Sunday 13th April gossip column


David Bentley will choose between either Liverpool or Chelsea as the Premier League giants wage a 15m fight for the Blackburn star this summer. (News of the World)

Tottenham are ready to sell French Under-21 skipper Younes Kaboul with Portsmouth interested in the 22-year-old who cost Spurs 7m. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester City are confident of completing the 10m capture of former Eastlands star Shaun Wright-Phillips from Chelsea in the summer. (News of the World)

But Chelsea will be splashing the cash themselves with Roman Abramovich signing off 100m for Avram Grant to target players such as Gareth Barry, Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero and Lyon's Karim Benzema. (Sunday People)

Gerard Pique is considering his Manchester United future after Barcelona declared an interest in re-signing the Spanish centre-back. (News of the World)

Manchester United and Arsenal are closing in on Cardiff City's 6m-rated midfielder Aaron Ramsey - just 17 years old. (Sunday Express)

Portsmouth are winning a three-way fight ahead of Newcastle and Aston Villa to secure the services of Liverpool striker Peter Crouch in a 6m deal this summer. (News of the World)

Chelsea have been given renewed hope of signing 25m-rated Sevilla full-back Dani Alves after comments from the player hinting he wants to leave the Spanish club. (News of the World)

Man United are eyeing 15m-rated defensive midfielder Miguel Veloso of Sporting Lisbon. (Sunday Telegraph)

Tottenham are lining up a 5m bid for Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor. (Sunday Mail)

Real Madrid will pay 4.5m for Hibs striker Steven Fletcher and farm him out to a La Liga rival on loan for a year. (Sunday Mail)

Rafa Benitez will challenge Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks on claims the American still uses former Germany coach Jurgen Klinnsman as an advisor. (News of the World)

Irish horse racing magnates John Magnier and JP McManus - formerly Manchester United's major shareholders - are considering buying into Liverpool and are keen to play a role in the future of the club. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City have lost confidence in manager Sven-Goran Eriksson after their slide down the Premier League and are looking to replace him in the summer with Portugal boss Luis Felipe Scolari. (Sunday Times)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he wants Barcelona to knock Man United out of the Champions League because of his allegiance to Thierry Henry. (Sunday Express)

Legendary Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos sprinted after Ashley Cole - not the other way round - to almost beg the England man to swap shirts with him after Fenerbache's defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday evening. (News of the World)

After Diego Maradona has been handing out lavish praise to fellow countryman Javier Mascherano, the Liverpool midfielder is set to invite the Argentine hero to watch him play at troubled Anfield. (Mail on Sunday)

Danish Premier League player Andreas Dahl says he has no regrets about kicking a streaker where it hurts when the naked man invaded the pitch during Nordsjalland's game with AaB. "I know it's the steward's job but why shouldn't I?" he said. "He sure went down fast." (The Observer)