Gossip column: Rooney, De Gea, Ronaldo, Ancelotti, Nasri

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Chelsea are the surprising favourites to sign 30-year-old Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. (Metro)external-link

Rio Ferdinand, 37, pulled out of a charity match that would have seen the retired defender appear on the same team as his former England team-mates John Terry, 34, and Ashley Cole, 34, after suffering a calf injury. (The Guardian)external-link

Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, and Karim Benzema, 27, could leave Real Madrid this summer, with Chelsea's Eden Hazard, 24, and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, 27, poised to replace them. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea are determined to beat a number of European clubs to sign Ronaldo for a reported £70m.(AS - in Spanish)external-link

Diego Costa
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 25, says he is now "very happy" at Manchester United despite coming close to leaving for Real Madrid in the summer. (Daily Mail)external-link

However, Real Madrid will trigger a £30m release clause next summer to sign De Gea. (the Sun)external-link

The FA chairman Greg Dyke, 68, and chief executive Martin Glenn have been asked not to stay at the England squad hotel ahead of Friday's friendly against Spain in Alicante, under a new strategy drawn up to keep the players in isolation. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Samir Nasri's future at Manchester City is in doubt as the midfielder, 28, prepares for his return from injury. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Newcastle United are interested in signing 23-year-old Werder Bremen centre-back Jannik Vestergaard.(SportBild, via Chronicle)external-link

Chelsea and Spain striker Diego Costa, 27, has been ordered by his national team manager Vicente Del Bosque to "smooth out" his disciplinary problems.(Daily Express)external-link

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 29, believes Arsene Wenger taking him out of the first XI following his recent struggles on international duty helped him come back stronger.(Evening Standard)external-link

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, has warned that Jose Mourinho's reign at Stamford Bridge could be blighted by a return of the third-year blues. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Best of social media

John Terry
John Terry has made the most of the international break by going to see Romeo and Juliet

Wherefore art thou John Terry? At the Royal Opera House watching Romeo and Juliet, judging by the pictures the Chelsea defender posted on his Instagram account.external-link

Injured winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, has given Arsenal fans a boost by posting a video on Instagram of himself training along with the caption:external-link "The rehab is going well... looking forward to being back on the pitch soon."

David De Gea
Manchester United keeper David De Gea is gearing up for Friday's friendly against England

And finally

Irish side Cabinteely FC have offered a free season ticket to the first person who can win the Premier Division with the club on Football Manager. (Metro)external-link