Gossip column: Wenger, Valbuena, Suarez, Bale

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United and Chelsea sent scouts to Benfica's Stadium of Light on Thursday night to watch defender Ezequiel Garay, 27, as he scored the opening goal in their 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool have been put on alert by reports that Marseille are planning to offload 29-year-old France international Mathieu Valbuena this summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Mathieu Valbuena
Mathieu Valbuena has 30 caps for France

Manchester City are preparing a summer move for Liverpool's Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 27.

Full story: Metro

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has confirmed Liverpool's interest in £25m-rated striker Rodrigo, 23.

Full story: Daily Mail

Inter Milan are favourites to sign Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho, 21, unless Liverpool or Manchester United can get in first.

Full story: Talksport

The agent of Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic, 27, has flown into London for talks with Arsenal and Chelsea about the Croatian striker.

Full story: Inside Futbol

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to reward left-back Jon Flanagan, 21, with a new contract.

Full story: Guardian

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, 52, has revealed he is making plans to overhaul his squad in the summer.

Full story: Daily Express

OTHER GOSSIP

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, 24, is burdened by his £86m world-record transfer fee, according to the club's former president Ramon Calderon.

Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says Manchester United can beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. The former United striker has also backed the club's manager David Moyes.

Full story: Daily Star

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale is struggling to cope with his price tag according to a former Real Madrid president

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has hit back at disparaging comments made by the club's former striker Gary Lineker about current front man Roberto Soldado, 28.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Meanwhile, the club's former goalkeeper Paul Robinson has urged supporters to get behind Sherwood and feels the Spurs boss has endured unfair criticism.

Full story: Talksport

Chelsea have opened contract talks with defender John Terry. The Blues' captain, 33, is out of contract in the summer but wants more than a one-year extension.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Prime Minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama have been urged to take financial action against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, 47, for his close links with Russian president Vladimir Putin following the annexation of Crimea.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Losing Arsene Wenger as manager will be a "nightmare" according the former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood. Wenger takes charge of his 1,000th game when his side face Chelsea on Saturday.

Full story: Daily Star

Liverpool's Joe Allen, 24, is becoming one of the Premier League's top midfielders, says Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, has told French media that one day he would like to play for a "great club".

Full story: Southampton Echo

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere will form part of a footballers' mastermind for Sport Relief

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 24, has revealed he expects Manchester City to win the Premier League title, he feels no pressure over his £86.9m price tag and that he is hopeful Wales can reach a major tournament.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Brazilian security services have staged a mock hostage incident at a World Cup stadium in Brasilia as part of a training exercise.

Full story: Le Figaro

An investigation has been opened into the 2010 transfer of David Villa from Valencia to Barcelona due to the "suspicion of embezzlement". The Catalan club were recently accused of tax fraud by the Spanish authorities over the transfer of Neymar.

Full story: Le Monde

Real Madrid will bring a "spirit of revenge" to El Clasico when they meet Barcelona on Sunday to atone for the "humiliations" of previous seasons.

Full story: El Pais

AND FINALLY

In a special footballers' edition of Celebrity Mastermind, Jack Wilshere, 22, Scott Parker, 33, and Michael Dawson, 30, will field questions from comedian David Walliams to raise money for Sport Relief.

Full story: Daily Mail

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