Gossip column: Pato, Courtois, Willian, Bonucci, Oxford

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Alexandre Pato's parent club Corinthians expect Chelsea to take up their option to buy the 26-year-old Brazilian forward at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 28, denies speculation that new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has lined him up as a replacement for John Terry, 35. (Quotidiano Sportivo, via Daily Express)

Conte will allow Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, to leave the club this summer. (Daily Mirror)

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Chelsea are set to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to The Times

Chelsea are preparing a £24m bid for Ajax midfielder Riechedly Bazoer, 19. (ELF Voetbal Magazine, via Sun)

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink insists Willian, 27, is a "key player" at Stamford Bridge and urges the club not to sell the Brazil forward to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom's on-loan midfielder Sandro, 27, would welcome a permanent move from QPR to the Hawthorns this summer. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says it is "unbelievable" the Premier League refused the club's request to bring forward Sunday's match against Southampton with the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City are lining up a summer move for highly rated West Ham defender Reece Oxford, 17. (Daily Mail)

Leicester City winger, and PFA Player of the Year winner, Riyad Mahrez, 25, has revealed he was once on the brink of a move to St Mirren - only to be put off by the Scottish weather.(Daily Mail)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he has left defender Jon Flanagan out of recent squads because he wants the 23-year-old to work on his "physical resistance". (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United have made a bid for Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus, 18, who has been compared to a young Neymar. (O Estado de Sao Paulo via Daily Star)

United and Tottenham are both keen to sign Real Madrid's 16-year-old forward Pedro Ruiz.(Independent)

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger vents his frustration on the Daily Mirror's back page

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has compared his side's poor starts to a punch in the face from Mike Tyson.(Chronicle live)

The Spaniard has urged Newcastle fans to "concentrate on supporting the team" against Crystal Palace on Saturday instead of abusing former manager Alan Pardew, who is now in charge of the visitors.(Daily Express)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims it is easier for smaller clubs such as Leicester City to buy players.(Independent)

Claudio Ranieri says Kasper Schmeichel, 29, should not be compared to five-time Premier League-winning father Peter, also joking he would swap the Foxes keeper for Barcelona's Lionel Messi.(Daily Mirror)

Former England, Newcastle and Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan has said his "two least favourite managers" were Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.(Late Late Show, via Irish Examiner)

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Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is getting himself in shape for a return to football management with boxing workouts, his personal trainer Bradley Simmonds writes on Instagram.

Brendan Rodgers in training
Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool in October 2015

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is struggling to fill the days as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. On Thursday, he posted this picture on Instagram of a meal cooked by his mother-in-law. On Friday, he told his social media followers of his new-found devotion to the ITV daytime show Tipping Point.

Rob Eliot
Rob Eliot's boredom levels have reached 'Tipping Point'

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and midfielder Kevin de Bruyne enjoyed a training session in the April snow.

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne enjoyed some unseasonal snow

And finally

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his players are not used to winning league titles, seeming to forget that David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia all have Premier League winners' medals. (Manchester Evening News)

A Birmingham businessman will win £72,000 if Leicester City win the title this season. (Birmingham Mail)

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