Gossip column: Torres, Montolivo, Van Persie, Parejo, Montero

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Inter Milan are plotting a summer move for Fernando Torres and have the funds to pay the £20m fee Chelsea will demand for the 29-year-old Spain striker.

Fernando Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool for a British record transfer fee of £50m in January 2011
Fernando Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool for a British record transfer fee of £50m in January 2011

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal are one of three clubs who have made contact with the agent of AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo, 29, about a possible summer transfer.

Full story: Daily Express

Liverpool are keeping an eye on Valencia's Dani Parejo with a view to bringing the 24-year-old Spanish midfielder to Anfield.

Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United are hoping to sign France winger Antoine Griezmann, 22, from Real Sociedad this summer.

Full story: Metro

Swansea will battle South Wales rivals Cardiff for the £4m signature of 24-year-old Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero from Mexican side Monarcas.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City are to open talks with midfielder Samir Nasri over a new contract. The 26-year-old Frenchman has 16 months left on his current deal.

Full story: Daily Express

OTHER GOSSIP

Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe, 31, insists his move to Major League Soccer from Tottenham will benefit his hopes of inclusion in England's World Cup squad.

Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored a total of 143 goals in two spells at White Hart Lane.
Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored 143 goals in two spells at White Hart Lane

Full story: Sky Sports

Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole's hopes of earning a World Cup call-up have been dealt a blow after the 32-year-old picked up a ligament strain that will keep him out for at least two weeks.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)`

Former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is being lined up to take over as Marseille manager at the end of the season.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United boss David Moyes has strongly denied a rift with striker Robin van Persie and insists the 31-year-old is settled at the club, despite claims from Ajax assistant manager Ronald de Boer that his fellow Dutchman wants to leave the club.

Full story: Guardian

Morvin Tan, son of Cardiff owner Vincent, is working for the club in an unofficial capacity. He was involved in incoming and outgoing deals during the January transfer window.

Full story: The Guardian

Fulham boss Felix Magath is set to loan out some of his young players including strikers Chris David, 21, and Muamer Tankovic, 19.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)

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Xavi has won a record 25 major honours in Spain

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner, 21, must prove his form and fitness to boss Paul Lambert if he is to earn himself a new contract when his current deal expires in June.

Full story: Express & Star

Barcelona playmaker Xavi, 34, says his side's dominance is not ending and that there is an exciting crop of young players coming through at the Nou Camp.

Full story: Daily Mail

West Brom boss Pepe Mel has received no assurances over his future at The Hawthorns and admitted he was not consulted over the dismissal of close ally Dave McDonough as head of technical performance.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

WWE wrestler and ballroom dancer Fandango has become an honorary Everton fan after an initial spat with the Toffees when the club refused requests to play his 'ChaChaLaLa' theme tune at Goodison Park.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Adidas and Nike have both launched a new all-in-one knitted football boot and sock hybrid. Adidas have called theirs the 'Primeknit F5' while Nike have gone for 'Magista'.

Full story: Daily Mail

Hot on the heels of the petition to ban Tom Cleverley from the World Cup, Arsenal fans are signing a petition to have Liverpool's Daniel Agger banned after his challenge on Jack Wilshere in England's friendly win against Denmark on Wednesday left the 22-year-old sidelined for six weeks with a foot injury.

Full story: London Evening Standard

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