Monday's gossip column

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Bayern Munich are set to rival Paris St-Germain and Napoli in the race to sign Chelsea attacking midfielder Juan Mata, 25.

Full story: Daily Express  

Arsenal are planning to offer £30m for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 27, and 23-year-old full-back Davide Santon.

Full story: caughtoffside.com 

Wolfsburg director of sport Klaus Allofs is confident that a deal has nearly been secured to sign Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 22.

Full story: Independent  

Patrice Evra

Left-back Patrice Evra has won five Premier League titles during eight years with Manchester United

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to sign 19-year-old St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma as a long-term replacement for John Terry.

Full story: Daily Express  

The Stamford Bridge club are also hopeful of pulling off a deal to re-sign Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, 25, that could cost them 10 times the £3m he was valued at when used as a makeweight in the deal that brought defender David Luiz, 26, to Chelsea three years ago.

Full story: the Times (subscription needed) 

Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes, 32, is in talks to return to his native Brazil.

Full story: the Sun (subscription needed) 

Manchester United have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in vying for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, with assistant coach Phil Neville flying out to Spain to monitor the 19-year-old's current loan spell with Rayo Vallecano.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

United's hunt for fresh talent has also led to manager David Moyes being spotted in Italy, where he ran his eye over Cagliari defender Davide Astori, 27, and Juventus midfield playmaker Arturo Vidal, 26.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Alternatively, Moyes was there to woo Juve midfielder Paul Pogba, 20, back to Old Trafford, where he spent nearly three years as a teenager.

Full story: Daily Express  

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is poised to sign highly-rated Swedish striker John Guidetti, 21, on loan from Manchester City.

Full story: Independent 

Manchester City striker John Guidetti

Manchester City striker John Guidetti scored 20 goals in 23 appearances while on loan at Feyenoord

Striker Papiss Cisse, 28, may be about to leave Newcastle, but only if the unnamed club in Qatar chasing his signature add another £1m to their initial offer of £9m.

Full story: Daily Mail 

West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 31, on a £90,000-week loan deal, with an option for a three-year permanent move in the summer if the Upton Park club stay in the Premier League.

Full story: Guardian 

But Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has rejected the possibility that Lescott will join the Hammers on loan.

Full story: Metro 

French defender Patrice Evra, 32, is set to leave Manchester United when his contract ends in June.

Full story: Guardian 

Norwich are close to signing Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez with the 30-year-old Argentine international already tweeting his goodbyes to the Toon Army.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle 

OTHER GOSSIP

Hull boss Steve Bruce believes that the club's readiness to spend £6,5m on Everton striker Nikica Jelavic, 28, and a fresh approach to sign forward Shane Long, 26, from West Brom for the same amount underlines the long-term ambition of owner Assem Allam.

Full story: Hull Daily Mail 

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 25, could make a surprise return for Wednesday's FA Cup replay with Blackburn Rovers after four weeks out with a knee injury.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet hopes his side's climb off the bottom of the Premier League table will help his recruitment plans.

Full story: Chronicle 

Manchester United's value has plummeted by £250m to £1.5bn in just one month because of their worst start to a season in 24 years.

Full story: the Sun (subscription only) 

Liverpool owner John Henry has called striker Luis Suarez, 26, "the most exciting soccer player" in the world while comparing the Uruguayan to Boston baseball hero David Ortiz.

Full story: Liverpool Echo 

AND FINALLY

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis's transfer plans have been thrown into turmoil by his boss Steve Parish going on holiday to the Caribbean for 10 days.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Theo Walcott, 24, was shown no sympathy by Arsenal team-mate Kieran Gibbs, 24, who visited the England winger in hospital where he is recovering after a knee operation - and thrashed him on Fifa 14.

Full story: Metro 

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