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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

The agent of Espanyol midfielder Albert Riera says there is no truth in the reports that Liverpool have made a bid for his player. (BBC Sport, 1535 BST)

Marseille midfielder Samir Nasri will be heading to Arsenal, although the clubs are still negotiating terms of the deal. (BBC Sport, 1530 BST)

Chelsea's out-of-favour Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro may return to Germany with former clubs Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich interested. But the Spanish pair of Valencia and Villarreal have also considered making a move. (Bild, 1500)

Middlesborough midfielder George Boateng has stated that he expects both sides of the Old Firm - Celtic and Rangers - to move for him this summer. (The Scottish Sun, 1400)

Harry Redknapp has asked Portsmouth to finance five new signings this summer as he prepares to chase another top-10 Premier League place and Uefa Cup success. And he could start with a surprise bid for Wigan's former England striker Emile Heskey. (1255, PA Sport)

Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech will open contract talks with Chelsea in the next few weeks. (BBC Sport, 1230 BST)

David Trezeguet's agent, Antonio Caliendo, has revealed that Barcelona have contacted him to try and sign the Juventus striker. "Barca are interested in David," he said. "They have been for years." (1110, L'Equipe)

CHELSEA MANAGER LATEST

AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti is now to favourite to land the 6m-a-year manager's job but Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon wants to interview several candidates, with Blackburn boss Mark Hughes also a front runner. (Daily Express)

Another target, Roberto Mancini, faces a messy legal battle after his dismissal by Inter. The Italian manager refused to accept the Milan club's 4m severance package offer and will fight for more money. (The Guardian)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Tottenham have agreed a 12m deal for Barcelona's Mexican 19-year-old wonderkid Giovanni Dos Santos. (The Sun)

Manchester City defender Richard Dunne is also on the brink of signing a 5m deal at Tottenham, a move that could spark a player exodus from Eastlands. (Daily Express)

And Man City midfield playmaker Michael Johnson, 20, is a shock 8m target for Everton. (The Sun)

Wigan striker Emilie Heskey is a surprise transfer target for FA Cup winners Portsmouth. (Daily Star)

But Jermain Defoe is desperate for Liverpool striker and 10m Portsmouth target Peter Crouch to join him at Fratton Park. (Daily Express)

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Ipswich look set to sign Man City striker Emile Mpenza, 28, on a free transfer. (Daily Star)

Norwegian club Stabaek's Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Annan is a 3m target for Blackburn, Bolton and Middlesbrough (The Sun)

Fulham flop Chris Baird is set for a move back to Southampton. (Daily Express)

Arsenal expect to complete the 12.8m signing of Marseille's attacking midfielder Samir Nasri before next week, according to the player's agent Jean-Pierre Bernes. (The Times)

Wigan will have to wait another month before they learn whether they can sign striker Amr Zaki on loan from Egyptian club Zamalek. (The Times)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hopes that allowing reserve keeper Tom Heaton join Cardiff on-loan will let the champions steal a march in the race to sign the Bluebirds teenage midfielder Aaron Ramsey. (Daily Mail)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has put 5m-rated defender Anton Ferdinand up for sale as part of his summer clear-out. Spurs have bid for the 23-year-old in the past. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham want Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood but face competition from Rangers and Stoke. (Daily Mail)

Espanyol have turned down a 9.5m offer from Liverpool for Spanish international Albert Riera. (The Independent)

Sampdoria have moved to the head of the queue to sign Celtic misfit massimo Donati. A bid of 1.5m for the Italian midfielder could tempt the club into selling. (Daily Record)

Northern Ireland midfielder Steve Davis has admitted that he is praying Rangers and Fulham can strike a deal that will make his move to Ibrox permanent. (Daily Record)

Middlesbrough's 31-year-old midfielder George Boateng claims both Celtic and Rangers are vying for his signature. (The Sun)

Hibernian and Aberdeen are competing to take Liverpool winger Adam Hammill on loan. (Various)

Rangers are on the trail of 5m-rated Italian wide player Raffaele Palladino of Juventus. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool plan to give star striker Fernando Torres a 4m pay rise. The extra 400,000-a-year is designed to see off interest from Chelsea. (The Sun)

England boss Fabio Capello is considering giving Stephen Gerrard another crack at skippering the side, against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday, as he moves towards appointing a full-time captain. (Daily Star)

But Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry is believed to be in with a shout of wearing the captain's armband against the Caribbean side after impressing as he came off the bench in the 2-0 victory over the United States. (Various)

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez hopes to persuade Argentinean midfielder Javier Mascherano to snub playing at the Beijing Olympics. (The Sun)

Cesc Fabregas looks certain to sign a bumper new deal at Arsenal after committing himself to the club for at least one more season. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid have admitted defeat in their battle to lure Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu with president Ramon Calderon admitting he does not want to start a "conflict" with the Premier League champions. (Daily Telegraph)

Skonto Riga's English boss Paul Ashworth says he would be interested in the vacant managerial position at Hearts. (Various)

AND FINALLY

One of England's most popular footballers - a Premier League star and England international - owes a staggering 1m in gambling debts. (Daily Express)

Reading star Stephen Hunt's 5m move to Sunderland has hit a snag - after he refused to discuss his future before he gets married in his native Ireland on Friday... and then completes his honeymoon in mid-June. (Various)

Wales's players visited the Blue Lagoon - an Icelandic tourist attraction - as an earthquake which registered 6.1 on the Richter scale struck the day after the team's 1-0 victory over Iceland in Reykjavik. (The Times)

A Chelsea team of former club legends - including Gianfranco Zola, Gianluca Vialli, Peter Bonetti, and Ray Wilkins - had to change in humble Portakabins, rather than the normal plush dressing rooms, after playing in a match against competition winners at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)




see also
Chelsea boss - latest gossip
30 May 08 |  Chelsea
Thursday's gossip column
29 May 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
28 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
30 May 08 |  Gossip


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