Wednesday's gossip column: Kroos, Costa, Pirlo, Poyet

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Toni Kroos (left) may be teaming up with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United next season

Manchester United will offer Toni Kroos £260,000 a week in an effort to prise the 24-year-old midfielder away from Bayern Munich this summer.

Full story: the Guardian 

Jose Mourinho is confident Chelsea have secured a £50million deal for Diego Costa in the summer, while Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he will not stand in the 25-year-old striker's way.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo has said he came close to joining Chelsea in 2009, but the move was scuppered by AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi.

Full story: Metro 

Jake Livermore

Manchester United are aiming to secure a £30million deal for Southampton defender Luke Shaw before the World Cup after moving ahead of Chelsea in the race to sign the 18-year-old.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Hull boss Steve Bruce is facing a battle with West Ham and Stoke to land midfielder Jake Livermore, 24, on a permanent deal from Spurs.

Full story: Daily Mirror 


Manchester United players Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young were made to do a second extra training session as punishment after they were photographed on a late night in Manchester following the club's Champions League exit in Munich.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Brighton loanee Jesse Lingard, a 21-year-old attacking midfielder, says his confidence will be "sky-high" when he returns to Manchester United at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Express 

Gus Poyet has no intention of resigning as Sunderland's manager but will effectively ask owner Ellis Short to back him or sack him this summer.

Full story: the Guardian 


Fulham players Scott Parker, Brede Hangeland and Sacha Reither have been phoning supporters who have renewed their season tickets for next season to say thank you.

Full story: the Independent 

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