Manchester United Eye Shinji Kagawa, City Track Gareth Bale And More (TRANSFER TALK AND GOSSIP)

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First there was Dong Fangzhuo, then there was Ji-Sung Park and now could there be Shinji Kagawa? United could make it an Asian trio after Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc admitted the Japanese international could leave the club this summer, report The Daily Telegraph.

Kagawa, 23, has rejected a four-year deal at the club and with his contract due to expire in 2013 is valued at £7m. Otherwise known as Glazernomically-friendly to United's more clued-up supporters.

Across the divide, and those noisy neighbours are eyeing Gareth Bale. £40m will snare the Welshman from Tottenham, as well as some deadwood, sorry, players, say the Daily Mirror.

Jan Vertonghen makes another appearance. Ajax have won the league in Holland for a second successive season, so their Belgian captain is apparently on the move, say the Telegraph again.

Arsenal are potential suitors, but they may face competition from Tottenham not just for the 25-year-old Vertonghen, but for Blackburn's Junior Hoilett and Lille's Eden Hazard.

In what could be a pleasant turn of events for the Gunners, City apparently value player of the year Robin van Persie at a mere £20m, say the Daily Express. Which would of course be rejected, despite the Dutchman having just a year remaining on his contract.

Has Rafael van der Vaart been on the sauce? Or is he looking for a pay rise? The silky Dutchman has hailed England reject, Spurs boss and BBC pundit Harry Redknapp as a "special manager", write the Metro.

Sound the Klaxon! Stuart Pearce could be the first casualty of Roy Hodgson's England era, with the Under-21 boss expected to lose his role at Euro 2012, say the Daily Mail. Can't Ray Clemence go ahead of him?

Fabio's back. Back talking that is, as Capello is reported in The Times warning Hodgson he will find it difficult to forge team spirit within the squad before Euro 2012.

Jose's not coming back? Mourinho has told financial squanderer Roman Abramovich he will be staying at Real Madrid next season, scuppering the possibility of him making a return to Chelsea, suggest the Express.

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