Monday's gossip column: Kroos, Falcao, Michu, Debuchy

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he is interested in signing 28-year-old Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, but ruled out moves for Paris-St Germain forwards Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 32, and Edinson Cavani, 27.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Radamel Falcao
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is currently sidelined with a knee injury

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, 26, may consider his future at the club if Spurs do not qualify for next season's Champions League.

Full story: London's Evening Standard

Bayern Munich's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has warned 24-year-old midfielder Toni Kroos, who is a target for Manchester United, over his wage demands.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

United are offering Kroos £250,000 a week to quit Bayern Munich - three times what the 24-year-old midfielder is currently on with the 2013 Champions League winners.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea caretaker boss Garry Monk claims the Welsh side have received no bids for Michu and have no interest in cashing in on the 27-year-old Spanish forward.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland are plotting a summer move for Napoli goalkeeper Mariano Andujar, 30.

Full story: Talksport

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 31, admits he is now playing to impress potential suitors before his exit in the summer, with West Ham, Fulham and Newcastle all reported to have an interest.

Full story: Daily Express

Mathieu Debuchy
Mathieu Debuchy has made 30 appearances for Newcastle this season

Bayern Munich are monitoring Newcastle United full-back Mathieu Debuchy, 28, with the German club's boss Pep Guardiola reportedly unimpressed with current right-back Rafinha.

Full story: Talksport

Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits his hopes of signing striker Loic Remy permanently from Queens Park Rangers are receding with every goal he scores. The France international, 27, returned from suspension to fire the Magpies to a vital 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.

Full story: Metro

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he would not 'play the Chelsea way' as he favours playing an attacking game rather than grinding out results.

Full story: Independent

Harry Redknapp's future as QPR manager is in doubt following the club's poor recent form and Michael Laudrup has emerged as a possible replacement.

Full story: the Times (subscription only)

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has hinted he would be open to an approach from Tottenham Hotspur after this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Full story: Guardian

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino claims he would jump at the chance to leave St Mary's for favourite club Paris St-Germain, where he spent three years as a player.

Full story: Daily Express

Drogba claimed ten major honours in eight seasons at Chelsea
Didier Drogba claimed 10 major honours in eight seasons at Chelsea

Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini has backed striker Didier Drogba to knock his former side Chelsea out of the Champions League in the last 16.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes manager David Moyes will be given plenty of time and money to get things right at the champions, as Wayne Rooney's £300,000-a-week contract proves.

Full story: Talksport

Former Arsenal manager George Graham has urged current boss Arsene Wenger to rest stars in the "impossible" last-16 second leg clash at Bayern Munich and concentrate on the title race.

Full story: Daily Mail

Striker Loic Remy says Newcastle are targeting Europa League football as they are only five-points behind Manchester United who occupy the qualifying spot.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 25, will eventually renew his contract with Sevilla despite strong interest from Barcelona, Liverpool and Inter Milan.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt says that Arsenal's 30 million euros (£24 million) offer for their 20-year-old midfielder Julian Draxler was "not enough".

Full story: AS.com

Barcelona have joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the list of clubs pursuing San Lorenzo's 18-year-old "offensive talent" Angel Correa.

Full story: Bild (in German)

Real Madrid's 26-year-old striker Karim Benzema says manager Carlo Ancelotti's tenure has seen the players take greater control of the game, while under ex-boss Jose Mourinho the team adopted a defensive approach.

Full story: Marca

Inter Milan's Indonesian owner Erick Thorir says the club will discuss Javier Zanetti's future in the coming months. Meanwhile, there are strong rumours that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is planning a surprise bid for the 40-year-old Argentina defender.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Brazilian-born former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta, 31, has renewed his contract with Paris St-Germain until 2016.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Italian side Napoli have set their sights on 32-year-old German goalkeeper Tim Wiese, who ended his contract with 1899 Hoffenheim in January.

Full story: Bild (in German)

AND FINALLY

Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe had so little to do in his side's 5-1 win over Portsmouth that he had time to pose for a 'selfie' during the game with a Portsmouth fan, eager to take a memento from his long journey on Saturday.

Full story: Daily Mail

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