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Saturday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Inter Milan's chief executive Ernesto Paolillo says the Serie A club still hope to sign Frank Lampard from Chelsea this summer. (Press Association, 1118 BST)
Inter continue chase for Lampard


Manchester United are set to break the British transfer record by paying 35m to seal a permanent deal for Carlos Tevez before the start of the new season. (The Independent, The Times)
Man Utd keen to seal Tevez deal

Or, United will pay 32m for the Argentine ace, whose loan spell at Old Trafford ends next summer. (The Sun, Daily Mail, The Guardian)

Chelsea will pay Real Madrid 35m for Robinho, who is 'desperate' to move to Stamford Bridge and has already agreed terms on a five-year deal with the Blues. (The Independent)

Aston Villa have been given permission to speak to Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel but Manchester City have made a late enquiry about the American. (The Independent)

If City miss out on Friedel they will move for veteran Fulham shot-stopper Antti Niemi. (The Sun)

Everton will use the proceeds from the impending 10.5m sale of Andy Johnson to Fulham to fund a bid for Sporting Lisbon striker Joao Moutinho. (Daily Express)

The Toffees have already begun talks with Sporting over an 18m deal for Moutinho. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth have beaten Sunderland in the race to sign Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul. (The Sun)

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is set to stay with the club despite continued interest from Barcelona. (Daily Express)

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez hopes to sign Tottenham striker Robbie Keane in time for him to face Rangers on 2 August. (The Sun)

Keane is due to arrive at Anfield next week for a medical before completing his 18m switch. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool will bid for Valencia winger David Silva if they fail to land Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. (The Sun)

Real Madrid are preparing a 31.5m bid for Valencia striker David Villa but the player's agent says he would be interested in a move to Tottenham. (The Guardian)

Michael Owen has warned Newcastle he will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season unless they improve their contract offer. (The Guardian)

Birmingham are set to bid 2m for Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson. (The Sun)

Blackburn are lining up a 4m move for Fulham midfielder Steven Davis. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp will use the 11m from the sale of Sulley Muntari to Inter to fund bids for Chelsea's Shaun Wright-Phillips and Reading's Nicky Shorey. (The Guardian)

Rangers' hopes of signing Pedro Mendes from Portsmouth have been hit by Pompey's sale of Muntari. (Daily Record)

Fulham have bid 4m for Torino's Australian international midfielder Vincenzo Grella. (The Independent)


The Football Association are set to sanction a new rule that will mean only team captains will be permitted to talk to referees next season. (Daily Express)

The FA have moved to clarify comments by England coach Fabio Capello - who has a contract until 2012 - to stress he does not intend to quit after the 2010 World Cup. (Various)

Arsenal defender Kolo Toure has made a quicker than expected recovery from malaria and could return to light training next week. (The Sun)

Chelsea have dumped popular physio Dave Hancock despite an attempt by captain John Terry to keep him in his job. (Daily Mail)

Gabriel Tamas' agent says the defender's transfer from Auxerre to Celtic did not collapse because of the Romanian's wage demands. (Various)

Rangers are still unwilling to meet the valuation of Steven Davis despite Fulham lowering their demands for the midfielder. (The Scotsman)

Motherwell's failure to fund the loan signing of Celtic's John Kennedy has angered Fir Park boss Mark McGhee. (Daily Record)

Motherwell will step up their attempt to sign Celtic winger Jim O'Brien after he impressed on trial. (The Times)


Manchester United will travel 3,000 miles to play Portsmouth in Nigeria less than 24 hours after playing Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa - so they can bank an extra 1.5m. (Various)

Chelsea players have complained of exhaustion and jet-lag on their globe-trotting pre-season tour. (The Sun)

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has told out-of-favour Thomas Gravesen and Derek Riordan they will never play for the club again. (Various)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique thinks Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher can one day play for Real Madrid. (Daily Record)

see also
Friday's gossip column
25 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
24 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
23 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
24 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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