Tuesday's gossip column

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For a list of all the completed deals, check out the transfers page.[1]

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Real Madrid could offer Chelsea a swap deal to sign Eden Hazard, 25, in exchange for Colombia international James Rodriguez, 24. (Sun)[2]

Yaya Toure, who is 33 in May, wants to stay in the Premier League even if he is sold by Manchester City at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)[3]

Manchester United are monitoring 18-year-old Rennes striker Ousmane Dembele but face competition from Europe’s top clubs to land the £27m-rated forward, who has scored nine goals this season. (Daily Mail)[4]

Antonio Conte could be cleared to take over at Chelsea, with his exit as Italy manager after Euro 2016 to be discussed at a board meeting this week. (Daily Mail)[5]

Former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli has said he was Chelsea’s first choice to take over as permanent manager next season. (Radio Vorterix via London Evening Standard)[6]

Arsene Wenger has still got the full backing of the Arsenal board – and will get to decide when the time is right for him to leave. (Daily Mirror)[7]

Diego Costa is considering his future at Chelsea following his first dismissal in English football in the FA Cup defeat at Everton last weekend. (Daily Star)[8]

Manchester City manager-elect Pep Guardiola is thought to have asked friends to find out if Jose Mourinho will be taking charge at Manchester United next season. (Sun)[9]

Wayne Rooney has allayed fears over his recovery from a knee injury and says he will be fully fit to lead England’s bid to succeed at the finals of Euro 2016. (Daily Telegraph)[10]

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Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage says Arsenal should move for Southampton boss Ronald Koeman if Arsene Wenger departs.(BBC Radio 5 live)[11]

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira believes the club’s fans have gone “too far” in their criticism of beleaguered boss Wenger. (Talksport)[12]

Radamel Falcao has described his unsuccessful spell at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal as “complicated”. (El Tiempo via Daily Express)[13]

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic says 5ft 7ins Texan teenager Emerson Hyndman is being protected from the club’s relegation battle for his own good. (GetWestLondon)[14]

Out-of-favour winger Jordan Botaka has been offered hope of another chance before the end of the season after convincing manager Steve Evans that Leeds “have a player here”. (Yorkshire Post)[15]

Swansea assistant manager Alan Curtis believes Modou Barrow will have the stamina to play a central role in the club’s survival push. (South Wales Evening Post)[16]

Martin Atkinson will referee Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby at St James’ Park, his third time in charge of a Newcastle-Sunderland fixture, having previously officiated two 1-1 draws at the Stadium of Light. (Newcastle Chronicle)[17]

Best of social media

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard proudly displays his body art and writes: “Who needs the locks when you’ve got your tattoos.”

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Former Leicester favourite Gary Lineker revels in the victory over Newcastle and writes[18] of Shinji Okazaki’s acrobatic winner: “Get In! Sensational overhead kick from Okazaki.”

The Match of the Day host and former England captain later wrote in the closing stages of the tense 1-0 victory for the Foxes: “Never, ever got nervous playing, taking penalties, anything, but watching this….”[19]

Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger reflects on Sunday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with West Ham and writes:[20] “We wanted the win yesterday, it’s up to us in the replay. Thanks for the warm welcome, back at OT felt great!”

Tottenham hitman Harry Kane relaxes in his swimming pool on a well-earned day off having scored twice to give Spurs a 2-0 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday to enhance their title challenge.

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Kane’s Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker, who had a spell at Aston Villa, thanks their fans following Sunday’s 2-0 victory for Spurs at Villa Park and writes:[21] “Another solid win yesterday, H keeps banging in the goals! Thanks to the Villa fans for the nice welcome back.”

And finally

Arsenal may have gone out of the FA Cup and seen their title challenge falter but majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has been nominated for a sports executive of the year award in America. (London Evening Standard)[22]


  1. ^ transfers page. (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ (Sun) (www.thesun.co.uk)
  3. ^ (Daily Mirror) (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ (Daily Mail) (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  5. ^ (Daily Mail) (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  6. ^ (Radio Vorterix via London Evening Standard) (www.standard.co.uk)
  7. ^ (Daily Mirror) (www.mirror.co.uk)
  8. ^ (Daily Star) (www.dailystar.co.uk)
  9. ^ (Sun) (www.thesun.co.uk)
  10. ^ (Daily Telegraph) (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  11. ^ (BBC Radio 5 live) (www.bbc.co.uk)
  12. ^ (Talksport) (talksport.com)
  13. ^ (El Tiempo via Daily Express) (www.express.co.uk)
  14. ^ (GetWestLondon) (www.getwestlondon.co.uk)
  15. ^ (Yorkshire Post) (www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk)
  16. ^ (South Wales Evening Post) (www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk)
  17. ^ (Newcastle Chronicle) (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
  18. ^ writes (twitter.com)
  19. ^ later wrote (twitter.com)
  20. ^ writes: (twitter.com)
  21. ^ writes: (twitter.com)
  22. ^ (London Evening Standard) (www.standard.co.uk)

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