Sunday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa's future at the club is in doubt after the 24-year-old Japan international was taken off at half-time during the 2-1 defeat by West Brom on Saturday.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Atletico Madrid are keen on making a move for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 21, if they qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Full story: Sunday People

Manchester United are considering moving for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto, 20, in January after being told the Spain Under-21 player is available for a bargain £6m.

Full story: Metro

Rumoured Chelsea target Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, has revealed he considered leaving Paris St-Germain during the summer. The Sweden striker admitted he made contact with other clubs.

Full story: Goal.com

PSG playmaker Javier Pastore, 24, could be the subject of a £20m bid from Liverpool in the January transfer market, amid interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

Per Mertesacker
German Per Mertesacker joined the Gunners from Werder Bremen in August 2011

Full story: Sunday Express

Manchester City have told Adnan Januzaj, 18, they will triple his current salary at Manchester United to £45,000 a week if the Belgian winger agrees to move across the city.

Full story: Metro

Arsenal will offer central defender Per Mertesacker, 29, a new contract to keep him at the Emirates for the next three years after impressing manager Arsene Wenger this season.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Wilfried Zaha is in limbo at Manchester United as manager David Moyes does not think the 20-year-old midfielder is ready for the Premier League, but will not let him join Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan.

Full story: Sunday People

Liverpool want to give manager Brendan Rodgers a new contract as the Merseyside club are wary of taking risks over his future. The Northern Irishman has two years left on his current deal but has admirers at Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Norwich striker Luciano Becchio, 29, would prefer a move back to former club Leeds rather than a switch to Wigan or Middlesbrough.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has offered his support to Paolo Di Canio after his sacking by Sunderland, suggesting the Italian would return to the game a wiser and better manager.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Sunderland owner Ellis Short is considering Gus Poyet and Steve McClaren to succeed Di Canio, with senior Sunderland players making it clear they would prefer a British manager.

Full story: the Observer

Liverpool midfielder and ex-Sunderland player Jordan Henderson says Black Cats caretaker manager Kevin Ball is the man to rescue the Stadium of Light outfit.

Full story: Sunday Express

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who is back after a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, is aiming to improve the image fans have of him.

Full story: The Sun on Sunday (subscription required)

Darren Fletcher is hoping to return to Manchester United by the end of October. The Scotland midfielder, 29, is recovering from a longstanding chronic bowel problem and has not played since January.

Darren Fletcher
Darren Fletcher was included in Manchester United's 25-man Premier League squad

Full story: Goal.com

Former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele says the club's current first-choice stopper David De Gea, 22, was 'lazy in his desire to learn English' in his first season at the club.

Full story: Observer

Lionel Messi is doubtful for Barcelona's Champions League tie with Celtic on Tuesday after the Argentina forward, 26, picked up a thigh muscle injury during the 2-0 win at Almeria on Saturday.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Manchester United's Champions League chances were written off by new boss David Moyes after the Scot claimed that his club do not have the "five or six world-class players" needed to win it.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Turkish side Galatasaray are set to appoint former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini as their new coach following Fatih Terim's departure.

Full story: Goal.com

AND FINALLY

Tottenham new boy Erik Lamela admits driving on the left is taking some getting used to after the Argentina midfielder, 21, arrived in north London from Serie A side Roma this summer.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Mischievous Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea fans have joined forces to launch a Twitter campaign to save Manchester United boss David Moyes after United suffered a third defeat in six league matches this season. In reply to the hashtag #MoyesOut set up by disgruntled United fans, delighted supporters of their title rivals have replied using the #MoyesIn tag.

Full story: Daily Star Sunday

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