Gossip column: Dzeko, De Gea, Bale, Pogba, Toure

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Chelsea are planning a shock move for Manchester City's 29-year-old striker Edin Dzeko, with City ready to listen to offers. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, the Stamford Bridge club's manager Jose Mourinho is also interested in Manchester City's unsettled midfielder Yaya Toure, 32. (Sunday Express)external-link

The Mail on Sunday sports supplement
The Mail on Sunday features Steven Gerrard's final entrance onto the Anfield pitch

Everton and Southampton are favourites to sign £10m-rated Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, 23. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

The Saints are also looking at Burnley defender Kieran Trippier, 24, as a replacement for their Manchester United-bound England international Nathaniel Clyne, 24. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Former West Ham defender Slaven Bilic is on their managerial shortlist alongside favourite Rafael Benitez in anticipation of Sam Allardyce's expected departure at the end of the season. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, 25, and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32 have emerged as transfer targets for Manchester United. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester United's 24-year-old goalkeeper David de Gea will hold a family meeting at the end of the season to decide his future. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

However, United will struggle to get their money back on De Gea after being warned that Real Madrid are ready to play hardball over the Spanish keeper who they signed for nearly £18m from Atletico Madrid in 2011. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Manchester United are also looking at Lazio's Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson, 22.(Sunday People) external-link

Portuguese midfielder Nani is reportedly returning to Manchester United after Sporting Lisbon refused to meet the 28-year-old's £15m price tag following a season-long loan in Portugal. (the Sun -subscription required)external-link

The Sunday Express back page
The Sunday Express back page reports Chelsea's interest in Yaya Toure

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has cast doubt on whether £60m record signing Angel Di Maria can turn his form around after a disappointing first season for the winger, 27, at Old Trafford. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Louis van Gaal wants to bring back Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to Old Trafford. The France international, 22, left Manchester United to join the Serie A club in 2012 after failing to secure a regular first-team place under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. (Observer)external-link

Manchester City hope to scupper United's hopes of signing Gareth Bale, 25, from Real Madrid by tabling an £80m bid for the Welshman. (the Sun - subscription required)external-link

Welshman Bale wants to leave Real Madrid after two seasons in Spain, and the European champions will allow him to depart if they receive a bid of more than £85m. (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

Liverpool are stepping up their pursuit of Asier Illarramendi after Real Madrid officially put the 25-year-old midfielder up for sale. (Sunday People)external-link

Aston Villa have yet to offer defender Ron Vlaar, 30, a new deal, even though the Dutch international is out of contract at the end of the season. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, is set to return to the England squad for the upcoming games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he does not know how he will fill his time after retirement and has spent time wondering how former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has occupied his time since leaving Old Trafford. (ESPN)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed the influence of Romelu Lukaku after the 22-year-old Belgian striker became only the second Blues player, after Yakubu, to score 20 goals in a season during the Premier League era. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Retired defender Jamie Carragher believes his former Liverpool and England team-mate Steven Gerrard, who played his last game at Anfield on Saturday, should savour his memories and not return to the club on loan. (Sky Sports)external-link

Swansea manager Garry Monk hopes to add "five or six quality players" to his squad during the summer transfer window. (Observer)external-link

Best of social media

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia tweeted an apologyexternal-link after his side's 6-1 loss at Southampton. "Sorry to our fans who came and support us," he said. "It was a very bad performance. 3pts at Villa Park next week and be prepared for the FA Cup final."

Leicester City celebrate
Leicester celebrate staying in the Premier League for another season

Leicester secured their Premier League status for next season with a 0-0 draw against Sunderland and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel tweeted a pictureexternal-link from the dressing room at the Stadium of Light saying: "What a feeling! What an achievement! So proud of everyone at the club."

Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko, who was on the losing side as Gerrard inspired Liverpool to an unlikely victory in the 2005 Champions League final, called the former England captain "a great man and an amazing player". on Twitter.external-link

And there was joy for actor television presenter Stephen Fry after his beloved Norwich reached the Championship play-off final. "Such a sea of yellow-clad joy-filled lovers of this great club," he tweeted.external-link "Utter transcendent rapturous joy cannot be expressed in 140 characters."

And finally

Tottenham defender Danny Rose is suffering the wrath of his club's fans after appearing in his side's last home match of the season against Hull on Saturday with his hair dyed red - the colour of bitter rivals Arsenal. (Metro)external-link

Newcastle manager John Carver will ban his players from reading papers or watching the television in the build-up to the home game with West Ham United next Sunday with relegation still a prospect for his side. (Evening Chronicle)external-link

Belgian footballers earn higher average salaries than any other nationality of players within Europe's 'Big Five' leagues.(Mail on Sunday) external-link

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