Gossip column: Van Persie, Lloris, Balotelli, Soldado, Alonso, Pulis

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea, Juventus and Monaco are all thought to be considering bids for Manchester United's Netherlands international striker Robin van Persie, 30.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie
Van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal for £24m in August 2012

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he would like to work again with Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 23, the former Manchester City forward now with AC Milan, whom he used to manage at Inter.

Full story: Daily Star

Liverpool are hopeful of striking a deal for Marseille's 16-year-old playmaker Maxime Lopez in the summer despite ongoing interest from Arsenal.

Full story: Daily Mail

AC Milan have entered the race to sign Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas - the 27-year-old is a target for Liverpool and Everton.

Full story: Talksport

Sunderland are in danger of losing four first-team players in the summer. Midfielders Jack Colback, 24, Craig Gardner, 27, and Sebastian Larsson, 28, along with defender Phil Bardsley, 28, are all involved in contract disputes going into the final weeks of the season.

Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke are a step closer to signing Croatia striker Ivica Olic on a free transfer. The 34-year-old says a move to the Premier League would be his top choice when he leaves German club Wolfsburg in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 25, seems likely to leave the club in the summer after claiming that lengthy spells on the bench for the struggling Premier League champions show they "don't take me much into account".

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Chelsea playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, 22, who joined Wolfsburg in the January transfer window, says Jose Mourinho blocked a potential transfer to Borussia Dortmund when a move by the Blues for striker Robert Lewandowski, 25, fell through.

Full story: Inside Futbol

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is keen to sign Senegal striker Moussa Konate. The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Italian side Genoa from Russian club FC Krasnodar, but has been scouted three times by Villa.

Full story: Talksport

OTHER GOSSIP

Tottenham are likely to offer their France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 27, a new contract before the end of the campaign in a bid to ward off interest from Paris St-Germain and Monaco.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
Lloris joined Spurs from Lyon on a four-year contract in the summer transfer window of 2012

Meanwhile, Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado admits had he been younger, he would have returned to Spain by now, but the 28-year-old insists he will remain with Spurs and improve on his current goalscoring form.

Full story: Sky Sports

Sunderland defender Marcos Alonso, 23, on loan from Fiorentina for the remainder of the season, is unsure about his future and admits he may have to return to Italy at the end of the campaign.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

Stoke have revealed it cost £2.85m to remove former manager Tony Pulis and his backroom team last summer.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

England striker Wayne Rooney could be handed the Manchester United captaincy before the end of the season. The 28-year-old is in line to lead the Red Devils, with current skipper Nemanja Vidic set to leave Old Trafford for Inter Milan in the summer.

Full story: Daily Star

Sebastian Larsson
Sebastian Larsson could be among a number of players to leave Sunderland in the summer

Manchester United's 22-year-old striker Federico Macheda, on loan for the rest of the season at Birmingham, admits he is likely to leave Old Trafford when his contract runs out in the summer.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka is set to accept a five-match ban following his controversial quenelle gesture. The 34-year-old is not planning to contest the punishment - unless the Football Association pushes for an extension to his suspension.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Massimo Cellino's proposed takeover of Leeds may collapse if the Cagliari owner is found guilty of failing to pay tax on a yacht he imported to Italy from the United States.

Full story: the Guardian

Striker Sergio Aguero, 25, says Manchester City can win the treble and manager Manuel Pellegrini deserves praise for his man-management of players since taking over at Etihad Stadium.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Johnny Heitinga, 30, insists he made the right decision about swapping Everton for Fulham in January.

Full story: Get West London

Young footballers must follow the examples set by professionals such as Frank Lampard and John Terry, according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager, 51, says players must be "fanatical for victories".

Full story: Evening Standard

The Chelsea manager also believes England can win the World Cup. "One day they have to do it," he says.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Frank De Boer
Frank de Boer has won three league titles with Ajax

Ajax manager Frank de Boer turned down the chance to manage Tottenham Hotspur in January. The 43-year-old former Netherlands international also rejected an approach to take charge of Liverpool, according to his brother, Ronald.

Full story: Talksport

West Ham will not offer any new contracts to players until their Premier League status is secured. The Hammers sit seven points above the relegation zone, with Joe Cole, 32, among a number of players whose deals expire at the end of the season.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Manchester United are considering selling striker Robin van Persie at the end of the season with Chelsea, Monaco and Juventus touted as possible destinations for the 30-year-old Netherlands international.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Inter Milan are close to signing an agreement with Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 28, who is out of contract in the summer and has refused to sign an extension at Stade Gerland.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

AND FINALLY

Denmark manager Morten Olsen wished England good luck in the World Cup in Brazil, before adding cuttingly that they will need it judging by their 1-0 friendly win over his side at Wembley.

Full story: the Guardian

Christian Benteke may have been in scintillating form for Aston Villa during their win over Norwich on Sunday, but the 23-year-old Belgium striker offered a contender for miss of the season in his country's 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

Full story: Metro

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