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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea are lining up a summer bid for Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca, 20. (Daily Star)

The Blues are also interested in 20-year-old Everton midfielder Ross Barkley but have been quoted £50m by the Toffees. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, has his heart set on a return to Manchester United but any move is likely to be two years away. (Sky Sports)

Anderson Talisca
Anderson Talisca is a summer target for Chelsea

Liverpool are poised to move for 32-year-old former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes, a free agent, to replace underperforming number one Simon Mignolet, 26. (Daily Express)

Belgium international Mignolet, however, says he is not worrying about his place in the Reds side. (Times - subscription required)

Sampdoria striker Manolo Gabbiadini, 22, is being watched by a number of English clubs prior to a possible summer move. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are prepared to offer midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, as 'bait' to persuade Everton to part with full-back Seamus Coleman, 25. (Caught Offside)

OTHER GOSSIP

Business Secretary Vince Cable has expressed "serious concerns" about Chelsea using Twickenham, England's home of rugby union, for a year. (Daily Telegraph)

England manager Roy Hodgson is set to call up Swansea winger Wayne Routledge to his squad for next month's Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia. (Daily Star)

France striker Olivier Giroud, 27, has agreed a two-year contract extension at Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud signed for Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012

Spain midfielder Mikel Arteta, 32, is also set to accept a new one-year deal with the Gunners, who operate a club policy of not offering players over 30 more than a year's contract. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United are exploring the option of playing lucrative midweek friendlies to fill the gap created by their lack of European football. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has challenged striker Sergio Aguero, 26, to prove he is the best footballer in the world and win the Ballon d'Or trophy. (The Sun - subscription required)

Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, 27, says he wants to play every game after being dropped for the last two matches in favour of Willy Caballero, 33. (Guardian)

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is looking into the possibility of Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who has played for the England Under-21s, playing for his side. (Sun - subscription required)

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has backed assistant Ryan Giggs to succeed him as manager. (Telegraph)

The Old Trafford club's striker Robin van Persie has backed Van Gaal to turn around the club's fortunes after a slow start to the season. (Manchester Evening News)

England manager Roy Hodgson has told Paris St-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi he was crazy to spend £40m on defender David Luiz. (Independent)

Graziano Pelle
Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is praying for a call-up to the Italy squad

Manchester United legend Paul McGrath says Wayne Rooney's status as a guaranteed starter at Old Trafford could be in jeopardy after he was sent off against West Ham on Saturday. (Talksport)

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, 29, is targeting an Italy call-up after a strong start to the season. (Southern Daily Echo)

Hull City manager Steve Bruce says his team must not lose faith after Saturday's defeat at Manchester City extended their winless run to five league matches. (Hull Daily Mail)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Peter Crouch and Victor Moses
Stoke winger Victor Moses tweeted this picture of himself and Peter Crouch after the match against Newcastle

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany took to Twitter to tease his Belgium team-mate, Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, about his new haircut before the two clubs' Champions League meeting on Tuesday.

Crystal Palace defender Peter Ramage tweeted a picture of his golf clubs as he took to the course vowing to practise before the 2016 Ryder Cup.

AND FINALLY

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie and New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips have mocked each other in a rap battle on a new CD. (Daily Mail)

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