Saturday's gossip column

For a list of all the completed deals, check out the transfers page.[1]

Alexandre Pato’s parent club Corinthians expect Chelsea to take up their option to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)[2]

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 28, denies speculation that new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has lined him up as a replacement for John Terry, 35. (Quotidiano Sportivo via Daily Express)[3]

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Conte will allow Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, to leave the club this summer. (Daily Mirror)[4]

Chelsea are preparing a £24m bid for Ajax midfielder Riechedly Bazoer, 19. (ELF Voetbal Magazine via The Sun) [5]

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink insists Willian, 27, is a “key player” at Stamford Bridge and urges the club not to sell the Brazilian to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. (Daily Mirror)[6]

West Brom’s on-loan midfielder Sandro, 27, would welcome a permanent move from QPR to the Hawthorns this summer. (Daily Mail)[7]

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says it is “unbelievable” the Premier League refused the club’s request to bring forward Sunday’s match with Southampton ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid. (Manchester Evening News)[8]

Manchester City are lining up a summer move for highly-rated West Ham defender Reece Oxford, 17. (Daily Mail)[9]

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he has omitted defender Jon Flanagan from recent squads because he wants the 23-year-old to work on his “physical resistance”. (Liverpool Echo)[10]

Klopp claims he has no regrets about leaving striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, on the bench for their Europa League semi-final first leg defeat in Villarreal and “would do it again”. (Guardian)[11]

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says eight Premier League defeats at Goodison Park this season is “unacceptable”. (Daily Mail)[12]

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Manchester United have made a bid for Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus, 18, who has been compared to a young Neymar. (O Estado de Sao Paulo via Daily Star)[13]

United and Tottenham are both keen to sign Real Madrid wonderkid Pedro Ruiz, 16. (Independent) [14]

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has compared his side’s poor starts to a punch in the face from Mike Tyson. (Chronicle live)[15]

The Spaniard has urged Newcastle fans to “concentrate on supporting the team” against Crystal Palace on Saturday instead of abusing former manager Alan Pardew, who is now in charge of the visitors. (Daily Express)[16]

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims it is easier for smaller clubs such as Leicester City to buy players. (Independent)[17]

Best of social media

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is getting himself in shape for a return to football management with boxing workouts, his personal trainer Bradley Simmonds writes on Instagram.[18]

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Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is struggling to fill the days as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. On Thursday, he posted this picture on Instagram[19] of a meal cooked by his mother-in-law. One Friday, he told his social media followers of his new-found devotion to the ITV daytime show “Tipping Point”.

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and midfielder Kevin de Bruyne enjoyed a training session in the April snow.[20]

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And finally

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his players are not used to winning league titles, seeming to forget that David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia all have Premier League winners medals. (Manchester Evening News)[21]

A Birmingham businessman will win £72,000 if Leicester City win the title this season. (Birmingham Mail)[22]

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  1. ^ transfers page. (
  2. ^ (Sky Sports) (
  3. ^ (Quotidiano Sportivo via Daily Express) (
  4. ^ (Daily Mirror) (
  5. ^ (ELF Voetbal Magazine via The Sun) (
  6. ^ (Daily Mirror) (
  7. ^ (Daily Mail) (
  8. ^ (Manchester Evening News) (
  9. ^ (Daily Mail) (
  10. ^ (Liverpool Echo) (
  11. ^ (Guardian) (
  12. ^ (Daily Mail) (
  13. ^ (O Estado de Sao Paulo via Daily Star) (
  14. ^ (Independent) (
  15. ^ (Chronicle live) (
  16. ^ (Daily Express) (
  17. ^ (Independent) (
  18. ^ writes on Instagram. (
  19. ^ Instagram (
  20. ^ Vincent Kompany (
  21. ^ (Manchester Evening News) (
  22. ^ (Birmingham Mail) (
  23. ^ Top Story alerts in the BBC Sport app? (

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