Gossip column: Pogba, De Bruyne, Gerrard, Alves, Di Maria

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The agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba believes the 21-year-old could go to one of six teams and achieve a fee higher than the £80m Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, if he leaves the Italian club this summer. (Daily Express)external-link

Chelsea are considering a surprise move to bring Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 23, back to the club. (Sportwereld - in Flemish)external-link

The Blues' 22-year-old winger Mohamed Salah, who is on loan at Italian side Fiorentina, says he has no plans to return to Stamford Bridge. (Talksport)external-link

Barcelona defender Dani Alves, 31, is keen to secure a move to Manchester United with no sign of a new contract at the Nou Camp. (Daily Express)external-link

Paris St-Germain are ready to sell strikers Edinson Cavani, 27, and Ezequiel Lavezzi, 29, to finance a move for Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 26. (Daily Star)external-link

West Brom will consider selling striker Saido Berahino, 21, for offers in the region of £20m this summer, with Liverpool and Tottenham both interested. (Daily Mail)external-link


Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard wants the club to sign forward Raheem Sterling, 20, and midfielder Jordan Henderson, 24, to longer contracts at Anfield as quickly as possible. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil intends to 'rob' three points off Tottenham on Saturday

Hull boss Steve Bruce says he will remain friends with owner Assem Allam - even if he sacks him. The club are in the bottom three of the Premier League after just four wins this season.(Daily Star)external-link

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has urged striker Stevan Jovetic, 25, to prove his fitness if he wants to remain at Manchester City.(Metro)external-link

Striker Harry Kane, 21, sees no reason why he cannot spend the rest of his professional career at Tottenham.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Meanwhile, Spurs are planning to offer Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 22, a new contract that will double his £32,000-a-week salary. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Midfielder Darren Fletcher, 31, says former boss Sir Alex Ferguson played a major role in his decision to leave Manchester United and join West Brom.(Daily Express)external-link

Tim Sherwood will watch QPR's home game against Southampton from the stands at Loftus Road as he closes in on the manager's job.(Daily Mirror)external-link

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described forward Theo Walcott, 25, as "one of the best in the world".(Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 24, believes the 2-0 win at Manchester City was a "massive statement" that the Gunners can beat the best and challenge for the Premier League title. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 24, says he never considered leaving the club, despite his derby day walk-out at Anfield in September.(Guardian)external-link

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has brought basketball into the club's training regime - the sport that made his Olympian father more famous than him.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has told Angel Di Maria he can remove himself from first-team duty with after an attempted burglary at the player's home left him fearing for the safety of his family. However, the 26-year-old Argentina winger is expected to play.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes striker Wilfried Bony, 26, is the perfect replacement for Alvaro Negredo, 29. (Manchester Evening News)external-link


Neymar's 23rd birthday cake had a distinct Neymar theme to it...

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil did his best to wind up Tottenham fans ahead of Saturday's derby, tweeting:external-link "Planned venue: White Hart Lane - Planned action: robbing three points!"

Remember the best birthday cake you have had? How does it compare to Neymar's extravagant effort? The Barcelona forward turned 23 on Thursday and posted this picture on Instagramexternal-link of his impressive dessert, with a mini-Neymar and his trademark hat among the decorations.


La Galaxy

A Canadian university plans to include the study of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, as the main strand of a new degree course. (Turnstyle+)external-link

LA Galaxy fans may be looking forward to Steven Gerrard, 34, joining their club from Liverpool at the end of the season, but it could cost them up to £134 to have their new signing's name on a shirt. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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