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Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in Manchester United and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, 29, who is poised to return to Monaco in the summer at the end of his loan deal. (Sun - subscription only)

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Manchester City players firmly believe the club will make an offer for Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo, 30. (Skysports.com)

Manchester United and Manchester City lead the queue to sign midfielder Gareth Bale, 25, from Real Madrid but the Welshman says he will stay at the Bernabeu. (Mirror)

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 27, has instructed his agent to find him a new club - with Paris St-Germain and Barcelona possibly interested. (Daily Star)

Bayern Munich are set to beat Manchester United to sign Italy and Torino full-back Matteo Darmian, 25. (Daily Express)

Manchester United have watched Lazio's Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson, 21, and Netherlands centre-back Stefan de Vrij, 23. (Daily Mail)

Raheem Sterling, 20, should sign the contract that Liverpool have offered him or risk incurring the anger of their supporters, according to former Reds defender Jamie Carragher.(Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur have told Everton it will cost them £6 million to make 27-year-old winger Aaron Lennon's loan move permanent at the end of the season.(Telegraph)

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta says the club want to keep France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, and said there has been no contact over a move.(Manchester Evening News)

Bournemouth will make a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, this summer if they are promoted to the Premier League. (Sun - subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United's Phil Jones, 23, says he and Chris Smalling, 25, have silenced their critics following the pair's impressive defensive displays in recent wins. (Guardian)

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Daily Express back page

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will remind Mesut Ozil, 26, of his responsibilities to the club next week after he was spotted partying in Germany just hours after a match he missed supposedly because of illness. (Daily Express)

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, 25, says he initially struggled to earn Louis van Gaal's trust this season because he used to defy the manager's wishes by chasing the ball too much. (Times - subscription only)

Chelsea captain John Terry, 34, says the "big characters" in the Stamford Bridge dressing room will prove crucial in the Premier League title race. (Telegraph)

Manchester City midfielder Fernando, 27, says Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini "still has a lot to give" despite speculation that he could be sacked this summer if the club finish the season without a trophy.(Daily Star)

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has said he will only sell the club to a potential owner who is prepared to keep manager Alan Pardew. (Evening Standard)

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar believes captain Steven Gerrard, 34, is already thinking about playing for MLS side LA Galaxy following his red card against Manchester United. (Talksport)

A Liverpool fan who grabbed Mario Balotelli, 24, during Sunday's loss to Manchester United says he did it because he was worried the Italian striker would be sent off. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Barcelona player and manager Johan Cruyff says it was "fantastic" that his old club beat Real Madrid on Sunday despite playing poorly.(Marca - in English)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Jefferson Montero and Antonio Valencia
Ecuador's Jefferson Montero and Antonio Valencia

Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero tweeted a selfie with fellow Premier League player Antonio Valencia, of Manchester United, on the plane to Los Angeles for Ecuador's friendly with Mexico.

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, who spent a season on loan at Notts County, tweeted: "Sad to see [manager and assistant] Shaun Derry and Greg Abbott leave Notts. [He] was great towards me last year and I would like to wish him all the best."

After Manchester United's victory over Liverpool at Anfield, midfielder Juan Mata, who scored twice, wrote on his blog: "When you start playing football as a kid on muddy pitches, for something so simple and wonderful as having fun, you dream about becoming a footballer one day to be in a game like the one in Anfield."

AND FINALLY....

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says captain Wayne Rooney, 29, tells off the club's Spanish players in their own language in training.(El Pais - in Spanish)

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has paid tribute to ex-Liverpool and Everton star Johnny Morrissey by performing in front of a giant image of the player, now aged 74, on the singer's new UK tour. (Liverpool Echo)

Iran national coach Carlos Queiroz has been allowed to fly out of the country with his squad to prepare for two forthcoming friendlies in Europe, having previously been prevented from doing so in a dispute over unpaid income tax. (Independent)

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