Gossip column: Bale, Sterling, Modric, Hummels, Morata

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea will pay Gareth Bale's £75m release clause to sign the 25-year-old Real Madrid forward in the summer. (Metro)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will try and sign Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling in the summer as the 20-year-old continues to delay signing a new contract at Anfield. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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Daily Mirror back page

Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, 29, could be heading back to the Premier League with Manchester City. The former Tottenham star may be forced out of the Bernabeu to make room for 22-year-old Paul Pogba. (Daily Star)external-link

And City are also lining up a summer move for Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, 22, who has scored 11 goals for Italian champions Juventus since a £15.8m summer move from Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Borussia Dortmund's 26-year-old defender Mats Hummels, a Manchester United target, says he is "open to the idea of playing abroad". (Kicker - in German)external-link

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has said he is "100% with Manchester United" as the 29-year-old plays down interest from Juventus. (Caracol Radio - in Spanishexternal-link)

Barcelona want to sign a "tall striker" and are targeting Juventus's Fernando Llorente. If they fail to sign the Spanish international then they will consider Manchester City's Edin Dzeko, 29, Fiorentina's Mario Gomez, 29, or Southampton's Graziano Pelle, 29. (Sport - in Spanish)external-link

Juventus sent their scouts to watch Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 23, play for Brazil against France in Paris on Thursday. (Daily Mail)external-link

Liverpool are preparing a £15m bid for Derby's 19-year-old midfielder Will Hughes. (Metro)external-link

Playing for Arsenal would be a "dream", says Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz, 25, who has been linked with a move from Brazilian club Internacional. (Daily Mirror)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Harry Kane will play for England Under-21s at this summer's European Championships, says manager Gareth Southgate. (Daily Express)external-link

Daily Express
Daily Express back page

But the Tottenham striker, 21, will be allowed to make the final decision over his involvement at the tournament in the Czech Republic. (Daily Mail)external-link

Wayne Rooney says England are a different proposition for opposing teams since the World Cup because they have found an "aggressive" streak. (Guardian)external-link

England forward Raheem Sterling, 20, will turn down a £180,00-a-week new deal at Liverpool. (Daily Mail)external-link

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood's job could be under threat as owner Randy Lerner discusses selling the club to an American consortium for £150m. (Sun)external-link

The Football League is planning to carry on with League One and League Two throughout the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 29, will have to take a pay-cut to secure a new three-year deal at Old Trafford. (Daily Star)external-link

Defender Phil Jones, 23, says Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will help him fulfil his potential. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

However, ex-Barcelona boss Van Gaal has been branded "garbage" by legendary Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov, who played under the Dutchman at the Nou Camp. (Sun)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard
Suarez captioned the picture: "Unbelievable to be back at Anfield and surrounded by great players... Here a picture with the greatest one!"

Barcelona's Luis Suarez posted a picture on Twitterexternal-link after returning to Anfield for an all-star charity game. The former Liverpool striker paid tribute to departing captain Steven Gerrard calling him "the greatest one."

Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonsoexternal-link tweeted a picture from the match, too, as did his team-mate and former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.external-link Another former Anfield favourite, Fernando Torres,external-link also enjoyed his visit down memory lane.

Italy striker Mario Balotelli, who scored in the match which finished 2-2, took a selfie with Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry and posted it on his Instagram page.external-link

And former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who picked one of the teams, conceded on Instagram external-linkhe had been 'nutmegged' by Suarez during the match.

AND FINALLY....

Gareth Bale is the fastest player in the world running with the ball, according to a Fifa-backed study by Mexican Premier League club Pachuca. The Welshman reaches a speed of 36.9 kph. Second is 22-year-old Mexican Jurgen Damm, who plays for Pachuca. (Marca - English version)external-link

Radamel Falcao started following Real Madrid on Twitter, but the Manchester United striker has since unfollowed the European champions. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

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