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Saturday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Manchester United are interested in signing Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov, the Bulgaria captain's agent said. (Reuters 2118 BST)

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti claims it is now down to Frank Lampard whether he leaves Chelsea for the San Siro. (Corriere dello Sport 1747 BST)

AC Milan are poised to sign Barcelona's Ronaldinho on a two-year deal for 12m. (La Gazzetta dello Sport 1019 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United have bid 20m for Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov and hope to tie up a deal within a week. (Various)

Arsenal have made an 11th-hour bid to hijack Liverpool's protracted move for Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry. (Various)

Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford in two weeks to finally decide on his future. (Daily Mirror)

Frank Lampard must stay at Chelsea for another season after owner Roman Abramovich refused to sell to Inter Milan and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. (Daily Express)

606: DEBATE

New Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari promised Lampard he would help him make his dream move to Inter Milan. (The Sun)

Newly promoted West Brom and Hull are locked in a battle to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa are set to finally sign American keeper Brad Guzan from Chivas. (The Sun)

Sunderland are in talks with Steaua Bucharest's giant Romania defender Dorin Goian and hope to beat Manchester City, Newcastle and Aston Villa to a 2.5m deal. (Daily Mirror)

Russia's Euro 2008 star Andrei Arshavin is pinning his hopes on a move to Arsenal amid fears he is being priced out of a move by Zenit St Petersburg. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Michael Owen will resume talks with Newcastle about a new contract next week. (Daily Star)

Liverpool will use funds from the sale of Peter Crouch, Danny Guthrie and the imminent departure of Scott Carson to try and raise funds to buy Spurs striker Robbie Keane. (The Times)

Portsmouth will press ahead with plans to sign Shaun Wright-Phillips from Chelsea in a 10m deal after signing Peter Crouch. (The Independent)

Pompey midfield man Sean Davis is poised to sign for Premier League new boys Hull City in a 2.25m deal. (Daily Mirror)

Hull also want Spurs defender Ricardo Rocha on a season-long loan. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant is in talks with Blackburn about a move to Ewood Park. (Daily Mail)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley hopes to clinch a deal for Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami after he bought out his contract with Lazio. (The Sun)

QPR are lining up a shock bid for Real Madrid star Michel Salgado. (The Sun)

Espanyol claim reports that Spurs are about to sign striker Luis Garcia are premature. (Daily Telegraph)

Spurs are lining up a move for Ghana striker Eric Bekoe, who will cost around 2m from Asante Kotoko. (Daily Star)

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has held talks with AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani about Andriy Shevchenko returning to his former club. (The Sun)

Rangers boss Walter Smiths says they cannot afford Fulham's 4m asking price for Steve Davis as Wigan join Blackburn as rivals for his services. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Chelsea's new signing Deco has left with a less than glowing reference from Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who said it was "great business. In the previous two seaons Deco was one of the players with the lowest level of performance."




see also
Friday's gossip column
11 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
10 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
12 Jul 08 |  Gossip


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