Gossip column: Benteke, Pellegrini, Sterling, Toure, Mirallas

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is lining up a £25m move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 24. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, could buy out the last year of his contract, leaving Chelsea and Manchester City clear to make £25m offers. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

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The Daily Star Sunday back page

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he could be sacked if his side do not qualify for the Champions League.(Mail on Sunday)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria, 27, has told the club he wants to stay and is set to extend the lease on his new family home. (Sunday People)external-link

Newcastle United want Manchester United striker James Wilson, 19, on loan next season. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 24. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure's agent Dimitri Seluk has criticised the club's owners and called manager Pellegrini "weak".(Sunday Mirror)external-link

Tottenham want to sign Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas, 27, and are prepared to allow winger Aaron Lennon, 28, to make his Goodison Park loan switch permanent as part of the deal. (Sunday People)external-link

Spurs are also considering a £10.8m move for three Marseille players - winger Andre Ayew, 25, striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, 29, and winger Florian Thauvin, 22. (Mercato 365 - in French)external-link

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will allow defender Martin Skrtel, 30, to move to German side Wolfsburg this summer. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Derby County want to keep Hull loanee Tom Ince, 23, at the club next season.(Yorkshire Post)external-link

West Ham would like Everton boss Roberto Martinez to take over at Upton Park should they decide to part company with Sam Allardyce. (Sunday Express)external-link

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reprimanded captain John Terry for saying the Premier League leaders "look like champions" despite victory over Manchester United edging them closer to the title. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claimed it will take Manchester City 20 years to become as big a club as the Anfield outfit. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Real Sociedad manager David Moyes has revealed how he fought to keep striker Wayne Rooney, 29, at Old Trafford when he was Manchester United manager last season. (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera for sticking out his leg to try and win a penalty in the closing stages of Saturday's match between the sides, an incident for which the 25-year-old Spaniard was booked. (Guardian)external-link


Following the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea, Herrera tweeted:external-link "We deserved more. I'm proud of the team. We must keep improving."

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Independent on Sunday sport front page

Red Devils team-mate Chris Smalling wrote:external-link "Absolutely gutted with the result today, felt we deserved more. Our away fans were class once again!!"

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta said:external-link "Great day to take another step and meet old friends! Thanks for your support. Amazing atmosphere!"

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil wroteexternal-link after his side's FA Cup semi-final win over Reading: "Weee did it!! Wembley, see you again in May! I have to pay my respect to Reading today: keep your heads up!"

Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweeted:external-link "Another final to look forward to! Can't wait!"

West Ham chairman David Gold wrote:external-link "Proceeds from the sale of Upton Park goes towards paying for our move to the new stadium. We have no plans to sell the club."

Comedian Russell Brand said:external-link "Blackpool fans! What's going on at your club? How can I help?!"


Manchester United boss Van Gaal is suing a Dutch company that used his face in their adverts. (Sunday Mirror)external-link