Gossip column: Guardiola, Laporte, Conte, Insigne, Sturridge

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Pep Guardiola wants to make 21-year-old Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte his first signing when he becomes Manchester City manager in the summer. The France Under-21 international is believed to have a release clause in his contract of about £40m. (Sun)external-link

Former England manager Fabio Capello claims fellow Italian Antonio Conte, who is expected to be named Chelsea manager, is already "preparing" for the Stamford Bridge job. (Fox Sports, via Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United are weighing up a move for Hull left-back Andrew Robertson but Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham have also been watching the 21-year-old Scotland international. (Daily Star)external-link

The front page of Monday's Guardian sports section features a picture of Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero with the Capital One Cup
The front page of Monday's Guardian sports section features a picture of Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero with the Capital One Cup

New Everton shareholder Farhad Moshiri will provide the Goodison Park club with £100m investment in the summer. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's main transfer target during the summer will be Napoli's Italy striker Lorenzo Insigne, 24.(Calciomercato.com, via Daily Express)external-link

Arsenal are weighing up a move for 20-year-old Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons, who has failed to agree a new contact with the Magpies. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Newcastle are keen to sign Lyon's French defender Samuel Umtiti, 22, if they can avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Sun)external-link

West Brom fear Northern Ireland defender Chris Brunt, 31, may miss Euro 2016 after suffering a serious knee injury on Saturday.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce does not believe midfielder Jack Rodwell, 24, is struggling with a crisis of confidence after his failure to score against West Ham on Saturday. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton, 31, says the Premier League's bottom club should be fighting for cups, not relegation.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Villa - who his side face on Tuesday - have been "damaged" over the past four seasons. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Leicestershire Police have started planning for European football nights at Leicester City's King Power Stadium. The Foxes are two points clear at the top of the Premier League table with 11 games to go.(Leicester Mercury)external-link

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Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who saved three penalties in the League Cup final shootout, was mobbed by team-mates for his heroics. City skipper Vincent Kompany tweeted a pictureexternal-link of the celebrations afterwards with Yaya Toure, who scored the winning spot-kick, sitting on the sidelines.

Vincent Kompany on Twitter
Kompany's picture was accompanied with the message: "Proud of our team. This is to all our fans who support us through thick and thin."

But Toure did get in on the celebrations as Manchester City tweeted a picture of the midfielder with musician Noel Gallagher and, in reference to the latter's popular song, the message: "A champagne (supernova) moment..."

Manchester City

And finally

Noel Gallagher was asked about his score prediction for the final against Liverpool outside Wembley before the match - and said that Manchester City would win on penalties with Yaya Toure netting the winner. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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