Gossip column: Moyes, Van Gaal, Pogba, Sandro, Rodgers
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MANCHESTER UNITED GOSSIP
Manchester United risk losing defenders Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand after deciding not to renew their contracts before a new manager is appointed.
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, who has emerged as the front-runner for the Manchester United job, is believed to be attracting interest from Arsenal.
Former Nottingham Forest and Netherlands international Bryan Roy believes his old Ajax boss Louis van Gaal has always dreamed about managing Manchester United and would be a "revelation" in the job.
Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have been among a group of Manchester United directors who sealed the fate of manager David Moyes at a secret hotel meeting on Sunday night.
The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) believes it was wrong for the story to leak nearly 24 hours before an official announcement was made, branding the situation as lacking both dignity and class.
David Moyes will receive no more than £5m in compensation because of a clause in his contract.
A severance package for David Moyes could take two weeks to finalise as talks continue.
Moyes will not be short of offers, but might next consider a job abroad.
Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Chelsea defender David Luiz, 27, after having their transfer ban lifted pending an appeal.
North east rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland are interested in signing Spanish winger Diego Capel, 26, this summer.
Juventus hope to raise £60m in order to fund moves for Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 30, and winger Nani, 27, by selling midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, to Paris St-Germain in the summer.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 27, has responded to talk linking him with a move away from the club this summer by insisting he wants to stay at the Emirates.
Tottenham midfielder Sandro, 25, has been forced to play down speculation that he could join Arsenal in the summer after a spat with Spurs boss Tim Sherwood over his non-selection against Fulham.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, 26, is considering his future at St James' Park, with Premier League rivals Tottenham interested.
Liverpool target Cristian Tello, 22, will be allowed to leave Barcelona this summer if they are offered about £8m, with Serie A giants AC Milan among those interested in signing the Spanish winger.
Arsenal and Manchester United are on the verge of missing out on Freiburg Matthias Ginter, 20, with Borussia Dortmund closing in on the talented defender.
Southampton midfielder Jack Cork, 23, rated at £3m, is a target for Everton.
Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia has praised manager Brendan Rodgers for the way he has transformed the Anfield team into a title-winning side.
Full story: Liverpool Football Club
Gareth Bale is a major doubt for Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final with German champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday as the 24-year-old winger is suffering from flu.
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says Sao Paulo's delayed stadium would be ready "at the last minute" for the World Cup opening match on 12 June - with a full capacity test scheduled for May.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson admits he had not foreseen the Championship title winners experiencing such a dominant season.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Juventus and Arsenal are interested in Sheffield United's 18-year-old striker Diego De Girolamo.
Inter Milan's 21-year-old forward Mauro Icardi has dismissed transfer rumours linking him to Madrid rivals Real or Atletico, saying he wants to continue his career at the Italian side.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says his side are "neither favourites nor victims" in their Champions League semi-final clash against Bayern Munich.
Full story: L'Equipe (in French)
FC Torino's Ciro Immobile, 24, has emerged as the preferred candidate for Borussia Dortmund to replace Bayern Munich-bound striker Robert Lewandowski.
Full story: Sueddeutsche (in German)
Former Argentina defender Marcelo Biesla has rejected an offer to train the Paraguay national team, according to the vice-president of the country's football association.
Full story: As.com (in Spanish)
Swiss clubs FC Zurich and FC Sion are keeping an eye on Lazio's Miroslav Klose, despite the 35-year-old striker having already extended his contract with the Italian side.
The David Moyes 'Chosen One' banner is apparently being sold on eBay, with the highest bid currently standing at £153,900. It has the description: "One previous owner, well used, highly sought after and will soon be a relic."
Football spectators have been spooked by a ghostly figure that appears to run through fans during a match in Bolivia.
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