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Paper Gossip: Bayern Eyeing Aaron Ramsey, Wenger Stays, Martino Quits

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 18, 2014

Paper Gossip: Bayern Eyeing Aaron Ramsey, Wenger Stays, Martino Quits

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    Aaron Ramsey won the FA Cup for Arsenal on Saturday with his sublime extra-time strike against Hull City at Wembley.

    And while the Wales international and his team-mates are recovering from the celebrations, the Gunners' winning goalscorer has emerged as a potential transfer target for Bayern Munich, according to one Sunday newspaper.

    Elsewhere in Sunday's back pages, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will stay on, but Gerardo Martino has quit Barcelona after his team missed out on the La Liga title on Saturday.

    But who else is making the headlines on Sunday? Read on to find out more.

Bayern Target Aaron Ramsey as Arsene Wenger Insists He Will Stay at Arsenal

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    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a potential transfer target for Bayern Munich, reports Garry Doolan of the Daily Star Sunday.

    The Wales international scored a sublime winner for the Gunners in the FA Cup final against Hull City on Saturday.

    Ramsey's Premier League campaign was disrupted by injury, but Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola has been impressed with the Gunners star.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will stay on at the club after ending a nine-year trophy drought, reports Mike McGrath of the Sun On Sunday (subscription required).

    Wenger is quoted as saying:

    I always said that my future does not depend on this game but I also wanted to wait to see how it all goes.

    It was never a question of leaving, it was a question of doing the right job for this club.

    Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony could be among Wenger's summer signings, claims Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror.

Manchester United Enter Transfer Chase for Arsenal Defender Bacary Sagna

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    Manchester United have joined neighbours City in the transfer chase for Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, report Alan Oliver and Neil Moxley of the Sunday People.

    According to the article, incoming Old Trafford manager Louis van Gaal believes former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie can help to convince the right-back to join United.

    However, Charlie Wyett of the Sun On Sunday claims that Sagna will join Manchester City ahead of United this summer.

Liverpool Linked with Move for Alexis Sanchez and Javi Martinez

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is lining up his summer transfer moves for the next Premier League season, according to reports in Sunday's newspapers.

    Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, who scored a sublime goal against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, is the focus of the Reds' attention, reports Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday.

    According to the article, Sanchez is looking for more first-team starts and would cost £18 million.

    Meanwhile, Steve Bates of the Sunday People claims that Bayern Munich star Javi Martinez is being lined up by the Anfield club as an answer to their defensive issues.

    Liverpool will also be boosted by the news that striker Luis Suarez has enrolled his daughter in a Merseyside school as an indication that he will stay at the club, reports John Richardson of the Sunday Express.

    But Liverpool defender Glen Johnson will not be offered a new deal at the club this summer, reports Chris Richards of the Sunday Mirror.

Gerardo Martino Quits Barcelona After Missing out on La Liga Title

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    Gerardo Martino has quit Barcelona after failing to land the La Liga title on the final day of the season, reports David Kent of the Mail On Sunday.

    The Argentine head coach was brought to the Camp Nou a year ago to replace the late Tito Vilanova.

    But Barcelona have missed out on silverware this season in the title race, the Champions League and lost the Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid.

    Martino is quoted as saying:

    I want to confirm that I have reached an agreement to end my association with Barcelona.

    We did not achieve the objectives that this club is used to; objectives which have been hit year after year.

    We tried until the end, but met a rival better than us. I would like to congratulate Atletico Madrid on their success.

James Milner Reportedly Wants to Leave Manchester City After World Cup

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    Manchester City midfielder James Milner will look for a way out of the Etihad Stadium after the World Cup, reports Steve Bates of the Sunday People.

    According to the article, the England international has become frustrated at a lack of first-team starts under Manuel Pellegrini this season.

    And Bates claims Everton, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle will be alerted by the possible availability of the 28-year-old.

Chelsea Target Everton Defender John Stones in £12M Deal

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    Chelsea want to sign Everton defender John Stones in a £12 million deal before the World Cup, report Alan Nixon and Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People.

    The 19-year-old has emerged as a genuine find at Goodison Park this season under Roberto Martinez, and he has been included on the reserve list for England's squad for Brazil.

    According to the article, Arsenal and Manchester United have also been monitoring Stones.

David Moyes, Ronald Koeman, Gus Poyet in Frame for West Ham

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    Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes is among the names to succeed Sam Allardyce at West Ham United if the Upton Park club dispense with their manager, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    Moyes was sacked by United last month after a disappointing season at Old Trafford following his appointment to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson a year ago.

    The Scot is joined by Feyenoord head coach Ronald Koeman and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet on a wanted list by the Hammers, claims Kidd.

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