Gossip column: Higuain, Walcott, Ibrahimovic, Pato, De Bruyne

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Jose Mourinho is confident he will be Manchester United manager next season and has lined up a £70m move for Napoli's Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 28. (Sunday People)external-link

Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, 26, would like to stay at Chelsea once his loan from Corinthians runs out at the end of the season. (ESPN Brasil, via Sunday Express)external-link

Paris St-Germain's Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, is in talks with Manchester United over a £600,000-a-week deal. (Corriere dello Sport, via Star on Sunday)external-link

England international Theo Walcott, 27, wants to leave Arsenal after only starting one Premier League game since the end of January.(Sunday Mirror)external-link

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The Sunday Times says Andy Carroll will miss out on Euro 2016

Sam Allardyce has told friends he will resign as Sunderland manager if the club are relegated this season and could even announce his retirement.(Sunday Mirror)external-link

The scout who recommended Belgium forward Kevin de Bruyne to Chelsea says he told owner Roman Abramovich the now-Manchester City player, 24, would one day be worth £70m.(Star on Sunday)external-link

England boss Roy Hodgson has told West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 27, he will not be taking him to Euro 2016.(Sunday Mirror)external-link

PFA Players' Player of the Year nominee N'Golo Kante, 25, almost signed for West Ham before moving to Leicester City, according to Hammers boss Slaven Bilic. (Standard)external-link

Leicester have checked on Italian side Pescara's 22-goal striker Gianluca Lapadula, with the Serie B club's president saying the 26-year-old can leave if they do not get promoted. (ITA Sportpress, via Mail on Sunday)external-link

Manchester United and Chelsea target Mauro Icardi, 23, will not leave Inter Milan next season, with manager Roberto Mancini also set to stay at the San Siro. (Sunday Express)external-link

Watford will pay £2m to sign Liverpool's Jerome Sinclair, but Crystal Palace and West Brom are also keen on the 19-year-old forward. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Arsenal are close to signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, though a fee has yet to be negotiated for the 23-year-old Switzerland international. The German club want £30m and the Gunners are willing to pay £20m. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Manager Arsene Wenger hopes to bring two players from La Liga strugglers Getafe - midfielder Pablo Sarabia, 23, and forward Alvaro Vazquez, 24 - to Arsenal. (Don Balon via Metro)external-link

Wenger will also give 20-year-old forward Chuba Akpom a chance at Emirates Stadium next season, with the England Under-21 international impressing on loan at Hull City.(Goal.com)external-link

Tottenham are close to renewing the contracts of 24-year-old midfielders Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, as well as defender Jan Vertonghen, 28.(Star on Sunday)external-link

Former Brighton and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet - currently in charge at Greek side AEK Athens but out of contract in the summer - is in the frame to take over at Championship club Nottingham Forest. (Sunday People)external-link

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Watford striker Troy Deeney tweetedexternal-link this picture, complimenting "the main man" Heurelho Gomes as well as "the best kit man in the league".

Troy Deeney

Brazilian goalkeeper Gomes was all smiles after two penalty saves in Watford's 1-0 win at West Brom, though the same could not be said for the Baggies' spot-kick taker Saido Berahino.

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Berahino missed two penalties in the Baggies' defeat by Watford

West Brom's own goalkeeper was another impressed by Gomes' performance, despite being on the losing side.

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Goalkeepers' Union? Foster was impressed by double-penalty save hero Gomes

Former Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar had a message for the Villa Park fans after the club's relegation to the Championship was confirmed. He tweeted:external-link "Heads up Villans, today is a sad day for all of us. I hope you guys return soon to the Premier League."

Lou Macari, who spent more than a decade at Manchester United, was introduced to current midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger before their win against Villa. The Scot posted this picture on Twitter.external-link

Lou Macari
Macari called Schweinsteiger a "gentleman" when the United midfielders past and present were introduced

And finally...

A cross-party group of MPs wants to see Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri rewarded for the Foxes' remarkable season with a knighthood. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

Leicester defender Christian Fuchs has revealed that Ranieri came to his birthday party twice, having got the date wrong initially. (Observer)external-link

Marcus Rashford's start to his Manchester United career has attracted interest from Jay Z, with the rapper's Roc Nation Sports company hoping to represent the 18-year-old forward. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

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