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Saturday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1514 BST: AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi insists there is no truth in reports linking Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo with a move to English side Chelsea.

"They are all stories, there's no truth at all," Berlusconi said. (Press Association)

1404 BST: Aston Villa are set for talks with Real Madrid over a possible move for 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
Full story: Birmingham Mail

1342 BST: AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, 26, has ruled out a potential move to English Premier League side Arsenal insisting he has no intention of leaving his home-town club.

"Arsenal? I haven't heard anything. Roma said I'm untransferable and I want to stay here," Rossi said. (AFP)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is to use the £30m generated from the sale of midfielder Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid to make a bid for Spain striker David Villa.
Full story: The Sun

And Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani could be signed for £15m if, as expected, Alonso completes his move to Spain.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton have made a bid for Arsenal centre-half Philippe Senderos, hinting they have agreed a deal with Manchester City to sell defender Joleon Lescott.
Full story: Daily Mirror

City have made a £22m take-it-or-leave-it offer to Everton for Lescott and will go for Newcastle's Sebastien Bassong or Alex of Chelsea if the answer is no.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton are so keen to keep Lescott at Goodison Park that even a bid approaching £30m would be turned down.
Full story: The Independent

AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo is preparing to demand a transfer so that he can force a switch to Chelsea, who have had a bid of £14m, plus Claudio Pizarro rejected.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano is set to stay at Anfield after Barcelona, who were interested in the Argentine, ruled out any more big-name signings this summer following the capture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Full story: Daily Star

Portsmouth have not given up hope of signing Hadjuk Split striker Nikola Kalinic, despite talks breaking down this week when Pompey insisted on paying the fee over six years. The 21-year-old is now talking to Porto.
Full story: The Sun

However Blackburn are trying to hijack Porto's attempts to sign Kalinic and are rushing through a £6m offer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that midfielder Patrick Vieira could make a shock return to the club from Inter Milan.
Various

And Wenger is ready to splash the cash following the sales of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City, with Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh (£6m), St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi (£6m) and Roma forward Mirko Vucinic on the list of targets. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham will find out next week if they will be able to sign former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, who is now at Barcelona.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United are preparing a £3.5m offer for Bursaspor striker Sercan Yildirim.
Full story: Daily Star

Hull are hoping to complete a deal for Newcastle full-back Habib Beye next week.
Full story: Daily Mail

Portsmouth are close to signing Australian striker Mark Viduka from Newcastle. (The Times)

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is in talks with Sporting Gijon about a £2m deal for midfielder Michel. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City's Brazilian forward Robinho has revealed how he tried to persuade manager Mark Hughes not to sell compatriot Elano to Galatasaray.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has fallen out with Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc after the Frenchman claimed that the Black Cats are not a big enough club for striker Marouane Chamakh.
Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

Not content with splashing the cash on the Premier League's great and good this summer, Manchester City are also spending lavishly elsewhere. Apparently, £2m was spent on setting up the club website.



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see also
Transfers - August 2009
01 Sep 09 |  Football
Saturday's Scottish gossip
01 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Friday's gossip column
31 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
31 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Thursday's gossip column
30 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
30 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier


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