chelsea for £25 million-rated attacker Alex Teixeira:

The Guardian also reports on Liverpool's interest in the Shakhtar Donetsk forward but claims the Ukrainian side's £38 million asking price has not been met: