Saturday's gossip column: Skrtel, Neymar, Rooney, Ozil

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City will make a move for Liverpool's Slovakia centre-back Martin Skrtel, 29, if the Reds fail to reach the Champions League, while City defender Joleon Lescott is set to join Besiktas in the summer.

Martin Skrtel
Skrtel joined Liverpool from Zenit St Petersburg in 2008

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Chelsea are considering a bid for Marseille's Belgian midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 21, as they look at alternatives to John Obi Mikel, 26.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

In his forthcoming autobiography, Barcelona's Brazil forward Neymar, 22, claims he turned down the chance to join Real Madrid in 2006.

Full story: Marca (Spanish)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United's commercial staff could help striker Wayne Rooney get individual sponsorship deals as part of his new contract.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

United manager David Moyes told Rooney, 28, he had "gone a bit soft" in the summer as he attempted to persuade the striker to stay.

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has 88 England caps

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to rest Mesut Ozil, 25, after the Germany midfielder's penalty miss in the Gunners' 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims England right-back Glen Johnson, 29, who has a year left on his £110,000-a-week contract, could still earn a new deal at Anfield.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Alan Pardew has admitted having concerns about his future as Newcastle manager despite the club dismissing claims he would be sacked if they lost Sunday's home game against Aston Villa.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is backing Wilfred Zaha, 21, their on-loan winger from Manchester United, to force his way into England's World Cup squad.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)external-link

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 29, is playing despite a dead leg injury that requires regular treatment to help bid to qualify for the Champions League.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton, 29, is desperate to leave after being frozen out of the first team because of his high wages.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, 34, would consider ending his international retirement after battling back from a blood clot on his lung.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping to secure a new contract for Dutch defender Ron Vlaar, 29.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 21, who has been on loan at Atletico Madrid since 2011, will start next season at Stamford Bridge and compete for their number one goalkeeping spot.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona may make a comeback aged 53, 16 years after he retired

AND FINALLY

Argentina legend Diego Maradona, 53, is set to make a comeback with fifth-tier side Deportivo Riestra, 16 years after he retired.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

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