Gossip column: Bale, Ings, Dybala, Gerrard, Sturridge, Rooney

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has said he would be willing to return to the Premier League if the offer was right. The 25-year-old Wales forward is a summer target for Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

Celtic want to take LA Galaxy-bound Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 34, on loan in early 2016 during Major League Soccer's off-season. (Sunday People)

Daily Star's Sunday backpage
The Daily Star Sunday's back page

Manchester City are monitoring Liverpool's problems in negotiating a new deal with forward Raheem Sterling, 20, as they prepare to "buy the very important players". (Sunday Mirror)

However, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers says he is relaxed about Sterling's delay in signing a new contract at Anfield.(Observer)

Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, will snub Liverpool to join Manchester United this summer. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United have contacted super agent Jorge Mendes over a possible 100m euros (£71m) bid for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to bring the 30-year-old forward back to Old Trafford. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa, 24, has agreed in principle an £18m move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Chelsea this summer.(Sun on Sunday - subscription required)

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini says a £30m bid has been made for Argentine striker Paulo Dybala. The 21-year-old is reported to be a target for Manchester United and Arsenal.(Sunday Express)

Newcastle are interested in Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro after chief scout Graham Carr went to see the 27-year-old France international in action at the Estadio El Madrigal.(Sunday People)

OTHER GOSSIP

Louis van Gaal says he would quit as Manchester United manager if he ever felt he had lost the confidence of his players. (Independent on Sunday)

Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge says he is not interested in the scoring form of Spurs' Harry Kane and that he does not blame national team boss Roy Hodgson for his injury. (Mail on Sunday)

Crystal Palace are poised for a £100m takeover by American businessman Josh Harris, who also owns NBA side Philadelphia 76ers and NHL side New Jersey Devils. (Sunday Telegraph)

The Sun on Sunday front page
The Sun on Sunday front page

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is favourite to replace Manuel Pellegrini if Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners sack him this summer. (Daily Star Sunday)

The Premier League's fourth spot in the Champions League could come under threat after English clubs' struggles in Europe this season. (Sunday Express)

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood had to "teach" Leandro Bacuna how to play right-back. (Birmingham Mail)

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes says he "laughed off" allegations from Jose Mourinho that he was guilty of a "criminal tackle" on Nemanja Matic when the Clarets drew at Chelsea last month. (Mail on Sunday)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has revealed on Instagram that eldest son Kai will be his mascot for Sunday's Premier League match against Tottenham at Old Trafford. Last November Kai and his younger brother Klay were mascots when Rooney won his 100th England cap against Slovenia at Wembley.

Wayne Rooney Instagram
Wayne Rooney will have a special companion when he walks out at Old Trafford on Sunday

Chelsea have cheekily responded on Instagram to Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness after the pair criticised the behaviour of Jose Mourinho's players during the Champions League defeat by Paris St-Germain on Wednesday. A message reading "For those with short memories..." was accompanied by two pictures of the pair confronting opposition players and a referee.

BBC Sport pundit Phil Neville was caught on TV walking with his suitcase as he left Selhurst Park after Crystal Palace's players celebrated their win over QPR. He later revealed on Twitter that he made a quick exit to get back to Manchester to take out his wife.

Arsenal's Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweeted his double delight at the Gunners' win over West Ham and Wales' victory against Ireland in the Six Nations.

AND FINALLY....

A Manchester councillor has offered to give Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and his Spanish pop star girlfriend Edurne Garcia a tour of the city after she said it was "as ugly as the back of a fridge". (Manchester Evening News)

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