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Gossip: Transfer and rumour - September 09, 2014

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30, has emerged as a January transfer target for Juventus. (Daily Mirror) 
 
Former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, is set to snub a January move to Manchester United after asking AC Milan to renew his contract. (Daily Express) 
 
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is to hold crunch talks with Adnan Januzaj after the midfielder, 19, became concerned over his future at Old Trafford. (Daily Star) 
 
Glen Johnson
Johnson is out of contract at Liverpool next summer 

Former Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz, 31, has signed for Major League Soccer outfit Columbus Crew. (MLS) 
 
Chelsea are on the trail of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 18. (Daily Star) 
 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to sign Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 26, over the summer. (Talksport)  
 
Lazio are ready to hand midfielder Antonio Candreva, 27, a lucrative contract in a bid to ward off interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. (Daily Express) 
 
Newcastle United and Republic of Ireland back-up goalkeeper Rob Elliot, 28, says the time has come to make regular football his goal for club and country. (Times - subscription required) 

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United are expected to announce this week that David Moyes's ill-fated stint as manager cost the club £50m. (Daily Telegraph) 
 
Daily Telegraph
Tuesday's Telegraph back page 

Everton have cancelled a supporters' day trip package to Russian outfit Kuban Krasnodar due to a lack of interest in October's Europa League tie. (Daily Mail) 
 
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes his old club have improved considerably thanks to their "clever" transfer dealings over the summer. (Evening Standard) 
 
Former Switzerland international Ramon Vega believes the FA must give Roy Hodgson time to become a success as England boss. (Talksport) 
 
Striker Robin van Persie, 31, says he cannot wait to train with the new "world-class" arrivals at Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News) 
 
Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, 21, admits he's struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League. (Daily Star) 
 
Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar, 29, faces a fitness test later this week ahead of Saturday's match with Liverpool, while fellow defender Jores Okore, 22, could return from long-term injury. (Birmingham Mail) 
 
Lukas Podolski has conceded Danny Welbeck's £16m move from Manchester United has moved him down the pecking order at Arsenal. (Independent) 
 
Juan Mata believes Manchester United have an "extraordinary" player in Radamel Falcao. (Sun - subscription required) 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli took to Instagram  on Monday to post a video message in which he offered advice and good luck to children starting their first day at school.
Marcelo, Willian, Fernandinho, Robinho
Marcelo, Willian, Fernandinho & Robinho 

Balotelli's Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, has taken to social media in response to the injury he suffered on England duty, posting a picture on Instagram  alongside the comment "be back soon".

Former Manchester City forward Robinho indulged in a game of 'spot the difference' on Instagram  alongside Brazil team-mates Marcelo, Willian and Fernandinho.

AND FINALLY

ITV's pitch-side punditry team got a little too close to the action when a sprinkler gave them a soaking in the build-up to England's Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland. (Daily Mirror) 

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