Thursday's gossip column
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Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for Wayne Rooney in the summer. Sir Alex Ferguson no longer views the £35m-rated striker, left on the bench for Tuesday's Champions League match against Real Madrid, as indispensable amid ongoing concerns over the 27-year-old's fitness.
The Premier League leaders will apparently not rule out selling Rooney at the end of the season if the club can attract a bid of more than £20m.
But Manchester City have no desire to revive their interest in the England striker, with the player's reputed £300,000-a-week salary pricing them out of the market.
Tottenham are planning a "double your money" £8m-a-year deal in a bid to keep Gareth Bale, 23, at the club.
Barcelona want Liverpool's Daniel Agger, 28, as they look to rejuvenate their defence.
Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has watched Crystal Palace playmaker Jonathan Williams, 19.
City are also interested in Arsenal's 21-year-old defender Carl Jenkinson.
Everton have targeted Porto forward Christian Atsu and plan to make a move for the £10m-rated 21-year-old in the summer.
Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. The 32-year-old has attracted interest from Russian sides Rubin Kazan and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Queens Park Rangers lost £22.6m during their first season back in the Premier League, while debt is up from £56m to £89m.
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has called Sir Alex Ferguson "disrespectful" after the Manchester United manager referred to him as "the fat one" to distinguish him from Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, 29, is back to his best and 100% committed to the club, according to the Argentina striker's team mate Pablo Zabaleta.
Full story: Manchester Evening News
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Former Manchester United player Paul Pogba, 19, currently of Juventus, feels no sympathy for his former club after they were knocked out of the Champions League. Speaking a after the 2-0 win over Celtic, the Frenchman said: "Was I sad to see Manchester United lose to Real? No!"
Spain's Technical Committee of Arbitrators has denounced the "handcuffs" gesture made by Barcelona's Gerard Pique after last week's defeat to Real Madrid. The centre-back was apparently protesting the referee's decision not to award a penalty to the Catalans in the final moments of the game.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he will attend the final game of former Germany captain Michael Ballack, 36, due to be held in 5 June in Leipzig. The midfielder played under Mourinho during his time at Chelsea.
In a rare gesture of mutual respect, rival fans were seen exchanging scarves across security barriers during last night's Champions League match between Juventus and Celtic.
Wales manager Chris Coleman, 42, came to the rescue of an elderly woman who had been reported missing from her home and could not remember where she lived.
He probably therefore would need to reduce his wage demands & maybe cut down on the number of axminister rugs for his head
How many fingers have you got on each hand?
Also, Mourinho isn't stupid enough to commit himself to any club at the moment. Remember, he's got a Champions League to win. If you know so much about what goes on behind closed doors at United, get an exclusive with Ferguson about Nani's sending off.
agents these days...
It wasn't so long ago that during a Venezuela-Brazil friendly that the home supporters cheered for Brazil! Baseball and Basketball are king over there, but football is growing. First ever qualification for the World Cup will help no end (fingers crossed, married to a Venezuelan who now loves football, but still prefers basketball)
Whilst slating SAF for calling him 'Fat Ronaldo', you have called Ronaldo 'Big Ron'. Why do you call him Big Ron? Oh...
@87- rooney is not on 300k per week they seem to pull figures out of you know where half the time plus rooney is a big name who is making united a ton of money
The other scenario is he is part of the deal bringing in Ronnie from Real, maybe, Nani and Rooney for Ronnie? Could happen.
Relying on RVP to stay fit though :-S