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Sunday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has authorised a record-breaking 80m move for Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi. (News of the World)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will make a 25m bid for England defender Micah Richards. (News of the World & People)

Liverpool will offer Cardiff 3m for teenage midfielder Aaron Ramsey but Manchester United are preparing a 10m package for the Wales Under-21 star. (News of the World)

Newcastle and Sunderland want Manchester City's 5m-rated defender Richard Dunne and 8m-rated midfielder Stephen Ireland. (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has the green light to splash 15m on Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins. (News of the World)

Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson has emerged as a summer target for Tottenham and Arsenal. (News of the World)

Coventry boss Chris Coleman is set to raid his old club Fulham for veteran striker Brian McBride. (News of the World)

Liverpool and Spurs are chasing Colchester winger Medy Elito, 17. (News of the World)

Michael Tonge plans a 4m move to Blackburn if Sheffield United fail to win promotion to the Premier League. (News of the World)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane hopes to persuade Kenwyne Jones to stay at Sunderland after knocking back an initial enquiry from Liverpool. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are also interested in the striker. (News of the World)

OTHER GOSSIP

World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane is the sensational name in the frame to take over as boss of QPR. (People)

Arsene Wenger's transfer kitty has been slashed to 25m, meaning the Arsenal manager will only be able to sign three or four players in the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano could miss the start of next season after being called up Argentina for the Beijing Olympics. (Various)

Two FBI agents were at Old Trafford on Saturday as part of an expensive review of the club's security after reports of threats against some of Manchester United's players. (Sunday Express)

Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson will present the FA Cup to the winners of this month's final between Portsmouth and Cardiff at Wembley. (Various)

A lack of finances could see Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra reverse his plan to sack manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. (Sunday Express)

Benfica are set to abandon a move for the former England coach because of his huge wage demands. (News of the World)

But the Swede has already told his City players that he will definitely be leaving the club at the end of the season. (Observer)

Everton will pocket 1.5m should Manchester United complete the Premier League and Champions League double courtesy of a lucrative clause in the Wayne Rooney transfer deal between the two clubs nearly four years ago. (News of the World)

Arsenal will reward Bacary Sanga with an improved contract after the right-back's outstanding first season in English football. (Observer)

Chelsea have registered their interest in a 13-year-old Roholla Iqbalzadeh, who is being labelled as a "mini Drogba". The striker was born in Afghanistan and was spotted playing for Mosjoen IL in a youth tournament in Norway. (Mail on Sunday)

AND FINALLY

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed put his side's remarkable 2-0 win over Birmingham down to the promise of an extra-special hamper. "I promised them a hamper full of caviar and Viagra and I think it must have worked," said the Harrods boss. (Mail on Sunday)




see also
Saturday's gossip column
03 May 08 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
02 May 08 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
01 May 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
30 Apr 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
29 Apr 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
28 Apr 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
27 Apr 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - April 2008
15 Apr 08 |  Gossip


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