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Silva to Chelsea FC? Kiessling to Liverpool FC? Arsenal FC go top – Monday’s back pages


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

The Sun: Pep Guardiola faces family turmoil as they want to stay in Munich, and the news could wreck Manchester City’s plans to capture the Bayern boss next summer.

Also: Everton want Arsenal star Calum Chambers as a long-term replacement for John Stones.

And: Brendan Rodgers is stalling on a dugout return in case he gets an SOS call from Chelsea.

Daily Mirror: Jaap Stam wants to return to English football – as manager of Fulham.

Also: Italian Claudio Ranieri claims he was instrumental in Roman Abramovich buying Chelsea and reckons he scouted many of the players who won Jose Mourinho their first title.

And: Rio Ferdinand has warned Manchester United are going backwards – due to the fear engulfing Louis van Gaal’s players.

Daily Star: Arsene Wenger says he’d love his top-of-the table Gunners to record a Christmas No 1.

Also: Steve McClaren said ‘player power’ inspired Newcastle to their first comeback win for almost a year.

And: Jurgen Klopp thinks Divock Origi’s late equaliser against West Brom could prove to be a special moment at the end of the season.

Plus: Leeds boss Steve Evans is facing questions over his future after allowing owner Massimo Cellino into the dressing room during games.

Daily Mail: Lucky England manager Roy Hodgson already has the backing of the FA to carry on in charge to the 2018 World Cup, even before his team are put to the test at Euro 2016.

Daily Express: Roy Hodgson has been told England must play with more style and swagger at Euro 2016.

Also: Jurgen Klopp and Tony Pulis were involved in a heated touchline bust-up as Liverpool rescued a point against West Brom through Divock Origi’s injury-time deflected equaliser.

Metro: Liverpool target Stefan Kiessling has strongly hinted that he will leave Bayer Leverkusen in the January transfer window.

Also: Chelsea are ready to go head-to-head with Barcelona to seal the transfer of Monaco star Bernardo Silva, according to reports in Spain.

Daily Telegraph: The joyous chant that continued to ring out around a deserted and otherwise depressed Villa Park until long after the final whistle would have seemed scarcely credible only 10 days ago.

Also: Arsenal fans lost their internet marbles after David Moyes gave his harsh assessment of Mesut Ozil.

The Times: Steve McClaren, the Newcastle United head coach, revealed last night that his players took control of the dressing room to deliver their own half-time team-talk and pass what he described as the biggest test of their season with a 2-1 win away to Tottenham Hotspur.

Also: Roy Hodgson reacted enthusiastically to news that the FA wants him to continue as England manager until 2020, as long as it sees “demonstrable progress” at Euro 2016.

And: Arsenal are so in charge of proceedings in the Barclays Premier League that Mesut Özil can silence an abusive opposition fan by blowing him a dismissive kiss, reminding Aston Villa of their place in the pecking order.

The Guardian: Newcastle United had not won back-to-back Premier League fixtures since November of last year.

Also: Steve McClaren paid tribute to the character of his Newcastle United players after hearing them fire each other up in the dressing room at half-time and promptly deliver a morale-boosting 2-1 comeback win at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Independent: The Football Association will consider a foreign coach to succeed Roy Hodgson if his four-year reign as England manager comes to end at Euro 2016.


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Ian Horne
Ian goes back to the very early days of CrunchSports, having been tirelessly covering soccer for us for over 10 years.

Ian goes back to the very early days of CrunchSports, having been tirelessly covering soccer for us for over 10 years.

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