Gossip column: Suarez, Rodgers, Sagna, Varane & Cole

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Real Madrid have made Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 27, their chief transfer target ahead of Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, 25.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)   http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/football/clubs/liverpool/article4082511.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_05_06

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 31, wants to stay in England when his contract runs out this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City leading the chase to sign the Frenchman.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/377566/It-s-Chelsea-or-Man-City-Bacary-Sagna-set-for-Arsenal-farewell

Defender Raphael Varane has made 21 appearances for Real Madrid this season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 21, to Stamford Bridge next season as back-up to John Terry, 33.

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/474331/Chelsea-want-Real-s-Raphael-Varane-as-John-Terry-back-up-as-Man-City-eye-Pepe

West Ham are to make an £8m move to bring back striker Demba Ba, 28, from Chelsea.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)   http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5612103/West-Ham-are-ready-to-raid-Chelsea-for-their-old-striker-Demba-Ba.html

Tottenham are planning a double swoop for Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall, 29, and Bluebirds defender Steven Caulker, 22.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/tottenham-transfers-marshall-caulker-cardiff-3504665

Serie A side Cagliari’s sporting director Nicola Salerno says that 23-year-old Colombia striker Victor Ibarbo’s move to Championship side Leeds United is far from a done deal, with other clubs likely to bid if he has a good World Cup.

Full story: Inside Futbol   http://www.insidefutbol.com/2014/05/06/world-cup-will-see-more-than-just-leeds-want-victor-ibarbo-warns-cagliari-sporting-director/139440/?

Ashley Cole’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season

Liverpool have emerged as surprise suitors for Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, 33, next season.

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/474278/Liverpool-target-Cole-as-Chelsea-hand-Man-Utd-Shaw-boost-with-Moreno-move

Serie A side AC Milan want to sign on-loan midfielder Adel Taarabt, 24, but are not prepared to meet QPR’s £4m asking price.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2621839/Adel-Taarabt-wanted-AC-Milan-permanent-deal-QPR-willing-drop-asking-price.html

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, 25, has ended talk of a summer move to Arsenal by claiming he is happy in Germany and not ready to leave.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)   http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5611630/Lars-Bender-set-to-snub-Arsenal.html

Burnley have opened talks over a new contract for highly rated right-back Kieran Trippier, 23, who is attracting interest from Arsenal, Newcastle and Southampton.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2621872/Kieran-Trippier-making-noises-staying-Burnley-despite-Arsenal-Southampton-Newcastle.html OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has agreed a new four-year contract and could sign it before the end of the week.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpools-brendan-rodgers-set-sign-3504605

Ravel Morrison has been on loan at Birmingham City and QPR since joining West Ham in January 2012

Manchester City could be expelled from the Champions League if they fight Uefa sanctions imposed for breaching financial fair play rules.

Full story: Independent   http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/manchester-city-risk-champions-league-expulsion-if-they-tackle-uefa-over-ffp-punishments-9328548.html

The Premier League and Football League will block
FA chairman Greg Dyke’s plan http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27289819

to introduce a division for their clubs to field B teams.

Full story: Daily Telegraph   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/10810687/Premier-League-and-Football-League-will-block-B-League-idea-from-FA-commission.html

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet wants greater influence at the club as he prepares for talks over a new contract.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/sunderlands-future-poyet-set-demand-3503909

Poyet – who won two European trophies as a player – says that keeping Sunderland in the Premier League would rank as his greatest football achievement.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/377686/My-greatest-achievement-Gus-Poyet-reckons-Sunderland-safety-would-be-best-football-moment

Midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, has vowed to return to parent club West Ham from QPR next season after scooping the Hammers’ goal-of-the-season prize in Tuesday night’s end-of-year awards.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2621820/Ravel-Morrison-vows-return-West-Ham-season-scooping-award.html

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he was on the verge of signing Eden Hazard, 23, before London rivals Chelsea’s financial power won the battle for his signature from French side Lille in August 2012.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2621713/Arsene-Wenger-reveals-Arsenal-close-signing-Chelsea-star-Eden-Hazard.html

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the backing of former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville to bounce back next season.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/cardiff-boss-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-3505577 GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Belgium international Thibaut Courtois is completing a third season on loan at Atletico Madrid

Napoli want to make 31-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s loan move permanent.

Full story: L’Equipe (in French)   http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Naples-veut-garder-liverpool/462700

Atletico Madrid’s on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 21, is so excited about the prospect of playing at Barcelona that he is willing to ask Chelsea for a transfer.

Full story: Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish)   http://www.mundodeportivo.com/20140506/fc-barcelona/courtois-iria-al-transfer-request-para-poder-fichar-por-el-barca_54407599207.html

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has rejected a £14m offer to take charge at Manchester United.

Full story: AS (in Spanish)   http://futbol.as.com/futbol/2014/05/06/primera/1399371988_107850.html

AC Milan are considering a permanent move for on-loan Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, 24, and Paris St-Germain defender Alex Costa, 31.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)   http://www.tuttosport.com/calcio/calciomercato/2014/05/06-293691/Milan%2C+Taarabt+pi%C3%B9+Alex%3A+Galliani+stringe+i+tempi AND FINALLY

The parents of Manchester United debutant James Wilson, 18, used their mobile phones to film a replay of the striker’s two goals against Hull City on Tuesday through a television screen from the stands.

Full story: Metro   http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/06/james-wilsons-parents-film-manchester-united-debut-brace-from-old-trafford-tv-screen-4720011/

Whoever finishes bottom of the Premier League on Sunday will still earn more TV money than last season’s champions Manchester United.

Full story: the Sun   http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5612322/Premier-Leagues-bottom-club-set-to-scoop-more-TV-cash-this-season-than-the-champions-won-last-term.html

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