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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1228 BST: Europa Cup champions Atletico Madrid warn Manchester United off a move for striker Sergio Aguero, insisting the Argentina international is not for sale. Full story: Mirror

1108 BST: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood says Arsenal have yet to receive an official approach from Barcelona for midfielder Cesc Fabregas and says the club do not want to lose the Spain international. Full story:

1105 BST: Read Madrid are eyeing a move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez, with chairman Florentino Perez prepared to pay the Basque club 30m Euros (£26,087m) to buy out the 21-year-old's contract. Full story: (in Spanish)

1100 BST: Winger Olivier Kapo is determined to cut his ties with Wigan this summer and secure a permanent return to French football after falling out of favour at the DW Stadium.
Full story: L'Equipe


Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery will stay at the German club for another four years, extending his contract until 2015, according to German newspaper Bild.
Full story: Bild

In-demand England midfielder James Milner has put potential suitors on red alert by saying he does not know if he will still be at Aston Villa next season.
Full story: Daily Mail

And Villa's resolve to keep the 24-year-old is set to be tested by Manchester City, who offered £30m for him after having a £20m bid rejected.
Full story: Daily Mirror

That improved offer may not be enough for City, though, as Chelsea have joined the race for Milner and they believe the lure of Champions League football could prove decisive.
Full story: The Sun

Villa could also lose forward Ashley Young to Tottenham, who are ready to offer Robbie Keane or Jermaine Jenas as part of a deal for him.
Full story: Daily Star

Spurs face competition for Young from Manchester city, who enquired about his availability at the same time they asked about Milner.
Full story: The Guardian

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is so fed up with manager Rafael Benitez he is ready to walk out if he gets the right offer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has his eye on Real Madrid's Brazilian superstar striker Kaka.
Full story:

West Ham have been linked with an ambitious £12m swoop for World Cup-bound Toulouse forward Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Full story:

But the Hammers looks set to lose midfielder Valon Behrami, who is a £5m target for Italian side Palermo.
Full story: The Sun

Behrami is also attracting the interest of Liverpool, who will use Yossi Benayoun as bait to help land him and defender Matthew Upson.
Full story:

Manchester United are considering an £18m move for Sevilla's Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano.
Full story:

Meanwhile Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is being tracked by Juventus, AC Milan and Wolfsburg.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal are poised to make a £16m raid for Marseille midfielder Stephane Mbia.
Full story: The Daily Mail

The Gunners are also lining up Everton's Mikel Arteta as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas in the event that he joins Barcelona.
Full story:

Fabregas could be unveiled as a Barcelona player on 4 June or 9 June.
Full story:

Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure will not be arriving at the Emirates stadium after refusing to consider the move, leaving Manchester City favourites to sign him.
Full story:

And Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is another who looks set to snub Arsenal, saying he is committed to the Italian side.
Full story:

Everton hope to tie down midfielder Jack Rodwell to a new deal and ward of interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Atletico Madrid have issued a hands-off warning to Manchester United over their Argentine forward Sergio Aguero.
Full story:

Aston Villa are eyeing up a season-long loan deal for striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, who has returned to Monaco after the end of his loan spell at Tottenham.
Full story: The Sun

Villa boss Martin O'Neill is also ready to offer £15m for West Ham striker Carlton Cole.
Full story:

That could signal the end of Emile Heskey's stay at Villa Park, with Stoke ready to move for the England man.
Full story: The Daily Mail

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is keen to bring 32-year old Real Madrid striker Raul to Anfield.
Full story: The Daily Mail

David Nugent, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Nadir Belhadj are set to follow Avram Grant out of Portsmouth.
Full story: The Daily Mail

Newcastle are planning a £5m bid to take Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas back to St James' Park.
Full story: The Sun

Toon boss Chris Hughton also wants Porto forward Andre Monteiro but has had a £2m offer rejected.
Full story: The Sun

Wigan are interested in £5m-rated Spanish striker Adrian Colunga, who plays for Recreativo Huelva.
Full story: The Sun

West Brom are targeting Racing Santander striker Mohamed Tchite.
Full story: The Daily Mail

Sunderland are lining up a £4m bid for Stoke striker Tuncay.
Full story: Various

Sampdoria defender Reto Ziegler is being lined up for a Premier League return as Liverpool eye the former Spurs man.
Full story: The Daily Mail

Birmingham are set to spend £2m to sign Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd.
Full story: Various

Crystal Palace skipper Shaun Derry is set to join Ipswich.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Preston and Derby are locked in a battle to sign Wayne Rooney's younger brother, John, who plays as striker for Macclesfield. (Various)

Ex-Arsenal winger and France international Robert Pires, whose deal at Villarreal has run out, has turned down MLS side Philadelphia Union.
Full story: Various


Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has raised doubts over his future after refusing to rule out a move to Inter Milan.
Full story: The Sun

Avram Grant is set to take over as West Ham manager after resigning at Portsmouth.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Pompey, meanwhile, are considering offering their vacant manager's position to goalkeeper David James.
Full story: Daily Star

New sports minister, Hugh Robertson has warned the Football Association that its new chairman must be independent.
Full story: The Daily Telegraph


Argentina coach Diego Maradona insulted an injured cameraman after accidentally running over his leg before the announcement of his World Cup squad.
Full story: The Guardian

Liverpool's first signing of the summer could be a Vietnamese reality TV show star - the winner of the talent contest will win a 12-month deal at Anfield after next week's final.
Full story: Daily Mirror

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see also
Friday's Scottish gossip
21 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Thursday's gossip column
20 May 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
20 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
19 May 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
19 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
18 May 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
18 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
17 May 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
17 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
16 May 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
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Transfers - May 2010
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