Gossip column: Friedel, Depay, Beckham, Icardi, Terry

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Speculation is growing around Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Chelsea could move for Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who will be 44 in the summer, as a replacement for second choice Petr Cech, should the 32-year-old leave Stamford Bridge this summer. (Daily Telegraph) 

PSV's 21-year-old winger and reported Manchester United target Memphis Depay "has the option" to leave the Dutch club in the summer. (Manchester Evening News) 

David Beckham's 15-year-old son Brooklyn could follow his father's example and play for Manchester United once he is released by Arsenal at the end of the season. (Daily Star) 

Liverpool are ready to sell 24-year-old striker Mario Balotelli to Sampdoria and sign Villarreal forward Luciano Vietto, 21, as a £12m replacement. (Daily Express) 

Inter Milan have ruled out selling striker Mauro Icardi, 21, who is attracting interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. (Daily Star) 

Everton will have to look elsewhere after reports in Italy claimed that Galatasaray's 31-year-old striker Goran Pandev has signed a pre-contract agreement with Genoa. (Talksport) 

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has to win the Premier League or Champions League, otherwise Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will be approached to replace him. (Guardian) 

Former Middlesbrough and Celtic manager Tony Mowbray has agreed to become Coventry City boss. (Coventry Telegraph) 

The investigation into Wigan manager Malky Mackay's exchange of racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic messages with former Cardiff head of recruitment Iain Moody has been extended after new information was passed to the Football Association. (Daily Mail) 

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria, 27, was sold by Real Madrid in the summer because he was "too ugly", according to Barcelona's assistant director of football. (Goal.com) 

Hull winger Robbie Brady, 23, could be ruled out for the rest of the season after falling down a hole at the club's training ground. (Daily Mirror) 

Former Barcelona manager Charly Rexach has denied he suggesting Lionel Messi, 27 ate too much pizza in an interview to Catalan newspaper Regio 7 last season. (Bleacher Report) 

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has suggested Sky Sports pundits are influencing the Football Association after midfielder Mile Jedinak, 30, was charged with violent conduct. (Daily Mirror) 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

John Terry's children

Chelsea defeated Tottenham 2-0 to lift the League Cup on Sunday

On his Instagram account,  Chelsea captain John Terry, 34, posted a picture of his two children sleeping with the League Cup trophy following his side's 2-0 victory over Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.

A six-second video has emerged showing Chelsea's 24-year-old midfielder Eden Hazard's apparent disapproval of the quality of champagne on offer at Wembley after his club's League Cup win . (Independent) 

Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, 28, posted a graphic   celebrating his having reached the landmark of 50 goals with the club.

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29, tweeted:  "I've just found out about St David's Day in my English lesson and I would like to wish a belated St David's Day to all the people in Wales."

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, 32, tweeted  his surprise at rumours Manuel Pellegrini will be relieved from his role as manager of Manchester City.

AND FINALLY....

Chelsea's 26-year-old striker Diego Costa responded to a Tottenham fan throwing a £2 coin at him during the Capital One Cup final by picking it up and pocketing it. (Metro)