Gossip column: Carrick, Simeone, Guardiola, Ronaldo, Eriksen, Giggs

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to make a fourth attempt to sign Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick. The 34-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, has been targeted by Wenger three times over more than a decade. (Daily Mirror)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, 45, has agreed a deal to take over at Chelsea next season. (OK Diario via Metro)

Blues supporters were sprayed with tear gas inside Parc des Princes during Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Mail)

Bayern Munich have banned manager Pep Guardiola from signing any of the club's star players such as Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski when he takes over at Manchester City next season. (Daily Star)

Manchester United are planning to overhaul their hierarchy amid concerns over how well they have spent £320m on new players in the past three seasons. (Sun)

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Tottenham are competing with West Ham to sign Marseille's £25m-rated Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi, 22. (Daily Mirror)

Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen, 24, is close to agreeing a contract extension on wages in the region of £50,000 a week. (Evening Standard)

Former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, 32, has turned down a £19.5m-a-year offer from Chinese side Shanghai SIPG to remain at boyhood club Boca Juniors in Argentina. (Ole via Daily Mail)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, says he barely spoke to team-mates Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand during his time at Manchester United. (Daily Express)

The Old Trafford club have scouted Benfica's 18-year-old midfielder Renato Sanches on the orders of Jose Mourinho. (AS Diario via Daily Express)

Red Devils assistant manager Ryan Giggs is reluctant to take the manager's job on a caretaker basis again and could leave if he is not given the job full-time when Louis van Gaal's tenure ends. (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe, 23, has praised former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie for helping him during the early stages of his career. (Bournemouth Echo)

The Premier League has discussed offering clubs a financial bonus for progressing to the later rounds of the Europa League as part of an attempt to boost English club's coefficient and prevent England losing one of its four Champions League spots. (Guardian)

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The Birmingham Mail newspaper listed a list of messages from Aston Villa fans to the football club on the front of its newspaper, including "we are a laughing stock". (Hold The Front Page)

Bolton owner Eddie Davies is to give the go-ahead for new ownership of the club - which faces a winding-up petition over unpaid tax and VAT - by the end of the week, with billionaire banker Roger Tamraz linked to taking over. (Bolton Evening News)

Watford are resigned to losing striker Odion Ighalo, 26, for £12m in the summer and have lined up Granada's Isaac Success, 20, as his replacement. (Daily Mirror)

Former Crystal Palace and England defender Kenny Sansom believes the team have "lost their way" having not won in the league since December 19. (Croydon Advertiser)

Stoke City are among a host of Premier League clubs sending scouts to Belgium to watch Gent striker Laurent Depoitre, 27, in the Champions League last-16 tie against Wolfsburg. (Stoke Sentinel)

Best of social media

Shay Given has been reunited with his old Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, with the goalkeeper tweeting: "Great to catch up with my old gaffer last night."

Shay Given

After Chelsea lost 2-1 to PSG in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match on Tuesday, former Blues striker Didier Drogba tweeted: "Tuff result, rdv @ChelseaFC for an exciting second leg."

And finally

Ex-Manchester United full-back Paul Parker says his old club should appoint former Spurs and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood until the end of the season to "to soft soap the players and give them a bit of a cuddle". (Eurosport)

An Arsenal fan was admitted to hospital with a hernia after over-celebrating Danny Welbeck's winner against Leicester on Sunday - but says it will be worth it if the Gunners win the league. (Metro)

West Ham striker Emmanuel Emenike's journey from poverty to Premier League includes being shot at, a period of sleeping on a restaurant floor, being accused of match-fixing and the trauma of a horrific car crash. (Sun)

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