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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


1603 BST: Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is preparing to see out the final year of his contract with the Catalan club rather than join Manchester City in a £25m transfer.

"If there is not a 180-degree turnaround then he will stay with Barcelona," Eto'o's agent Josep Maria Mesalles told ONA FM.

1440 BST: Udinese have received an offer from an English club for their Italian playmaker Gaetano D'Agostino. (Press Association)

1033 BST: AC Milan have warned Chelsea they would turn down a bid of 60m euros (£51m) for Brazil striker Alexandre Pato. The Italian club's administrator Adriano Galliani said: "We previously received a superior offer to this one and we already said no to that, so the answer would be no." (Press Association)

1026 BST: Inter Milan right-back Maicon plans to remain at the San Siro - as long as he is given an improved contract. The 27-year-old has been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid. (Press Association)

1023 BST: Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness is insistent the club will not budge on their refusal to sell Franck Ribery, who is a target for is a target for Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid. (Press Association)


Manchester City are set to make a £50m double swoop for Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o and Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez.
Full story: Daily Star

Eto'o will earn a staggering £250,000 a week - £13m a year - if the £25m transfer to City goes through.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United are on the verge of completing a £16m deal to sign Wigan winger Luis Antonio Valencia.
Full story: Daily Mirror

But United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is in danger of missing out on Lyon striker Karim Benzema, who looks set to join Real Madrid in a £28m deal.
Full story: Daily Star

Liverpool have beaten Barcelona to the signing of 16-year-old Cadiz midfielder Jesus Fernandez.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton are tracking £5m-rated Sweden Under-21 striker Marcus Berg, who plays for Groningen. (Daily Mirror)

Wolves have put in a £1.5m bid for Monaco's Croatian midfielder Jerko Leko. (Daily Mirror)

The Molineux club are also set to spend £2.5m on Marseilles defender Ronald Zubar. (The Times)

Portsmouth midfielder Arnold Mvuemba is set to sign for French side Lorient after a three-year spell at Fratton Park. (Daily Mirror)

Birmingham are interested in Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson and will table a £1m bid for him this week.
Full story: The Sun

Hull defender Sam Ricketts is set to make a £2m switch to Portsmouth after rejecting a new deal with the Tigers. (The Sun)

Blackburn will pay £400,000 to sign French midfielder Steven N'Zonzi from Amiens. (Daily Mirror)

Reading are bracing themselves for bids for centre-back Andre Bikey, who has a £3m release clause in his contract. (Daily Mirror)

Cardiff are keen to sign Charlton centre-back Mark Hudson in a £700,000 deal. (Daily Mirror)

Gillingham are ready to bid £150,000 for Dagenham & Redbridge striker Paul Benson. (The Sun)

Brighton are in talks with Motherwell keeper Graeme Smith but face competition for his signature from Aberdeen. (Daily Mirror)

Motherwell boss Jim Gannon will make Stockport goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams his first transfer target. (The Sun)


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has pleaded with boss Sir Alex Ferguson to be played as a centre-forward and not a winger.
Full story: The Times

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has claimed Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Petr Cech did not accept his methods of training while he was at the Blues. The Brazilian also says he will never again work in English football.
Full story: The Sun

West Brom will appoint Alan Irvine as their new manager on Monday after his switch from Preston was agreed on Sunday evening. (Daily Mirror)

Hull manager Phil Brown has insisted his interest in signing Newcastle striker Michael Owen is not a publicity stunt.
Full story: The Sun


Some of the Premier League's top players have travelled abroad to seek the sun - Steven Gerrard is in Ibiza, Robin van Persie has hit the beach in St Tropez and Jermaine Jenas is basking in Italy. Don't they know Britain is set for temperatures of up to 93F this week?

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see also
Transfers - June 2009
30 Jun 09 |  Football
Sunday's gossip column
28 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
30 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
Saturday's gossip column
27 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
27 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier

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