Gossip column: Ronaldo, Pjanic, Reus, Walcott, Bale

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is interested in £36m-rated Valencia and Portugal attacking midfielder Andre Gomes, 21. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United will offer Real Madrid £80m and Cristiano Ronaldo an annual wage of £14m in order to bring the 30-year-old back to Old Trafford. (Daily Express)external-link

Louis van Gaal will be allowed to spend £100m this summer as long as Manchester United qualify for the Champions League. Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 26, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, and Barcelona defender Dani Alves, 31, are all of interest to United's manager. (Daily Mail)external-link

Barcelona midfielder Xavi, 35, is poised to sign a three-year contract with Qatari side Al-Sadd when his current deal runs out in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

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The Daily Telegraph leads on Wayne Rooney chasing the three goals he needs to equal Bobby Charlton's England scoring record of 49

As reports of stumbling blocks surround the contract negotiations of Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, it has emerged manager Arsene Wenger has one eye on landing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, 25. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United are prepared to reject a £12m offer from Arsenal for 25-year-old defender Chris Smalling. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Hull City striker Abel Hernandez, 24, is being monitored by West Ham United and Newcastle despite only scoring four goals so far in his debut season in England. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United target Marquinhos has signed a new contract with Ligue 1 side Paris St-Germain. The 20-year-old Brazilian full-back's deal will keep him in the French capital until 2019. (Daily Mail)external-link

Liverpool's hopes of signing Miralem Pjanic have been handed a boost, by reports that the 24-year-old Bosnian playmaker wants to leave Italian club Roma. (Daily Mirror)external-link

The agent of Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson claims Manchester City are monitoring the 21-year-old Brazilian. (Talksport)external-link

Tottenham will seek to bolster their attacking options this summer by landing Juventus and Spain forward Fernando Llorente, 30. (Daily Express)external-link


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England manager Roy Hodgson says Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 25, withdrew from the squad to face Lithuania in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier because of a "slight tear" in his hip muscle. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Meanwhile, Hodgson has warned Arsenal forward Theo Walcott that his international career could stall. Walcott, 26, has suffered with injuries this season and has not turned out for his country since September.(Daily Star)external-link

England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate is set to leave Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 21, out of the squad for this summer's European Championships to give him a rest after he was included in last summer's World Cup squad. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, 25, would be a "perfect fit" at Manchester United and could make as much impact as Eric Cantona and Wayne Rooney, says former Reds midfielder Paul Scholes. (Independent)external-link

Rangers are to seek an explanation from Newcastle about why they were loaned midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 21, knowing the player was suffering with a mystery illness. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 30, says he feels no guilt over the tackle on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, which saw him banned for three matches. (Guardian)external-link

Arsenal can build on last season's FA Cup success by winning another trophy this season, according to forward Mesut Ozil. The 26-year-old is thrilled with his club's recent form, after six straight wins. (London Evening Standard)external-link


Jack Wilshere (left) meets Diego Maradona
A young Jack Wilshere (left) meets Diego Maradona

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere posted a picture of himself meeting Argentina legend Diego Maradona and tweeted:external-link "A young Wilsh trying to get close to an absolute genius."

Meanwhile, Hull City goalkeeper Steve Harper made a suggestion to the BBCexternal-link as he took in a televised debate where presenter Jeremy Paxman questioned Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is a man of many talents. When the Chile international, 26, is not scoring goals, he is probably honing some already impressive piano skills. He has taken to Instagram to show off his cover of John Legend's recent hit 'All of Me'. (Alexis Sanchez Instagram)external-link