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Friday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1550 BST: Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins is keen to stay at the relegated club, but admits they are likely to sell him. (Evening Chronicle)

1455 BST: Atletico Madrid say the club will now listen to "interesting offers" for star forward Sergio Aguero. Argentine Aguero has been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United. (French radio station RMC)

1408 BST: Gennaro Gattuso's agent has quashed reports his client will leave AC Milan this summer. Gattuso had been linked with a move to Chelsea. (Press Association)

1405 BST: Big-spending Real Madrid have set their sights on Arsenal defender Gael Clichy.
(Full story: The Independent)

1401 BST: Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun has played down reports linking him to a move to Champions League winners Barcelona. (Press Association)

1355 BST: Roma are hoping to land Chelsea misfit Andriy Shevchenko on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)

1352 BST: Sulley Muntari's agent says Tottenham have had a bid for the Inter Milan midfielder rejected. (Daily Mail)

1342 BST: Sheffield United are understood to have made an offer, believed to be in the region of £1.5m, for Manchester City striker Ched Evans. (The Sheffield Star)

1215 BST: Middlesbrough say they will not sell defender David Wheater unless they are made an offer they cannot refuse. (Press Association)

1121 BST: Ezequiel Lavezzi's agent insists Serie A club Napoli have received an offer from Liverpool for the Argentine striker. (Press Association)

1049 BST:Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness will only consider selling Franck Ribery if his club receive a "crazy" bid for the France midfielder. (German newspaper Tz)

1026 BST: Carlos Tevez's future may now be at Manchester United and not rivals City after Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Real Madrid. (Manchester Evening News)

1015 BST: Brazilian playmaker Kaka has expressed delight at Ronaldo's move from Manchester United to join him at Real Madrid. (Press Association)

1004 BST: Juventus are ready to offer David Trezeguet to Manchester City in exchange for Elano, according to reports in Italy. (Sky Sports)

1004 BST: Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has played down reports linking him with a transfer to Bayern Munich. (The Sentinel)

0955 BST: Burnley have denied speculation linking them to Newcastle winger Damien Duff. (Lancashire Telegraph)

0932 BST: Everton defender Joleon Lescott has played down reports linking him with a move to Manchester City. (Press Association)

RONALDO GOSSIP - WORLD REACTION

Spain's biggest-selling newspaper, Marca, has hailed the signing as "The signing of the century" on their front cover and "A signing from another galaxy" on page two.

Fellow Madrid-based sports daily, AS, claim Ronaldo will wear the number nine shirt at the Bernebau also saying that "Praise is mixed with criticism for the price, a new world record - 94m euros for the number one."

The El Mundo newspaper focused on Ronaldo's huge price tag, commenting: "Madrid pay for Ronaldo 57 times his weight in gold."

WORLD PRESS REACTION
Spain's Marca: "The signing of the century."
Spain's AS: "Praise is mixed with criticism for the price, a new world record."
Spain's El Mundo: "Madrid pay for Ronaldo 57 times his weight in gold."
Spain's El Pais: "Florentino Perez lives in another galaxy."
Portugal's Record: "Real Madrid spend 94m euros for Ronaldo in times of crisis."
Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport: "That's not fair. Mad Real. After Kaka, Real Madrid sign Cristiano Ronaldo."
France's L'Equipe: ""Benzema's turn?"
America's Los Angeles Times: "The hair-gel industry in north-west England suffered a catastrophic blow on Thursday."

"Florentino Perez lives in another galaxy," slams Spanish newspaperEl Pais.

Barcelona-based sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo's front-page headline, meanwhile, pulled no punches, reading:"CR94. Madness!"

Portuguese sports newspaper Record was equally as critical of the transfer fee, commenting: "Real Madrid spend 94m euros for Ronaldo in times of crisis. He will earn more in 24 hours than our president of the Republic in two months."

The Italian press were equally miffed, with Gazzetta dello Sport saying: "That's not fair. Mad Real. After Kaka, Real Madrid sign Cristiano Ronaldo."

French daily L'Equipe believed the transfer could provide United with the funds to make a bid for Lyon forward Karim Benzema, with their headline reading: "Benzema's turn?"

America's Los Angeles Times took a more quirky look at the transfer by jokingly saying: "The hair-gel industry in north-west England suffered a catastrophic blow on Thursday in a world-record sports transaction after which the soccer marvel Cristiano Ronaldo seemed Spain-bound."

RONALDO GOSSIP - UK REACTION

Manchester United are fighting to halt an exodus after Cristiano Ronaldo's record £80m transfer to Real Madrid with Nemanja Vidic being targeted by Barcelona.
(Full story: The Times)

And Manchester City appear to have beaten United to the signature of Argentine striker Carlos Tevez.
(Full story: The Times)

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists it was his decision entirely to allow Ronaldo to leave for Madrid.
(Full story: Daily Express)

Ferguson only allowed Ronaldo to leave on the proviso that he would get to spend all of the world record £80m transfer fee on new players.
(Full story: Daily Star)

Or, Ferguson will be given £100m to spend on new players after Ronaldo's departure.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Ronaldo himself has labelled his dream move to Real as "historic".
(Full story: The Sun)

The 24-year-old celebrated his transfer by spending the night with heiress Paris Hilton in Los Angeles.
(Full story: The Sun)

Ferguson has targeted Lyon striker Karim Benzema, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Wigan midfielder Antonio Valencia as replacements for Ronaldo.
(Full story: The Guardian)

Valencia is expected to cost United £23m in total.
(Full story: The Mirror)

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o could also be a surprise target for Manchester United. (The Guardian)

However, it would appear that Italian club Inter Milan are favourites to land the £25m-rated striker from the Nou Camp.
(Full story: The Sun)

Valencia winger David Silva is another player who could be wearing the red of United next season. (The Times)

Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben could also be a target for Ferguson. (Daily Star)

Ferguson could also go after Seville star Luis Fabiano.
(Full story: The Sun)

With doubts over the future of holding midfielder Owen Hargreaves, United may also pursue Barcelona's Yaya Toure.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Madrid are confident that Ronaldo could earn them over £500m in merchandising over the next 10 years.
(Full story: The Sun)

Out-of-favour Manchester United winger Nani says he is the man to replace World and European player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo.
(Full story: The Sun)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will make AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso his first signing as Blues boss.
(Full story: The Sun)

Chelsea meanwhile face a fight to hold onto right-back Jose Bosingwa who is wanted by German side Bayern Munich.
(Full story: The Sun)

Another player who could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge is midfielder Deco, who is eyeing up a move to Inter Milan.
(Full story: The Sun)

But Chelsea look to have failed in their attempts to sign AC Milan duo, forward Alexandre Pato and midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
(Full story: Daily Express)

Chelsea will also have to make an increased £20m bid to land Russian star Yuri Zhirkov from CSKA Moscow. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid also look set to beat Chelsea to the signature of Valencia forward David Villa.
(Full story: Guardian)

Madrid meanwhile will offer striker Javier Saviola to Liverpool as bait to land midfielder Xabi Alonso.
(Full story: The Sun)

Manchester City have offered Portsmouth £18m for right-back Glen Johnson.
(Full story: Daily Express)

City have also bid £15m bid for Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Manager Mark Hughes looks set to allow City keeper Joe Hart to join Birmingham on loan next season.
(Full story: The Sun)

Arsenal central defender Kolo Toure is pondering a £15m move to Manchester City.
(Full story: Daily Star)

Toure's arrival could signal the departure of Richard Dunne with new Sunderland manager Steve Bruce leading the chase to sign the centre-back. (Daily Star)

Bruce is also interested in Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole and Tottenham striker Darren Bent. (Daily Star)

Meanwhile, Arsenal will recall central defender Philippe Senderos after his year long loan deal at AC Milan. (Daily Star)

Chelsea have inquired about Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. (The Times)

Galatasary coach Frank Rijkaard is interested in signing Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos. (The Times)

David Beckham has opened the door to a potential return to the Premier League with Tottenham interested in taking the LA Galaxy midfielder on loan.
(Full story: The Sun)

Wolves and Blackburn are battling to sign Newcastle's Nicky Butt with Rovers preparing a £1.5m bid for the midfielder. (The Sun)

Rovers meanwhile are interested in Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda and Newcastle duo Nicky Butt and Alan Smith.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Aston Villa will use striker Marlon Harewood as bait to land Middlesbrough defender David Wheater.
(Full story: The Sun)

Hull are preparing a £2.5m bid for Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan.
(Full story: The Sun)

Everton are battling with Manchester United and Aston Villa for the signature of Sheffield United's highly rated full-back Kyle Naughton.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Toffees boss David Moyes is also keen on Leeds United midfielder Fabian Delph and is also considering a season-long loan deal for Manchester City's Brazilian striker Jo.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Barcelona have made an enquiry for Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun who is valued at £12m by the Reds.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Liverpool left-back Andrea Dossena is set for £6.5m move to Italian Serie A side Juventus.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are battling with Arsenal and Chelsea for Feyenoord striker Luc Castaignos. (The Times)

Fulham are battling with Everton for the signature of Reading winger Stephen Hunt. (The Times)

Wolves are set to beat Birmingham City in the race to sign Coventry defender Scott Dann for £4m. (Daily Mail)

Fulham, Hull and Stoke are keen on Sampdoria midfielder Gennaro Delvecchio. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton and Blackburn are both chasing Pretson winger Danny Mayor.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas is a £6m target for Aston Villa.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Kilmarnock defender David Lilley is set to depart Rugby Park after talks over a new deal collapsed. (The Star)

Spanish left-back Xabi Castillo is waiting on the outcome of the managerial position at Celtic to find out if he is able to pursue his preferred option of a move to Scotland in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Dundee are waiting on an answer from ex-Clyde striker Pat Clarke after offering the 24-year-old a contract at Dens Park. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool are hopeful of securing a £350m refinancing loan after vowing to pump more money into the club. (The Sun)

Investment banker Keith Harris and former Newcastle chairman Freddie Shepherd have met to discuss the purchase of the Magpies. (Daily Express)

Or, a north-east businessman is planning a £150m takeover of the recently relegated club.
(Full story: The Times)

Chelsea have failed in their bid to tempt AC Milan legend Paulo Maldini to join the club in an undefined role.
(Full story: The Times)

Mark McGhee has dropped his wage demands for the Aberdeen job in a bid to push through his prolonged switch from Fir Park to Pittodrie. (The Star)

Meanwhile, the deal to secure McGhee as Aberdeen manager has stalled because the compensation package to Motherwell has been deemed unsuitable. (Daily Record)

Suspended Livingston manager Paul Hegarty claims he will not sit down with Livingston owner Angelo Massone until he is paid. (The Star)

Celtic have drawn up a radical plan to save the Scottish Premier League which involves reducing the number of teams to 10 and abandoning the split. (Daily Record)

Former top referee Hugh Dallas is to become the Saturday night judge and jury of controversial incidents and bring instant verdicts to the public in a new Scottish Football Association plan to bring clarity to the public. (Daily Record)

Hibernian manager John Hughes is ready to make out-of-contract Falkirk keeper Dani Mallo his first signing since taking over at Easter Road. (Daily Record)

Irish rising young management star Pat Fenlon has declared his interest in landing a job in Scotland's top-flight. (Daily Record)


AND FINALLY

David Beckham's pants brought London traffic to a halt on Bond Street after a 50ft billboard revealing him only wearing underwear was unveiled.
(Full story: Daily Star)



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see also
Transfers - June 2009
30 Jun 09 |  Football
Thursday's gossip column
11 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
11 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
10 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
09 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
09 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier


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