Gossip column: Blatter, Bale, De Gea, Isco, Higuain, Emery

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Fifa headlines

"Blatt's all folks". As news broke that Sepp Blatter is to resign as president of Fifa amid a corruption scandal, delighted opponents looked to tear apart some of the most controversial decisions of his regime." (Daily Express)external-link

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"This way out Sepp! (and let's slam the door on sleaze after you)." (Daily Mail)external-link

"A great day for football. FA boss celebrates overlord's downfall." (Daily Mirror)external-link

"Russia and Qatar World Cups in doubt as Blatter forced out." Both nations' hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments were thrown into doubt last night. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

"Downfall: Blatter walks away." His exit sparked a flurry of speculation over the future of world football. (Guardian)external-link

"Blatter walks and leaves World Cup in meltdown." (Times)external-link

"Blatter's exit from Fifa could be due to 'smoking gun', says Dyke." (Independent)external-link

"Got him". Sepp out... Dyke wants re-vote on World Cups. (Sun)external-link

Transfer gossip

Manchester United have had an offer of £110m for Real Madrid's Wales international forward Gareth Bale, 25, and defender Raphael Varane, 22, rejected by the La Liga club. (Daily Express) external-link

Real Madrid are confident of signing 24-year-old Manchester United keeper David De Gea, who has one year left on his current contract, for £30m. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Daily Mirror
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De Gea has already said his goodbyes to his Manchester United team-mates as the Old Trafford club brace themselves for a £20m bid from Real Madrid for his services. (Daily Star) external-link

Manchester City want £32m-rated Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 23, as they line up a successor to the playmaker's fellow Spaniard David Silva, 29. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea are planning a £30m move for 27-year-old Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. (Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was less than impressed with the performance of 19-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek in a win over Sydney FC. Mourinho said: "He was saying he had a pain in his back but what I was feeling was that he only had this pain when Sydney had the ball." (Daily Mail)external-link

Mourinho has also played down reports that striker Diego Costa, 26, is unhappy at Chelsea and wants to return to Spain. (Sun - subscription required) external-link

West Ham will meet Sevilla boss Unai Emery, 43, this week in a bid to convince him to become their new manager rather than opt to join Italian side Napoli. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

The Sun
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Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told Andreas Weimann he can leave and the 23-year-old Austria international could become new Derby County manager Paul Clement's first signing. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie, 31, has one year left on his contract and says he will have to "weigh up what is the best solution" as he wants to be at a club where he can "play every week". (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea and Manchester United are competing to sign 30-year-old Atletico Madrid central defender Joao Miranda, whose contract with the Spanish club expires next summer. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Tottenham's France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, has refused to rule out a move away from White Hart Lane. (Guardian)external-link

Best of social media

Conference side Macclesfield Town launched their bid to host the 2026 World Cupexternal-link as they believed it was "time Fifa gave the World Cup to a sensible bidder".

Macclesfield Town

And finally

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 25, is on international duty with fellow Argentine and Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi and favourited a tweet asking him to tap-up the 27-year-old. (Metro)external-link

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