Tuesday’s gossip column: Ronaldo, Coutinho, Benteke – BBC News
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Manchester United are ready to make a £90m bid for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, amid claims he could leave the La Liga side next summer.
Manchester United are also interested in signing 18-year-old Heerenveen centre-back Jerry St Juste after the Dutch player impressed against PSV Eindhoven last month.
Defender Phil Jones, 23, is ready to return to the Manchester United squad against Sunderland on Saturday after recovering from a blood clot in his calf.
Barcelona are considering a January transfer-window move for Liverpool’s Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 23.
(TalkSport via Fichajes)
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi says Paris St-Germain’s Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 33, wanted a move to the club but they ended up with Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli, 25.
AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, 33, says “there would only be one winner” if he came up against Chelsea and Spain striker Diego Costa, 26.
Liverpool and Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 24, is doubtful for Saturday’s game against his former club Aston Villa because he has a hamstring problem.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is thinking about sending 20-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi out on loan in the January transfer window.
(Het Laatste Nieuws – in Dutch)
Walsall and Saint Kitts and Nevis winger Romaine Sawyers, 23, believes his side can cause a shock when they face Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday.
(Express & Star)
Tottenham are keeping an eye on Red Star Belgrade’s 17-year-old Serbia striker Luka Jovic who is valued at £6m.
Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 28, has backed team-mate Harry Kane, 22, to end his barren run in front of goal. The English striker has not scored in five league games this season.
Manchester City are in no rush to give 18-year-old Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho a new deal, despite reported interest from Tottenham.
(Manchester Evening News)
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says 23-year-old striker Callum Wilson is ready for the international stage and will recommend him for an England call-up.
Bournemouth’s French defender Sylvain Distin, who became the Premier League’s oldest outfield player of the season at the age of 37, says he has no plans to retire.
(The Sun – subscription required)
Everton’s Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu, 21, wants to “feel important” after failing to make a start for the Toffees so far this season.
Sheffield Wednesday are interested in signing Sunderland striker Danny Graham, 30, on loan and are willing to cover his wages.
Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gana, 25, has travelled to France to see a specialist about a hamstring problem picked up on international duty with Senegal.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says he won’t be bothered by any ill-feeling towards him from Charlton fans when the sides meet in the League Cup on Wednesday. Pardew was in-charge of the Addicks when they were relegated from the Premier League in 2007.
David Moyes is fighting to remain as coach of Real Sociedad and will draw on the lessons learned during his failed spell at Manchester United to ensure that his tenure in Spain does not last less than a year.
(The Times – subscription required)
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 28, says he cried after a proposed move to Manchester United collapsed because he wanted to remain the Spanish capital.
(Cope – in Spanish)
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Tottenham’s players enjoyed a recovery session in the swimming pool after their victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend. Four of their players recorded an impressive score of 117 in head tennis,
winger Nacer Chadli said on Twitter.
Anthony Martial’s wife Samantha
posted a picture on Instagram
of their son with the man of the match trophy given to the Frenchman after Manchester United’s win over Southampton.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has paid tribute to his girlfriend Andriani Michael for helping him through his injury troubles. He posted a picture of the two of them on his
with the message: “When nothing seems to be going your way, it’s important to have people around you that love you…..but more importantly, the one you love.”
Luis Suarez Martin, Cafu and Christophe Berra Martin are just some of the suggestions for a poll on what Norwich full-back Russell Martin should name his newborn son.
(Norwich Evening News)
The dentist father of Everton’s Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez stopped his son from turning professional until he got a good education.
Fans of Cristiano Ronaldo are being invited to buy raffle tickets to spend a day with the Real Madrid forward including watching him get a haircut.
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