Gossip column: Blanc, Hazard, Courtois, Henderson, Stones

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The Star on Sunday
The Star on Sunday features two stories with Manchester United connections

Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc is a candidate to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager. (Star on Sunday)external-link

PSG, meanwhile, want to sign Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 25, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, this summer. (Sunday Express)external-link

Tottenham are planning a £25m move for Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, 25. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

Chelsea are determined to beat Manchester City to the signing of Everton and England defender John Stones, 21, this summer. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

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Pep Guardiola wants to build a new Manchester City defence around 28-year-old Juventus and Italy centre-half Leonardo Bonucci, who is valued at £25m. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, 30, still has "weeks to go" before making a comeback from his knee injury. (Star on Sunday)external-link

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Leicester City will win the Premier League title with three games to spare. (Times - subscription required)

Leicester are closing in on Ajax's 6ft 5in left-back Mitchell Dijks, 23. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has a buyout clause in his contract that could see him leave the Premier League leaders for less than £1m. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

Ranieri has warned his star players they could be left to carry "suitcases" rather than play if they are tempted to leave in the summer. (Observer)external-link

Rafael Benitez says he has listened to advice from Newcastle legends Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley since taking the manager's job at St James' Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Benitez is in line for a £3m bonus if he can keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season. (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

West Ham will sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit in July after the 25-year-old, a former Arsenal reserve-team captain, agreed a pre-contract with the Hammers. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Spurs are interested in signing Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi, 21, but face competition from AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan.(Tuttosport via Sunday Express)external-link

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Erik Lamela
A leisurely journey to Birmingham for Spurs duo Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela

Tottenham's Erik Lamela posted a relaxed picture of the journey north for Sunday's match against the Premier League's bottom side Aston Villa and wrote:external-link "On way to #Birmingham #COYS tomorrow!"

Spurs striker Harry Kane, left on the bench for the midweek Europa League defeat in Dortmund, recalled his last-gasp winner at Villa Park last season and wrote:external-link "Looking forward to the game tomorrow! I've got good memories from last year at this stadium so hopefully more to come tomorrow!"

Everton winger Aaron Lennon celebrated his team's FA Cup victory over Chelsea that put them into the semi-finals next month, writing:external-link "What a win that was!!! The atmosphere was unreal today, next stop Wembley."

Stoke's Peter Odemwingie, on loan at Bristol City, was a substitute in the victory at Fulham and wrote:external-link "First day at the club and first game is a win away from Bristol. Two quality goals got us 3 very important points. 4000 away fans."

And finally

Former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed how he would try to stop Barcelona forward Lionel Messi - but conceded it is "impossible" to do so if the 28-year-old Argentine is at "100% physically". (Sina Sports via Independent) external-link

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