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Manchester United want Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, 45, to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson when the 71-year-old manager finally leaves Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said his dream is too play in Spain or England
Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester United are trying to sign Borussia Dortmund's £17m-rated midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 22, this summer.

Full story: Daily Express

Real Madrid will demand Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 24, in any cash-plus-player deal for forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28. United tried a £65m offer, plus midfielder Nani, 26.

Full story: the Sun

Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal have been alerted after Real Madrid confirmed they will sell Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 25.

Full story: Daily Mail

Turkish side Galatasaray are thought to be preparing a £12m offer for Arsenal forwards Lukas Podolski, 27, or Gervinho, 25.

Full story: Daily Express

Jose Mourinho will try to tempt Borussia Dortmund's 24-year-old striker Robert Lewandowski to join him at Chelsea if he returns to Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United plan a summer move for Atletico Madrid's 18-year-old English defender Elliot Kebbie in a move that could see Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 24, move in the opposite direction.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 25, is refusing to comment on reports linking him to a possible return to Arsenal.

Full story: Metro

Arsenal are tracking £10m-rated Lyon defensive midfielder Max Gonalons, 24.

Full story: the Sun

Tottenham face strong competition from Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund in their attempts to sign Hamburg forward Heung-Min Son, 20.

Full story: London's Evening Standard

Everton and Stoke City are trying to sign highly rated Belgium Under-21 international full-back Luis Pedro Cavanda, 22, from Lazio.

Full story: Sky Sports News

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 23, has told the club that he is planning on staying at White Hart Lane even if they fail to make the Champions League.

Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has agreed to quit the Bernabeu and join Chelsea, with the announcement likely to happen on 1 July.

Full story: the Sun

Sir Alex Ferguson says he is not concerned at Danny Welbeck's goal return for Manchester United this season, despite the 22-year-old forward scoring just two goals - one each in the Premier League and Champions League.

Danny Welbeck
Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck has scored one Premier League goal this season

Full story: the Guardian

Aston Villa could hand new contracts to their younger players, including right-back Matthew Lowton, 23, midfielder Ashley Westwood, 23, and striker Christian Benteke, 22, provided they retain their Premier League status.

Full story: Guardian

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, 26, will stay loyal to the club, despite being banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Liverpool have recruited two more senior scouts from Manchester City, while manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he will retain the final word on transfer targets.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Aston Villa's rising young stars will pocket bumper new pay deals - if they avoid the drop.

Full story: Daily Star

GLOBAL GOSSIP

(sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Real Madrid want Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 23, Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 20, and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 20. next season, with Carlo Ancelotti likely to take over as manager. But former Chelsea centre-half Ricardo Carvalho, 34, and midfielder Michael Essien, 30, could be allowed to leave.

Full story: Marca

Barcelona are interested in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 22, as well as Santos forward Neymar, 21, and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 24.

Full story: Sport24

Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 33, has said he will retire from international football after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Full story: Sport24

Galatasaray are unwilling to pay Juventus £5.4m to bring on-loan midfielder Felipe Melo, 29, to Turkey permanently.

Full story: Tuttosport

AND FINALLY

Bayern Munich were so keen to kick-start their celebrations after beating Barcelona that they left their 24-year-old midfielder Javi Martinez behind.

Full story: Metro

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