Football gossip: Bale, Hummels, Sturridge, Benteke, Firmino

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The absence of injured Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, 25, until September will see Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers target a proven striker in the summer, with Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, 24, under consideration. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, is almost certain to leave Manchester City this summer, with the midfielder's agent claiming his client is "90% certain" to depart the club. (Sky Sports)external-link

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure: "90% certain" to leave Manchester City this summer

Inter Milan may be a possible destination for Toure, but Real Madrid and Juventus are not keen to take on the Ivorian's £220,000-a-week wages. (Daily Mail)external-link

Toure may not be the only departure from City this summer, with Manuel Pellegrini's friends and family admitting that the 61-year-old manager is worried about his future at the club. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

City could replace Pellegrini with Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, whose current position is threatened by the prospect of a new president being installed in their July election. (Daily Mail)external-link

Friday's Daily Star back page
Friday's Daily Star back page

Another reported City managerial target - Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola - is not in danger of losing his job at the German club, despite their 3-0 humbling at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League. (Independent)external-link

City are poised to beat rivals Chelsea and Arsenal to the £20m signing of Hoffenheim's 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United will spend up to £200m on new players and will be first in the queue to bring Gareth Bale, 25, back to the Premier League if the Wales forward leaves Real Madrid. (Daily Express)external-link

United's capture of Dutch winger Memphis Depay, 21, will be the start of a summer spending spree by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett claims the player will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer despite speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford. (Sky Sports)external-link

Van Gaal will also attempt to sign 26-year-old defender Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund and beat Chelsea to the signature of right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 24, from Southampton. (Independent)external-link

One man who could be leaving United this summer is Radamel Falcao, with AC Milan ready to offer the 29-year-old Colombian striker the chance to rebuild his career in Italy after his unsuccessful loan at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Darren Bent could return to Aston Villa for next season, with boss Tim Sherwood keen to re-sign the 31-year-old striker on a free transfer once his current contract with the club expires. (Daily Star)external-link

Friday's Daily Mail back page
Friday's Daily Mail back page

Barcelona striker Neymar, 23, says he is still learning from Argentine team-mate Lionel Messi and that the 27-year-old's selfless qualities leave him "speechless".(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea will demand £10m for goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is wanted by Arsenal, even though the 32-year-old has only one year left on his contract. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Liverpool and Manchester City will face competition from Bayern Munich for 22-year-old Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson who is rated at £30m.(Talksport)external-link

Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, 24, is a target for Atletico Madrid and the Spanish club will rival Manchester City for his signature. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken the unusual step of allowing his players up to four days off this week, which has raised eyebrows at Manchester United over their preparations to face Liverpool on Sunday. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle manager John Carver says he would have been sacked by most Premier League clubs after losing eight games in a row but has the "100%" backing of owner Mike Ashley. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes says it is difficult to see Newcastle winning another game this season as they battle to avoid relegation. (Independent)external-link

Brentford striker Andre Gray, 23, says that an attack on him in Wolverhampton in 2011, which left him with a scar on his face, has given him the strength to pursue his dream of playing in the Premier League. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Best of social media

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge has already been on an exercise bike after his operation

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge posted a video of the early stages of his rehabilitation from recent hip surgery in the United States. "Gentle spin two days post op. Feeling good," said the England forward on his Instagram account.external-link

QPR's Joey Barton reflected on the general election and posted on his Twitter account:external-link "Just been and voted and there was a rather large queue. Suppose that's a good thing, right?"

QPR striker Charlie Austin has clearly not forgotten his time at Swindon, as this tweetexternal-link after their 2-1 first-leg League One play-off win over Sheffield United shows: "Nice win for Swindon but only half the job done, will be a great atmosphere Monday night at the county ground."

Newcastle striker Siem de Jong has denied that he has suffered another injury, writing on Twitter:external-link "I'm not injured again, I'm just not strong enough yet. I hope to train again next week and help the team as much as I can the last games. I've tried to come back as soon as possible after 2 heavy operations. I wish I could have done more!"

And finally

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes he knows why former Spurs winger Gareth Bale, 25, is struggling at Real Madrid, suggesting indigestion from his change in diet and meal times could be the cause. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has shown up forward Cristiano Ronaldo with his ball-juggling skills in training.(Metro)external-link

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