Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manager Roberto Mancini has been assured his Manchester City job is safe even if the club fails to land the Premier League title.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Manchester United are ready to enter the £25m race to land Brazil and Internacional striker Leandro Damiao.

Full story: Metro

Former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal has emerged as a leading contender to become the next Chelsea manager.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Lukas Podolski has revealed he could snub Arsenal's advances and join up with fellow Germany striker Miroslav Klose at Lazio.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Arsenal have added promising Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland to their summer shopping list.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will risk the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson by playing for Spain's London Olympics team.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Tottenham assistant manager Kevin Bond has rubbished claims that the club's players have been distracted by speculation linking Harry Redknapp with the England job.

Full story: talkSPORT

Kolo Toure says Manchester City's "mentality" is to blame for their recent form, suggesting the pressure of a "long season" is affecting the players.

Full story: the Sun on Sunday

Chelsea's John Terry would have "loved things to go on" with Andre Villas-Boas but says the former Blues boss was sacked because the players put in "disappointing performances".

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Lionel Messi says he would like to stay at Barcelona for the rest of his career - and believes his team are the best club side in history.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

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