Today's newspaper gossip: Lukaku could join Man United, Carver applies for Villa job

Published on: 02 April 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Lukaku could join Man United, Carver applies for Villa job

Everton fear striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, will join Manchester United this summer despite insisting the Belgian is not for sale. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are leading the race to sign Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko, 26. (Sun via Sport)

Chelsea are planning a £52m double bid for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 27, and defender Kostas Manolas, 24. The pair are thought to be part of potential new boss Antonio Conte's plans. (Express)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he is being bombarded by telephone calls from agents of players keen to sign for the Premier League high-fliers.(Daily Star)

Daily Star

The Daily Star says Louis van Gaal has admitted he might not be in charge at Manchester United next season

Liverpool decided against a move for Sadio Mane before the 23-year-old midfielder joined Southampton because a computer programme said he would not provide value for money. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace's problems on the pitch have been deepened by player disharmony over a disparity in wages. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are watching Utrecht forward Sebastien Haller, 21, as they put together their transfer plans for the summer. (Evening Standard)

Jose Mourinho is ready to sign former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra, 31, if he becomes Manchester United manager. (Le 10 Sport - in French)

Barcelona are planning a £12m summer move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 26. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 25, has suggested he intends to remain on loan at Roma next season rather than settle for a place on the Gunners bench. (Evening Standard)

Former Newcastle United manager John Carver revealed he has applied for the vacant manager's role at Aston Villa. He is yet to get a reply. (BBC Radio 5 live)

England defender Luke Shaw is set to miss the Euro 2016 finals after Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said that the 20-year-old is unlikely to play for the Red Devils again this season following seven months out with a broken leg. (Times - subscription required)

Former England captain Steven Gerrard says national team manager Roy Hodgson should not "prematurely dump established internationals" in favour of 19-year-old Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli. (Telegraph)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says he "had to shut up" someone who criticised the Black Cats' Dutch defender Patrick van Aanholt, 25. (Sunderland Echo)

Manuel Pellegrini says his departure as Manchester City manager at the end of the season has had no effect on his ability to motivate his players.(Guardian)

Best of social media

Chelsea skipper John Terry caused a stir on Instagram when he liked a post from a Chelsea fans' account telling England boss Roy Hodgson to include the defender in his Euro 2016 squad.

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere said that he was "back doing what he "loves most" after joining in Arsenal training following a leg break which has kept him out all season

Rio Ferdinand on Old Trafford pitch

Rio Ferdinand suggested that he was in line to be the next Manchester United manager, before confirming it was an April fool

And finally

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and midfielder Lucas Leiva were forced to leave their chauffeur-driven taxi twice after their driver made them sing and stopped to pick up dog food en route to Anfield. But the journey was an April Fool's Day prank by team-mate Jon Flanagan.(Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea are selling Alexandre Pato shirts on the cheap - the 26-year-old Brazilian joined on loan in January but is yet to make a first-team appearance.(Daily Star)

Leicester City goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel, 29, says he studies tennis legend Roger Federer and NFL quarterbacks for tips to improve his positioning and his throwing. (Times - subscription required)