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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Manchester United and Real Madrid are eyeing River Plate's prolific striker Radamel Falcao, acording to the Colombia international's agent Nestor Sivori. (DiarioSport, 1345)

Barcelona are being linked with a loan move for Chelsea's unwanted striker Andriy Shevchenko, a deal which could suit both parties. The Spanish club would not have to pay a transfer fee, while the Londoners could remove the Ukrainian's wages from their books. (El Mundo Deportivo, 1140)

New Tottenham signing Giovani Dos Santos, 19, has revealed he turned down Manchester United, Chelsea and Ajax to sign at White Hart Lane from Barcelona. "I also had good offers [from them], but I loved Juande Ramos's ideas. I am going to do great things with the Spurs," he said. (Setanta Sports, 1110)


Chelsea are ready to take advantage of Emmanuel Adebayor's desire to quit Arsenal by making a 30m bid for the striker. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are poised to move for Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins - if Emmanuel Adebayor is sold. Nigerian striker Martins has a 13m release clause in his contract if he requests a move. (The Sun)

Rafael Benitez will pursue his interest in striker Robbie Keane, despite Tottenham's insistence that their vice-captain is not for sale. The Liverpool manager has proposed a cash-plus-Peter Crouch deal. (The Guardian)


New Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is considering a 27m swoop for Real Madrid's Brazilian forward Robinho, who is unhappy at the lack of movement on an improvement on his 30,000-a-week deal at the Bernabeu. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has told Gareth Barry he can have his dream move to Liverpool - but that the Anfield club will have to splash out 18m to land the midfielder. (The Sun)

Sevilla have turned down a 12.5m offer from Spurs for 20-year-old left winger Diego Capel. (The Times)

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee will make another bid for Rangers's Alan Gow after losing Ross McCormack to Cardiff. (Daily Record)

Derby have doubled their offer for 22-year-old Stockport striker Liam Dickinson. The Rams are hopeful the League One side will accept 500,000. (The Sun)

Everton and Rangers are set to go head-to-head for the signature of Slavia Prague defender Marek Suchy. (Daily Telegraph)

Argentine international Pablo Aimar, who has been tipped to join Portuguese club Benfica, is believed to be holding out for a move to a Premier League club. Newcastle and Everton have been linked with the player. (Daily Telegraph)

Swansea are set to sign Spanish defender Albert Serran from Espanyol for 70,000. The 23-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with the Championship new boys. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are weighing up a move for Werder Bremen's French-born midfielder Amaury Bischoff. (The Sun)

Premier League new boys Hull City face a blow in their bid to land French right-back Bernard Mendy, with German giants Werder Bremen moving in on the Paris St Germain player (Daily Mirror)

Veteran striker Andrew Cole, 36, has been offered 25,000 a week by Nottingham Forest to sign on a free transfer following his release from Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)

Dundee boss Alex Rae is running the rule over Northern Ireland defender Sean Webb, former Carlisle man Neale McDermott, and an unnamed Czech midfield player at the club's pre-season training camp in Malta. (Various)

Rangers have rejected a 1.5m bid from Stoke City for midfielder Lee McCulloch. (The Sun)

Former Celtic winger Anthony McParland is one of a number of players who will be given a trial at Livingston. (Various)

Shunsuke Nakamura's agent Tommaso Angelini says the Japan international is happy at Celtic and has no imminent plans to leave the club. (The Herald/The Scotsman)

Hearts are interested in signing freed Manchester United midfielder Ritchie Jones. (Daily Express/Daily Star)

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood wants to sign Chelsea defender Jack Cork on loan and wants to strike permanent deals with Birmingham's Sone Aluko and Middlesbrough's Josh Walker after both had successful loan spells at Pittodrie last season. (The Sun)


Following his winning goal in the Euro 2008 final against Germany, Spain and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has declared that he wants to become the best player in the world. (Daily Mirror)

Former England boss Steve McClaren enjoyed a winning debut as FC Twente manager as his new charges beat a Hengelo select XI 5-0 in a friendly. (Various)

Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand insists that being the England captain is not "the be all and end all". (The Sun)


Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted for the first time that there is a "plan B" in place for the host nation of the 2010 World Cup, should South Africa not be capable - but only in the event of a "natural catastrophe". (Various)

An estimated record 300 million TV viewers worldwide are believed to have watched the Euro 2008 final in which Spain beat Germany 1-0 in Vienna. (Daily Express)

see also
Sunday's gossip column
29 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
28 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
28 Jun 08 |  Gossip

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