Gossip column: Van Persie, Ronaldo, Sterling, Messi

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Manchester United are planning for life without Robin van Persie and look certain to part company with the 31-year-old Dutch striker in the summer with a year remaining on his current contract. (Independent)external-link

Arsenal are favourites to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, from Chelsea should they pay the £7m asking price, although Liverpool, AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid are also in the frame. (Daily Mail)external-link

Real Madrid's hopes of signing Raheem Sterling, 19, have been dashed after the England winger hinted he is about to commit his long-term future to Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Lionel Messi
Messi agreed a new deal with Barcelona earlier this year

Juventus are willing to listen to offers for 27-year-old midfielder and Manchester United target Arturo Vidal next summer. (Daily Star)external-link

Arsenal are plotting a £30m bid for Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho, 28, as a replacement for Mikel Arteta. (Express)external-link

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign West Brom's England striker Saido Berahino, 21, in January. (Daily Mirror)external-link

But Rodgers has revealed Liverpool cannot bring Belgium forward Divock Origi to Anfield in January. The 19-year-old joined the Reds in July on condition that he immediately rejoined Lille on a season-long loan. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Scotland international full-back Andrew Robertson, 20, insists he has no plans to leave Hull, despite his rising profile. (Daily Star)external-link

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 27, may leave Spain after continuing problems with the country's tax authorities. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea will beat Tottenham to 23-year-old HNK Rijeka striker Andrej Kramaric in January. (Daily Star)external-link

But Chelsea are also likely to recruit 23-year-old Croatian forward Andrej Kramaric, according to Pierpaolo Marino, the sporting director of Italian Serie A club Atalanta, who would also like to sign him.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 15, is set to reject Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal in order to pen a five-year deal with Real Madrid. (Express)external-link


Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his son
Ronaldo is getting in the Christmas spirit

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the club have opened contract talks with 23-year-old full-back Nathaniel Clyne. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has backed the club's decision to only sign striker Radamel Falcao, 28, on loan from Monaco until they are able to cure his fitness problems. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he would be open to offers from Premier League clubs, saying England is the only other country in which he would consider working. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester City will be without playmaker David Silva, 28, for Tuesday's Champions League Group E match against Bayern Munich after he suffered a setback in his return from a knee injury. (Manchester Evening News)external-link


Wayne Rooney has revealed the inspiration behind his cartwheel goal celebration in England's 3-1 win against Scotland - his son Kai, who is shown cartwheeling in the tunnel at Celtic Park in a video on the striker's Instagram page.external-link

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is already getting into the Christmas spirit. He has posted a picture on Instagramexternal-link of himself and his son posing with Santa Claus.


Forward Gareth Bale, 25, has admitted he has everything he could wish for since joining Real Madrid - except for a local branch of a certain chicken restaurant. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Gus Poyet has admitted he feared midfielder Lee Cattermole, 26, would be "uncontrollable" when he took charge at Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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