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Saturday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

2111 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo says he wanted to leave Manchester United in the summer of 2008.

"After we won the European Cup (in 2008) I thought there isno more I can achieve here," Ronaldo, who is set to move to Real Madrid from United in an £80m transfer, told the News of the World.

"When you have done all you can, you know it is time for a new challenge."I stayed one more season and it was nice to make it three (Premier League) titles in a row but it was my dream to play for Madrid.

Full story: News of the World

1556 BST: French club Lyon would consider a huge offer from Manchester United for striker Karim Benzema.

"If Manchester United, who we all know have come into a lot of money, present an offer for Benzema, what can you do?" director Bernard Lacombe told French newspaper Le Progres.

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona have switched their attentions from competing to sign Franck Ribery to preparing a £25m bid for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.
Full story: Daily Star

The Catalan club are also getting ready to submit a £35m offer for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, which could be made up of £20m and forward Bojan Krkic.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City are confident they will beat local rivals Manchester United as well as Chelsea and Liverpool to the signing of striker Carlos Tevez.
Full story: Independent

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will target £12m-rated Roma centre-back Philippe Mexes as a replacement for Inter Milan-bound Ricardo Carvalho.
Full story: The Sun

Meanwhile, the Blues have bid more than Real Madrid for Valencia striker David Villa and his club want him to move to Stamford Bridge but he prefers a switch to the Bernabeu.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal's signing of centre-back Thomas Vermaelen has paved the way for Manchester City to sign Kolo Toure from the Gunners for £12m.
Full story: Times

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill could offer £8m to prise England Under-21 centre-back David Wheater away from Championship side Middlesbrough.
Full story: Daily Star

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is still trying to sign Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli on loan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is trying to sign winger Jermaine Pennant, who will be available on a free transfer as his deal with Liverpool is up this summer.
Full story: The Sun

Bolton have beaten Blackburn to the signing of Pompey midfielder Sean Davis and have now set their sights on West Brom left-back Paul Robinson.
Full story: The Sun

Tottenham may be able to offload Mexican winger Giovani Dos Santos to Atletico Madrid for £4m.
Full story: The Sun

New first-team coach Peter Grant says Celtic are chasing Nancy striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who was on loan to West Brom. (Daily Record)

Peter Grant has warned Nancy that Celtic will not be held to ransom over a transfer fee for Marc-Antoine Fortune. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Serbia and Manchester United midfielder Zoran Tosic says Cristiano Ronaldo told his Old Trafford team-mates he was leaving before the Champions League final.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher has urged midfielder Xabi Alonso to resist a move to Real Madrid and stay at the club. And, with midfielder Javier Mascherano and defender Alvaro Arbeloa also linked with moves, Carragher insists he is hoping no-one leaves Anfield.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Scottish Premier League is holding a weekend of crisis talks amid fears of meltdown should broadcaster Setanta go into administration and the league loses its TV cash. (Daily Express)

ESPN and Sky have made rivals offers guaranteeing the Scottish Premier League between 60% and 90% of the deal agreed with Setanta. (The Herald)

Peter Grant expects that he and manager Tony Mowbray will be sacked if Celtic don't reclaim the Scottish Premier League title. (Daily Record)

Peter Grant says the Premier League in England are terrified to allow Celtic and Rangers into their league as they would knock two of their four big clubs off the top of the table. (Daily Record)

Livingston chairman Angelo Massone has flown back to Italy despite threats from West Lothian Council to force the club into administration on Monday for unpaid rent. (Daily Record)

Chairman Angelo Massone says Livingston will not go bust and he plans to take them back to the Scottish Premier League. (The Sun)

Livingston fans are holding a rally at Almondvale Stadium on Saturday demanding that club chairman Angelo Massone relinquishes control. (Daily Record)

Motherwell are to interview Lawrie Sanchez, Gary McAllister and Luc Nijholt about their manager's job after already talking to Steve Staunton. (Daily Express)

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov is ploughing millions of pounds into saving Lithuanian basketball club Arvydas Sabonis while starving the football club of funds. (Daily Record)

Manager Csaba Laszlo and owner Vladimir Romanov were locked in talks yesterday about Hearts' transfer budget. (Various)

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo has targeted four signings this summer. (Daily Express)

AND FINALLY

West Ham midfielder Scott Parker's rehabilitation from a groin injury saw him take a club physio on holiday with him. (The Sun)



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see also
Transfers - June 2009
30 Jun 09 |  Football
Friday's gossip column
19 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
18 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
18 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier


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