Today’s Football gossip…..
Barcelona are in discussions with striker Pedro, 26, over a new contract after reports that the Manchester United and Liverpool target could be tempted with a move away from the Catalan club this summer.
Pedro’s buyout clause will remain at €150m but the Spain international will see an improvement in terms and he is not a player considered for sale this summer.
However, the report adds that if an interested party makes a substantial offer to the Camp Nou hierarchy for Pedro’s services, he could be allowed to leave.
Manchester United manager David Moyes will bid £30m to sign Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw. Central midfielder Lallana, 25, and left-back Shaw, 18, both played for England last week.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says striker Sergio Aguero will not be sold during the summer at any price. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Spain, with Barcelona and Real Madrid wanting to sign the Argentine.
Full story: Manchester Evening News
Tottenham will sign France centre-half Jeremy Mathieu, 30, from Spanish side Valencia if Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen, 26, leaves White Hart Lane this summer.
Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, 22, will be playing in the Premier League next season, according to his agent Henk-Maarten Chin – with Manchester United and Manchester City believed to be among the clubs scouting him.
Newcastle may be able to sign French striker Loic Remy, 27, on a cheap deal because of QPR’s financial problems.
Full story: Newcastle Chronicle
Manchester United will sign 16-year-old attacking midfielder Dimitri Oberlin Mfomo when his current deal at Swiss side FC Zurich expires at the end of the season.
Full-back Bacary Sagna, 31, wants to stay at Arsenal – but they will have to double his wages to £120,000 a week, hand him a £6m signing-on fee and a testimonial.
Southampton are planning a £2m bid for Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella, 31, to replace Italy team-mate Dani Osvaldo, who went out on loan to the Turin club after head-butting team-mate Jose Fonte in training.
West Brom boss Pepe Mel says he is still the right man for the job despite taking just four points from seven games in charge.
Charlton boss Chris Powell could become the next QPR manager if Harry Redknapp leaves at the end of the season.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre admits qualifying for the Champions League will help the club become a financial force again after the latest accounts showed losses of nearly £50m.
Manchester United are set to be handed a major financial boost with the announcement of a new 10-year world-record kit deal with Nike worth £600m.
Sherwood has ruled out staying on as assistant manager if he is replaced in the summer.
Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov scored a penalty as he played for only the second time since being diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2012. The 34-year-old figured in a charity match at the weekend.
Ex-Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says watching runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich is “a little bit boring”.
Full story: London Evening Standard
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Lukasz Fabianski, 28, will keep his place in goal for the FA Cup semi-final meeting with Wigan at Wembley next month. The Pole, who has turned down a new contract, has played throughout this season’s competition.
Full story: Times (subscription required)
Newcastle United skipper Fabricio Coloccini, 33, is likely to make the trip to Fulham on Saturday after an enforced trip to Argentina to attend a family funeral.
Full story: Newcastle Chronicle
Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are chasing Cagliari’s Italian defender Davide Astori, 27, who is valued at around £9m.
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 20, is attracting a lot of interest from Europe’s top clubs, but the French international midfielder is only interested in playing for Turin club.
Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 21, who is on loan at La Liga side Atletico Madrid, has a verbal agreement to join Real Madrid.
Barcelona have entered a “period of utter bewilderment” after the Catalan club fell four points behind leaders Real Madrid in La Liga after a 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid on Saturday.
Full story: Marca (in Spanish)
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez insists the club is close to his heart and and claims his three-year-old daughter Delfina knows all the words to the Kop anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Werder Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt, 27, owned up to diving and convinced the referee to overturn a penalty decision during his side’s Bundesliga game against Nuremberg. Bremen won the match 2-0.
Leeds players were called “chickens” by the club’s owner-in-waiting Massimo Cellino following their 5-1 defeat at home to Bolton on Saturday.
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