Football gossip: FA Cup; De Gea, Casillas, Rooney, Hernandez, Benteke

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The FA Cup is set to be rebranded as the Emirates FA Cup in a new £30m sponsorship deal. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United are confident they have won their battle to keep goalkeeper David De Gea for at least one more season by offering the 24-year-old an improved contract this summer in the region of £200,000 a week. (Independent)external-link

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 33, wants to join Arsenal this summer which means the Spanish club will bid to sign De Gea. (The Sun - subscription)external-link

Real Madrid have 48 hours to make a decision on striker Javier Hernandez, 26, as the clock runs down on their first option to buy the Manchester United striker. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, 20, is set to sign a year-long loan deal with Everton at the end of the season. (The Sun - subscription)external-link

Manchester United are lining up a £29m move for Liverpool transfer target Radja Nainggolan, 26, after scouting the Belgium midfielder at a recent game. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)external-link

Daily Mirror

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel's agent has failed to dismiss reports of the 28-year-old Nigeria international making a high-profile switch to Real Madrid. (Daily Star)external-link

Everton and Newcastle have made contact with Crystal Palace over a £15m Yannick Bolasie deal, with Stoke also keen to sign the 25-year-old DR Congo winger.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Christian Benteke's agent says there has been no interest in his client and that the 24-year-old striker is only focused on his Aston Villa career. (The Times - subscription)external-link

Chelsea will only allow 21-year-old forward Patrick Bamford to join a Premier League club on loan next season if he is guaranteed regular first-team football.(Evening Standard)external-link

Christian Benteke
Liverpool and Manchester United have previously been reported to be interested in Benteke

Meanwhile, the Blues are set to become the first Premier League champions in over a decade to have recorded a profit in the transfer market. (Metro)external-link

Manchester United pair Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind got the 'hairdryer' treatment from coach Louis van Gaal at the club's training ground after the side's 3-0 defeat at Everton.(Daily Mirror) external-link

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes believes Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, 25, has been Van Gaal's best summer signing.(Newstalk)external-link

Bournemouth will need to spend some of the potential £130m for promotion to the Premier League on stadium and ticket office upgrades. (The Times - subscription)external-link

Manchester United fear striker Wayne Rooney could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. (Daily Express)external-link

Former Tottenham and QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes Arsenal are two or three players away from being serious Premier League title contenders. (Talksport)external-link

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince says the club are the "greenest" in football. (Independent)external-link

A study suggests a 40% of FA Youth Cup winners never play a senior game for the club. (Telegraph)external-link


Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on his team-mate and fellow Spaniard:external-link Team-mate, neighbour, personal driver, cook... You are many things but especially a friend! Happy birthday @juanmata8

Carlton Cole
A Tomkins brekkie?

West Ham striker Carlton Cole giving advice to his team-mate?external-link Walked into the canteen today to find James Tomkins having his breakfast. He needs to start his day like this.

Hull defender Curtis Davies after the relegation-threatened side defeated Liverpool 1-0:external-link Unbelievable effort from each and every one of the lads! Massive 3 points but the job's not done yet!


A phone call from John Carver inspired a Newcastle fan to back the under-fire Newcastle caretaker coach. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link