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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP
Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster tells Spanish television he believes Cristiano Ronaldo will play for the club at some point in his career. (Press Association, 2330 BST)

Portsmouth trio Sean Davis, Lauren and Milan Baros may leave the club during the summer. (Sporting Life, 1530 BST)

Liverpool target Albert Riera wants to leave Spanish club Espanyol. (Goal.com, 1500 BST)

An agreement has been reached between Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid and now the Spanish club have to convince Manchester United to sell. (Spanish sports paper Marca, 1350)

Tottenham are weighing up a possible move for Lyon keeper Gregory Coupet. (Teamtalk, 1130 BST)

Frank Lampard will open fresh talks about a new contract with Chelsea after England's upcoming friendlies. (Press Association, 1115 BST)

AC Milan want one striker from Chelsea's Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o of Barcelona, Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor or Palermo forward Amauri. (Reuters, 0945 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

New European champions Manchester United have held talks with the owners of Carlos Tevez about turning the striker's loan into a permanent 20m move. (The Daily Express)

Liverpool want 16m from Juventus for midfielder Xabi Alonso, but will call off any deal if they fail to land Aston Villa's Gareth Barry. (The Sun)

Villa are ending their plans to sign keeper Scott Carson after failing to agree a fee with Liverpool. (The Daily Telegraph)

606: DEBATE

Reds boss Rafael Benitez is closing in on Andrea Dossena as Tottenham and Juventus enter the race for the Udinese full-back. (The Daily Star)

Arsenal face competition from Marseille for the signature of Lyon winger Hatem Ben Arfa. (The Daily Star)

Marseille's interest in Ben Arfa could scupper Arsenal's deal for Samir Nasri as the two French clubs may do a swap. (the Daily Telegraph)

Meanwhile, Arsenal want to add Frenchmen Clement Chantome, from PSG, and Laval's Francis Coquelin to their ranks. (Various)

The Gunners have been linked with midfielder Alberto Aquilani, but says he wants to stay at Roma. (Independent)

Premier League newcomers West Brom and Stoke have both set their sights on Reading defender Ibrahima Sonko. (The Sun)

Tottenham are set to offload midfielder Hossam Ghaly to Blackburn. (Various)

Wolves are to test the resolve of fellow Championship side Burnley with a 4m bid for striker Kyle Lafferty. (The Daily Mirror)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is favourite to win the race to sign Cardiff City's Aaron Ramsey as the newly-crowned Champions League winners are prepared to loan the teenage sensation back to the Championship club next season. (The Western Mail)

Cardiff City full-back Tony Capaldi has been linked with a move to Championship rivals Wolves and Coventry City. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Chelsea boss and current Juventus manager Claudio Ranieri has warned Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra not to sack coach Sven-Goran Eriksson. (The Daily Star)

Portsmouth assistant boss Tony Adams is set to extend his deal with the FA Cup winners. (The Daily Telegraph)

AND FINALLY

Chelsea had to wear their new kit for the Champions League final because of commercial influences. But the Blues had yet to win in the new shirt having only worn them in one match, the 1-1 draw against Bolton, and superstitious players wanted to wear the old one. (The Daily Mail)




see also
Wednesday's gossip column
21 May 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
20 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
22 May 08 |  Gossip


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