Friday's gossip column: Draxler, Valdes, Kagawa, Xavi, Khedira

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes could be on his way to Manchester City after the 32-year-old failed to meet a deadline to sign a pre-binding contract with French league side Monaco.

Full story: Daily Star

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford has scored 22 goals in 37 games for MK Dons and Derby this season

Bayern Munich have emerged as favourites to land Arsenal transfer target Julian Draxler, 20, from Schalke in the summer transfer window. In January the Gunners refused to meet Schalke's £37m valuation of their 20-year-old midfielder.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Turkish club Besiktas are lining up a summer move for Manchester United's 24-year-old Japan international midfielder Shinji Kagawa.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Former England captain David Beckham has targeted signing Barcelona midfielder Xavi, 34, for his new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City are interested in signing Angel Correa - likened to Sergio Aguero - from Argentine side San Lorenzo. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Arsenal are also rumoured to be interested in the 18-year-old forward.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are considering a move for Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed. The 19-year-old has made four appearances for the Saints.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid will have a summer clear-out of stars with Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, 26, sparking interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester United.

Full story: Talksport

Sami Khedira
Real Madrid will have a major clear-out this summer

Tottenham are hopeful of signing Chelsea's highly-rated 20-year-old striker Patrick Bamford in the summer. Bamford is currently on loan at Derby County in the Championship.

Full story: Metro

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keen to take veteran Inter Milan midfielder Javier Zanetti, 40, to Stamford Bridge this summer in a dual player-coach role.

Full story: Inside Futbol

Everton and Liverpool face competition from Spanish side Sevilla for Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 28, who reportedly has an £8.2m release clause.

Full story: Talksport

OTHER GOSSIP

Newcastle United defender Mathieu Debuchy, 28, has cast doubt over his future with the Magpies by refusing to rule out a move to Paris St-Germain.

Full story: Daily Star

Injured Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero hopes to return to training next week and has targeted a comeback in time for the League Cup final against Sunderland on 2 March.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United will on Friday announce a £70.2m deal which will keep striker Wayne Rooney, 28, at Old Trafford for the rest of his career.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Wojciech Szczesny, 23, is unlikely to be punished for the gesture he made as he exited the pitch following his dismissal in Arsenal's Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich. The referee did not include the incident in his report.

Full story: the Guardian

Is Chris Hughton running out of time at Norwich?
Is Chris Hughton running out of time at Norwich?

Norwich manager Chris Hughton could be sacked if the Canaries slip into the Premier League relegation zone with a heavy defeat against Tottenham this weekend. The Canaries sit only one point above the bottom three, having won just one of their last 10 league games.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes former striker Duncan Ferguson will become a "special" part of the first-team coaching set-up at Goodison Park.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis says he is "desperate" to get striker Glenn Murray, 30, back in his team after his return from serious injury.

Full story: Croydon Advertiser

AND FINALLY

Welsh League Division Three side Pontypridd Town are set to play a summer friendly against La Liga giants Valencia. The Welsh club's manager Dominic Broad has strong contacts in Spain and is set to take his team to Valencia for a pre-season friendly on 29 July.

Full story: Daily Mirror

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