Gossip column: Shaw, Mane, Pogba, Riera, Crouch, Dante

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Southampton and England defender Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw made his England debut in the 1-0 friendly win against Denmark in February

Tottenham are ready to enter a £30m bidding war for Southampton's 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw. Spurs will face rival interest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Full story: Evening Standard 

Former Liverpool winger Albert Riera has joined Serie A club Udinese on a free transfer. The 31-year-old had been without a team since January, when he was released by Galatasaray.

Full story: Fifa.com 

Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Dante has signed a new contract with the Bundesliga club. The 30-year-old centre-back was reportedly a target for Manchester City.

Full story: Sky Sports 

Former Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou, 28, has revealed he turned down the chance to join Arsenal from his current club Lille in the January transfer window.

Full story: Daily Express 

Manchester United will be offered the chance to buy Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao for £10m this summer, having come close to signing the 26-year-old Portuguese last year.

Full story: Daily Star 

Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has denied reports the Serie A club are set to sign Arsenal's 31-year-old France defender Bacary Sagna during the summer transfer window.

Full story: Evening Standard 

Bayern Munich have dropped out of the race to sign Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler. The 20-year-old Germany international is believed to be a key summer transfer target for Arsenal.

Full story: Guardian 

Red Bull Salzburg's Senegal winger Sadio Mane is wanted by Tottenham

Red Bull Salzburg's Senegal winger Sadio Mane is wanted by Tottenham

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood wants to sign Red Bull Salzburg's Senegalese winger Sadio Mane, 21, but faces competition from Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

OTHER GOSSIP

Xavi has rejected Cristiano Ronaldo's claim that a biased refereeing performance was behind Barcelona's 4-3 Clasico win against Real Madrid on Sunday. The 34-year-old Barca midfielder told Real's Ronaldo, 29, that his side were simply the better team.

Full story: ESPN 

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse, 28, has thanked the club's fans for their support through a goalscoring dry spell. The Senegalese scored his first league goal in open play in 349 days against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Full story: Evening Chronicle 

Hull City manager Steve Bruce stopped a press conference to watch a replay of Wayne Rooney's first goal of two against West Ham on Saturday. The Manchester United forward, 28, scored a spectacular long-distance volley.

Full story: Evening Standard 

Arsenal's 20-year-old midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain twice told referee Andre Marriner he had mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs, 24, in Saturday's 6-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.

Full story: Sun (subscription required) 

The Gunners remain hopeful that Gibbs' red-card will be rescinded, leaving both he and Oxlade-Chamberlain available for Tuesday's home match against Swansea City.

Full story: Independent 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to drop goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 23, in favour of 28-year-old Lukasz Fabianski for the visit of Swansea.

Full story: Daily Star 

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 29, believes his side's "exciting brand of football" makes them the neutrals' pick for this season's Premier League title.

Full story: Times (subscription required) 

Peter Crouch

Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes Peter Crouch deserves an England recall

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says Potters striker Peter Crouch, 33, has the "international class" to make a return to the England squad.

Full story: Sun (subscription required) 

Hughes is also hopeful of convincing midfielder Stephen Ireland, 27, to extend his contract beyond the end of this season.

Full story: Sky Sports 

Manchester United manager David Moyes has hinted that striker Wayne Rooney, 28, will be his captain next season.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 26, feels he is still fighting for his place in the team despite winning his starting spot back from 27-year-old Costel Pantilimon.

Full story: Manchester Evening News 

Manchester City's Spain midfielder David Silva, 28, says Manchester United have failed to get the best out of his former Valencia team-mate Juan Mata, 25, since he signed from Chelsea for a club-record £37.1m.

Full story: Independent 

Midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, is mature enough for start for England in the World Cup in Brazil, says Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Full story: Daily Mail 

GLOBAL GOSSIP (FROM BBC MONITORING)

Chelsea's 33-year-old striker Samuel Eto'o has revealed that he and former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola barely spoke during the single season they were at Camp Nou together, when Barca won the treble.

Full story: Gazzetta Dello Sport (in Italian) 

Germany international Mario Gomez, 28, has picked up another injury with Serie A club Fiorentina. The striker had recently rediscovered his form again after a lengthy lay-off.

Full story: Bild (in German) 

Under-fire AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf has praised his team following their draw with Lazio at the weekend, describing the result as "a demonstration of character".

Full story: Gazzetta Dello Sport (in Italian) 

Sporting Lisbon's 21-year-old midfielder William Carvalho is on the wish-list of several major European clubs, including Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba left Manchester United to join Juventus on a free transfer in 2012

Full story: Bild (in German) 

Juventus' 21-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba says he wants to concentrate on playing and not pay too much attention to growing speculation about him moving to French club Paris St-Germain.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian) 

Atletico Madrid striker David Villa, 32, says he would consider a playing future in the United States.

Full story: AS (in Spanish) 

AND FINALLY

England captain Steven Gerrard, 33, is leaving his wife Alex and three daughters at home during the World Cup in Brazil because he does not want any distractions, despite boss Roy Hodgson allowing partners to accompany the squad.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

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