Gossip column: Rooney, Ibrahimovic, Herrera, Benitez, De Gea, Morata

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury and could be sidelined for a further month. (Daily Mirror)external-link

United will go head to head with AC Milan this summer to sign Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35.(L'Equipe via Daily Mail)external-link

But the Red Devils face a battle to hold on to midfielder Ander Herrera, 26, with Atletico Madrid and Juventus both interested in the Spaniard. (Daily Mail)external-link

Real Madrid plan to trigger 25-year-old Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea's £30m release clause this summer. (Sky Sports)external-link

Arsenal are planning a £50m summer bid for Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, 23. (Daily Express)external-link

Saturday's Times Sport front page
Saturday's Times Sport section leads on the struggles at Old Trafford

Juventus boss Antonio Conte wants to replace Chelsea centre-back John Terry, 35, with 28-year-old Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci if he takes over as Blues manager this summer. (Daily Express)external-link

The 46-year-old will ask Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich for funds to sign five players when he joins the club. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli has claimed he was offered the Chelsea manager's job but Abramovich then switched his attentions to Conte instead. (Sun)external-link

Conte has been taking English lessons since January with Chelsea footing the bill. (Star)

Atletico Madrid want to bring Diego Costa back to Spain and the 27-year-old Chelsea striker is equally keen to rejoin his old club. (Marca)external-link

Meanwhile, Atletico winger Antoine Griezmann, 24, has dismissed suggestions he could join Chelsea or Manchester United this summer. (RMC via Talksport)external-link

After Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero announced plans to end his career back in Argentina, manager Manuel Pellegrini says the club's other Argentine players, including defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis, could also opt to end their careers in their home country. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Saturday's Daily Express back page
Saturday's Daily Express back page leads on Rafael Benitez's arrival on Tyneside

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini has hit out at former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' "negative treatment" of him during his spell at Anfield.(Di Marzio via Daily Star)external-link

Hull manager Steve Bruce could be tempted to take over at Aston Villa if the Tigers miss out on promotion from the Championship - but has insisted on a large transfer fund. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former England manager Fabio Capello has criticised the Three Lions, saying it is in England's culture to blame anyone but themselves after defeat.(Sun)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has denied claims his team are mentally fragile. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink admits he has concerns over the form of midfielder Eden Hazard, but says the 25-year-old Belgian is "capable of beautiful things".(Evening Standard)external-link

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has been backed to return to top goalscoring form by former Saints star Alan Shearer. (Southern Daily Echo)external-link

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry revealed on Instagramexternal-link he has completed his coaching badges.

Thierry Henry poses with Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts after completing his coaching badges
Thierry Henry posed with Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts after completing his coaching badges

Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo is so delighted with his new portrait of himself and team-mate John Terry that he posted a picture of it on Instagram.external-link

Kenneth Omeruo poses with a portrait of himself and John Terry

Southampton's Japan international Maya Yoshida tweetedexternal-link a poignant message of remembrance on the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Maya Yoshida tweet

And finally

Leicester captain Wes Morgan is set to open his fourth tattoo parlour - and team-mates Jeffrey Schlupp and Christian Fuchs are already regulars. (Sun) external-link

Watford striker Troy Deeney's six-year-old son Myles will not be cheering on his dad against Arsenal in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final. Deeney junior is an Arsenal fan and not even a threat from Dad to withhold his pocket money has persuaded him to change allegiances. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

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