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