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Chelsea Consider Roberto Di Matteo, Jan Vertonghen For Newcastle United And More (TRANSFER TALK AND GOSSIP)

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Roberto di Matteo is in danger of getting the Chelsea job, what with reaching the Champions semi-final and FA Cup final, and has he now been interviewed by the Blues' technical director Michael Emenalo about becoming the Blues' next permanent manager?

The Daily Express claims the Italian is being seriously considered for the role, after an impressive audition hitherto. Laurent Blanc has been strongly linked to Chelsea in the past month, but perhaps Roman Abramovich has discovered the essence of prudence?

How galling for Abramovich that could be however, appointing a man sacked by West Brom last year...

Jan Vertonghen famously said last year of incessant transfer speculation revolving him: "I'm fed up with this s**t." Well this s**t just got real.

Newcastle, lecturers in discovering and recruiting knockdown transfer targets, seem to be in for the Ajax captain after Alan Pardew paid a visit to Amsterdam at the weekend (stop laughing at the back).

The Daily Telegraph report that the 24-year-old Belgium international has been scouted by a host of Premier League clubs as well as AC Milan, with the defender/midfielder almost certain to depart the Dutch champions this summer.

Not a bad couple of days for the Telegraph. Yesterday they confidently confirmed Nicolas Gaitan's deal to Manchester United was done, with Fabio da Silva moving in the opposite direction to Benfica on loan. And now the Brazilian's agent has confirmed this, and again, confirmation comes via the Telegraph.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, a contender for half-player-of-the-season, admits he would "love" to stay at Swansea City for a second successive campaign. The ex-Reading and Iceland international has scored seven goals since arriving on loan from German side Hoffenheim in January, but the South Wales Evening Post say his future is out of his hands.

It's been a while since Yann M'Vila earned some column inches, but he's back today. Arsenal's favourite future signing is now interesting Internazionale, say Metro, who may recruit France coach and ex-Inter defender Laurent Blanc as an incentive for the Rennes midfielder. M'Vila is of course a key cog in Blanc's well-oiled French machine.

Serial diver Dani Alves has stoked the flames ahead of Di Matteo's side facing Barcelona tomorrow night, suggesting fear - not referee Tom Henning Ovrebo - stopped them earning a place in the 2009 Champions League final, the Independent say. Nothing to do with the three penalties which should have been given, oh no.

Tottenham have already approached Jose Mourinho this year about succeeding Harry Redknapp, but after being knocked back they are looking to one of his proteges, The Sun suggests. Brendan Rodgers, contender for manager of the year after Swansea took to the Premier League like swans to water, is in line should the FA belatedly approach Redknapp.

All is not well at Blackburn (again). Five straight defeats have now allegedly been compounded by Gael Givet having a row with manager Steve Kean, to the extent he was withdrawn from the starting lineup at Swansea on Saturday, The Daily Mail alleges. Rovers will hold talks with the French defender this week to determine if he can play for the club again.

All is well with Andy Carroll though, and the Liverpool striker suggests his hard-drinking wild man days are over as he has swapped night outs for sitting in watching films with his girlfriend, say The Sun.

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