Gossip column: Khedira, Martinez, Giggs, Mikel, Gaitan
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Inter Milan are interested in Chelsea anchorman Jon Obi Mikel, 27, after the Nigeria international’s fall from favour at Stamford Bridge.
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, 25, has quashed speculation linking him with Arsenal, saying he is not yet ready to leave the German club.
Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa, 25, will ignore interest from Napoli and stay at Old Trafford.
Besiktas, along with Valencia and Malaga, will offer Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel, 26, the chance to move away from the relegated Bluebirds this summer.
Manchester United striker Will Keane, 21, could follow Paul Pogba to Juventus after failing to agree terms on a new contract at Old Trafford.
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.
Louis van Gaal, favourite for the Manchester United manager’s job, will offer Ryan Giggs the chance to be his assistant at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Manchester United coach Phil Neville says the day former boss David Moyes was sacked was “one of the toughest of my life”.
West Brom manger Pepe Mel will return to Spain to take up the reins at Malaga at the end of the season.
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.
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.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is poised to sack 70 staff at Elland Road in an attempt to reduce costs.
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.
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.
Inter Milan owner Erick Thohrir is preparing a shock move to bring Real Madrid’s 26-year-old striker Karim Benzema to San Siro.
Liverpool target, midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 22, says he will remain at Bayern Munich for another season.
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.
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