Gossip column: Sagna, Begovic, Shaqiri, Poyet, Mata

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 31, wants a three-year deal worth more than £90,000 a week, plus a £6m signing-on fee to be paid in annual instalments, if he is to sign a new contract when the current one runs out this summer.

Full story: Daily Mail

The Gunners have offered Sagna a two-year, £75,000-a-week deal with an option for a third year.

Full story: Goal.com

Arsenal are confident of beating Manchester United in the race to sign highly-rated Freiburg centre-back Matthias Ginter, 20.

Versatile Freiburg centre-half Matthias Ginter is a target for Manchester United and Arsenal
Versatile Freiburg centre-back Matthias Ginter is a target for Manchester United and Arsenal

Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Manchester United are considering a bid to steal £37m-rated Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, 20, a long-term Arsenal target.

Full story: Daily Star

Roma want to sign Newcastle's 28-year-old French full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who is valued at £8.5m and also wanted by Bayern Munich.

Full story: Talksport

Atletico Madrid are plotting a bid for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 29, who left the Spanish club to join Liverpool in 2007.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 22, is open to a move away from the Bundesliga champions in the summer, with Liverpool among the clubs interested in capturing the Swiss player.

Full story: Metro

Arsenal and Spurs lead a host of clubs tracking Charlton midfielder Diego Poyet, the 18-year-old son of Sunderland boss Gus.

Full story: Daily Mail

Diego Poyet, son of Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, has impressed for Charlton this season
Midfielder Diego Poyet, son of Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, has impressed for Charlton this season

West Ham midfielder Jack Collison, 25, is set to join Wigan Athletic on loan until the end of the season and could even play in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

Full story: Talksport

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hoping to secure Espanyol striker Sergio Garcia for a knockdown price of £3m in the summer, when the 30-year-old enters the last year of his contract.

Full story: Daily Star

Real Madrid are the latest club to express an interest in Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 26.

Full story: Daily Express

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, 22, insists he has no interest in leaving the Spanish club, despite being scouted by Manchester United for the past 12 months.

Full story: Talksport

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, 25, believes the champions will recover from a disastrous season and insists, "the storm will pass and the sun will rise again."

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will remain as manager of Cardiff City even if the club suffer relegation from the Premier League.

Full story: Sky Sports

The Football Association will write to Fifa in a bid to ensure striker Nicolas Anelka, 35, serves his five-game 'quenelle' suspension if he joins another club after being sacked by West Brom on Friday.

Full story: Guardian

Norwich boss Chris Hughton says Canaries fans had the right to focus their anger on him during Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Southampton - but insists he will not quit.

Norwich have won just two of their last 15 league matches under manager Chris Hughton
Norwich have won just two of their last 15 league matches under manager Chris Hughton

Full story: Eastern Daily Express

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho should not face further disciplinary action after being sent to the stand during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny, 23, pulled out his phone and snapped a 'selfie' with team-mates Kieran Gibbs, 24, and Lukas Podolski, 28, on the pitch at White Hart Lane following Sunday's 1-0 derby win over Tottenham.

Full story: Metro

Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 31, scored twice on his Major League Soccer debut as Toronto FC beat Seattle Sounders 2-1.

Full story: Guardian

Fulham manager Felix Magath has placed photographs of fans in the Craven Cottage dressing room in a bid to inspire his players in their relegation battle.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

GLOBAL GOSSIP (FROM BBC MONITORING)

Bayern Munich's 25 year-old German defender Jerome Boateng has caught the eye of Manchester United following a string of strong performances.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng
Jerome Boateng joined Bayern from Manchester City for £11.2m in 2011.

Full story: Bild (in German)

Italian champions Juventus are considering matching a £25m buyout clause in Bayern Munich's 27-year-old Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic's contract, but could face stiff competition from Arsenal and Real Madrid.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Former Arsenal defender William Gallas hopes to return to French club Marseille to supervise the development of young talent. The 36 year-old is currently playing in Australia for Perth Glory.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

Juventus are ahead of AS Monaco and Villarreal in the race to sign the "new Gareth Bale" Andrija Vukcevic, 17, of Montenegrin club Buducnost Podgorica.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

The contract negotiations between Barcelona and 26-year-old striker Lionel Messi are likely to be extended due to unresolved salary issues.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish)

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, 32, says the 'El Clasico' against Barcelona will be "very important but not decisive", as they already hold a sizeable lead in La Liga.

Full story: AS (in Spanish)

Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, 25, says the club will go to into the crucial derby match with the "sole idea of winning".

Full story: AS (in Spanish)

AND FINALLY

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's reason for wanting to quit London and return to France is that his wife, Jennifer, has told the 27-year-old it is the only way to save their relationship.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud has played 26 times for France, scoring five goals.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United player Robin van Persie and coach Phil Neville are happy for their sons to train with arch-rivals Manchester City's youth set-up. Shaqueel van Persie, 7, and Harvey Neville, 11, are both rated as promising prospects.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

West Ham fan and Pirates of the Caribbean actress Keira Knightley, 28, has revealed her love for Gary Neville's "amazing" football punditry.

Full story: Daily Mail

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