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Thursday's gossip column

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Outgoing Barcelona forward Ronaldinho is calm about his future despite the fact that he is yet to reach an agreement with any club for next season. (Brazilian TV station SporTV 1753 BST)

Xabi Alonso is happy to plan for life at Liverpool next season as his protracted move to Juventus remains in the balance. (Press Association 1751 BST)

Valencia's unsettled midfielder David Albelda says he has yet to receive an offer from another club despite reported interest from Chelsea. (1654 PA Sport)

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani says Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is the Serie A club's sole transfer target this summer, ruling out moves for rumoured targets Samuel Eto'o and Didier Drogba. (L'Equipe 1352 BST)

Jose Mourinho has stated his intention to be reunited with both Frank Lampard and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba at Inter Milan. (Press Association 1238 BST)

Real Madrid are waiting for Cristiano Ronaldo to publicly say he wants to leave Manchester United to join them. "As soon as he says he wants to play for Real Madrid there will be conversations between the two clubs," says Real's director general of the presidency, Miguel Angel Arroyo. (Spanish sports paper Marca, 1045 BST)

Barcelona will offer 24m for Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor (Marca, 0741 BST)

Barcelona are still in talks to sign Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb (Press Association, 0735 BST)


Aston Villa are ready to hijack Tottenham's planned 15m move for Blackburn's David Bentley (Daily Star).

Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United future could depend upon whether coach Carlos Queiroz stays at the club or joins the Portugal set-up (Daily Star).


Emre's move from Newcastle to Fenerbahce could be in doubt as he faces a call-up to the Turkish army (The Mirror).

Inter Milan target Frank Lampard, who turns 30 on 20 June, wants a four-year deal at Chelsea but the club only want to offer him a two-year contract (The Times).

Norwich have beaten Ipswich to the signature of Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi (Daily Star).

Fulham want 2.5m from QPR for Lee Cook. Cook moved in the opposite direction last summer, but didn't make a first team appearance for Fulham last season (The Sun).

Rangers could miss out on both Kyle Lafferty, as Alan Gow is not sure he wants to join Burnley as part of the deal, and also Steve Davis, as Fulham want 4m for him (Daily Record).

Former Gretna striker Fabian Yantorno cut short his summer holiday in an effort to land a contract with Hibs. (Daily Express)

Dundee are lining up a move for former Rangers and Dundee United midfielder Charlie Miller after he was released by Belgian outfit Lierse. (Daily Mail)


Portugal boss Luis Felipe Scolari fears his team's lack of inches could cost them against Germany. Their 5 ft 9 inch average height is three inches less than the Germans. Croatia and Greece average a lofty 6ft 1 inch a man (The Mirror).

Middlesbrough star Mido, who tipped the scales at 15st 2lb last season, has apologised to the club's fans and says he has lost two stone for the new campaign (The Sun).

TV replays are to be removed from Premier League dug-outs and tunnels to stop managers berating fourth officials next season (Daily Mail).

Michael Owen says there should be an announcement "in the next month or two" over his contract talks at Newcastle (Daily Telegraph).

Manchester United's Patrice Evra and Patrick Vieira had to be pulled apart from squaring up to one another in the tunnel after France's 4-1 loss to the Netherlands. The incident was caught on camera (The Mirror).

Vieira, who did not play in the tournament, also had a bust-up with old rival Ruud van Nistelrooy after the same game (The Independent).

Turkey coach Fatih Terim is an outsider for the Blackburn job (Mirror) but Paul Ince is on the verge of being appointed (Daily Mail).

Thierry Henry has vowed not to quit international football despite France's failure at Euro 2008 (Daily Star).


Three players ended up in hospital after a friendly at Euro 2008 - between Austrian and German police (Daily Express).

French coach Raymond Domenech has been savaged in the press after proposing to his girlfriend live on national television after their elimination from Euro 2008. He said he wanted to provide "a glimmer of light on a cloudy night" (The Independent).

see also
Wednesday's gossip column
18 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
17 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
16 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
17 Jun 08 |  Gossip

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