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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has told Djibril Cisse a return to the Premier League will become less likely as the start of the new season approaches. (PA, 2100 BST)

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o could end up staying at the Nou Camp, according to the player's agent. (PA, 1640 BST)

Real Madrid's Robinho wants to stay in Spain, despite repeated speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea. "I want to stay at Real Madrid for a long time," said the 24-year-old. (PA, 1615 BST)

Zenit St Petersburg claim Tottenham have enquired about Russia star Andrei Arshavin and are ready to pay 15.9m, but Manchester City have not expressed an interest. (Russian press, 1338 BST)

Valencia will sell striker David Villa and winger David Silva in order to balance the books. (Marca and Las Provincias, 1334 BST)

Stuttgart claim they have signed 4m-rated Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla. (Bild, 1259 BST)

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o says he has received offers from Chelsea, Tottenham and Inter Milan. (Corriere dello Sport, 1100 BST)

Chelsea are set to smash the world record transfer fee with a 150 million Euros (119m) for AC Milan's Brazilian midfielder Kaka. (Gazzetta dello Sport, 1001 BST)


Brazil striker Robinho has told Real Madrid he is desperate to join Chelsea. (The Sun)

But forward Didier Drogba looks to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge after he was left out of the club's tour to China. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona are thought to be preparing a 22m bid for Drogba. (Daily Express)

Inter Milan are prepared to wait for England midfielder Frank Lampard's contract at Chelsea to run out before signing him next season. (Daily Telegraph)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp will let up to seven players leave to finance an 8m move for Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Daily Telegraph)

Aston Villa could be back on the trail of Newcastle winger James Milner after abandoning their attempts to sign Blackburn midfielder David Bentley. (Daily Telegraph)

Fulham are ready to splash out 10.5m on Everton striker Andrew Johnson. (The Sun)

Tottenham boss Juande Ramos will spend the 57m from the sale of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov on strikers Diego Milito (Real Zaragoza) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow) and wingers David Bentley (Blackburn) and Diego Capel (Sevilla). (The Sun)

Everton also want Real Zaragoza star Milito but would prefer to have him on loan first and the Spanish club are not keen. (Daily Mirror)

The Toffees are ready to smash their transfer record to land 18m-rated Sporting Lisbon playmaker Joao Moutinho. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon remains confident of signing Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo. (Daily Mirror)

Stoke want Sunderland reserve keeper Marton Fulop for 3m. (Daily Mirror)

Huddersfield will make a 700,000 bid for Ipswich pair Alan Lee and Gary Roberts. (Daily Mirror)

Leeds have made a 100,000 bid for Dean Windass and Hull could sell if they cannot offer the 39-year-old first-team football. (Daily Mirror)

Striker Marlon King will be at Hull today for a medical ahead of his 3m move from Wigan. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are poised to sign 19-year-old French striker David Ngog. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland remain hopeful of clinching a 23m deal for Tottenham's Steed Malbranque, Pascal Chimbonda, Younes Kaboul and Teemu Tainio. (Times)

Bordeaux president Jean Louis Triaud has told Celtic they have no chance of signing Fernando Cavenaghi. (Daily Record)

Winger Peter Lovenkrands wants a move back to Rangers from Schalke. (Daily Record)


Brazil legend Pele has told England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney he needs to "learn how to defend himself, not attack his opponent". (Various)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told striker Theo Walcott to establish himself in the first team this season. (Daily Star)

England manager Fabio Capello is under no pressure to get his squad to the World Cup semi-finals, according to the Football Association's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking. (Daily Star)

Former Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer will be back in training on this week, a year after breaking his leg on his second appearance for West Ham. (Times)


Blackburn's imminent new signing Carlos Villanueva is nicknamed 'pineapple head' in Chile. (Independent)

see also
Sunday's gossip column
20 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
19 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
18 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
21 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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