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Sunday's gossip column

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MANCHESTER UNITED GOSSIP

Carlos Tevez broke down in tears as he waved an apparent final farewell to Manchester United supporters, following the goalless draw with Arsenal that clinched their third successive Premier League title. He had earlier told Argentine TV: "I know that I am not going to continue at Manchester United."
(Full story: Observer)

Angry supporters hurled bottles and sprayed beer at the entrance to Old Trafford in protest against the club's alleged treatment of Tevez.
(Full story: News of the World)

Liverpool are the front-runners to sign the Argentine, in a deal variously reported to be worth between £22m and £26m.
(Full story: Sunday Express)

Sir Alex Ferguson is "not contemplating retiring" and has set his sights on at least another five years in football management.
(Full story: News of the World)

Ferguson is lining up defender Rio Ferdinand for a coaching role once his current contract expires in 2013, while Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are both expected to take on some coaching responsibilities at the club this summer.
(Full story: News of the World)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Robin Van Persie could be set to leave Arsenal, who are considering cashing in on the striker after contract talks stalled. (Full story: News of the World)

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger's summer transfer kitty at Arsenal has been reduced to just £13m.
(Full story: Mail on Sunday)

Mark Hughes wants to bring Benfica pair Luisao and Oscar Cardozo to Manchester City.
(Full story: News of the World)

Michael Owen will take a 50% drop in pay if it helps him secure a summer move away from Newcastle. (Full story: Sunday Express)

But Alan Shearer has asked Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to make sure the services of defender Sebastien Bassong are secured on a permanent basis, to ward off interest from Arsenal.
(Full story: Sunday Telegraph)

Aston Villa have joined Liverpool and Spurs in the queue to sign Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing.
(Full story: News of the World)

Fulham are confident they can lure Paul Scharner from Wigan in a £6m deal.
(Full story: News of the World)

Bolton boss Gary Megson is keen on a £2m deal to sign Joey Barton from Newcastle, but first has to convince the Bolton board the midfielder is worth the gamble.
(Full story: News of the World)

Rangers could miss out on Icelandic international defender Hermann Hreidarsson if they fail to win their first league championship title in four years.
(Full story: Sunday Mail)

Wigan are set to snatch Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher from under Celtic's noses.
(Full story: News of the World)

OTHER GOSSIP

New rules could be introduced limiting Premier League clubs to as few as 25 players in their squad for an entire season.
(Full story: Observer)

Alan Shearer has placed permanent contract talks with Newcastle on hold after watching his side suffer a potentially catastrophic defeat by Fulham on Saturday.
(Full story: News of the World)

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic is the leading candidate to replace Ricky Sbragia at Sunderland, who are keen on a manager with a higher profile.
(Full story: News of the World)

Chelsea have made "contingency plans" in case AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti turns down a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
(Full story: News of the World)

Hull City's Premier League survival hopes could rest on Manchester United fielding a heavily-weakened team when the champions line up at the KC Stadium next Sunday.
(Full story: Sunday Times)

AND FINALLY

David Beckham will go head-to-head with Barack Obama on Monday. The England star is launching the nation's bid to host the 2018 World Cup at Wembley, while the US President is backing his country's rival bid.
(Full story: Sunday Telegraph)

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham believes England will win the World Cup by 2018.
(Full story: News of the World)



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see also
Transfers - May 2009
24 May 09 |  Football
Saturday's gossip column
16 May 09 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
15 May 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
14 May 09 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
13 May 09 |  Gossip


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