Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Manchester United have agreed a £20m-plus deal for Benfica's Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan, with Fabio da Silva and Federico Macheda moving to the Portuguese club as part of the deal.

Luis Suarez will snub the prospect of a big-money move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain this summer after reaffirming his commitment to Liverpool.

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Carlos Tevez could still be a Manchester City player next season, according to boss Roberto Mancini. The Argentine is widely expected to leave the club, who unsuccessfully tried to offload the striker following his much-publicised dispute.

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Sunderland are favourites to swoop for Wolves midfielder Karl Henry, who may leave Molineux in the summer.

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Hertha Berlin midfielder Raffael is reportedly on Liverpool's wanted list

Aston Villa's £40,000-a-week wage cap could price boss Alex McLeish out of a move for Fulham striker Andy Johnson, who is available on a Bosman free transfer at the end of the season.

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Defender Ezekiel Fryers,external-link 19, part of Manchester United's FA Youth Cup-winning squad last season, is being monitored by Tottenham as he will be out of contract at Old Trafford this summer.

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Hertha Berlin midfielder Raffael,external-link 27 - reportedly a target for Liverpool - is also thought to be wanted by several Italian sides, including Napoli.

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Reading are hopeful of landing Blackpool winger Matt Phillips, while Championship title rivals Southampton want Blackburn defender Scott Dann.

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Emotional Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says he was "close to tears" as Saturday's FA Cup semi-final win over Everton was "the biggest derby I've played in". Carragher, whose error led to Everton's goal, admitted: "The thought of the stick we would have got on the streets of Liverpool if we'd lost... I'm not sure we would have ever recovered."

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Veteran Carragher has likened the Reds' comeback to their legendary Champions League win against AC Milan in 2005, when they battled back from a three-goal deficit to be crowned European champions.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits foreign players are to blame for introducing diving to the Premier League - but says English players are quickly learning to do the same.

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Emmanuel Petit believes Chelsea will struggle to handle Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Emmanuel Petit says the Blues will not be able to cope with mercurial Argentine star Lionel Messi when the sides meet in the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.

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Former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has emerged as a leading contender to replace Damien Comolli as director of football at Liverpool.

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World Cup winner Martin Peters has backed Norwich striker Grant Holt to earn an England call-up ahead of Euro 2012.

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been caught on camera trying to pull off some bizarre dance moves to distract an opposition goalkeeper as Lionel Messi waited to take a free-kick.

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Mario Balotelli has spoken at the shock of the death of Italian midfielder Piermario Morosini, who collapsed during a game after suffering a cardiac arrest. The Manchester City striker played with Morosini for Italy Under-21s.

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