Gossip column: Arsenal, Man City chase £29m Di Maria, Lallana, Remy, Pochettino, Lennon

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Arsenal and Manchester City are considering a £29m move for Real Madrid forward Angel Di Maria, 26.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/378694/EXCLUSIVE-Arsenal-and-Manchester-City-eyeing-29m-move-for-Real-Madrid-s-Angel-di-Maria

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony scored 16 Premier League goals in his debut season

Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, 26, may have to put in a transfer request if he wants to complete a move to Liverpool before the World Cup.

Full story: Guardian   http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/13/adam-lallana-liverpool-brendan-rodgers-southampton?

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 27, has dismissed suggestions that there is a clause in his contract giving Real Madrid and Barcelona priority if they want to buy him.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2628121/Luis-Suarez-insists-away-Liverpool-just-speculation-Barcelona-Real-Madrid-plan-bids.html

Chelsea want to sign Hoffenheim attacker Roberto Firmino, 22, this summer to team up with fellow transfer target Diego Costa, 25.

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/475720/First-Diego-then-Roberto-Mourinho-wants-Hoffenheim-s-Firmino-to-join-Costa-at-Chelsea

Defender David Luiz’s £32m move from Chelsea to Barcelona hinges on who is in charge at the Nou Camp next season – with Luis Enrique set to have the final say on the 27-year-old if he replaces Gerardo Martino.

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/475818/David-Luiz-s-32m-Barca-move-depends-on-new-boss-Luis-Enrique?

Swansea boss Garry Monk warns Arsenal and Everton that striker Wilfried Bony, 25, will only be sold for an “astronomical” fee.

Full story: Talksport   http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-monk-issues-hands-warning-bony-suitors-14051290754

But Swansea insist they are in the dark over reports that Liverpool are planning a £5m bid for Dutch keeper Michel Vorm, 30.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post   http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Swansea-City-dark-Liverpool-8217-s-Michel-Vorm/story-21092881-detail/story.html?

Loic Remy hit 14 goals in 26 league appearances during his season on loan at Newcastle

QPR striker Loic Remy, 27, has emerged as a new target for Everton boss Roberto Martinez – as on-loan forward Romelu Lukaku, 21, returns to Chelsea.

Full story: Times (subscription required)   http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/football/clubs/everton/article4088897.ece

Hull boss Steve Bruce is considering a move for 35-year-old former England defender Rio Ferdinand, who will leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2627598/Steve-Bruce-weighs-summer-bring-Rio-Ferdinand-Hull-City.html

Winger Tom Ince, 22, says he could yet join Crystal Palace permanently this summer when his contract at Blackpool expires.

Full story: Croydon Advertiser   http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Crystal-Palace-loan-star-m-ruling-permanent/story-21088783-detail/story.html

Midfielder Craig Gardner, 27, has moved out of his house in the North East after accepting his Sunderland career is over – and West Brom are favourites to sign him.

Full story: Sunderland Echo   http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/sunderland-afc/gardner-makes-sunderland-exit-but-larsson-talks-continue-1-6615930 OTHER GOSSIP

Southampton’s players are convinced manager Mauricio Pochettino will leave this summer – with Tottenham the leading candidates to take him on.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2628151/Southampton-players-think-Mauricio-Pochettino-leave-summer-Tottenham-likely-destination.html

But Pochettino must pay Southampton £2m if he wants to leave this summer – according to a clause in his contract, which runs until 2015.

Full story: Southampton Daily Echo   http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/sport/11211057.Pochettino_must_pay_Saints___2m_if_he_wants_to_join_Tottenham/?ref=mrs

Norwich keeper John Ruddy, 27, says England boss Roy Hodgson has made “a bad call” by leaving him out of the World Cup squad.

Full story: Daily Telegraph   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/10829152/Norwich-City-goalkeeper-John-Ruddy-say-he-is-not-bitter-but-bitterly-hurt-after-missing-out-on-World-Cup-selection.html

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is ready to quit the Scottish Premiership champions to take charge at Norwich as they prepare for the Championship.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/next-norwich-manager-celtics-neil-3535629

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling, 19, will be a star of the World Cup if he is given the freedom to perform for England as he does for his club.

Full story: Daily Telegraph   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/10829122/Raheem-Sterling-can-be-a-World-Cup-star-says-Liverpool-manager-Brendan-Rodgers.html

Neil Lennon has won three Scottish titles in four seasons as Celtic manager

Former England midfielder Joe Cole, 32, will take his time to think over his next move after being released by West Ham.

Full story: Talksport   http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-cole-hunt-new-club-after-confirming-west-ham-exit-14051391098

Manchester United team-mates Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra had to be separated after a training ground bust-up in the days after their 3-0 home defeat against Liverpool in March.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2627955/Nemanja-Vidic-Patrice-Evra-furious-training-ground-bust-Liverpool-loss.html

Louis van Gaal may ask Ryan Giggs, 40, to stay on as a player and as his assistant manager should the Dutchman, as expected, be appointed as Manchester United boss.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/manchester-united-new-manager-louis-3535653#ixzz31dWBEsds

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane thinks defenders Chris Smalling, 24 and Phil Jones, 22, have regressed over the last two years.

Full story: Guardian   http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/13/roy-keane-scathing-attack-manchester-united?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keen to offer midfielder Frank Lampard, 35, a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2627546/Jose-Mourinho-keen-offer-Chelsea-midfielder-Frank-Lampard-new-contract.html#ixzz31dT275gf

Striker Christian Benteke, 22, hopes to return to action for Aston Villa at the start of next season despite fears that a ruptured Achilles could keep the Belgian sidelined until 2015.

Full story: Birmingham Mail   http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-im-convinced-back-7115429?

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he will not resign despite uncertainty over his summer transfer plans after owner Randy Lerner put the club up for sale.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/aston-villa-paul-lambert-not-3536846?

Former Villa chairman Doug Ellis says the club should look to the Middle East for new investors to emulate Manchester City’s success under Sheikh Mansour.

Full story: skysports.com   http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/9311180/ellis:-villa-should-look-to-middle-east?

Fulham owner Shahid Khan says he will invest heavily to get Fulham back to the Premier League at the first attempt following relegation.

Full story: London Evening Standard   http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/fulham-owner-shahid-khan-ready-to-splash-out-for-instant-return-to-top-flight-9369032.html

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is set to offer Argentine defender Santiago Vergini, 25, a permanent deal following his spell on loan from Estudiantes.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/378732/Sunderland-poised-to-offer-Argentinian-defender-Santiago-Vergini-a-permanent-deal GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Hamburg will not sell 20-year-old midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu despite strong interest from Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Full story: L’Equipe (in French)   http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Le-bayern-sur-calhanoglu-hsv/463520

Sami Khedira joined Real Madrid from Stuttgart in 2010

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would be willing to pay £24m to beat Juventus to the signing of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, 25.

Full story: AS (in Spanish)   http://futbol.as.com/futbol/2014/05/11/primera/1399804754_413597.html

Roma have joined Fiorentina and Chelsea in the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27.

Full story: Bild (in German)   http://sportbild.bild.de/fussball/2014/fussball/roemer-heiss-auf-khedira-35919116.sport.html

AC Milan want Eusebio Di Francesco, boss of Serie A rivals Sassuolo, to replace Clarence Seedorf as manager.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)   http://www.tuttosport.com/calcio/calciomercato/2014/05/13-294376/Calciomercato+Fiorentina%2C+dopo+Montella+spunta+l%27ipotesi+Di+Francesco AND FINALLY

Djibril Cisse’s eight-year-old son, Cassius, has rejected Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton in favour of Crewe Alexandra.

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/475743/Djibril-Cisse-s-son-REJECTS-Liverpool-Man-Utd-and-Everton-to-join-Crewe

Samir Nasri’s girlfriend Anara Atanes “launched a foul-mouthed Twitter tirade” after the Manchester City midfielder, 26, was left out of France’s World Cup squad.

Full story: Manchester Evening News   http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/samir-nasri-antara-atanes-foul-mouthed-7115982?

Everton’s French defender Sylvain Distin has “retired” from international football at the age of 36 – having never won a single cap.

Full story: Irish Independent   http://www.independent.ie/incoming/distin-humourously-retires-from-international-football-on-twitterwithout-a-single-cap-30274127.html

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has been forced to remove a ‘Fat Sam Out’ banner from outside his mansion – after it was put there by fans wanting manager Sam Allardyce sacked.

Full story: Daily Telegraph   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/west-ham/10830200/West-Ham-owner-removes-Fat-Sam-Out-banner-from-outside-his-mansion-as-fans-voice-frustration-at-Allardyce.html

Rotherham manager Steve Evans says that if there is a better goal over the closing games of the season than the one scored by Joe Garner for Preston in the first leg of their League One play-off semi-final, he’ll “wake up a chicken”.

Full story: skysports.com   http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/9311444/steve-evans-may-

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