Gossip column: Ronaldo, Davies, Van Gaal, Hernandez, Beckham

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Chelsea have set aside £60m to sign Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, next summer. (Daily Express)external-link

Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 27, says he cannot understand Liverpool's decision to pull the plug on his move to Anfield this summer. (Daily Star)external-link

Hull City's record signing, striker Abel Hernandez, 24, says he rejected Benfica in favour of a "dream" Premier League move on deadline day. (Sky Sports)external-link

Daily Mirror back page
Thursday's Daily Mirror back page

Former Tottenham, Fulham and Wales midfielder Simon Davies, 34, has signed for Pembrokeshire-based amateur team Solva AFC. (Wales Online)external-link

Nicolas Anelka's agent has denied speculation that the striker, 35, could have joined Fiorentina prior to agreeing a deal with Indian side Mumbai FC until Christmas. (Sky Sports)external-link

Chelsea have expressed an interest in Barcelona's 11-year-old prodigy Xavier Simons. (Daily Express)external-link

Meanwhile Barca have secured first rights to 18-year-old Santos striker Gabriel. (Daily Mail)external-link

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark, 41, hopes to complete the loan signing of a Premier League player on Thursday. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Championship leaders Nottingham Forest are poised to allow defender Greg Halford, 29, to join Bolton Wanderers on loan with the deal expected to go through on Thursday. (Daily Mail)external-link

Derby County have been linked with a loan move for highly-rated 19-year-old Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker, who captained the Premier League's under-21 side last season. (Derby Telegraph)external-link


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been told that he is expected to finish no lower than third in the Premier League this season, with no further substantial additions to the squad after this summer's £153.1m outlay. (Independent)external-link

United legend Gary Neville, 39, has questioned the club's logic in selling forward Danny Welbeck, 23, to rivals Arsenal for just £16m. (Talksport)external-link

Thursday's Daily Star back page
Thursday's Daily Star back page

But young players are still the future at Manchester United despite the £16m sale of home-grown striker Danny Welbeck, 23, and 25-year-old Tom Cleverley's loan switch to Aston Villa says assistant boss Ryan Giggs, who reiterated his desire to one day manage the club. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta, 32, and vice captain Per Mertesacker, 29, played a key role in sealing the surprise £16m signing of England striker Welbeck from Manchester United. (Daily Star)external-link

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, 27, has signed a new four-year contract and says: "It is still a dream come true playing for the club I love." (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Agbonlahor has also urged Villa to secure England international Fabian Delph, 24, on a four-year contract. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

European governing body Uefa has "rewritten rules" to allow Manchester City to sidestep Financial Fair Play sanctions. (Independent)external-link

BBC pundit Phil Neville, 37, has backed former Manchester United and England team-mate David Beckham, 39, to take on a senior role at the Football Association - or even make a move into politics.(Daily Mail)external-link

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha, 36, says new signing Radamel Falcao, 28, can score 30 goals this season and there is no reason why the Reds cannot win the Premier League title.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge picked up an injury on England duty

Blackpool manager Jose Riga, 57, spent four hours at Bloomfield Road waiting for a meeting with chairman Karl Oyston - who tried and failed to hire Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett earlier in the week - but the chairman did not not show up. (Blackpool Gazette)external-link

Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, 25, faces a race against time to be fit for the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday, 27 September.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Tottenham could make a shock move to Milton Keynes while their new stadium is built. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Lee Cattermole, 26, has invited Roy Hodgson to the Stadium of Light - as the Sunderland enforcer believes he is the man to anchor England's midfield. (Daily Mail)external-link

Mike Ashley is willing to listen to offers to sell Newcastle United as he looks to bring an end to a troubled seven-year reign at St James' Park. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, 53, has two games to save his job.(Daily Express)external-link

Magpies winger Jonas Gutierrez, 31 has a year left on his contract and wants to know what the future holds for him after being frozen out by Pardew.(Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Thursday's Independent back page

New signing Danny Welbeck has pleaded with Arsene Wenger to be given an extended run at centre forward in the Arsenal team. (Times - subscription required)external-link

The president of Sporting Lisbon has launched an outspoken attack on the investor funds which have bought "economic rights" in scores of footballers in Portugal and elsewhere.(Guardian)external-link

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, has vowed to "fight for my place" in Manchester United's strongest XI. (Guardian)external-link

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, 29, believes team-mate Olivier Giroud, 27, will come back even stronger when he returns from injury.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Defender Tyler Blackett, 20, is hoping to keep his place in Manchester United's first-team squad, despite the arrivals of Marcos Rojo, 24, and Daley Blind, 24. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Massimo Cellino's ownership of Leeds United could come under renewed scrutiny, Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey has warned. (Yorkshire Post)external-link

Tottenham executive director Darren Eales has been confirmed as the club president of Major League Soccer's new Atlanta-based franchise.(Evening Standard)external-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, 31, has said he will not come out of international retirement, despite comments from Uefa president Michel Platini suggesting the player could be suspended if he refuses to play for France. (Die Welt)external-link

Barcelona have confirmed that forward Luis Suarez is free to take part in the first El Clasico of the season against Real Madrid which has been scheduled for 25 October, following his four month ban for biting. (As.com)external-link

Franck Ribery
France's Franck Ribery is not for turning

Former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, 32, was not Bayern Munich's first choice as the Bundesliga champions were looking to sign Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez, but the 34-year-old midfielder refused the offer. (Bild)external-link

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he will find the right solution for the Spanish club this year despite the loss of midfielders Alonso and Angel Di Maria to Bayern Munich and Manchester United respectively. (Marca)external-link

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is looking at former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, and former coaching assistant at Chelsea, Steve Clarke, for the club's manager position. (Tuttosport)external-link

Valencia forward Paco Alcacer's strong performances on the field have made the 21-year-old Spaniard a hot transfer prospect for several clubs. (Marca)external-link

Juventus and Real Madrid are considering making a move for Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30, whose contract expires at the end of the season. (Tuttosport)external-link


Chico Flores Twitter
Former Swansea defender Chico Flores - now with ex-Swans boss Michael Laudrup in Qatar - is clearly a man close to his cat, tweeting "siesta time with Doha".

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, has not forgotten what day it is and what it means, tweeting:external-link "9/11: RIP all the brave and innocent people and pray for all the families that lost a loved one that day 13 years ago".

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish took a leaf out of Yaya Toure's book on the day he turned 19 - by asking his club on Twitterexternal-link if they had remembered to get him a birthday cake.

Manchester City striker John Guidetti, 22, posted a picture of himself soaking up the rays at loan club Celtic, tweeting:external-link "First day in sunny Scotland".


New Villa loan signing Tom Cleverley, 25, took part in a Twitter Q&A hosted by the Premier League on Tuesday - with predictably mixed results. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Liverpool sold £50,000 worth of Mario Balotelli replica shirts on the day that the 24-year-old striker signed from AC Milan. (Telegraph)external-link