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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 July 2006, 03:06 GMT 04:06 UK
Sunday's gossip column
Domestic gossipWorld Cup gossipWorld Cup funnies

TRANSFER & OTHER DOMESTIC RUMOURS

Manchester United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz has been told to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Old Trafford. (News of the World)

Arsenal will try to hijack Manchester United's bid for Michael Carrick by selling Ashley Cole to Chelsea for 20m and using the proceeds to buy the England midfielder from Tottenham. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United are lining up a move for 5m-rated Ukraine World Cup star Maxim Kalinichenko. (Daily Star Sunday)

Argentine World Cup star Juan Riquelme will snub a big-money move from Villareal to Manchester United. (News of the World)

French winger Frank Ribery will also turn down Sir Alex Ferguson in favour of a move from Marseille to Lyon. (News of the World)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes to replace William Gallas with 6m Serb Milan Stepanov. (News of the World)

Manchester United will splash out 14m on Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa - if they lose Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. (News of the World)

Liverpool will offload striker Harry Kewell if they receive a work permit for Chilean Mark Gonzalez. (News of the World)

Newcastle could claim more than 9m in compensation from the Football Association if they take legal action over Michael Owen's knee injury. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea's Damien Duff will sign a two-year contract extension this week. (News of the World)

Barcelona have ruled out a move for Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United are ready to offer Spurs 15m for Michael Carrick and Atletico Madrid 20m for Fernando Torres. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham are to make a 8m move for Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing. (Daily Star Sunday)

Portsmouth are lining up a 5m swoop for Croatia star Darijo Srna. (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal are interested in Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt, Kolo Toure's brother Yaya and West Brom's Curtis Davies. (Daily Star Sunday)

Charlton lead the hunt for Ukraine World Cup star Andriy Voronin. (News of the World)

Charlton are confident they can fight off Manchester City to snatch Steve Sidwell from Reading. (Daily Star Sunday)

Antonio Barragan is set to leave Liverpool for Deportivo La Coruna. (News of the World)

Liverpool keeper Chris Kirkland is likely to make a move to Wigan this week. (News of the World)

Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has revealed he was forced out of Anfield by boss Rafa Benitez. (News of the World)

Reading boss Steve Coppell has made a 4.2m bid for Ghana's John Mensah. (News of the World)

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp is keen to poach 4.2m Ghana star Shulley Muntari. (News of the World)

Aston Villa boss David O'Leary is on the trail of Manchester City's Danny Mills. (News of the World)

Hamburg are bidding to sign Aston Villa striker Milan Baros for 5m. (Daily Star Sunday)

Joel Drogba, brother of Chelsea star Didier, could be on his way to QPR. (Daily Star Sunday)

Sunderland and Middlesbrough are chasing Austrian star Roland Kollmann. (Daily Star Sunday)

Fulham are set to swoop for Juventus star Fabio Cannavaro - if Juventus are found guilty of match-fixing and relegated. (News of the World)

Wigan boss Paul Jewell is targeting World Cup stars Niko Kranjcar and Denny Landzaat. (Daily Star Sunday)

AC Milan have joined the race to sign Blackburn defender Lucas Neill. (Daily Star Sunday)

Jason Roberts wants to move to Charlton after falling out with Wigan owner Dave Whelan. (Daily Star Sunday)

Real Madrid and Brazil star Ronaldo is the target of Red Bull New York, formerly the New York Metro Stars. (Sunday Express)

Michael Essien has urged DC United star Freddy Adu to join him at Chelsea and revert to his native Ghana from USA. (The Observer)

Tottenham and Portsmouth are locked in a 7.5m war to land West Ham striker Marlon Harewood. (News of the World)

GERMANY GOSSIP

Fifa boss Sepp Blatter wants to meet England's players to explain his criticism of them in this World Cup. (Daily Star Sunday)

England captain David Beckham is determined to pass the 100-cap mark for his country and close on Peter Shilton's record of 125 caps. Beckham is currently on 94. (Sunday Express)

England World Cup reject Darren Bent was at Wimbledon on Saturday and refused to watch the quarter-final with Portugal. (News of the World)

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has revealed he was asked by Oranje boss Marco van Basten to assist him at Germany 2006. (News of the World)

Franz Beckenbauer has leapt to the defence of referees at the World Cup and instead blasted the players' attitudes and behaviour. "The players aren't making it easy when they fall over. It's so exaggerated now - players are simulating - we must protect the referees." (Daily Star Sunday)

WORLD CUP FUNNIES

Condom sales slumped by 63% before every England match, according to chemists Boots.

Researchers reckon the global audience for Germany 2006 is up 30% on four years ago, while 40% more women are watching than in 2002. (Sunday Express)

Gary Neville told off dad Neville before England lost their quarter-final for tempting fate by dancing ona table with a replica World Cup. (Sunday Express)

Takings in Garibaldi's, the Baden Baden bar favoured by England's WAGs (wives and girlfriends), are up 500% on normal. (Sunday Express)

Brazil star Ronaldinho learned the tricks of his trade by dribbling for hours past his dog Romario. (Sunday Express)

France's Thierry Henry helped Brazil stay relaxed at the World Cup - maybe too relaxed after their exit to Les Bleus - by urging Arsenal team-mate Gilberto Silva to introduce his countrymen to the ancient Peruvian dice game Perudo. (Daily Star Sunday)

The rant of Chinese commentator Huang Jianxiang after Francesco Totti's last-minute winner for Italy against Australia is now hot property - as a ringtone. (News of the World)



SEE ALSO
Saturday's gossip column
01 Jul 06 |  Gossip & Transfers
Robbo's World Cup diary Pt II
19 Jun 06 |  Fun and Games
Transfers - July 2006
01 Jul 06 |  Gossip & Transfers


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