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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Tottenham's Portuguese defender Ricardo Rocha has said he would welcome a return to Benfica in the summer. (Press Association, 1505 BST)

Cameroon international midfielder Achille Emana, who plays for French club Toulouse, is a target for Newcastle. (Press Association, 1503 BST)

CHELSEA MANAGER LATEST

Inter Milan are set to part company with coach Roberto Mancini who has been linked with the vacant position at Chelsea. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, 2000 BST)

Didier Deschamps says he is on a four-man short-list to replace sacked manager Avram Grant. (Various)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Sir Alex Ferguson wants to spend his 50m summer transfer budget within the next fortnight, with Micah Richards and Sevilla's Brazilian duo Luis Fabiano and Daniel Alves top of his wish-list. (Daily Mirror)

If Frank Rijkaard takes over at Chelsea he will attempt to bring in strikers Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a combined 50m. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid are prepared to pay an estimated 150m to secure the services of Cristiano Ronaldo. They will pay Man Utd 39.8m as well as offering Robinho, Sergio Ramos and Mahamadou Diarra in exchange and will pay the Portuguese winger 7.6m a year. (Daily Express)

606: DEBATE
Blackburn midfielder David Bentley has snubbed a new contract at Ewood Park clearing the way for Tottenham and Chelsea to launch 15m bids. (Various)

Jose Mourinho will become manager of Inter Milan in the next 48 hours and wants to make Frank Lampard his first signing. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are on the verge of smashing their transfer record to sign Brazilian striker Jo from CSKA Moscow in a deal worth around 18m. (The Times)

Arsenal are lining up a 20m move for Real Mallorca striker Dani Guiza, 27, and Real Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red, 22. (Daily Star)

Arsene Wenger has said Samir Nasri could complete his move to the Emirates in the next week, while the Gunners are also monitoring Saint Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi. (The Times)

Man Utd full-back Patrice Evra, who only has one year remaining on his contract, is a target for AC Milan. (The Times)

Bristol City defender Liam Fontaine has emerged as a shock 1m target for Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa are interested in Manchester City's 4m-rated defender Richard Dunne. (Daily Mail)

Villa boss Martin O'Neill is also keeping tabs on Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell and Man Utd goalkeeper Ben Foster. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham must pay at least 4m for 20-year-old Norwegian striker Tarik Elyounoussi. (Daily Mirror)

Lazio's Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami has also been linked with a move to White Hart Lane and is valued around 9.6m. (The Times)

Spurs are favourites to sign Barcelona's Giovani Dos Santos after discussing a 7m deal. (Daily Mail)

Man City have also held talks to sign the Mexican midfielder. (Daily Telegraph)

Middlesbrough will fund a 3m move for Heerenveen's American midfielder Michael Bradley by selling George Boateng. (Daily Star)

Boro are also considering a move for Wolves' 5m-rated goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey as main target Paul Robinson looks set for Man City. (Daily Mail)

Lyon winger Sidney Govou and Lens defender Nadir Belhadj are targets for Portsmouth, while Sol Campbell looks set to stay at the club. (Daily Star)

West Brom look set to complete a 3.5m deal to sign Aston Villa striker Luke Moore. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers will increase their offer for Burnley's 20-year-old striker Kyle Lafferty. (The Independent)

Celtic will battle it out with their Old Firm rivals for Lafferty. (Daily Record)

Norwich are leading the race to sign Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford but Ipswich, QPR and Reading are also interested. (Daily Star)

Nottingham Forest are ready to swoop for Leicester midfielder Matt Oakley. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Man Utd assistant manager Carlos Queiroz wants reassurances he will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford or he will leave the club. (Daily Star)

Arsenal director Danny Fizman insists Arsene Wenger has said there is no limit on the money available for new signings. (Various)

Hull midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha has shelved plans to retire following the club's promotion to the Premier League. (Various)

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has urged the club to spend big in order to close the gap on the top four. (The Independent)

Leeds Chairman Ken Bates could sell the club after they failed to gain promotion to the Championship. (Various)

Dwight Yorke has been asked to come out of international retirement to make a one-off farewell appearance against England on Sunday. (Daily Mirror)

Former Stevenage manager Peter Taylor is been lined up to take over as boss of Wycombe Wanderers. (Daily Mirror)

AND FINALLY

David Beckham spent 40 minutes on hold after phoning a paralysed British BMX rider to wish him well. When Stephen Murray eventually got to the phone the pair spent half an hour chatting. (The Sun)

BBC pundit and former Chelsea and Newcastle midfielder Gavin Peacock is moving to Canada after Euro 2008 to study religion as he prepares for a career in the church. The 40-year-old will begin a three-year masters course in Divinity in July with the aim of becoming a pastor, vicar or minister depending on which denomination he chooses to follow. (The Times)




see also
Chelsea boss - latest gossip
27 May 08 |  Chelsea
Monday's gossip column
26 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
27 May 08 |  Gossip


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