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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu, 19, says he is determined to win a place in Barcelona's side next season despite an impressive loan spell at the Toffees that has led to talk of him extending his stay on Merseyside.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Shakhtar Donetsk's 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Bernard, linked to Arsenal and Tottenham last year, admits that the political situation in Ukraine is a worry and that he wants to play for a "big European club".

Full story: Daily Express

Striker Nicklas Bendtner, 26, claims his reputation as a "psychopath" is unfair and is damaging his chances of leaving Arsenal.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Gerard Deulofeu
The majority of Gerard Deulofeu's 18 appearances for Everton this season have been as a substitute

Barcelona have renewed their interest in Chelsea's David Luiz, 26, with the confirmation that veteran defender Carlos Puyol will leave the Spanish club this summer.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

David Moyes faces a logistical nightmare as he plans an unprecedented overhaul of Manchester United's under-achieving squad with the manager understood to want up to eight new signings.

Full story: Daily Mail

Moyes has growing concerns about the form and attitude of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 30.

Full story: Daily Star

Striker Luis Suarez, 27, has calmed fears he will quit Liverpool this summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, insisting his future "isn't dependent" on that.

Full story: Daily Telegraph/FourFourTwo

David Luiz
David Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011

Inter Milan are considering a move to sign Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, 28, this summer.

Full story: Daily Star

Jordan Rhodes, 24, is poised to sign a lucrative five-and-a-half-year deal in a huge statement of intent from Blackburn Rovers' Indian owners Venky's.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf is looking at Botafago's Doria, 19, for the central left defender position. Feyenoord's Bruno Martins Indi, 22, Lyon's Samuel Umtiti, 20, and Red Bull Salzburg's Martin Hinteregger, 21, are the other names on the Dutchman's list.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo, 28, says he has adapted his game quickly to the English Premier League.

Full story: AS.com (in Spanish)

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal says French midfielder Paul Pogba, 20, is a "unique case", ahead of the friendly against France.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

Fredy Guarin, 27, insists he is happy at Inter Milan, but the Colombian midfielder says his failed transfer move to Juventus was difficult for him and his family.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara, 22, says the Spanish national team is fortunate to have a player like Diego Costa, ahead of the 25 year-old striker's debut against Italy. Costa won two caps for Brazil before becoming a Spanish citizen in 2013.

Full story: AS.com (in Spanish)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sunderland are lining up former Chelsea chief scout Lee Congerton to become the club's new director of football in succession to Roberto De Fanti, who left the Black Cats in January after just six months in the role.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

Arsenal midfielder Kim Kallstrom, 31, is ready to give Arsene Wenger a huge fitness boost as he nears his comeback after a back injury and even has an outside chance of making the squad to face Everton in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are not at risk of being prevented from playing in Europe next season despite potentially falling foul of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations by posting losses totalling £90m in the past two financial years.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Head coach Garry Monk will earn up to £500,000 in bonuses if he keeps Swansea City in the Premier League, but has not been given any assurances about his long-term future at the club.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Wales manager Chris Coleman is to risk the wrath of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti by playing forward Gareth Bale for the full 90 minutes of their friendly against Iceland.

Gareth Bale
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has won 43 caps for Wales since his debut aged 16 years and 315 days

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Coleman has also predicted that Bale, 24, will captain his country in the future.

Full story: Wales Online

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has revealed he is relishing the prospect of playing against his free-scoring club team-mate Daniel Sturridge when Denmark play England at Wembley.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, has been warned by Germany coach Joachim Low that "the clock is ticking" on his World Cup hopes.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City and Chelsea target Xabi Alonso, 32, says he made the right decision to leave Liverpool in 2009 to join La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United are considering a rethink on their season ticket pricing following the results of a survey that said nearly three-quarters of fans questioned would possibly not renew if they were charged Champions League-level prices for Europa League seats next season.

Full story: Independent

AND FINALLY

Luis Suarez believes he would make a better SAS soldier than fellow Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge.

Full story: FourFourTwo

A former teacher of Luke Shaw has revealed that the Southampton left-back, 18, idolised Ashley Cole - the player he could replace in England's squad for the World Cup this summer.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

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