Gossip column: Di Maria, Drogba, Ospina, Messi, Cazorla, Costa

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New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been told he can break the world transfer record as he looks to bring players to Old Trafford this summer. Guardian 

United have been made aware that Real Madrid's 26-year-old midfielder Angel Di Maria is available for transfer following the Spanish club's signing of 23-year-old attacking midfielder James Rodriguez from Monaco. Independent 

Arsenal have agreed a £3m fee with Nice for 25-year-old Colombia international goalkeeper David Ospina. Guardian 

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign Arsenal target, right-back Javier Manquillo, 20, on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid. Sun (subscription required) 

The Sun

The Sun says striker Sergio Aguero is to be offered a big money deal by Manchester City

Spanish club Atletico Madrid are targeting two Arsenal players in attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla and left-back Nacho Monreal, both 29. Daily Telegraph 

Arsenal have rekindled their interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 22, after talks with Real Madrid's 27-year-old midfielder Sami Khedira stalled. Daily Star 

Tottenham and Arsenal are said to be showing interest in 23-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Douglas Costa. The Brazilian has refused to travel back to Ukraine because of political unrest in the region. Independent 

Striker Divock Origi, 19, is on his way to the United States to seal a £10m move to Liverpool - but will remain at Lille for another season. Daily Express 

The potential return of Didier Drogba, 36, to Chelsea could lead to 21-year-old forward Romelu Lukaku leaving the club, with Everton his most likely destination. Daily Telegraph 

Southampton are set to launch a second bid for Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, 26, after having an initial offer turned down. Daily Echo 

Everton are reported to be closing in on the signing of 18-year-old Belgian striker David Henen from Anderlecht. Liverpool Echo 

Inter Milan are keen on a move for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 26, after being told Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic, 24, is not for sale. Sun (subscription required) 

Hull City are in talks to sign Cameroon international defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, 25, from French club Rennes. Sky Sports 

Fulham boss Felix Magath has not ruled out selling goalkeeper David Stockdale, 28, to Championship rivals Brighton this summer. Talksport 


Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi talked to Arsenal about a move last season

Forward Lionel Messi, 27, sounded out Arsenal last season about a move while he was negotiating with Barcelona over a new contract. Daily Mail 

Former Chelsea coach Paul Clement, now assistant manager at Real Madrid, says new Blues signing Filipe Luis, 28, will be a better left-back for the club than 33-year-old Ashley Cole, who left Stamford Bridge to join Roma. Times (subscription required) 

Manager Jose Mourinho says he wants Chelsea to dominate the new season - and stay at the top for the next decade. Daily Mirror 

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore, 24, is confident Europa League football can be a help and not a hindrance as Hull City prepare to make their European debut next week. Hull Daily Mail 

Luis Suarez, 27, has left Barcelona to avoid the media circus surrounding his arrival from Liverpool. Daily Star 

Manchester City will never be as popular as Manchester United because of the way they "buy trophies" and "shut the door" on youth players, according to former Red Devils defender Mikael Silvestre. Daily Mail 

FA chairman Greg Dyke says Fifa boss Sepp Blatter is "like Kim Jong-un", the North Korean leader. Daily Mirror 

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 28, is eager to start Louis van Gaal's first match in charge of the club against LA Galaxy on Thursday, despite only beginning pre-season training four days ago. Times (subscription required) 

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Manchester United are preparing an offer of £39m for Juventus's 27-year-old Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal. Tuttosport (in Italian) 

German club Eintracht Frankfurt have ended talks with former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner because of the 26-year-old's high salary demands. Le Figaro (in French) 

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has rejected speculation about defender Mats Hummels and midfielder Marco Reus, both 25, moving to Manchester United and Bayern Munich respectively . Bild (in German) 

Atletico Madrid are unable to match Chelsea's £13m asking price for Fernando Torres, even though manager Diego Simeone is very keen to sign the 30-year-old striker. As (in Spanish) 

Barcelona midfielder Xavi will remain at the Nou Camp until June 2015 after holding last-minute talks with manager Luis Enrique. The 34-year-old midfielder had been linked with a move to Major League Soccer club New York City and Al Arabi of Qatar. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish) 


AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli,  23, has posted a video of himself on Instagram reading the autobiography of 32-year-old Paris St-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic while ironing.

David De Gea and David Beckham

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Twitter: "With a legend!"

QPR's 35-year-old defender Rio Ferdinand seems pleased fellow centre-back Steven Caulker, 22, has joined him at the club, tweeting:  "I've only been here a few days myself but a warm welcome to Caulker, quality signing."

Meanwhile, Tottenham's 23-year-old winger Andros Townsend appears impressed with QPR's new-look defence posting:  "Wow Caulker and Rio Ferdinand in the same team! Not many centre-back partnerships better than that."

Roma left-back Ashley Cole, 33, gets things off his chest on Twitter,  saying in a series of messages: "Before I signed at Roma people were killing me about (possibly) playing (in the USA), saying it's for the money and easy lifestyle, I choose to play in a more demanding place and team and people still feel the need to moan. How about you just worry about your team and I'll worry about mine."

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 23, has posted   a photograph of himself on Twitter with former Reds Devils midfielder David Beckham under the caption: "With a legend!"


With a pre-season friendly against the New York Red Bulls looming, Arsenal's players attempt to blend in with the locals by having a go at their best "New Yoick" accents. ESPN FC 

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to reveal his true feelings about David Moyes's 10-month reign at the club in an updated autobiography to be released later this year. Daily Express 

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