Gossip column: Falcao, Vidic, Alves, Schneiderlin, Cech, Austin

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Misfiring striker Radamel Falcao is likely to leave Manchester United when his loan deal ends in the summer and the club want two strikers to replace the 29-year-old. Palermo's Paulo Dybala, 21, is one of the names in the frame. (Mirror)

United's hopes of re-signing central defender Nemanja Vidic, 33, from Inter Milan have been given a boost by his agent. (Daily Star)

Barcelona defender Dani Alves, 31, has agreed a three-year deal with Paris St-Germain worth more than £100,000 a week and will join the club on a free transfer this summer. (Marca)

The Independent
Thiago Silva dominates the Independent's back page

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping to turn his side into Premier League title contenders by signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, and Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, 26. (Mirror)

Arsenal have also been given fresh hope of signing Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, after he said he is not just considering a move to Schalke. (Metro)

QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, is wanted by Crystal Palace and Southampton should the Hoops be relegated from the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, says he is just concentrating on his football despite being linked to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. (Daily Star)

Germany forward Lukas Podolski, 29, has not ruled out returning to Arsenal once his loan spell at Inter Milan comes to an end.(Guardian)

OTHER GOSSIP

Daily Express
Jose Mourinho's criticism of his Chelsea players leads the Daily Express back page

Paris St-Germain's ex-Chelsea defender David Luiz has apologised for celebrating his goal against his former club, saying he could not control his emotions. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini would consider a move to replace Rafael Benitez at Napoli if he does not survive at the Etihad, according to his agent. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid should stick with manager Carlo Ancelotti despite their poor form, says former Real president Ramon Calderon. (Talksport)

However, Madrid are lining up Zinedine Zidane to replace the Italian if Real fail to win La Liga or the Champions League this season. (Telegraph)

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says he is not the only candidate to replace Steven Gerrard as skipper at Anfield, and believes defenders Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho are among those with strong leadership credentials. (Daily Star)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his first-team debut for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League earlier this season

Jose Mourinho believes 19-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ready for first-team action at Chelsea and will refuse all requests to send him out on loan. (The Sun - subscription required)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he takes responsibility for his side's "unacceptable" Premier League form. (Times - subscription required)

And midfielder Steven Naismith says Everton's underperforming players are fighting for their futures at the club. (Daily Express)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney saluted 10-man Paris St-Germain's Champions League last-16 success on away goals against Chelsea. He tweeted"That is one of the best performances I've ever seen with 10 men from PSG."

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique also tweeted a picture of the Chelsea players surrounding the referee as PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic challenged Oscar and was sent off. Enrique wrote: "Says it all."

Manchester United players at Cheltenham
Manchester United players enjoy a day at Cheltenham

AND FINALLY....

At a time when Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been derided for his "philosophy", perhaps he would like to order a copy of a new book released by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson this October? The book on leadership is set to reveal "the key tools he used to deliver sustained success on and off the field". (Manchester Evening News)

It turns out everyone has been saying Liverpool new-boy Emre Can's name wrong, as the correct Turkish pronunciation actually means his name should sound like 'Emre Jun'. (Turkish-football.com)

Manchester United players got over their FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Arsenal by enjoying a day at the races at Cheltenham. (Daily Mail)

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