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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United winger Nani, 25, is close to signing a new contract, which will keep him at the club until 2016.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Mats Hummels
Mats Hummels has won 13 caps for Germany and has been linked with a move to Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has ruled out a possible move to Manchester United this summer.

Full story: Metro

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 24, who has been linked with Arsenal and Newcastle, says he has no intention of signing a new deal at Ajax and has reiterated his desire to join an English club.

Full story: Sky Sports

Liverpool are watching Colombian striker Jackson Martinez but face competition from Porto for the 25-year-old, who plays for Mexican side Jaguares Chiapas.

Full story: talkSPORT

Aston Villa are eyeing a move for Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks as they prepare to lose unsettled American keeper Brad Guzan, 27, who will be out of contract this summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen will fly in to London on Tuesday hoping that Chelsea will let him sign striker Romelu Lukaku on loan.

Full story: Daily Mail

CHELSEA GOSSIP

Pep Guardiola
Guardiola's contract at Barcelona expires at the end of the season

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made indirect contact with Pep Guardiola to discover if the Barcelona coach would be interested in becoming Chelsea manager next season.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

But Barcelona's players are convinced Guardiola will stay at the Nou Camp.

Full story: the Independent

Abramovich will clear out some of Chelsea's biggest names this summer and is determined to see through the 'project' started by Andre Villas-Boas to create what one source described as a "hungry new team".

Full story: the Telegraph

Chelsea target Jose Mourinho will demand £12m a year and the funds to bring winger Cristiano Ronaldo with him from Real Madrid before returning to Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Express

Villas-Boas is reported to have left the training ground in tears after his sacking, as the majority of the club's players did not say goodbye to him.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Rafael Benitez has implied he would be interested in taking over at Stamford Bridge by talking up his relationship with former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and admitting he harbours ambitions to return to management with a "top club".

Full story: Metro

Former assistant boss Ray Wilkins says the Chelsea players should not be blamed for Villas-Boas's sacking - claiming they are a "delight to work with".

Full story: talkSPORT

Abramovich told the players what he expected of them in a private meeting at the club's training ground only minutes after he had personally sacked Villas-Boas.

Full story: the Independent

Villas-Boas had a secret meeting with Roma general manager Franco Baldini in February to discuss leading the team next season.

Full story: Goal.com

OTHER GOSSIP

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is emerging as a serious rival to Harry Redknapp for the vacant England job.

Full story: the Sun

Striker Carlos Tevez is set to his first public appearance for Manchester City since returning in a reserve game against Bolton Wanderers.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce could be in line for a return to management with Turkish side Besiktas.

Full story: Daily Mail

Blackburn manager Steve Kean believes goalkeeper Paul Robinson deserves an England recall. The 32-year-old retired from international duty after being ignored by former coach Fabio Capello.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

AND FINALLY

A South Korean environmental group is appealing to Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung, who wrote in his 2006 autobiography that he used to drink juice made from boiled frogs to build up his physique, to help it protect the amphibians from a surge in consumption.

Full story: the Guardian

Mario Balotelli's girlfriend has told the Manchester City striker said she is not ready for marriage yet — but is happy for him to visit strip clubs, so long as he behaves himself.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

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