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Thursday's gossip column

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2217 BST: Fulham hold talks with Bordeaux about signing Marouane Chamakh, but they face competition from Arsenal for the Moroccan forward.
Full story: The Times website

2204 BST: Real Madrid warn Arjen Robben he will be left out of their squad next season if he refuses to leave the club this summer.
Full story: Guardian website

2118 BST: Bayern Munich tell Chelsea they are interested in signing Portuguese international right-back Jose Bosingwa.
Full story: Daily Telegraph website

1750 BST: Inter Milan are willing to sell Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic - but only if a club comes in with an offer of £80m.

"Everything can happen at the right price," Inter chief executive Ernesto Paolillo told La Gazzetta dello Sport's website.

"Ibra's value is not less than Kaka's and could be around that of Cristiano Ronaldo."
Full story: La Gazzetta dello Sport website

1700 BST: Roberto Martinez is lining up his first signing as Wigan manager after making a £1.7m move for Espanyol's 24-year-old midfielder Jordi Gomez. (Press Association)

1645 BST: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims it is only a "question of time" before the club sign Valencia striker David Villa.

"Valencia president Manuel Llorente knows what he wants to do," Perez told Canal Nou. "Us as well. For that the operation is a question of time.

"Everything must be done in a friendly and co-operative way and we have very good relations with Valencia. Things need to be done calmly, be explained well and so that everybody is happy.

"We have the whole of the summer ahead of us."

1309 BST: Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa says he would consider a return to Spain following links with a move to former club Real Madrid.

"I have something to prove in Spain as I did not show my best form in La Liga. I am contracted for one more year, but if Liverpool get an offer, they will consider it. It is in the hands of my agent," he told Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

1136 BST: Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann is interested in a move to 1860 Munich. The 35-year-old German, who last played for City in December, said: "I could see myself playing there. I want to carry on playing for another two years."
Full story: Setanta Sports

1027 BST: Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong is in talks with two clubs regarding a summer move. (Sky Sports website)

1016 BST: Manchester City target and former Arsenal striker Julio Baptista wants to stay with Roma. He said: "I signed a four-year contract with Roma and I want to remain and help the team do better." (Press Association)

0958 BST: Zinedine Zidane, French legend and adviser at Real Madrid, says negotiations to sign Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery are "on the right track".

"I am for Ribery coming to Madrid and I will do everything to make that happen," Zidane told French newspaper Le Parisien.
Full story: Le Parisien (in French)

0927 BST: Ajax centre-back Thomas Vermaelen will have a medical at Arsenal on Friday ahead of signing a four-year deal.

"The signature is not there yet, but everything is in order," Vermaelen told Belgium newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen.
Full story: Setanta Sports

0807 BST: Former Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan could be set for a return to management at Southampton after being spotted holding a meeting with Saints legend Matt Le Tissier and former chairman Lee Crouch.
Full story: Southern Daily Echo

0801 BST: Valencia striker David Villa has told his club he wants to move to Real Madrid and nowhere else. (Sky Sports)

0753 BST: Jermaine Pennant, loaned to Portsmouth from Liverpool last season, is a possible target for Manchester City to provide competition for winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Full story: Guardian


Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is edging closer to a Manchester City move with wage demands of £192,000 a week, after tax, being weighed up by the Premier League club.
Full story: Daily Mail

The chase for Franck Ribery has found the green light again following the latest words by Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer.

With Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona waiting in the wings, chairman of the German club Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said a few days ago the French midfielder would not be sold, but Beckenbauer has revealed: "If he really wants to leave, we will deal with the issue."
Full story: Daily Star

Man United are considering a move for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie who is yet to sign a new contract.

With one year remaining on his current deal, the Dutch star is desperate to win more silverware and said money was not everything.
Full story: The Sun

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has confirmed he made an enquiry about taking on former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson. (Daily Record)

Javier Mascherano's future at Liverpool hangs in the balance with news the midfielder's agent has held talks with Barcelona.
Full story: The Sun

Man United and Arsenal target Lyon forward Karim Benzema looks set to stay with the French club for at least another year after committing his immediate future to the French outfit before going on holiday. (Daily Express)

Tottenham have been talking to Real Madrid about a proposal to subsidise Arjen Robben's wages in return for the Dutch winger moving to White Hart Lane.
Full story: The Independent

Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is being used as bait with manager Martin O'Neill eyeing up Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sporting Lisbon are set to make a second offer for Man City's Felipe Caicedo after Mark Hughes' club rejected their initial bid of £5m for the striker. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Man City have denied Brazilian superstar Robinho will join Barcelona on a loan deal. Chief executive Garry Cook said: "The story is completely without foundation." (The Times)

AC Milan playmaker Andrea Pirlo fancies a move to Chelsea. The 30-year-old said: "Perhaps it's possible that I could join (Blues boss Carlo) Ancelotti. Maybe it's time for a new chapter in my career."
Full story: Daily Mirror


Chelsea are ready to appeal over the Uefa four-match ban dished out to striker Didier Drogba for his behaviour in last season's Champions League semi-final with Barcelona. (Various)
Full story: Daily Mirror

Gunners star Emanuel Eboue is set to reject a transfer to Italy and fight for his place. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth centre-back Sol Campbell is mulling over an offered 50% wage cut to stay at Fratton Park, with Basel and Fenerbahce also attracting interest in the former England star.
Full story: The Times


Following Ronaldo's agreed record-breaking move from Manchester United, agent Jorge Mendes is locked in talks with Real Madrid over bonus payments based on sponsorship and other commercial deals.

The Spanish club have also been asked to smash their image rights pay structure.
Full story: Daily Mail

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see also
Transfers - June 2009
30 Jun 09 |  Football
Wednesday's gossip column
17 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
16 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
18 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
15 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
15 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier

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