Gossip column: Van Gaal, Mourinho, Mahrez, Rooney, Terry

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Manager Louis van Gaal will be sacked if his Manchester United side lose to Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday. (Daily Star Sunday)

And Jose Mourinho has rejected the chance to rejoin Inter Milan, because his heart is set on taking over at Manchester United. (Sunday Express)

However, the Sunday Mirror says United still see Ryan Giggs as their next manager, as part of a succession plan which would mean a snub to Mourinho.

Barcelona are plotting a summer swoop for Leicester's Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez, despite the Foxes planning to more than double the 24-year-old's wages. (Sunday Mirror)

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The back page of the Daily Star Sunday

Chelsea captain John Terry, 35, is top of the wanted list for Chinese clubs this summer, according to former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson. (Sun on Sunday)

Newcastle, Arsenal and clubs in the Chinese Super League are keen to sign Manchester United's 34-year-old England midfielder Michael Carrick. (Sunday Express)

But Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, 30, has turned down two approaches from Chinese Super League teams because he wants to stay at Old Trafford. (Sunday People)

Manchester United have been told they must pay £40m if they want to sign Paris St-Germain's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 29. (Daily Star Sunday)

Tottenham will give manager Mauricio Pochettino a new deal to ward off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)

Barcelona's Brazil forward Neymar, 24, says he admires incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. (Metro)

Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, says his childhood dream is to play for Real Madrid. (Metro, via L'Equipe)

Brazil midfielder Oscar, 24, has revealed the Chelsea players want manager Guus Hiddink to stay at the club. (Sun on Sunday)

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The Sunday Express features Jose Mourinho's future intentions

Chelsea have made further checks on the availability of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone as they step up their search for Jose Mourinho's long-term successor. (Sunday People)

Two of Italy's leading coaches, current Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and former Juve manager Antonio Conte, have both made known their interest in the Stamford Bridge role, while Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini and ex-Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli are also under consideration. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

The average Premier League salary was £1.7m a year last season, compared to £324,250 in the Championship. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he would not buy a ticket for City's FA Cup tie with Chelsea as he prepares to field a weakened side. (Independent)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident the club can keep hold of its star players this summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren believes his side's training trip to La Manga can be the turning point of their season. (Chronicle Live)

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West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has spoken out against the fan who threw a coin at team-mate Chris Brunt following the Baggies' 3-1 FA Cup defeat by Reading.

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Foster tweeted after the incident on Saturday

Former Manchester defender Rio Ferdinand has tweeted some damning words about Louis van Gaal. He wrote: "Given LVG loads of time... the team have gone backwards since his arrival. The style of football has no resemblance to Man Utd at all."

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has posted on Instagram to say the operation on his knee injury has been a success. He wrote: "Hello my friends! I came back home yesterday night from Barcelona after a very good operation." Zouma is expected to be out for six months after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament.

And finally

There is no place for Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in Romario's list of the five best players to have ever lived, but the former Brazil striker does find a place for himself in the list. Romario, who won the World Cup in 1994, included himself at number two, just behind Pele. (Goal.com, via Esporte Pono Final)

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