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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Emmanuel Adebayor's agent Stephane Courbis claims that AC Milan have spoken to Arsenal about the Togo international striker and "know everything depends on what Arsenal want to do". (Il Corriere Dello Sport 2002 BST)

Liverpool and Juventus have finally agreed a 14m deal which will see Xabi Alonso head to Italy. (Il Corriere Dello Sport 1529 BST)

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi's proposed move to Ipswich could fall through as he waits for a Premier League lifeline. (Press Association 1435 BST)

Middlesbrough target Didier Digard has admitted he does not yet know whether he will join the club. (Le Parisien 1249 BST)

Leicester have failed in their attempt to appoint Paul Ince as their new boss. (BBC Sport 1208 BST)
Foxes thwarted in bid for Ince

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is flattered by reported interest from Manchester United and admitted he would "see what happens" following Euro 2008. (Press Association 1155 BST)

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has dismissed the possibility of Karim Benzema leaving the French champions either this summer or next. (setanta.com 1130 BST)

SCOLARI'S TRANSFER TARGETS

New Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will be given an unlimited transfer budget to bring the best players in the world to Stamford Bridge. (The Times)

Scolari will target Fernando Torres, Frank Ribery and Kaka with the Chelsea boss prepared to pay 60m for the AC Milan star. (Various)
Chelsea warned off Milan's Kaka

Ronaldinho has sent out a come and get me plea to fellow Brazilian Scolari as he looks for a move away from Barcelona. (The Sun)

But Scolari will make Ronaldinho's Barcelona teammate Deco his first signing at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)

Scolari has already made his first signing as Chelsea boss with rumours he sanctioned the recent acquisition of Portuguese right-back Jose Boswinga. (The Independent)

The Brazilian has told the Chelsea board to break the bank to keep Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)

Scolari is also interested in Real Madrid striker Robinho as he prepares for the departure of Didier Drogba. (The Times)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Real Madrid will tempt Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu by offering him 182,000-a-week. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is eager for a move away from the Emirates Stadium with AC Milan his preferred destination. (Daily Telegraph)

606: DEBATE

Tottenham are targeting PSV Eindhoven's Brazilian keeper Heurelho Gomes as a solution to their goalkeeping problems. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland are eyeing up a bid for Tottenham striker Darren Bent. (The Sun)

Arsenal's hopes of signing Marseille playmaker Samir Nasri could be hijacked by Atletico Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City have renewed their interest in Espanyol defender Pablo Zabaleta. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth are keen on Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen who would cost around 4m. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton look set to land Birmingham midfielder Fabrice Muamba for 3.5m. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City have been given a week to sign Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin. (The Sun)

Aston Villa are to hold out for around 20m for Gareth Barry after rejecting a second bid from Liverpool. (Daily Star)

Hull lead the chase to sign 3m-rated Charlton striker Marcus Bent. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough are proposing a swap deal involving winger Gary O'Neil and Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard. (Daily Mail)

Derby's Kenny Miller looks set to leave the club with Rangers favourite to land the 1.9m-rated striker. (Daily Star)

Everton have joined West Brom in the chase for Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson. (Daily Record)

Rangers are lining up a 1.75m move for Sporting Lisbon striker Milan Purovic. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa are hopeful of signing Sheffield Wednesday defender Frank Simek for 2m. (The Times)

Xabi Alonso's proposed move to Juventus could be off with the Italian club unwilling to meet Liverpool's 15m valuation. (Daily Express)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli. (The Times)

Olivier Kapo, Garry O'Connor and Daniel De Ridder are all expected to quit Birmingham City. (Daily Mirror)

Swansea look set to sign Southend winger Mark Gower after he rejected the chance to stay at the club. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is still keen on Liverpool striker Peter Crouch, but is unwilling to pay the 10m asking price. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sir Alex Ferguson and Luiz Felipe Scolari are already at war with the Manchester United manager telling the Brazilian to stop talking Cristiano Ronaldo into a move to Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Portugal will target Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz to replace Scolari as national coach. (Daily Express)

Sam Allardyce appears favourite to become the new manager at Blackburn Rovers. (The Independent)

AND FINALLY

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell will sack any player that returns to training overweight. (Various)

Luton fan Monty Panesar says he will buy Luton Town FC if he wins $1m in cricket's money spinning Twenty20 international. (Daily Mirror)
Panesar eyeing Twenty20 team spot

Manchester United have been blasted by Roma for the signing of one of Italy's most promising young strikers after securing the services of 16-year-old sensation Davide Petrucci. (Daily Telegraph)

Luiz Felipe Scolari will ban Roman Abramovich from the Chelsea dressing room when he takes over as manager of the club. (Daily Express)

Cristiano Ronaldo has again teased his Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson by saying: "I just love playing in all white," after Portugal's victory against the Czech Republic on Wednesday. (Daily Star)




see also
Thursday's gossip column
12 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
10 Jun 08 |  Gossip


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