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Sunday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Real Madrid hope to sign Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas after conceding defeat in their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo. (News of the World)

Manchester United have bid 20m for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov but are set to end their interest because the asking price could soar to 38m. (Various)

United are willing to pay 25m for Berbatov but a row between Sir Alex Ferguson and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy could threaten the deal. (Sunday Times)

606: DEBATE

Ferguson is considering signing Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o, Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz, Valencia's David Villa or Lyon's Karim Benzema instead of Berbatov. (Sunday Times)

Or, United are set to finally land Berbatov this week, for a fee of 24m. (Sunday Express)

Barcelona, AC Milan, Newcastle and Manchester City are all chasing Berbatov too. (Sunday Express)

Real Madrid also want David Villa, a move seen in Spain as an admission they cannot sign Ronaldo. (Sunday Times)

Liverpool are ready to abandon their chase of Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry and will spend their money on Tottenham's Robbie Keane instead. (News of the World)

The sale of Keane to Liverpool will allow Tottenham to chase David Villa, who is valued at 25m. (Sunday Telegraph)

Chelsea have bid 31.5m for Real Madrid star Robinho and could get their man for 35m this week. (Sunday Telegraph)

If Chelsea do land Robinho they will not pursue fellow Brazilian Kaka. (Sunday Telegraph)

Kaka is happy at AC Milan and is in no hurry to leave, according to his agent Gaetano Paolillo. (Independent on Sunday)

Chelsea have confirmed their interest in Kaka, who is likely to become the first 1m-a-month footballer if he does move to Stamford Bridge. (The Observer)

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will get the five-year, 150,000-a-week contract he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge when the club returns to England from their pre-season tour. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, a target for AC Milan and Barcelona, has delayed writing the last chapter of his autobiography until his future is resolved. (Sunday Mirror)

Drogba will quit Chelsea unless he can agree a new contract this week. (The People)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart wants talks with Mark Hughes after the Eastlands boss tried to sign new Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel. (The People)

Newcastle have made a shock 4m bid for Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos. (Mail on Sunday)

If Senderos is sold, it could mean the Gunners are suffering from financial problems. (Mail on Sunday)

But Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor will not be leaving the Emirates Stadium despite interest from Barcelona. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal and Newcastle are both keen on Udinese midfielder Goekhan Inler. (The People)

Rangers want Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson and Sunderland midfielder Dickson Etuhu. (News of the World)

Middlesbrough are keen on Blackburn midfielder David Dunn. (News of the World)

Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given's future is still in doubt, with Arsenal believed to be interested. (News of the World)

Leeds have agreed a 300,000 deal for Wolves striker Jay Bothroyd. (News of the World)

Wales midfielder David Vaughan is to leave Real Sociedad for a 500,000 move to Blackpool. (News of the World)

Cardiff have agreed a 2m deal with Major League Soccer for Kenny Cooper and are negotiating personal terms with the FC Dallas striker. (Wales on Sunday)

Wigan striker David Cotterill is set to clinch a 1.5m move to Sheffield United. (News of the World)

Swansea, Birmingham, Charlton, Plymouth, Hibernian and Hearts are battling for Brazilian midfielder Douglas Rinaldi after his release from Watford. (News of the World)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sacked ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant has not been paid any compensation since he left the club in May. (News of the World)

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack says he intends to retire in two year's time at the age of 33. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool's owners failed in their latest attempt to show they have the finances to pay for the club's new 400m Stanley Park Stadium. (News of the World)

Arsene Wenger could give William Gallas a second chance as Arsenal captain in order to keep him at the club. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants his former assistant, new Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz, to be his successor as manager at Old Trafford. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham's assistant boss Gus Poyet has again emerged as a leading candidate to replace Queiroz as Ferguson's number two. (Mail on Sunday)

Former England star Paul Gascoigne is back together with his ex-wife Sheryl and the pair plan to re-marry. (Sunday Mirror)

Wales manager John Toshack is ready to recall Nottingham Forest striker Rob Earnshaw for the friendly against Georgia. (News of the World)

AND FINALLY

Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov never goes to nightclubs and says he prefers to stay at home and feed squirrels from his balcony. (News of the World)

Manchester United have employed a minder to look after Cristiano Ronaldo while he is in Los Angeles after signing a new commercial deal. (Sunday Mirror)




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


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