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Real Madrid could swap Welsh forward Gareth Bale, 25, for Chelsea's Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, 24. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City are set to make a £30m bid for Arsenal's 23-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere. (Mirror)external-link

Arsenal will look to make Barcelona's 27-year-old Spanish forward Pedro their first signing of the summer with a £24m bid. (Express) external-link

Tottenham's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, could be allowed to leave White Hart Lane for a Champions League side for £14m if Spurs do not qualify themselves. (Metro)external-link

Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie, 31, has revealed he wants to stay at Manchester United beyond the summer. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester City's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, will join Inter Milan for £5.7m in the summer. (Sportmediaset - In Italian)external-link

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Tuesday's Daily Mirror back page

Newcastle are preparing for a summer exodus of players with Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote, 28, Senegal striker Papiss Cisse, 29, Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, 27 and French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 25, among the 14 stars that could be leaving St James' Park. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea captain John Terry, 34, has defended his side after suggestions they are boring to watch, saying: "Tippy-tappy football's great, but if you are not winning games you're not going to win the league." (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says owner Roman Abramovich is happy with the team's playing style.(Star)external-link

And Mourinho says the Professional Footballers' Association's Team of the Year would not be good enough to win the Premier League title - because it does not feature enough of his players. (Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle manager John Carver will meet with disgruntled fans who confronted him during Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Swansea.(Evening Chronicle)external-link

Aston Villa have expressed an interest in Chelsea's 21-year-old forward Patrick Bamford, who has scored 19 goals on loan at Championship club Middlesbrough this season.(Mail)external-link

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Daily Mail back page

Manchester City's Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta, 30, has backed manager Manuel Pellegrini saying he deserves more respect. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez says "only God knows" where he will be playing next season. The 26-year-old is on loan at Spanish club Real Madrid.(Talksport)external-link

Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has suggested Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp could take over from Pep Guardiola as manager at the Allianz Arena. (Mail)external-link

Inter Milan will retire their number four shirt in honour of former defender Javier Zanetti, who retired at the end of last season having made more than 800 appearances for the Italian club. (Mirror)external-link

Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, 38, will mark his retirement at the end of the season by cycling 4,000 miles across the United States for charity. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Former Manchester United player Bebe, 24, is being lined up for a shock return to English football with Championship side Reading. The Portuguese forward, currently on-loan at Spanish minnows Cordoba from Benfica, was famously bought in 2010 for £7.5m despite Sir Alex Ferguson admitting he had never seen him play. (Daily Star)external-link


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A recent study by Kick It Out found Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 24, suffers more social media abuse than any other Premier League player

Following his release from hospital after being assessed for a head injury, Chelsea attacking midfielder Oscar said on Instagram:external-link "Thanks everybody for your messages. I'm feeling much better!" The 23-year-old was injured during Sunday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is looking forward to Saturday's super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The 21-year-old said on Instagram:external-link "Five days... who is going to win?"

Real Madrid's 25-year-old forward Gareth Bale posted an Instagramexternal-link video as he continues his recovery from injury with the following message: "Feeling stronger everyday! Can't wait to get back and join the lads #halamadrid."


An Arsenal fan made his girlfriend take an exam on the club that included the question: "In your own words, explain why Alexis Sanchez is better than Eden Hazard." (Express)external-link

Eibar manager Gaizka Garitano's news conference following his side's defeat by Almeria was interrupted by Spanish journalists angered by him reverting to Basque to answer questions put to him in the language. (Guardian)external-link

Liverpool have spent £770,340,000 on 190 players since they last won the title on April 28 1990 to win the league. (Express)external-link

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