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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Athletico Madrid say that Chelsea target Sergio Aguero is not for sale, despite reports the Blues have made a 43.75m bid for the Argentine striker. (1556 BST, Agence France-Presse)

Bayern Munich are chasing Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez and Arsenal winger Alexander Hleb. (1342 BST, Munich newspaper TZ)

Ipswich refuse to comment on reports they have had a bid accepted for Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi (1412 BST, BBC Sport)

Pini Zahavi, the agent of Panathinaikos midfielder Marcelo Mattos, says he is considering bids from three English clubs for the Brazilian, one of them from Portsmouth. (1344 BST, The Portsmouth News)

Injured Switzerland captain Alexander Frei says Celtic have resurrected their interest in signing him from Borussia Dortmund. (0920 BST, Press Association)

Manchester City captain Richard Dunne is to have fresh talks about a new contract with the club's executive chairman Gary Cook. (Manchester Evening News)

CHELSEA MANAGER LATEST

Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich is to speak to Frank Rijkaard and Roberto Mancini on his yacht this week about becoming the Blues' next boss. (The Sun)

Abramovich has been in Switzerland watching Euro 2008 and is likely to turn to whichever coach excels at the tournament. (The Independent)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

AC Milan are closing in on a 18m swoop for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba but have been told his Blues team-mate Andriy Shevchenko is not for sale. (Various)

But the Blues are holding out for 30m for Drogba and could use him as a makeweight in their bid to sign Milan midfielder Kaka or snare boss Carlo Ancelotti. (The Independent)

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is in Italy but it is unclear whether he is brokering a deal for Drogba or trying to lure Kaka and Ancelotti to Stamford Bridge. (The Independent)

Chelsea hope to sign Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o for 22m but face a battle with former boss Jose Mourinho, who wants him at Inter Milan. (The Sun)

Bayern Munich have told Chelsea they will have to pay 31m to sign France midfielder Franck Ribery. (Daily Mail)

606: DEBATE

Real Madrid want Cristiano Ronaldo to request a transfer from Manchester United as soon as Portugal are knocked out of Euro 2008. (The Sun)

Birmingham and Wolves both want to sign Celtic defender Bobo Balde. (Daily Mirror)

Jussi Jaaskelainen has verbally agreed a three-year deal to stay at Bolton rather than join Aston Villa. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is closing in on a 3m deal for Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley. (Daily Mirror)

Wolves have bid 2.25m plus Steve Elliott and Darren Potter for Burnley's Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty (Daily Mirror)

Paris St Germain want Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele but he will wait to see who becomes Blues boss before deciding his future. (Guardian)

Ronaldinho will get a salary of 200,000 a week - making him the best paid footballer in the world - if he joins Manchester City. (Guardian)

Portsmouth are set to launch a 4m bid for Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira. (Daily Star)

Celtic are wary of bids from Newcastle and Sunderland for midfielder Aiden McGeady. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone's signing of Liam Craig from Falkirk will go to a tribunal after the two clubs failed to agree a fee. (Daily Record)

Cardiff City's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey is leaning towards joining Arsenal rather than Manchester United or Everton. (Various)

Middlesbrough are closing in on a 1.5m deal for Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davis. (The Times)

Notts County defender Mike Edwards has signed a new two-year deal. (Daily Telegraph)

Inter Milan are to hold talks with Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho's agent Jorge Mendes. (The Times)

Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge is set to sign a new four-year contract at Stamford Bridge. (The Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Blackburn delegates are to fly to Euro 2008 for talks with former striker and BBC pundit Alan Shearer about becoming their next boss. (Daily Mirror)

Shearer has sent strong signals that he is interested in the job. (The Times)

Henk Ten Cate, Sam Allardyce and Paul Ince are also in the frame. (Daily Mirror)

Roberto Mancini, Steve McClaren, Dick Advocaat and Avram Grant are the other candidates for the Ewood Park post. (The Times)

Arsenal's Robin van Persie and Real Madrid star Wesley Sneijder clashed in training ahead of the Netherlands' Euro 2008 game with Italy. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has emerged as favourite to become the long-term England captain. (The Sun)

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic claims injured Arsenal striker Eduardo could be fit to join the Gunners for pre-season training in July. (Daily Mirror)

Scottish referees have dumped their 'Whistleblower' website after claiming it has led to them getting more criticism. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, in Nigeria to promote education through football, has been given the title of Chief Fiwagboola - which means 'character maketh wealth' by King Akiolu in Lagos. (The Sun)




see also
Chelsea boss - latest gossip
08 Jun 08 |  Chelsea
Sunday's gossip column
08 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
07 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
07 Jun 08 |  Gossip


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