Gossip column: Khedira, Martinez, Giggs, Mikel, Gaitan

Sami Khedira is wanted by Jose Mourinho, reports claim.

Sami Khedira is wanted by Jose Mourinho, reports claim.

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is planning to test former club Real Madrid’s determination to hold on to Germany anchorman Sami Khedira. The Spanish club value the 27-year-old at £36m.

Full story: Daily Star  

Arsenal and Manchester City are monitoring Javi Martinez, 25, amid reports that Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder is disillusioned with life under manager Pep Guardiola.

Javi Martinez

Martinez signed for Bayern Munich from Athletic Bilbao for £31.6m in August 2012

Full story: Talksport 

Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Benfica playmaker Nicolas Gaitan ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United. A bid of £20m would be enough to prise the 26-year-old Argentina international from the Portuguese champions.

Full story: Footylatest 

Liverpool want to add Barcelona winger Cristian Tello to their squad for next season and have approached the Catalan club with an £8m offer for the 22-year-old.

Full story: Metro 

Inter Milan are interested in Chelsea anchorman Jon Obi Mikel, 27, after the Nigeria international’s fall from favour at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, 25, has quashed speculation linking him with Arsenal, saying he is not yet ready to leave the German club.

Full story: Metro 

Lars Bender

Lars Bender played in Germany’s 1-0 friendly win over England in November

Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa, 25, will ignore interest from Napoli and stay at Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Express 

Besiktas, along with Valencia and Malaga, will offer Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel, 26, the chance to move away from the relegated Bluebirds this summer.

Full story: Talksport 

Manchester United striker Will Keane, 21, could follow Paul Pogba to Juventus after failing to agree terms on a new contract at Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Crystal Palace are set to start contract talks with 24-year-old winger Yannick Bolasie after interest from the likes of Italian club Fiorentina and Turkish side Besiktas.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required) 

OTHER GOSSIP

Louis van Gaal, favourite for the Manchester United manager’s job, will offer Ryan Giggs the chance to be his assistant at Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Star 

Meanwhile, Manchester United coach Phil Neville says the day former boss David Moyes was sacked was “one of the toughest of my life”.

Full story: Independent 

West Brom manger Pepe Mel will return to Spain to take up the reins at Malaga at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis will earn a £2m bonus for keeping his side in the Premier League after taking over from Ian Holloway in November with the Eagles in the relegation zone.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Uefa will infuriate Manchester City by imposing a £20m fine on Paris St-Germain for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. City are set to face a £49m sanction and a cut to their Champions League squad of 25 to 21.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is poised to sack 70 staff at Elland Road in an attempt to reduce costs.

Full story: Daily Star 

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Crystal Palace are interested in Bordeaux’s 29-year-old Nicolas Maurice-Belay and Marseille’s Thomas Ephestion, 18. Both are midfielders.

Full story: L’Equipe (in French) 

Real Madrid assistant manager Zinedine Zidane has denied he is moving to French side Bordeaux next season, saying his current priority is the Spanish team.

Full story: AS (in Spanish) 

Inter Milan owner Erick Thohrir is preparing a shock move to bring Real Madrid’s 26-year-old striker Karim Benzema to San Siro.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian) 

Liverpool target, midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 22, says he will remain at Bayern Munich for another season.

Full story: Bild (in German) 

AND FINALLY

Japanese second division side Kyoto Sanga showed that planning made perfect as a free-kick training routine featuring a series of dummies reaped dividends with a goal against Yokohama.

Full story: Metro 

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