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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1417 BST: Bayern Munich director of sport Christian Nerlinger is optimistic an agreement will be reached over the extension of Franck Ribery's contract after the Champions League final. Ribery is rumoured to be a target for Chelsea. (Sport Bild magazine)

1040 BST: Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has no plans to discuss his future until after the Champions League final on 22 May. (Spanish daily AS)

0954 BST: French side Marseille are being linked with a move for Manchester City forward Robinho. The Brazilian has spent the past five months on loan at Santos.
Full story: imscouting.com

0944 BST: A Chinese internet gaming tycoon is in talks to buy Liverpool according to Chinese media reports on Wednesday. (AFP)

0837 BST: Manchester United and Bayern Munich are leading the chase to sign CSKA Moscow's £15m-rated Serbian winger Milos Krasic.
Full story: goal.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Bayern Munich are lining up a move for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Full story: footylatest.com

Manchester United are ready to make a move for Real Madrid's £21m-rated midfielder Lassana Diarra.
Full story: Caughtoffside.com

Tottenham are preparing a £12.7m bid for AC Milan's Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
Full story: footylatest.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his sights on Lyon's abrasive 26-year-old Lyon midfielder Jeremy Toulalan, who is part of France's World Cup squad.
Full story: Caughtoffside.com

Wenger is also lining up Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta if Arsenal lose captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure could be heading to Arsenal, with his agent admitting there is a 99% chance the Ivory Coast star will leave the Spanish club this summer.
Full story: imscouting.com

Liverpool are weighing up an £8m swoop for Valencia's 21-year-old Argentine midfielder Ever Banega, who has been likened to former Reds favourite Xabi Alonso.
Full story: Caughtoffside.com

The Anfield side are set to offload £20m signing Alberto Aquilani, who has failed to make an impact. Liverpool are bracing themselves for a huge loss on the midfielder.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea are the latest club to show an interest in Notts County keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who is also being tracked by Bayern Munich, West Brom and Derby.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Blues are also considering a £14m move for Manchester City's out-of-favour midfielder Stephen Ireland as a replacement for Joe Cole, who has been linked with a move from Stamford Bridge this summer.
Full story: Caughtoffside.com

Chelsea are planning a summer clear-out to raise funds for new signings, with Ricardo Carvalho, Deco, Juliano Belletti and Paulo Ferreira all set to leave the Premier League champions.
Full story: The Times

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will bring England goalkeeper David James, who he worked with at Portsmouth, to White Hart Lane on a free transfer in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sevilla and Aston Villa are monitoring Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun, who could leave Anfield this summer.
Full story: footylatest.com

Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell looks set to spurn the advances of Manchester United and sign a new contract at Goodison Park.
Full story: The Sun

Birmingham are lining up a summer bid for West Ham striker Carlton Cole, while Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky is also wanted by the Midlands club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham are lining up £2m swoop for Portsmouth striker Frederic Piquionne, who is also a target for Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom have made an approach for Sunderland right-back Phil Bardsley.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is lining up a move for Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik and Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli.
Full story: The Times

Italian club Palermo are keen on £2m-rated Celtic striker Georgios Samaras. (Various)

Barnsley are weighing up a move for Hibernian striker Colin Nish and are also keen on his Easter Road team-mate Derek Riordan. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes had a last-minute change of heart about coming out of international retirement. England manager Fabio Capello was set to name the 35-year-old in his squad for this summer's World Cup but Scholes decided against being included.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Capello spent two months trying to convince Scholes to play at the World Cup and only learned he had failed to change the player's mind on Tuesday morning - hours before the preliminary squad was announced.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves stormed out of Old Trafford after being left out of the side to face Stoke on Sunday. Hargreaves had hoped to force his way into Capello's squad.
Full story: The Sun

Gianfranco Zola will sue West Ham after being sacked as manager on Tuesday without being offered any compensation.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant and former England and Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle are among the names on a shortlist to replace Zola at Upton Park.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Martin O'Neill is set to remain at Aston Villa as manager, despite rumours that he is about to quit the club, with Liverpool monitoring his situation.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Notts County manager Steve Cotterill and former Charlton supremo Alan Curbishley have joined Crystal Palace's Paul Hart and axed Celtic manager Tony Mowbray on the shortlist for the vacant Coventry City job.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City are set to offer veteran defender Sylvinho another year at the club but look likely to offload strike trio Jo, Valeri Bojinov and Felipe Caicedo. (The Sun)

Derek Adams, Jimmy Calderwood and Kenny McDowall are among the favourites to succeed Gus MacPherson as manager at St Mirren. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Aston Villa have been revealed as the football club giving fans the best value for money, according to a survey by a leading finance company. (The Sun)



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see also
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
12 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
11 May 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
11 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
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