Thursday gossip: Ronaldo, Bale, Hazard, Drogba, Guardiola

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Cristiano Ronaldo is set to leave Real Madrid in the summer, with Manchester United and Paris St-Germain keen to sign the 30-year-old Portugal forward. (Telegraph)external-link

PSG and Real Madrid will battle to sign Chelsea's Eden Hazard, with the 24-year-old Belgium forward deciding to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. (Daily Mail)external-link

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 26, could join Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester United or PSG if he chooses to leave Real Madrid. (Sun)external-link

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AC Milan lead the chase for Manchester United's 28-year-old midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but Inter, Juventus and Roma are also interested in the Belgium international. (Gazetta dello Sport)external-link

Manchester United approached 56-year-old Carlo Ancelotti about his availability this summer in November, but the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss turned down the chance to replace Louis van Gaal in favour of taking over at Bayern Munich. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United believe Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, 44, will be Manchester City's next manager. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Guardiola wants City to try to sign Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi, 28, and defender Gerard Pique, 28, as well as versatile Bayern Munich player David Alaba, 23, and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22. (Sun)external-link

However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, 49, is refusing to give up his bid to land Guardiola as their next manager. (Star)external-link

Chelsea have told former Barcelona coach Guardiola they will offer him a better contract than City and a big budget to sign players. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is trying to sign Neven Subotic, 27, on loan from Borussia Dortmund, while Inter Milan's Andrea Ranocchia, 27, is also a target as the Reds try to bring in a central defender. (Mirror)external-link

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, who recently called Klopp a "soft German", says the Reds boss has only himself to blame for the club's injury problems. (Talksport)external-link

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Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff is close to joining Sunderland, with the 25-year-old already in the north-east of England for a medical. (Guardian)external-link

Montreal Impact's former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, will retire from playing to join Blues manager Guus Hiddink's backroom staff. (L'Equipe via Independent)external-link

Stoke's 26-year-old Austria forward Marko Arnautovic has turned down the offer of a new contract at the Britannia Stadium. (Guardian)external-link

Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are interested in signing 24-year-old QPR centre-back Steven Caulker, who is on a season-long loan at Southampton. (Telegraph)external-link

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde could return to former club Lyon to sign 27-year-old striker Claudio Beauvue, who is on the transfer list. (Star)external-link

Norwich have put a £15m price on winger Nathan Redmond in an effort to put off Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, who are interested in the 21-year-old. (Mirror)external-link

West Ham are considering a move for 21-year-old Grays striker Dumebi Dumaka. (Express)external-link

Tottenham are set to reward England midfielder Dele Alli for his impressive form this season with a new contract that is likely to at least double the 19-year-old's £10,000-a-week wages. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, 39, says the Premier League's bottom club should make signings in preparation for being in the Championship next season.(Talksport)external-link

Best of social media

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who supported Everton as a child, does not seem too keen on the Merseyside rivals meeting in the League Cup final after the Toffees beat Manchester City in the semi-final first leg, tweetingexternal-link that the prospect made him feel "sick".

Asked to explain his post, he added: "Good sick if LFC win, bad sick if EFC do!!"

Jamie Carragher on Twitter

Drogba says that he is still in discussions with Impact Montreal about his future, despite reports suggesting he is set to retire.

Didier Drogba

And finally

The creator of Football Manager has apologised to Tottenham striker Harry Kane for his low statistics in the computer game and says Premier League players contact him to try to boost their ratings. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney does not make the top 100 in a list of football's most valuable players put together by football think-tank the CIES Football Observatory.(Independent)external-link