Gossip column: Eriksen, Di Maria, Pogba, Gimenez & Ferdinand

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria, 27, has told his advisors he wants to leave the club rather than try to "prove" himself under Louis van Gaal. (Mail on Sunday)

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Sunday Express back page

And United's £50m-rated keeper keeper David De Gea, 24, is refusing to sign a new contract at Old Trafford and could depart in a cut-price deal at the end of the season, with Real Madrid among several clubs interested.(Sunday Mirror)

Juventus director Pavel Nedved says Paris St-Germain have bid for France international midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League.(Metro)

Meanwhile, Manchester City are planning to spend more than £100m in the summer and are targeting former Manchester United youngster Pogba, plus 21-year-old Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.(The Sun on Sunday - subscription only)

Liverpool are preparing to offer £19.5m for Dynamo Kiev striker Andriy Yarmolenko, 25, who scored in the Ukraine club's midweek Europa League win over Everton.(Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is monitoring Atletico Madrid's 20-year-old Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez.(Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)

The Old Trafford club are also tracking Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, 26, and are confident of landing their target after the German club indicated they are prepared to sell the centre-back in the summer. (The Sun on Sunday - subscription only)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is understood to have spoken to Marseille winger Andre Ayew, 25, about making a move to the Premier League in the summer when his contract expires. (Sunday People)

West Ham are planning a fresh attempt to sign Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor this summer after missing out on the 31-year-old Togo striker in the January transfer window. (Sunday Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he had talks with Liverpool three years ago before Brendan Rodgers took the Anfield job but the Dutchman could not reach agreement with the Merseyside club.(Daily Star Sunday)

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

Manchester City will attempt to get Pep Guardiola from Bayern Munich at the end of the season before making a decision on current manager Manuel Pellegrini's future.(Sunday Express)

Midfielder Jordan Henderson, 24, says it would be an honour to take over from the departing Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain next season.(Sunday Telegraph)

Manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 26, is not yet playing at 100% after his efforts with the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United want Rio Ferdinand, 36, back at the club as they plan a revamp of their Academy system under the guidance of Louis van Gaal.(Sunday People)

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea's Champions League exit will give him more time to work with his side on the training pitch.(Daily Star Sunday)

New Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat admits his side need to improve tactically but the international break means he now has the time to try something new on the training ground. (Talksport)

England boss Roy Hodgson says he played a role in 24-year-old Danny Welbeck's £16m summer switch from Manchester United to Arsenal, praising the striker in conversations with Arsene Wenger.(Sunday Express)

Swansea City boss Garry Monk has praised the perseverance of Bafetimbi Gomis, 29, after the striker was on target in Saturday's win over Aston Villa. (Wales Online)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Saturday was a good day for Manchester City's Fernando who was on target in his side's 3-0 win over West Brom. "Thank you God for this goal and congrats team on our big win today!" he tweeted afterwards. "Couldn't be happier #MCFC."

Man City's Fernando
Fernando celebrates his strike against West Brom

Another goalscorer who was celebrating was Southampton's Shane Long who netted his side's opener against Burnley. "Nice to go into the international break on the back of a win!" he said after the 2-0 win. "Buzzing to get on the scoresheet too #WeMarchOn"

Spurs keeper Michael Vorm was quick to pay tribute to team-mate Harry Kane, after the striker's hat-trick helped sink Leicester at White Hart Lane. "Great win today!" Vorm tweeted. "Congrats to Harry with his hat-trick! HattrickHero!"

Stoke's players clearly thought they were unlucky to lose Saturday's Premier League game to Crystal Palace. Keeper Asmir Begovic tweeted: "Don't think we deserved to lose today, played well for most of the game. We will bounce back! Onto national team duty now", while midfielder Charlie Adam posted: "Not the result we wanted today but performance was good. Two week break now, then onto Chelsea game."

The win was good news for Palace though, with goalscorer Glenn Murray tweeting: "Good feeling going into the international break with two wins on the spin! Buzzing to get on the score sheet."

AND FINALLY....

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has celebrated each of the 21 trophies he has won as a manager by removing his watch and setting it aside as a memento of the victory. (Observer)

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