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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Manchester United look like they will miss out on 10m rated Antonio Valencia who looks set to remain at Wigan. (El Universo 1859 BST)

Barcelona are reportedly tracking Arsenal trio Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Alexander Hleb. (Epping Forest Guardian, 1651 BST)

Tottenham remain favourites to sign Samuel Eto'o after bidding 24m for the Barcelona striker - 8m more than AC and Inter Milan. (London Evening Standard, 1421 BST)

Birmingham have signed Lee Carsley on a free transfer from Everton after the midfielder rejected a new deal to stay at Goodison Park. (The Birmingham Mail, 1355 BST)

Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is on the brink of signing for German side Stuttgart after meeting with club officials. (Press Association, 1157 BST)

Lassana Diarra has a gentleman's agreement with Portsmouth that he can quit Fratton Park if one of European football's big clubs come knocking. (Daily Mail, 1112 BST)

Aston Villa are being linked with a move for 18-year-old Real Valladolid goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo who has a buy-out clause of 3.3m. (Sky Sports, 1058 BST)

Dean Ashton could be on his way across London with Tottenham the latest club to be linked with the 15m-rated West Ham striker. (Daily Mail, 1022 BST)

Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani is discussing a possible move with Arsenal. (Setanta Sports, 0950 BST)

Le Mans midfielder Hassan Yebda is closing on a deal with Wigan, according to his agent. (Setanta Sports, 0946 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will swoop for Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz if Emmanuel Adebayor leaves to join Barcelona. (The Times)

606: DEBATE
Liverpool could turn their attention to Stewart Downing if their proposed move for Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry falls through. Reds boss Rafael Benitez is prepared to pay 12m for the Middlesbrough winger. (Daily Telegraph)

Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra, who was at Liverpool as a youngster, is an 8m target for Everton. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona have agreed a 6m fee with Manchester United for 21-year-old defender Gerard Pique, who arrived at Old Trafford from the Catalan club in 2004. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United striker Louis Saha has admitted Wednesday's Champions League final could be his last game for the club. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has urged Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto'o to quit the Spanish giants. (Daily Telegraph)

Henry himself has been offered 5.2m a year by Major League Soccer newcomers Seattle Sounders to join Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham in the United States. (The Independent)

Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson could make his loan move to Aston Villa permanent in a 6m deal. (Daily Mirror)

Harry Kewell is also on his way out of Anfield, with Portsmouth prepared to give the midfielder a 50,000-a-week deal. (Daily Mirror)

If Harry Redknapp does sign Kewell, Nico Kranjcar will be allowed to join Arsenal for 10m. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have also been heavily linked with a move for Marseille playmaker Samir Nasri, who has been labelled the next Zidane. (Various)

Lille midfielder Jean II Makoun and St Etienne right-back Mouhamadou Dabo are also in Arsene Wenger's sights. (The Independent)

Everton midfielder Lee Carsley has been offered a two-year deal to join Birmingham. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera has received an offer to join Benfica. (The Times)

QPR want to sign West Brom striker Kevin Phillips and Wolves forward Freddy Eastwood. (Daily Mirror)

Derby boss Paul Jewell has put his whole squad up for sale following the club's relegation to the Championship. (Daily Record)

Fulham captain Brian McBride, whose contract expires this summer, is wanted by MLS sides Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire. (The Times)

Celtic are lining up a summer move for West Brom left-back Paul Robinson as a replacement for Lee Naylor, who could be on his way to Portsmouth. (The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini claims he will take over from Avram Grant at Chelsea, even if the Stamford Bridge outfit win the Champions League final on Wednesday. (Daily Mirror)

Grant has told friends he will walk away from Chelsea if his side beat Manchester United in Moscow. (Various)

Steve McClaren is mulling over an offer to become manager of Dutch side FC Twente. (Various)

AND FINALLY

England midfielder David Beckham could be set to scale Mount Kilimanjaro after been asked by U2 frontman Bono to help raise funds for children's charity Unicef. (The Sun)




see also
Sunday's gossip column
18 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
15 May 08 |  Gossip


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