Today's newspaper gossip: Ronaldo and Ramos hand in transfer requests

Published on: 03 March 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Ronaldo and Ramos hand in transfer requests

Real Madrid pair Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, and 29-year-old Sergio Ramos, who have been linked with moves to Manchester United, have handed in transfer requests at the Spanish club. (Sport)


The Independent's sport supplement cover page

Manchester United's interest in a £62m move for Napoli's 28-year-old Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain is now rivalled by a potential bid from Liverpool. (Daily Star)

Chelsea have held talks with the representatives of Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who has been recommended by the London club's prospective new manager Antonio Conte, and established the 25-year-old has a £31m buyout clause. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester City and Manchester United could have to battle it out with each other after they identified West ham defender Angelo Ogbonna, 27, as a possible target. (Times - subscription based)

Barcelona's Argentina star Lionel Messi, 28, says he would like to return play in his homeland at some stage of his career. (El Grafico via Guardian)

Steve McManaman, who played with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane during two seasons at the Spanish giants, says the former France international did not come across as a future manager. (Daily Express)

The Sun's back page

The Sun's back page

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to bring in Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri to replace Zidane if his side fail to win the Champions League this season. (La Gazzetta dello Sport via AS)

Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group "underestimated how poor the playing squad was" when they bought the club in 2010. The revelation came during a legal battle between Mill Financial, Royal Bank of Scotland and former Reds co-owner George Gillett. (Liverpool Echo)

Aston Villa's players believe manager Remi Garde will leave the club in the summer following the club's seemingly inevitable relegation from the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

Villa are eight points from safety but centre-back Micah Richards, 27, still believes the club can avoid the drop. (Aston Villa website via Birmingham Mail)

Valencia are keen to appoint Gary Neville as their permanent manager on a two-year contract, with the Mestalla club set to speak to the ex-Manchester United defender about potential signings. (Daily Mirror)

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised the quality of the Liverpool side and says he would replace the whole squad in the summer.(Daily Express)

Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey, 29, fears his season may be over after suffering an ankle injury in the midweek defeat by Chelsea. (Eastern Daily Press)

Former Netherlands international and Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar says his former Ajax boss Louis van Gaal, now at Old Trafford, is the best manager he ever worked with. (Daily Mail)

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, 25, says he thought the city only had a rugby team before he signed for them from Le Havre in January 2014.(FourFourTwo)

Best of social media

West Ham fan and comedian Russell Brand interviewed Hammers boss Slaven Bilic after Wednesday's win over Tottenham and had a special present for him as he gave the Croat a kiss.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic gets more than he bargained for during an interview with Russell Brand

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic gets more than he bargained for during an interview with Russell Brand

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has questioned midfielder Santi Cazorla's prospects of returning before the end of the season - but the 31-year-old Spain international tweeted his surprise at his manager's comments.

Santi Cazorla on Twitter

And finally

Barcelona forward Neymar, 24, says, given the option, he would take team-mate Lionel Messi's left foot over Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo's right. (UOL Esporte via AS)

Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby's long-awaited comeback from injury has been put back again. The 29-year-old was due to play for Marseille in a cup game on Thursday but suffered a calf injury in training. His last competitive game was in September 2014. (ESPN)