Monday, 11 May 2015

Gossip: Toure, Krul, Lloris, Depay, Begovic, Benitez, Torres


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Manchester City's Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure, 31, says no amount of money will make him stay at a club if he is not wanted and adds that he will always go where he is offered new challenges.(FootMercato)
Yaya Toure says no amount of money will make him stay at a club
Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page
The midfielder's interview with the French football website has opened up the possibility of a move away from the Etihad this summer.(Manchester Evening News)

Paris St-Germain and Inter Milan are likely to compete for Toure's signature. (Times - subscription required)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will try and sign Dutch keeper Tim Krul, 27, from his former club Newcastle for £10m. (Sun - subscription required)

Tottenham's France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, will consider his future at the end of the season if, as expected, his club do not qualify for the Champions League. (Guardian)

Manchester United have been given a considerable fillip with Real Madrid reportedly poised to turn their attentions to Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic, 27, rather than the Red Devils' highly-rated David de Gea, 24. (Daily Express)

Manchester United believe they are still in the best position to sign PSV Eindhoven's £25m Dutch winger Memphis Depay. United are prepared to give the 21-year-old a four-year contract and quadruple his wages to £135,000-a-week. (Daily Star)
Manchester United  to sign PSV Eindhoven's £25m Dutch winger Memphis Depay according to the DailyStar
Wednesday's Daily Star back page
Louis van Gaal could be the crucial factor in persuading countryman Depay to reject a move to Liverpool in favour of United. (Talksport)

If he is signed by the Old Trafford club, Depay could be a new Cristiano Ronaldo for United according to former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer. (Talksport)

Liverpool are hopeful of agreeing a new long-term contract for 19-year-old English midfielder Jordon Ibe before the end of the season.(Independent)

Manchester City will have to spend in excess of £20m to sign Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, 25, who is also thought to be a target for Tottenham. (Manchester Evening News)

Spurs will try to sell as many as nine players this summer, who cost the club a total of £90m, including strikers Roberto Soldado, 29, and Emmanuel Adebayor, 31. (London Evening Standard)

Spurs also want to sign Everton's Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas, 27, while England winger Aaron Lennon, 28, who is on-loan at Goodison Park from Tottenham, will make his move permanent. (Telegraph)

Arsenal are considering a pay-as-you-play deal for French midfielder Abou Diaby, rather than a straight-forward new contract, after the 28-year-old impressed Gunners coaches on his return from injury.(Telegraph)

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, on loan from AC Milan, has claimed that Steven Gerrard encouraged him to leave Liverpool and join Chelsea for his £50m British record transfer. (The Sun - subscription required)

Torres has named Liverpool skipper Gerrard as the best player he has ever played with. (Daily Mirror)
Wednesday's Daily Express back page
Wednesday's Daily Express back page
Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez would welcome a return to the Premier League with Manchester City. (Daily Star)

Scott Sinclair has confirmed he wants to sign permanently for Aston Villa at the end of the season. The 26-year-old winger is on loan from Manchester City but can be bought for £2.5m in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 30, has ruled out a move from Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev claims Manchester United have yet to decide whether to sign striker Radamel Falcao, 29, on a permanent deal in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool will give Daniel Sturridge, 25, a tailored training programme this summer to try and end the England striker's injury problems. (Times-subscription required)

West Ham vice-president Karren Brady says the club will not challenge Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City for Jurgen Klopp, who is departing as Borussia Dortmund boss at the end of the season. (Daily Express)

Manchester United have overtaken rivals Manchester City for the highest wage bill of all Premier League clubs, after new figures emerged showing the Red Devils paid £215.8m in salaries in 2013-14. (Independent)

Swansea are in the top two in the Premier League... in terms of outperforming their wage bill. (South Wales Evening Post)

Jose Mourinho intends to supplement his Chelsea squad with up to four academy prospects next season. (GetWestLondon)

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has reiterated the club's commitment to producing local talent after announcing plans to sign 19-year-old winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona last week and reported interest in 15-year-old Belgian schoolboy Thibaud Verlinden at Standard Liege. (Stoke Sentinel) 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Ryan Giggs celebrates Salford City's promotion
Ryan Giggs celebrates Salford City's promotion
Phil Neville has tweeted a picture of Ryan Giggs celebrating with the Salford City players after their promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier League. Neville and Giggs part-own the club.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino puts his recent off-field controversies behind him and posts an Instagram picture of himself at a local prize-giving ceremony,writing: "Pleasure to be a guest today at the Albion Foundation to celebrate success and hand out trophies."

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere asks for assistance on a special assignment. "This week I get to interview the legend Pele," he tweets. "What shall I ask him?"

Rio Ferdinand on Twitter enjoying Bayern Munich's thrashing of Porto in the Champions League: "Bayern 4-0 up after 30 minutes... complete turnaround... Pep fired his boys right up for this it seems!"

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard keeps his followers apprised of the scoreline at the Allianz Arena: "Six goals?! What a performance from Bayern."

Joey Barton is more focused on boxing, and tweets in typically ruthless fashion: "Watching Mayweather/Pacquiao build up. I hope Manny smashes him up..."

QPR striker Charlie Austin remembers his former club in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of the English football pyramid, and tweets: "Congratulations Poole Town FC getting back to the top of the league, one more game to go."

Former Norway international-turned TV presenter Jan Aage Fjortoft highlights Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola's wardrobe malfunction during the 6-1 Champions League thrashing of Porto, and writes: "Guardiola celebrated! Trousers oops ..."
AND FINALLY

Former Brazil international defender Ze Maria has been sacked twice within a week as coach of relegation-threatened Romanian club Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt. (Daily Mail)
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