Football gossip: Alderweireld, Sterling, Wilshere, Bale, Dybala, Umtiti

Football gossip

Chelsea are determined to beat Manchester United and Barcelona to the signing of Tottenham's 29-year-old Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld. (Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks the club face a fight to keep England forward Raheem Sterling, 23, out of the clutches of Spanish giants Real Madrid. (Sun)

Guardiola is keeping Manchester City waiting over a new contract, saying his future cannot be allowed to overshadow his side's bid to win both the Premier League and Champions League. (Manchester Evening News)

The Spaniard admits he wondered if he could ever win the Premier League after City's 4-0 defeat to Everton in January 2016 - his heaviest loss as a manager. (Express)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is weighing up offers for two 24-year-old France internationals - Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane - to solve his defensive problems. (Star)

Arsenal fear England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, will reject their offer of a new contract and leave on a free transfer in the summer. (Guardian)

West Ham are lining up a £4m move for Manchester United's 25-year-old goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, with fellow Englishman Joe Hart, 30, to return to Manchester City in the summer after his season-long loan deal. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, West Ham defender James Collins, 34, says the Hammers cannot play in fear of going a goal behind and another pitch invasion taking place. (Mail)

Everton centre-half Michael Keane, 25, says he has not given up on his World Cup dream despite not being selected for Gareth Southgate's England squad for last week's friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy. (Express)

Bournemouth will demand £25m for their English forward Callum Wilson this summer and Everton and West Ham are both interested in the 26-year-old. (Sun)

Former AC Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is being targeted by two Premier League clubs. (Sun)

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has laughed off reports Atletico Madrid are planning to move for 24-year-old Argentina international Paulo Dybala as a replacement for France forward Antoine Griezmann, 27, who is a target for Barcelona. (Marca)

Gareth Bale is edging closer to a Premier League return with Real Madrid keen to sell the 28-year-old Wales forward this summer. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea hope one of Europe's big clubs, such as Paris St-Germain, appoint Antonio Conte this summer to save them paying £9m in compensation if they sack him as manager. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says midfielder Jordan Henderson, 27, will remain club captain for the foreseeable future. (Liverpool Echo)

Daniel Sturridge has cost West Bromwich Albion £50,000 a minute since his January loan move, but manager Alan Pardew has defended the signing of the 28-year-old Liverpool and England striker. (Telegraph)

Leicester City's Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, 21, says he knew he had made it as a footballer when he realised he could afford a designer top. (Sun)

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 21, wants to quit Old Trafford for regular football. Both Arsenal and Aston Villa interested in the England Under-21 international, who has impressed on loan at Shrewsbury in League One. (Mirror)

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says this season has been easier for Huddersfield Town because he shoulders much more pressure than Terriers' boss David Wagner. (Telegraph)

Benitez has challenged Algerian striker Islam Slimani to save his career during the final eight games of the season as the 29-year-old prepares to make his debut for the Magpies, having joined on loan from Leicester City in January. (Northern Echo)

After losing their fourth game in a row, Bury's miserable trip to Bristol Rovers was completed as their coach crashed into the turnstiles at the Memorial Stadium. (Bristol Post)

Manchester United's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, has also endured some motoring troubles, driving off with a parking ticket still stuck to his window after a meal out with his wife. (Sun)

Runcorn Town midfielder Harry Brazel wrote a letter to a supporter to apologise for being sent off in the club's victory against Abbey Hey. (Four Four Two)

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