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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, 27, has emerged as a surprise target for Italian side Napoli.

Full story: talkSPORT

Thomas Vermaelen
Thomas Vermaelen has won 42 caps for Belgium

French club Monaco are considering a £26m move for Manchester City's 27-year-old captain Vincent Kompany.

Full story: L'Equipe (French)

Christian Benteke insists that he - and not Aston Villa - will decide his future, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all tracking the Belgium striker, 22.

Full story: The Sun

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, could be set for a summer move to Manchester City or Chelsea.

Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea are weighing up a move for Galatasaray's 27-year-old striker Burak Yilmaz, who has scored 32 goals this season.

Full story: Metro

Stoke's Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 25, is set for a £15m move to Liverpool.

Full story: The Sun

Sunderland striker Danny Graham
Graham has not scored since joining Sunderland in January

Stoke are lining up FC Twente's Dutch goalkeeper Timo Plattel, 19, as competition for Jack Butland, 20, ahead of Begovic's anticipated departure from the Britannia Stadium.

Full story: Daily Mail

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 24, is staying at Manchester City this summer - despite efforts from Real Madrid to lure him to Spain.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Cardiff want to sign Danny Graham in a £4m deal just four months after the striker, 27, joined Sunderland from Swansea.

Full story: Daily Star

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is considering a cut-price move for 25-year-old Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas.

Full story: Daily Express

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Monaco have signed Porto midfielders Joao Moutinho, 26 and James Rodriguez, 21, for a combined fee of £60m.

Full story: A Bola (Portuguese)

Arsenal target Serge Aurier, 20, says he will not leave Toulouse "unless something crazy happens". Several French clubs are also believed to be interested in the Ivorian defender.

Clarence Seedorf
Clarence Seedorf played for AC Milan between 2002 and 2012

Full story: sport24.com

AC Milan supporters' group Curva Sud strongly oppose the rumoured appointment of former Netherlands international Clarence Seedorf, 37, as manager, on account of his lack of experience.

Full story: corriere.it (Italian)

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has denied the club has made contact with former Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri.

Full story: lastampa.it (Italian)

OTHER GOSSIP

Napoli have made an approach for Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas as they search for a replacement for Walter Mazzarri.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City's manager-in-waiting Manuel Pellegrini, 59, has been set a target of five trophies in as many years - including the Champions League.

David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini
David Moyes bought Marouane Fellaini for around £15m in 2008

Full story: Daily Mirror

City chief executive Ferran Soriano says contract talks are planned with Carlos Tevez, 29, and Gareth Barry, 32, who have one year remaining on their current deals.

Full story: Independent

Fulham boss Martin Jol could join former club Hamburg as general manager after the German side sacked manager Frank Arnesen.

Full story: Daily Mail

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, has told how his furious Everton manager David Moyes gave all the other players and staff the day off and had him in for a one-on-one training session after he headbutted Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in December.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Midfielder Kevin Nolan, 30, has urged West Ham to bring in some big-name signings during the summer to give them a chance of challenging for a European spot.

Full story: talkSPORT

Tickets for the Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at Wembley are selling for up to £14,000 each on the black market.

Full story: Metro

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, 40, says he is only interested in bringing "winners" to Anfield this summer.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

AND FINALLY

Pop band One Direction have followed up their recent hijacking of Newcastle's training session by interrupting a Real Madrid workout - in order to meet star defender Sergio Ramos.

Full story: Metro