Gossip column: Aubameyang, Hazard, Pogba, Balotelli, Mane, Mata, Sturridge

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Manchester United are preparing a £60m move for Borussia Dortmund's 26-year-old striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Daily Mirror)external-link

The Red Devils are also set to open talks with Atletico Madrid over a deal to sell 27-year-old midfielder Juan Mata. (Daily Express)external-link

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 25, says he would struggle to turn down the chance to move to Paris St-Germain in the transfer window. (Le Parisien via Guardian)external-link

But Blues boss Guus Hiddink has warned Hazard he needs to start turning it on for Chelsea before daring to talk about a move to PSG. (Daily Express)external-link

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The future of Chelsea forward Eden Hazard dominates the back pages of most newspapers on Tuesday

FA Cup replays could be scrapped with ties played in midweek, while League Cup semi-finals might be reduced to one leg in plans to reduce the number of games for top-flight clubs. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City are facing a fight to keep their best young players amid fears their first-team pathway could be blocked if Pep Guardiola brings in high-profile targets Paul Pogba, 22, Luis Suarez, 29, and 27-year-old Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. (Daily Mail)external-link

Turkish side Besiktas are considering a summer approach for Roma's 29-year-old former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Talksport)external-link

Southampton are ready to cash in on £30m-rated Sadio Mane this summer, with Manchester United and Manchester City keen to sign the 23-year-old Senegalese. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, has been "hurt" by questions about his commitment during his injury nightmare, according to Reds skipper Jordan Henderson. (Daily Express) external-link

Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic, 30, is the latest Premier League player to move to China after leaving West Ham for Beijing Renhe for £4m. (Daily Mail)external-link

AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has hinted that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, may have played his last match on loan for the Italian club. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren's future could be decided in the club's next two games at Stoke on 2 March and at home to Bournemouth three days later. (Guardian)external-link

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, 30, has given the struggling Premier League club a boost by declaring himself fit after being out for six weeks with a groin injury. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard says McClaren's side are in "a colossal mess" with "mentally weak" players and "comical" selections. (Chronicle)external-link

The Professional Footballers' Association has apologised to Sunderland goalkeeper Steve Harper after calling the 40-year-old "emotional" over his calls for the union to do more to help players with depression. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Referee Mark Clattenburg is under investigation by the referees' governing body for potential conflict of interest after signing for an agency that also represents players. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says the struggling Premier League club's current boss Remi Garde is "handing the situation brilliantly". (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton says he is "petrified" thinking about Everton's future under manager Roberto Martinez. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Best of social media

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes turned 35 on Monday and his team-mate Troy Deeney made sure he was aware of his priorities by tweeting a pictureexternal-link of a message he sent him about bringing in the cakes.

Troy Deeney

West Ham forward Dimitri Payet received plenty of love on Valentine's Day as co-chairman David Gold and the club's fans serenaded the 28-year-old on Twitter.external-link

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, 61, may have revealed himself as a surprise Beyonce fan after posting a tweetexternal-link plugging her concert at the Stadium of Light, adding: "I hear she is a secret Sunderland fan too."

And finally

Rubin Kazan and Amkar struggled with an unusual problem during their friendly match - the net was blown off the pitch. (Metro)external-link

Jamie Vardy, 29, celebrated his new £13m contract with Leicester by buying a £168,000 Bentley. (Sun)external-link

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