Gossip column: Costa, Suarez, Mourinho, Firmino, Jovetic, Ings

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City are considering a £100m bid for Barcelona's former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 28, who moved to the Nou Camp in the summer of 2014. (Mail on Sunday)

Paris St-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has ruled out selling Brazilian defender Marquinhos, 20, to Manchester United.(Sunday Express)

Sunday's Daily Star back page
Sunday's Daily Star back page

Arsenal are on the trail of Hoffenheim's £20m-rated Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino, 23, as they fear losing Santi Cazorla with the 30-year-old attacking midfielder tipped for a return to Spain. (Sunday People)

Liverpool are looking at offering out-of-favour Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, 25, the chance to stay in the Premier League, with the striker set to leave Etihad Stadium in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

However, City are willing to battle Liverpool for Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, to boost their homegrown quota, and have made contact with his representatives. Ings will be out of contract in the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 27, will never leave Barcelona for Chelsea because of his stature in world football. (Gazetta della Sport, in Italian)

Tottenham have stepped up their interest in Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca after sending their new recruitment chief on a midweek mission to watch the 28-year-old in action in the Europa League. (Sunday People)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told James Milner he is desperate to keep him at the club but admitted he cannot guarantee the 28-year-old England midfielder a place in his team.(Sunday Mirror)

Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, 21, is closing in on a £30m move to Borussia Dortmund despite interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.(Sunday Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola will be offered the Manchester City job this summer if the Premier League champions fail to win a trophy under current manager Manuel Pellegrini. (the Sun - subscription required)

Harry Kane
Spurs striker Harry Kane, a graduate of the club's academy, has been tipped for an England call-up this season

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he now wants to remain in England for the rest of his career.(Independent on Sunday)

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke suggests that Mourinho's recent criticism of the FA over a two-game ban for Chelsea's Nemanja Matic may be "tactical".(Sunday Telegraph)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 21, has stoked up the rivalry with Chelsea ahead of the Capital One Cup final by claiming that the Stamford Bridge club should follow Spurs' example and promote more players from their youth system.(Sunday Express)

Talks over the futures of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, and on-loan striker Radamel Falcao, 29, will be held this week between the Old Trafford club and agent Jorge Mendes, who represents both players.(Daily Star Sunday)

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits former Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria is short of confidence after the 27-year-old was replaced at half-time against Sunderland on Saturday. (Manchester Evening News)

Angel Di Maria
The misery continued for Angel Di Maria as he was replaced by Adnan Januzaj

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali fears the club could have another player exodus on their hands in the summer following their impressive performances this term.(Talksport)

Chelsea are set to give midfielder Nemanja Matic, 26, a big pay increase as part of a new contract, just over a year after the Serb returned to Stamford Bridge. (the Sun - subscription required)

Newcastle manager John Carver says he was unable to hand Jonas Gutierrez his first Newcastle United appearance for two years on Saturday after Massadio Haidara went off injured. The 31-year-old Argentina international was named on the bench against Aston Villa after overcoming testicular cancer. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Chelsea midfielder Ramires, 27, will not talk to or text compatriot and Spurs midfielder Paulinho, 26, ahead of Sunday's Capital One Cup final. (Daily Star Sunday)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Crystal Palace's Glenn Murray. He scored two goals in his side's win over West Ham but also managed to get himself sent off. "Delighted to get a couple but disappointed to get sent off," he tweeted. "Main thing is big 3 points! Boys dug in well & deserved it."

And Wales' tense Six Nations win over France also earned praise from some of the Premier League's Welsh stars. Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey tweeted: "Great result for Wales today, always special to win in Paris. Hoping we can do the same tomorrow, let's get back on track." While Crystal Palace's Joe Ledley added: "Great win today from the lads. @GM_83 was on flames, and team Wales winning in the rugby perfect."

AND FINALLY....

The Sun on Sunday believes it has solved Chelsea striker Diego Costa's goal drought - he is living in the "cursed" former home of £50m Blues "flop" Fernando Torres. A Chelsea spokesman said Costa did not feel jinxed by the house. (the Sun - subscription required)

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni had his name mis-spelled in Saturday's match programme at West Ham. The 35-year-old was referred to as 'Peroni' but had the last laugh as Palace won 3-1. (Metro)

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has risked manager Arsene Wenger's anger by saying he cannot understand the fuss about players' smoking after team-mates Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny were both pictured appearing to smoke. (Sunday People)

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