Gossip column: Sterling, De Gea, Falcao, Cech, Beckham, Wenger

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Manchester City are preparing a £40m bid for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, but the Anfield club remain determined to keep the player. (Daily Mirror)external-link

City will offer Sterling a wage of up to £200,000 a week to convince him to sign, as the club seeks to increase their quota of English players. (Daily Express)external-link

Bayern Munich will consider signing Sterling if he decides to leave Liverpool this summer. (Bild - in German)external-link

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The Daily Mirror are reporting Manchester City will bid £40m for Raheem Sterling

Chelsea are prepared to sell winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, and attacking midfielder Oscar, 23, to raise funds for a rival bid for Sterling. (Daily Star)external-link

The Premier League champions are considering taking Radamel Falcao, 29, on a season-long loan in 2015-16. The striker is currently on a season-long loan at Manchester United from Monaco but has only scored four times. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United will offer goalkeeper David De Gea a new contract worth up to £250,000 a week to convince the 24-year-old to commit to the club amid interest from Real Madrid.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, has emerged as a possible replacement for De Gea should the Spaniard leave. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly says Cech needs to leave the London club as he only has "two years of playing football left". (Daily Express)external-link

Cech's agent says his client would "definitely" like to join one of Arsenal, Manchester United or Paris St-Germain. (Times - subscription required)external-link

United are also considering Ajax and Netherlands goalkeeper Jesper Cillessen, 26, as a possible replacement for De Gea. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to boost his squad by signing a defensive midfielder. (Guardian)external-link

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 24, would be a "great signing" for Liverpool, says former Reds winger John Barnes. (Talksport)external-link

West Brom will offer to make 21-year-old forward Saido Berahino one of the club's top earners when contract talks open at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted he "does not know" whether 23-year-old forward and Manchester City target Alexandre Lacazette will be at the club next season. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, 67, will stay as the club's manager for next season only if they avoid relegation from the Premier League. They will secure their survival if they beat or draw against Arsenal on Wednesday. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

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England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate will risk angering Manchester United and Tottenham by naming Luke Shaw and Harry Kane in the squad for the European Under-21 Championship. (Guardian)external-link

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin, 24, has played like a £40m player since Christmas, according to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. (Sky Sports)external-link

Aston Villa are preparing a £15m bid for Queens Park Rangers' 25-year-old striker Charlie Austin, who is also a target for Liverpool and Chelsea. (Daily Star)external-link

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 20, says England can win the European Under-21 Championship, even if Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 21, misses the competition. (Sky Sports)external-link

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber will travel to Miami to meet with members of David Beckham United, the group of investors who were awarded a new franchise for the city but have yet to find a suitable stadium. (NBC Sports)external-link

Leicester's 34-year-old defensive midfielder Esteban Cambiasso is considering extending his stay with the club after being named their player of the year. (Times - subscription required) external-link

Werder Bremen's Ukrainian coach Viktor Skrypnyk, 45, has emerged as a leading candidate to take over at West Ham if Sam Allayrdce does not continue in the role. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

The protest group Ashley Out is encouraging Newcastle fans to remain in the club's stadium for a sit-in protest after Sunday's final league game of the season, as part of its campaign against owner Mike Ashley. (Evening Chronicle)external-link

Best of social media

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United defender Marcos Rojo posed for this photo at the club's end of season award ceremony

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard congratulated his team-mate and fellow keeper David De Gea on winning the club's Player of the Year award. The 31-year-oldtweeted:external-link"Big congrats to @D_DeGea. In my eyes the most prestigious award. Very well deserved my friend!"

Blackpool's 24-year-old striker Nile Ranger declared himself baffled by the news his club were releasing 17 players, sharing a screen grab of the BBC Sport website's coverage of the story in anInstagram postexternal-linkand adding: "Face says it all."

Liverpool's 25-year-old striker Daniel Sturridge provided an update on his journey back to full fitness,tweeting:external-link"Two weeks post-op and I'm feeling a lot better. I'm a happy man today."

Barcelona and Brazil right-back Dani Alves showed off his singing voice and guitar skills in anInstagram video.external-linkThe 32-year-old reprised American singer Nicky Jam's song Travesuras.

And finally

Former Blackpool and Southampton striker Brett Ormerod, 38, plans to open up a branch of a well known fast-food restaurant in Blackburn.(Metro)external-link

Newcastle United's new kit, which was launched on Tuesday, is already out of date as it features the old logo of their shirt sponsors, Wonga. (Evening Chronicle)external-link

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