Gossip column: Falcao, Simeone, Danilo, Umititi, Bacca

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Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 29, will have to wait until May to discover whether Manchester United are to make his loan move from Monaco permanent. (Guardian)external-link

Barcelona defender Dani Alves, 31, is close to joining a new club on a free transfer in the summer, with Manchester United one of the teams interested in the Brazil international. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Porto's Brazilian full-back Danilo, 23, is expected to reject interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United in favour of a £27m switch to Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool are considering making a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 22, after a setback in their attempts to sign £37m-rated Miralem Pjanic, 24, from Roma. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Serbia defender Matija Nastasic, 21, is likely to make his loan move from Manchester City to Schalke permanent in the summer, according to the German club's general manager Horst Heldt. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, Southampton and Everton are considering a move for Lyon's 21-year-old defender Samuel Umtiti. (FootMercato.net in French)external-link

Matija Nastasic
Matija Nastasic joined Schalke on loan in January

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out a move for Sevilla's Colombian striker Carlos Bacca, 28. (Turnstyle)external-link

Lille want to keep Manchester City attacking midfielder Marcos Lopes, 19, on loan for another season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby, 28, looks set to be released this summer with boss Arsene Wenger planning to sell either Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini to clear the way for a major midfield signing.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea are watching Anderlecht midfielders Youri Tielemans, 17, and Leander Dendoncker, 19. (Daily Mail)external-link

Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto, 21, is a £12m target for Liverpool - his agent, Jorge Cysterpiller, says Real Madrid also want the player. (Sun - subscription required)external-link


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Diego Simeone is stalling on a new contract as Atletico Madrid manager - in the hope of getting the Manchester City job. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson is set for a new contract to stop him moving to a Premier League side, despite having 12 months remaining on his current deal. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he will not bow to fans urging the team to "attack, attack, attack". (London Evening Standard)external-link

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, 26, turned down an offer to join Barcelona during the summer. (Bild in German)external-link

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva says Germany international Mesut Ozil, 26, must improve if the Gunners are going to challenge for the Premier League title again. (London Evening Standard)external-link


Hull City goalkeeper Steve Harper tweeted his admirationexternal-link for Fabricio Coloccini's gesture after the Newcastle captain handed the armband to fellow Argentine Jonas Gutierrez on the latter's return after 17 months out with cancer.

Stephen Harper

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted:external-link "Standing ovation for Jonas Gutierrez as he comes on at St James' Park 11 months after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Lovely moment."

Gutierrez posted a message on Instagram, external-linkthanking his girlfriend for her support. "Thank you for supporting me from the beginning," said the Newcastle player, "For joining me to pass the most difficult moment when you first started our relationship, I do not have words to thank you for everything you did and do."


Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo pays a stylist to regularly brush the hair on his official waxwork at the Museo Cera wax museum in Madrid. (Independent)external-link

Liverpool's Javier Manquillo is the least dirty defender in the Premier League with 16 tackles for every foul conceded. (Talksport)external-link

Everton striker Chris Long, 20, celebrated the first goals of his loan spell at Brentford by revealing he dragged up memories of Michael Owen to help him finish the chances. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

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