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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz, who has spent the season on loan at Sevilla, is a target for Marseille. "He's a player who interests us," said coach Eric Gerets. (PA Sport, 1405)

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has ruled out a move to Spurs - and hinted that Inter Milan remain an option. "Tottenham, and I hope the English fans will forgive me, are a club in mid-table and I need more," said Eto'o. (Fox Sports, 1220)

Lyon forward Karim Benzema has admitted he would prefer a move to Real Madrid over Manchester United in the future. "I think that I need to get more experience and I'd like to help Lyon be a European champion," he said. "Then, in the future, we'll see what happens." (Marca, 1130)

CHELSEA MANAGER LATEST

Chelsea have already agreed a deal with a new manager - whose identity is looking increasingly like Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. (Daily Mail)

The club's Russian owner Roman Abramovich has enlisted the services of Vlado Lemic, a controversial Serbian agent, to help in Chelsea's search for a new manager. (The Times)

Andriy Shevchenko has been acting as an 'adviser' to his close friend Roman Abramovich in the search for a new manager with his ex-boss at AC Milan Carlo Ancelotti top of his recommendations. (Daily Express)

Fenerbahce have parted company with coach Zico - freeing him up for a possible move to Chelsea. (Various)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Arsenal have won the 5m race for Cardiff star Aaron Ramsey ahead of Manchester United and Everton, with boss Arsene Wenger proving influential for the 17-year-old. (The Sun)

AC Milan are trying to hijack Manchester City's 18m bid for CSKA Moscow's Brazilian striker Jo. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid are preparing a world-record 60m offer for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo. (The Times)

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie is adamant French midfielder Lassana Diarra will not leave the club, despite rumoured interest from Tottenham in the 10m-rated player. (Daily Telegraph)

Aston Villa's Gareth Barry has demanded that boss Martin O'Neill lets him leave the club to sign for Liverpool. (The Sun)

Liverpool have opened negotiations with Roma over the possible 5m sale of attacking left-back John Arne Riise. (The Independent)

And the Anfield club, frustrated in their attempt to sign Espanyol winger Albert Riera, could now seek to seal a 12m deal for Middlesbrough wide-man Stewart Downing. (Daily Mirror)

Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Mattos could be one of Harry Redknapp's first signings for Portsmouth this summer if he attempts to trigger a 6m release clause in the Panathinaikos man's contract. (Daily Express)

Everton hope to offload Dutch winger Andy van der Meyde to Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg. (Various)

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And Goodison Park boss David Moyes is planning a daring raid on Sporting Lisbon to snatch Portugal's 16m-rated Joao Moutinho from under the noses of Manchester United and Arsenal. (The Sun)

Zoltan Gera will join Fulham after rejecting another contract with Premier League new boys West Brom. (Various)

But West Brom manager Tony Mowbray wants Arsene Wenger to do him a favour by loaning him Arsenal defender Alexandre Song for the season. (Daily Star)

Chelsea are facing a 10m tug-of-war with old boss Jose Mourinho - now manager at Inter Milan - for Barcelona's Portugal midfielder Deco. (The Sun)

Newcastle have stepped up their pursuit of St Etienne and France forward Bafetimbi Gomis by lodging a 10m offer. Arsenal and Bolton are also interested. (The Times)

Newcastle are holding out for 7m from Liverpool for the services of nippy wide midfielder James Milner. (The Times)

Derby boss Paul Jewell is ready to make a third bid for Swansea star Ferrie Bodde this week, putting 1m on the table for the young Dutch midfielder. (Daily Star)

Leeds want to sign veteran striker Andrew Cole after being rejected by West Brom's Kevin Phillips. (The Sun)

With boss Steve Bruce struggling to sign Egyptian hitman Amr Zaki, Wigan have been sounded out by Marseille about bringing former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse back to the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

New Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is planning to raid his old club Blackburn Rovers for giant defender Christopher Samba. (Daily Mail)

Celtic could be set to pip Rangers and Wolves for Burnley striker kyle Lafferty by using Hoops outcast Derek Riordan as a makeweight to secure the deal. (Daily Record)

Andrius Velicka has admitted his is desperate to sign for Rangers as the Ibrox club stepped up their efforts to sign the Lithuanian from Viking Stavanger in a 1m deal. (Daily Record)

Sheffield Wednesday are favourites to sign Aberdeen midfielder Barry Nicholson on a free transfer. (Daily Express)

Hibernian striker Abdessalam Benjeloun is a transfer target for Beligian side Anderlecht. (Daily Record)

Veteran defender David Weir has decided to stay at Rangers for another year. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Real Madrid target Cristiano Ronaldo will be fined by Manchester United if he fails to return for pre-season training at Carrington on time. (Daily Mirror)

Boss Fabio Capello has warned England's best-known names - including Michael Owen and Frank Lampard - face a fight for their futures and also stressed the need to "fantasy" in his evolving international set-up. (Various)

But Capello has also urged Chelsea star Lampard to consider a move to Inter Milan, suggesting it could make him a better player. (Daily Mail)

Ex-player Henning Berg has emerged as a front-runner for the vacant manager's job at Blackburn. (The Times)

Jailed Joey Barton must decide whether to accept a 30,000-a-week pay cut or face being sacked by Newcastle United. (Daily Mirror)

Wales would be willing to apply to co-host Euro 2012 with Scotland, should Poland and Ukraine fail an inspection of their infrastructure. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Austria's misfiring striker Roland Linz has had to fight off rumours of being distracted by affairs of the heart after failing to score against Croatia. After splitting with swimmer Fabienne Nadarajah, he has been linked in the Viennese press with Miss Styria 2007. "I am not in love with her, I am single," he hit back. "I am angry." (The Guardian)

Liverpool's owners have been labelled a "disgrace" by a supporters club after they claimed 1.4m in expenses for just seven months. (The Sun)




see also
Chelsea boss - latest gossip
10 Jun 08 |  Chelsea
Monday's gossip column
09 Jun 08 |  Gossip
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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