Gossip column: Gotze, Mahrez, Berahino, Grealish, Gattuso

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Manchester United and Liverpool will compete this summer for £31m Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze, 23. (Daily Star)

Thursday's Independent back page
Thursday's Independent back page

Barcelona want to sign Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, 25, but say it will be difficult to lure him away from City this summer. (Mundo Deportivo, via International Business Times)

However, the Spanish champions have lost interest in Everton defender John Stones over doubts that the 21-year-old England international could adapt to La Liga. (Mirror)

West Ham are ready to move for Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 27, and Liverpool forward Christian Benteke, 25, if they miss out on their top target, Marseille's Michy Batshuayi, 22. (Mirror)

AC Milan legend Gennaro Gattuso, who is now boss of Pisa, says he would "walk to Manchester" if he were offered the Old Trafford job. (Sun)

Southampton fear Sadio Mane's drop in form will reduce his transfer value this summer. The 23-year-old had been valued at £30m after interesting Manchester United and Chelsea. (Star)

West Brom have told striker Saido Berahino, 22, that he can leave in the summer, with Tottenham leading the chase. (Sun)

The Baggies have stepped up their pursuit of Gent striker Laurent Depoitre by inviting the 27-year-old's agent to watch a match at The Hawthorns. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa are set to lose 20-year-old forward Jack Grealish in the summer. (Telegraph)

Grealish could be followed out of Villa Park by Jordan Veretout, 23, fellow midfielder Idrissa Gana, 26, and striker Jordan Ayew, 24.(Birmingham Mail)

Manchester City have stepped up their attempt to make 25-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan one of Pep Guardiola's first signings - and will also turn their sights on Schalke forward Leroy Sane, 19. (Guardian)

Newcastle are eyeing a summer move for Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, 22. (Talksport)

Thursday's Daily Mail back page
Thursday's Daily Mail back page

Liverpool are interested in signing Cologne keeper Timo Horn, 22, and defender Jonas Hector, 25 - but face competition from Arsenal and Manchester United for the former. (Bild - in German)

Midfielder Leroy Fer hopes the good start to his loan move to Swansea from QPR will help land him a permanent move this summer. (Express)

Tottenham could make a summer move for Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi, 21, who they have been keen on for several years. (Metro)

Brazil boss Dunga says he would prefer to see Barcelona forward Neymar compete for his country at August's Rio Olympic Games than play in the Copa America. (Esporte Interativo via Sky Sports)

New Sunderland signing Emmanuel Eboue has admitted that keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League is "going to be difficult". (Newcastle Chronicle)

Former Bolton defender Fabrice Muamba has passed his Uefa B licence course as he bids to become a full-time academy coach. (Express)

Everton defender Bryan Oviedo is recovering at home but could miss Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea after being admitted to hospital with a chest infection. (Liverpool Echo)

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With Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract set to expire this summer, is the Swede courting English clubs?

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard's "mind is somewhere else", says French football journalist Julien Laurens.

Best of social media

Sunderland full-back DeAndre Yedlin delighted fans by tweeting a photo of his impressive and somewhat eccentric shoe collection.

DeAndre Yedlin's shoes
The pair on the top left drew comparisons to Mr Blobby from many of Yedlin's Twitter followers

Stoke striker Bojan Krkic once again showed his aptitude for finding the net - by tweeting a video of his table tennis practice session.

Bojan practises table tennis
Bojan spent his day off practising table tennis. Priorities

And finally

Former Spurs full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto plays in boots bought for £23 off eBay - saying he would "rather be free than prostitute myself for a sponsor". (Canal Plus, via Sun)

Brondby's manager Thomas Frank has quit after being criticised by the Danish club's chairman - using his son's social media account. (Guardian)

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