TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Manchester City are said to be working on a
remarkable £250m deal to sign Lionel Messi, 26,
from Barcelona this summer.
Full story: Manchester Evening News
The agent of Jackson Martinez insists Porto have
not entered talks with Roma over the sale of the 27-
year-old Colombia international, a target for
Chelsea.
Full story: Talksport
Valencia have offered Manchester United the
chance to sign French 28-year-old centre-back
Adil Rami for £10m after a proposed move to AC
Milan stalled.
Full story: Daily Mail
Liverpool and Manchester City target Keita Balde
Diao, Lazio’s 19-year-old Spanish-born
Senegalese forward, will pen a new contract at the
Italian club next week, according to his agent.
Full story: Talksport
Manchester City are set to miss out on the signing
of San Lorenzo’s Angel Correa, with Spanish league
leaders Atletico Madrid believed to be a likely
destination for the 19-year-old Argentine striker.
Full story: Daily Mirror
West Ham United’s 29-year-old loanee midfielder
Antonio Nocerino says he wants to make his stay at
Upton Park permanent by moving from Serie A club
AC Milan at the end of this season.
Full story: Sky Sports
Roma are reportedly plotting a loan move for
Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, 25, with a view to a
permanent deal at the end of next season,
according to reports in Italy.
Full story: Metro
Liverpool are hopeful they can complete the £12m
signing of Barcelona’s 22-year-old forward Cristian
Tello if the Catalan club are successful in their
appeal against a Fifa-imposed transfer ban.
Full story: Daily Mirror
Bayern Munich are on the trail of Arsenal target
Aymeric Laporte, 19, ahead of the summer transfer
window.
Full story: Talksport
Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, 27, insists he has
no intention of leaving the Spanish club, despite
reported interest from Arsenal and Manchester
United.
Full story: Daily Express
Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu, 22, says he is
happy to make his loan stay at Spanish outfit
Valencia permanent, but insists the final decision
rests with his parent club.
Full story: Daily Star
Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain will move for
Manchester City’s 30-year-old midfielder Yaya
Toure if they fail in a bid to sign Juventus midfielder
Paul Pogba, 21, this summer.
Full story: Football Direct News
OTHER GOSSIP
Arsenal’s France international defender Laurent
Koscielny, 28, has promised to give the Gunners an
answer on his future before the World Cup finals
begin, amid reports of interest from Paris St-
Germain.
Full story: Daily Mirror
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 33, could be once
again overlooked as manager Jose Mourinho
considers a replacement for the suspended
Branislav Ivanovic ahead of Tuesday’s Champions
League semi-final first leg away to Atletico Madrid.
Full story: Guardian
Manchester United’s 25-year-old Spanish attacking
midfielder Juan Mata says manager David Moyes
has the full support of senior players at the club,
despite enduring a disappointing debut season in
the Old Trafford dugout.
Full story: Sun (subscription required)
Some Arsenal players will be forced to take a 25%
pay cut if the club fail to qualify for next season’s
Champions League.
Full story: Daily Star
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says 33-year-
old club captain Steven Gerrard is the best
controlling midfielder player in Europe.
Full story: Guardian
Manchester City’s owners will continue to support
manager Manuel Pellegrini, despite speculation
suggesting the Chilean will be fired if the club fail to
win the title this season.
Full story: Sun (subscription required)
AND FINALLY
100m and 200m Olympic champion Usain Bolt was
amazed by the pace shown by Real Madrid forward
Gareth Bale, 24, who scored the winning goal in
Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final victory over
Barcelona.
Full story: Marca
A 16-year-old from an impoverished area of India
is on the brink of becoming a real-life Slumdog
Millionaire – after winning a dream trial at
Manchester United.
Full story: Metro

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