Today's newspaper gossip: Barcelona target Payet, Hazard deny Real link

Published on: 14 April 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Barcelona target Payet, Hazard deny Real link

Spanish giants Barcelona are planning a £50m move for West Ham and France midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29. (Talksport)

Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard, 25, has denied speculation suggesting he has already signed a deal to join Real Madrid in La Liga. (Daily Mirror)

The Stamford Bridge club have made a British record £63.5m bid for 30-year-old Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos. (Don Balon via Metro)

The Premier League has changed the referee for Tottenham's game against Stoke on Monday following pressure on social media, with Leicester-based Kevin Friend originally scheduled to take charge. (Daily Mail)

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The Star leads on United's teenage goalscorer Marcus Rashford

Serie A leaders Juventus are considering a £20m bid for 25-year-old Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.(Talksport)

However, Belgium international Benteke wants to stay at the Merseyside club, despite his lack of playing time under manager Jurgen Klopp.(Independent)

Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, says he has received lots of offers from the Premier League but is only interested in joining a club with trophy-winning potential.(Daily Express)

Jose Mourinho could take charge of the French champions, if PSG part company with Laurent Blanc following their Champions League exit.(Daily Mail)

Arsenal could sign Inter Milan's 23-year-old Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, on long-term loan at the Italian club from Dinamo Zagreb, for £15m in the summer transfer window.(Tuttosport via Metro)

Wolfsburg's Brazil defender Naldo, 33, says he is honoured by reported interest in him from Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, and Kieran Gibbs, 26, are reluctant to leave the Gunners this summer despite their lack of first-team football.(Evening Standard)

Manchester United will miss out on Germany international Mario Gomez, with the 30-year-old striker instead set to sign a permanent deal with loan club Besiktas.(Daily Star)

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to bring in his own director of football - Roma's Walter Sabatini - when he takes over at Stamford Bridge.(Sun)

The new Blues boss may also face a tussle with Brazil over the selection of Willian for the Rio Olympics, which could lead to the midfielder missing the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.(Daily Express)

And as many as 56 Premier League players could miss the start of next season through their involvement in this summer's Olympic Games.(Daily Star)

Premier League leaders Leicester City are interested in signing 18-year-old AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli but they face competition from Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Gianluca Lapadula's 21 goals for Pescara in Italy's Serie B this season have made the 25-year-old striker a target for Tottenham and Leicester.(Gazzetta dello Sport)

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Vincent Kompany will not be sold by incoming boss Pep Guardiola this summer, according to the Manchester City captain's agent.(Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are all tracking Marquinhos, 21, with the Brazilian defender understood to be unhappy at Paris St-Germain.(Daily Star)

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams, 49, has held talks over a surprise return to management at Danish giants Brondby.(Evening Standard)

Charlton defender Regan Charles-Cook, 19, is attracting interest from Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool. (South London Press)

Manchester United's young striker Marcus Rashford "could be like Michael Owen at the 1998 World Cup", says Danny Mills.(BBC Radio 5 live)

Barcelona need a makeover this summer, says Spanish football expert Graham Hunter, but the club cannot recruit players until they sign a new sponsorship deal.(BBC Radio 5 live)

Liverpool have made £300,000 from Manchester City's Champions League success, thanks to a clause regarding European progression in the transfer of Raheem Sterling, 21.(Daily Telegraph)

Best of social media

Tottenham and Belgium stars Nacer Chadli and Jan Vertonghen donned waiters' outfits and disguises and took to the kitchens, to the

— (@INGBelgique)

">surprise of one family.

Jan Vertonghen and Nacer Chadli

Guess who? Jan Vertonghen and Nacer Chadli find new roles in the kitchen

Several Premier League players tuned in to see basketball star Kobe Bryant play his last game for LA Lakers.

Asmir Begovic Twitter

Mesut Ozil Twitter

Jack Butland Twitter

USA national coach Jurgen Klinsmann has denied rumours he will take over as manager of Everton,

— (@J_Klinsmann)

">tweeting: "Rumours are wrong! Not going anywhere and Everton FC has a fantastic manager in Roberto Martinez!"

Ander Herrera, 26, is looking forward to a trip to Wembley after Manchester United beat West Ham 2-1 in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday,

— (@AnderHerrera)

">tweeting this picture.

Ander Herrera

Herrera poses with United team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard

And finally...

Newcastle fans have been voting which players they would like to keep at the club next season, with results showing they hope almost half the first-team squad will leave St James' Park. (Chronicle)

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble carried Manchester United's Ander Herrera off the pitch during the Hammers' FA Cup exit, accusing the Spaniard of time-wasting. (Metro)