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TRANSFER GOSSIP

The Independent
Tuesday's Independent

Manchester City are prepared to offload as many as six players this summer and are looking to revitalise their squad by bringing in younger faces, including attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 22, from Wolfsburg and Juventus's 22-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City are planning a summer move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, 24, with Aleksandar Kolarov, 29, being lined up for a move to Roma or Inter Milan. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have become favourites to sign striker Danny Ings, 22, after holding talks with Burnley about a summer transfer. (Daily Mail)

Italian side Lazio are hoping to beat West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham to the signature of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 26, who is currently on loan at Real Madrid. (Daily Star)

But the Mexican is thought to favour a return to the Premier League over a move to a club in Europe. (Sky Sports)

Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 24, has given hope to Manchester United and Chelsea by saying he is "flattered by the interest from the big clubs". (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United's hopes of holding onto goalkeeper David de Gea, 24, have been boosted after Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed he doesn't want to sell Iker Casillas. (Metro)

Barcelona are looking at replacing right-back Dani Alves, 31, with Torino and Italy defender Matteo Darmian, 25. (Marca - in English)

OTHER GOSSIP

The Sun
Tuesday's Sun back page

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says that Raheem Sterling, 20, must concentrate on making headlines on the back pages rather than the front, following photos of the England and Reds striker apparently taking nitrous oxide appearing in the media. Sky Sports

Manchester City are prepared to sack manager Manuel Pellegrini before the end of the season if the club fear Champions League qualification is in danger. (Guardian)

The reigning Premier League champions could dismiss the Chilean, 61, and replace him with Patrick Vieira. The 38-year-old ex-Arsenal midfielder coaches City's elite development squad and is highly regarded at the club. (Daily Express)

Former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez, 54, now at Napoli, has emerged as a surprise candidate to replace Pellegrini as Manchester City boss. (Daily Star)

But former City manager Stuart Pearce believes his old club would be wrong to sack Pellegrini.(Talksport)

City are also looking at Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, 55, who has admitted his future at the Champions League holders may be uncertain.(Sun - subscription required)

But Ancelotti does not feel his immediate future at the Bernabeu hinges on the outcome of Real's Champions League quarter-final against local rivals Atletico. (AS - in English)

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba's last goal was on 6 December against Newcastle

Uefa have been approached about setting up an annual all-star game in Europe, similar to the one run by the NBA in basketball. (El Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United forward Ashley Young, 29, says he is prepared to take a pay-cut in order to sign a new long-term deal at Old Trafford.(Daily Mirror)

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, 26, has a higher win ratio than any other player with more than 10 appearances in Premier League history. (Independent)

Former West Ham defender Slaven Bilic insists he has not held talks with his former club about replacing current Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.(Talksport)

Despite not scoring since early December, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, wants to play on for another year and is keen to open talks about a new deal that may include a role as club ambassador.(Sun - subscription required)

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim says the club's Champions League quarter-final opponents Juventus are a "better team" than Arsenal.(Daily Mail)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku shows he's not far away from returning after a hamstring problem, posting this picture on Instagram with the message: "Almost ready!"

Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez tweeted his thanks for the welcome he received after coming on as a substitute during Newcastle's defeat at Anfield. The midfielder, who has overcome testicular cancer, wrote: "Thanks Newcastle fans and Liverpool fans for the ovation. Sorry for the result Newcastle fans."

After West Brom celebrated the life of former striker Jeff Astle during Saturday's 3-2 home defeat by Leicester, Baggies striker Saido Berahino posted a photo of himself wearing Astle's number nine shirt on Instagram, with the message: "Was truly honoured to be given #9. Despite the result it was a very special day for a true legend JEFF ASTLE."

AND FINALLY

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has replied to a six-year-old supporter who applied for the manager's job when Paul Lambert was sacked and who asked for sweets as payment, a chocolate bar as a win bonus and for his mum and dad to be his assistants. (Independent)

Manager Louis van Gaal celebrated Manchester United's derby victory over Manchester City by being pictured with two players from City's Ladies team. (Metro)

However City Ladies captain Toni Dugganlater apologised on Facebook, saying being photographed with van Gaal was "an error of judgement", while removing the photo from her Instagram account.

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