Sunday's gossip column: De Gea, Mourinho, Ramsey, Ferguson

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Real Madrid director general Jose Angel Sanchez claims a number of Premier League teams could face transfer bans similar to the one his club were given this week. (Telegraph)external-link

The Spanish giants still want to buy Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 25, in the summer despite their transfer ban. (Independent) external-link

Real want United to sign midfielder Toni Kroos, 26, to help them fund a bid for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 28. (A Bola via Metro)external-link

Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 74, would be willing to help Ryan Giggs if Louis van Gaal loses his job.(People)external-link

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he will succeed Van Gaal, 64, as United manager within six months, and has sounded out some of his former assistants about joining him at Old Trafford. (Sun)external-link

Mourinho, 52, turned down the chance to return to Real Madrid in order to resume his Premier League career. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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Liverpool are prepared to pay £25m for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 29, this summer. (Star)external-link

Barcelona sent a scout to watch 21-year-old Everton defender John Stones at Chelsea on Saturday. (Mail)external-link

Barca are confident of taking Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to the Nou Camp, and have made signing the 25-year-old one of their summer priorities. (Express)external-link

West Brom are demanding £7m for Callum McManaman, 24, after QPR and Middlesbrough became the latest clubs to register an interest in the winger. (Telegraph)external-link

Sunderland are set to increase their offer for Swansea City's Andre Ayew to £14m after having an initial £11m bid for the 26-year-old striker turned down. (Express)external-link

Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is considering an offer from MLS side LA Galaxy after the 35-year-old was bought out of his Roma contract. (LA Times)external-link

Chelsea are looking at Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann, 28, as a replacement for captain John Terry, 35. (Mirror)external-link

The Stamford Bridge side are also looking at Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez, 24. (Star)external-link

West Ham are set to bid £10m for Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 25, who is on loan at AC Milan. (Brentwood Gazette)external-link

Swansea are prepared to sack head coach Alan Curtis after the club slipped into Premier League relegation zone less than two weeks after appointing the 61-year-old as full-time successor to Garry Monk. (Sun)external-link

Newcastle are looking to take Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 30, to St James' Park. (Mail)external-link

A potential return to Bologna for Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez, 25, has hit a snag over the length of contract on offer. (La Gazetta dello Sport)external-link

Norwich manager Alex Neil says his club are interested in signing 27-year-old defender Timm Klose from Wolfsburg. (Eastern Daily Press)external-link

Social media

Singer Ed Sheeran may be taking a self-imposed break from social media, but that didn't stop Newcastle legend and BBC pundit Alan Shearer tweeting a photo of the two of themexternal-link at Newcastle's 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

Alan Shearer and Ed Sheeran
Alan Shearer and Ed Sheeran were at St James' Park on Saturday

And finally

Posters of former manager Jose Mourinho are on sale in Chelsea's club shop for £1 each, a month after the Portuguese left. (Evening Standard)external-link

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley gave away £2.5m of winter jackets from his Sports Direct firm after his side beat West Ham on Saturday. (Mirror)external-link

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