Gossip column: Vazquez, Sagna, Alderweireld, Lacazette

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

The Sun
The Sun

Tottenham Hotspur want to sign central defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, on loan at Southampton from Atletico Madrid, after missing out on Winston Reid. (Daily Telegraph)

Right-back Bacary Sagna, 32, is considering his future at Manchester City, just nine months after moving to the Etihad Stadium from Arsenal, and Italian club Roma are interested in signing him. (Daily Mirror)

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United target, striker Alexandre Lacazette, 21, will not be allowed to leave the French club at the end of the season. (Lyon FC)

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, has agreed to join Paris St-Germain at the end of the season, despite interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. (Daily Star)

Liverpool will attempt to sign Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez, 23 - currently on loan at Espanyol - in the summer. (Daily Express)

Former Germany centre back Per Mertesacker, 30, is playing for his future at Arsenal with manager Arsène Wenger weighing up whether to make an end-of-season move for another defender. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed by Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez and Spurs are ready to make a £7m move for the 24-year-old. (Sun - subscription required)

Chelsea have offered defender Branislav Ivanovic, 31, a £90,000-a-week deal in line with the club's policy of only giving players over 30 one-year contracts. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Daily Express
Daily Express

Italy's top football teams voted to give Parma a £3.7m emergency fund to help the club finish the season. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has told out-of-favour trio Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor and Etienne Capoue that they have a future at the club.(Talksport)

Italy manager Antonio Conte has suggested Manchester United approached him before appointing Louis van Gaal last summer.(Daily Express)

Former England and Manchester United full-back Gary Neville has criticised Arsenal's Mesut Ozil for not being 'a game-changer' since his £42m move from Real Madrid. (Telegraph)

Danny Welbeck is convinced that leaving Manchester United and joining Arsenal has made him a better player.(Daily Mirror)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says the media and Manchester United fans should get off Louis van Gaal's back because the Reds were never going to finish above Chelsea and Manchester City this season, no matter who was in charge.(Daily Mail)

A club-versus-country row is brewing as Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could take England players Harry Kane and Andros Townsend to Australia for a friendly at the end of the season and shortly before a Euro 2016 qualifier and the European Under-21 championship finals.(Times - subscription required)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Arsenal's Serge Gnabry
Arsenal's Serge Gnabry put this selfie on Twitter, with the message: "I really enjoyed this sunny Friday. Now a weekend without any matches is awaiting us!"

Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs was impressed with GB's Davis Cup heroics in Glasgow. "What a comeback and performance James Ward," he tweeted.

There is no doubting how Ashley Young spent his evening. "Only one thing to do on a Friday night... Channel 4 - Gogglebox."

Aston Villa take on West Brom in Saturday night's big FA Cup quarter-final game, and Baggies defender Joleon Lescott is clearly getting excited at the prospect of what might be around the corner. "One step away from Wembley but can't afford to think about that, got to just concentrate on tomorrow evening's game," he tweeted.

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne is enjoying the club's three-day break in Switzerland, posting a picture of himself about to try his hand at skiing, with the message: "Beautiful day on the slopes".

AND FINALLY....

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was left red-faced when he missed two penalties at the launch of his new mobile football game. (Daily Mail)

Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters says that any fellow professional footballer who spat at him would end up "eating his supper through a straw". (Talksport)

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says his team have the best strikers outside the top six Premier League clubs, despite the fact that Villa have scored fewer goals than any other team in the division. (The Sun - subscription required)

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