FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Messi’s City wage could be £800k-a-week, Pep set for Etihad role, Chelsea target Prem pair

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Here are today’s rumours from the world of football...

Lionel Messi’s agents have had initial discussions about a deal with Manchester City that would see the 28-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward join on an astonishing weekly wage of £800,000 (The Sun)

Pep Guardiola has already decided to leave Bayern Munich to join Manchester City at the end of the season, according to Spanish radio programme ‘El Partido de las 12’ (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are lining up January moves for Leicester’s England striker Jamie Vardy, 28, and Tottenham’s Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 28. (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth are planning a £6m move for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, 25, in January to replace the injured Callum Wilson, 23 (Mirror)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 23, says an impression of Croydon as “an awful place to be in” will change with the proposed new investment coming into the Selhurst Park club. (Croydon Advertiser)