Gossip column: Torres, Batshuayi, Bakkali & Drogba

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal want to sign Southampton full-back Calum Chambers, 19, in a £10m deal but face competition from Manchester United.

Full story: Evening Standard 

Manchester City will make a £30m bid for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, 18, but will see Manchester United make a rival offer.

Full story: Goal.com 

Arsenal target Jamaal Lascelles, 20, has agreed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Nottingham Forest.

Full story: Derby Telegraph

Sheffield United keeper Mark Howard, 27, can not be lured away in the summer when his contract ends because the Blades have an option to keep him. Howard has kept eight successive clean sheets.

Full story: Sheffield Star 

Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi, 20, says he would prefer to join Arsenal in the summer. He has also been linked to Everton.

Full story: Daily Express 

Fernando Torres

Inter Milan target Fernando Torres has two years left on his Chelsea contract

Liverpool have set their sights on PSV forward Zakaria Bakkali, 18, but the Belgian youngster has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Full story: Daily Express 

Inter Milan's sporting director Piero Ausilio was at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night to watch Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 29, in action against Galatasaray.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin, 27, will kill off any potential move to Chelsea by signing a new deal with the Serie A club.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Manchester United are interested in 16-year-old FC Zurich forward Dimitri Oberlin, who is also a target for Udinese.

Full story: Inside Futbol 

Stoke and Cardiff want 26-year-old Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf, formerly of Manchester United, when his contract ends in the summer.

Full story: Talksport 

Manchester United midfielder Joe Rothwell, 19, is joining League Two promotion chasers Fleetwood on loan.

Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Pepe Reina says Liverpool's 'easier' fixture list makes them favourites to lift the Premier League title. Reina is currently on loan at Serie A side Napoli

Full story: Talksport 

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy, 28, says winning the title is imperative for his side. "Just the Capital One Cup won't be enough," he said.

Full story: Sky Sports 

Tottenham are interested in hiring Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino if they sack Tim Sherwood.

Full story: Talksport 

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has tipped Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba, 36, to return to Stamford Bridge in the future as a possible coach.

Full story: Metro 

Drogba says he would have extended his stay at Chelsea if he and the club had agreed contract terms in 2012.

Full story: Daily Star 

Seamus Coleman

Seamus Coleman signed a new and enhanced long-term deal at Everton in January 2013

Everton plan to offer a new contract to right-back Seamus Coleman, 25, to block transfer interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Coleman's fellow Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy, 23, and defender John Stones, 19, will also be offered new deals by the Goodison Park club.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Manchester United supporters blame former boss Sir Alex Ferguson for the club's current predicament under successor David Moyes.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Liverpool coach Mike Marsh has played down any Premier League title talk and says a Champions League spot is still the target for the Reds this season.

Full story: Liverpool Echo 

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 22, is still wearing a protective boot two weeks after breaking his foot while on England duty against Denmark.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reckons he can match Manchester City and Chelsea's success without having to spend billions of pounds.

Full story: The Sun 

GLOBAL GOSSIP (FROM BBC MONITORING)

Former AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini is "angry and disappointed" at what is happening at his old club, who currently sit in 11th place in Serie A. The 45 year-old said his disappointment was "not so much because of the results, because we have finished tenth or eleventh previously, but because they're throwing away what was built with hard work over the last 10 years."

Full story: La Gazzetta dello Sport 

Bayern Munich winger Julian Green has chosen to represent the USA rather than Germany at international level. The 18-year-old, who holds dual citizenship, said: "I was born in Florida, and my father lives there, so I have my roots in the US."

Full story: Marca 

Manchester City defenders Gael Clichy, 28, and Aleksandar Kolarov, 28, have been linked with a transfer move to Juventus.

Full story: Tuttosport 

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has scored 18 La Liga goals in 21 games this season

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says he left Barcelona last year because he could no longer motivate the players.

Full story: Marca 

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 26, is negotiating for a substantial salary hike that could see him earn £209m over a five year period.

Full story: AS.com 

FC Barcelona say reports about manager Tata Martino leaving the club are "completely false" and the 51 year-old Argentine is focused on improving the team's performance.

Full story: Marca 

AND FINALLY

David Moyes hit another low this week after Tesco said it would not even consider hiring the Manchester United manager because he is not a winner.

Full story: Metro 

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