Chelsea FC to sack Mourinho? Gaitan to Arsenal FC? Man Utd star in contract talks? Sunday’s back pages

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The top stories making Sunday’s back pages in the UK…

The Sun: Jose Mourinho joked about sneaking into Stoke in a laundry van — but defeat then pushed him closer to the axe.

Also: Louis van Gaal finally went on the attack at Old Trafford — as he took aim at United legend Paul Scholes.

And: Yaya Toure has launched a stinging attack on his Manchester City team-mate Wilfried Bony — urging the striker to sort out his lifestyle.

Plus: Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea stars fear their boss will be axed during the international break.


Sunday Mirror: Branislav Ivanovic is wanted by Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini.

Also: Daniel Sturridge still has no date for a Liverpool return.


The People: Diego Simeone is set to quit Atletico Madrid in the summer – a move that will put Chelsea on red alert.

Also: Andros Townsend’s bust-up with a Tottenham fitness coach looks set to hasten his exit from White Hart Lane with Leicester added to his list of suitors.


Daily Star Sunday: Marouane Fellaini wants to discuss a new contract with Manchester United.

Also: Jesse Lingard proved Louis van Gaal right yesterday with a wonder strike – and the Manchester United boss could not have been happier.

And: Roy Hodgson has warned his England squad that he won’t take any passengers to France next summer.


Mail on Sunday: Jose Mourinho appeared to defy Football Association rules by communicating with Chelsea assistants Steve Holland and Rui Faria during their seventh Premier League defeat of the season.


Sunday Express: Jose Mourinho was last night on the brink of being sacked as Chelsea slipped into the relegation zone.


Metro: Tottenham are in talks to sign Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen in the January transfer window, according to reports.

Also: Manchester United are aiming to beat Arsenal to the signing of Juventus defender Daniele Rugani in January, according to reports.

And: Arsenal are battling to sign Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan, according to reports.


Sunday Telegraph: Kit Symons is set to be sacked by Fulham in the next 48 hours.

Also: Remi Garde has already banned his foreign players from speaking French, ahead of his daunting debut against Manchester City.


Sunday Times: Nicola Cortese, the former Southampton chairman and mastermind of the club’s rise from League One, is eyeing a takeover of Leeds United.

Also: No Jose Mourinho hiding in laundry — but Chelsea continue going through the wringer. Down to 16th. The first time in his entire career Mourinho has lost seven league games in a single season. And, most ominously for the manager, the first time under Roman Abramovich (and since 1999), Chelsea have lost three consecutive league games.


The Observer: Even, ignoring for one moment, the fact José Mourinho had become the Missing One, this was another day when it felt as though he might be straying dangerously close to his absence from the Chelsea bench becoming permanent.

Also: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is adjusting after seven games in his first four weeks in charge, and that includes how to deal with the officials.

Henry Bown
Henry Bown is a UK-based sportswriter with a particular passion for soccer. Henry has been writing a range of sports content for several years, but has more recently decided to focus on soccer specifically. When he's not writing, you'll usually find him watching a match - or two!

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