Gossip column: Liverpool want Ashley Cole, Toure to leave Man City Hazard, Schneiderlin, Mandzukic

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Liverpool and Inter Milan are interested in signing left-back Ashley Cole, 33, who has announced he will leave Chelsea this summer.

Toure, who scored 20 league goals as City won the title, turned 31 last week.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)   http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5637527/Exclusive-Chelsea-left-back-Ashley-Cole-has-made-a-shock-decision.html

Yaya Toure wants to leave Manchester City and could take a pay-cut to force a move. The Ivory Coast midfielder, 31, was angry that City took time to give him a new deal last year and was upset that no-one from the club wished him happy birthday last week.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)   http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5637550/Yaya-Toure-has-dropped-a-bombshell-on-Manchester-City.html

Paris St-Germain are ready to shock Chelsea with a £50m bid for 23-year-old playmaker Eden Hazard this summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/chelsea-transfer-news-eden-hazard-3572827

Mario Mandzukic, 27, is set to be Louis van Gaal’s first signing as Manchester United manager, after the Croatia striker had a bust-up with Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2632949/Louis-van-Gaal-set-fight-Jose-Mourinho-Arsene-Wenger-Mario-Mandzukic-taking-Man-United.html

Manchester City have opened talks with Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna, 31, over a three-year deal worth more than £100,000-a-week.

Full story: Daily Telegraph   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/10842215/Bacary-Sagna-opens-talks-with-Manchester-City-but-Arsenal-hopeful-after-FA-Cup-triumph.html

Arsenal are set to make Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier, 21, their first signing of the summer transfer window to replace Sagna.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/379576/Arsenal-boss-Arsene-Wenger-to-make-French-star-his-FIRST-summer-signing

Manchester City may stop 28-year-old midfielder James Milner from leaving the club this summer as Uefa’s financial fair play sanctions begin to make an impact on their transfer strategy.

Full story: Guardian http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/27464982

Eden Hazard has scored 23 goals in 69 Premier League appearances for Chelsea

Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle want West Ham’s Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame, 26.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)   http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is considering a move for West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, 27.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/379587/EXCLUSIVE-Alan-Pardew-wants-West-Ham-s-Mark-Noble-at-St-James-Park

Aston Villa are interested in defender Joleon Lescott, 31, who is available as a free agent when his Manchester City contract expires this summer.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/375953/Paul-Lambert-I-m-staying-put-at-Aston-Villa

Manchester City and Newcastle are both keen on Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross, 26. The Potters may be tempted by bids of around £12m for the centre-back.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2633154/Manchester-City-trail-12m-Ryan-Shawcross-Newcastle-weigh-transfer.html

Liverpool are closing in on Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany Under-21 international Emre Can, 20, in a deal worth up to £10m.

Full story: Independent   http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/transfer-news-liverpool-reportedly-close-to-signing-bayer-leverkusen-star-emre-can-9394754.html OTHER GOSSIP

French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, wants to leave Southampton and play for a Champions League side.

Morgan Schneiderlin has made 205 league appearances for Southampton since joining in 2008

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/476939/I-want-Champions-League-football-Arsenal-ready-to-pounce-for-Saints-Morgan-Schneiderlin

Derby’s players will double their entire season’s wages and split a bonus of £4.5m if they beat QPR in Sunday’s Championship play-off and win promotion to the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/derby-county-squad-could-double-3573043

Norwich City will name their new manager – expected to be Malky Mackay – within days and also plan to appoint a technical director in a new management structure at Carrow Road.

Full story: Sky Sports   http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11709/9317325/premier-league-norwich-city-close-on-appointment-of-new-manager

Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu will not return to Everton for a second season on loan with the 20-year-old set to feature in the plans of new boss Luis Enrique.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2633042/Gerard-Deulofeu-return-Barcelona-season-long-loan-spell-Everton.html

QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt, 24, is set to return from his loan spell at AC Milan rather than make his San Siro move permanent after struggling to adapt to life with the Italian outfit.

Full story: Talksport   http://talksport.com/football/taarabt-ready-return-qpr-end-ac-milan-loan-spell-14051991823 AND FINALLY

The faces of England players past and present have been skilfully carved on to Brazil nuts by micro-artist Quentin Devine. Each nut took 96 hours to carve.

Full story: Metro   http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/19/david-beckham-wayne-rooney-gary-lineker-and-other-england-stars-turned-into-bite-sized-artwork-4732799/

Popstar Miley Cyrus has shown her colours as a Red Devil after being spotted wearing a Manchester United shirt while on tour in Birmingham.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2632780/Miley-Cyrus-spotted-wearing-Manchester-United-shirt-whilst-UK-tour.html

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