Wednesday's gossip column - Laudrup, Jovetic & Xavi

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has identified Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic and Paris St-Germain's Edinson Cavani as his three striker targets this summer after giving up on signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United are planning a summer swoop for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, 27, and are ready to go head-to-head with Barcelona and Real Madrid for Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 21.

Full story: Daily Star

Mario Balotelli
AC Milan signed striker Balotelli from Manchester City for £19m in January 2013

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, 23, could be helped on his way to Arsenal with his boot sponsor contracted to make the Gunners' kit from next season and keen to subsidise a £40m deal.

Full story: Metro

Juventus will return with a renewed bid for Manchester United winger Nani, 27, in the summer as they attempt to beat domestic rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan to his signature.

Full story: Talksport

Liverpool's disappointing January transfer window gets worse with Blackpool's Tom Ince, 22, another target who eluded them, according to the winger's father Paul.

Full story: Daily Mirror

But the Reds expect to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka, 24, in the summer after missing out on the Ukraine winger on transfer deadline day.

Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Michael Laudrup
Swansea's defeat by West Ham on Saturday was their sixth defeat in eight Premier League games

Former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp, 44, currently on the coaching staff at Ajax, is one of the contenders to replace Michael Laudrup at Swansea.

Full story: London Evening Standard

The Welsh club could be left with a £5m compensation bill after the decision to sack Laudrup.

Full story: Wales Online

Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah, 21, wanted to move to Liverpool in January, but chose the Stamford Bridge club because he felt the Reds disrespected him.

Full story: IBTimes

Stevan Jovetic, 24, has revealed he turned down Real Madrid to sign for Manchester City in a £22m deal from Fiorentina in the summer.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Barcelona midfielder Xavi, 34, says he could never play in England, despite his love for the "great culture".

Full story: Daily Mail

Adel Taarabt, 24, who is on loan at AC Milan from Queens Park Rangers until the rest of the season, says the Italian club is "more organised and professional" than his previous clubs Tottenham, QPR and Fulham.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Leeds United have accepted a seven-figure loan from Massimo Cellino in advance of the Italian's as yet incomplete takeover.

Full story: Yorkshire Evening Post

John Terry
Terry, who has won 78 caps, announced his retirement from international football in 2012

Chelsea captain John Terry, 33, will agree a one-year extension with the Blues after accepting the club's policy of keeping older players on short-term deals.

Full story: Daily Mail

But Terry says he will never return to international duty, and will not make a World Cup comeback for England.

Full story: Daily Mirror

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Italian side Atalanta's sporting director Pierpaolo Marino says he will initiate talks with Avellino's 21-year-old right-back Davide Zappacosta.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti feels Gareth Bale's performance will improve next season as the 24-year-old will be better suited to Spanish football by then.

Full story: AS (in Spanish)

German club Hertha Berlin's 28-year-old Colombian striker Adrian Ramos has fuelled rumours of a possible move to Borussia Dortmund after he expressed a desire to leave his current club.

Full story: Bild

AND FINALLY

Former Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov, 33, has hit back at claims that he is lazy. He said he made a deadline day move to Monaco because he does not want to play a style of football that sends people to sleep.

Full story: the Sun

German and European champions Bayern Munich have threatened to cancel fans' season tickets if they fail to show up for matches at the Allianz Arena.

Full story: Daily Mail

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