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Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

2048: Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure's agent claims the the Ivory Coast international, who has also been linked with Manchester City, could form part of the deal to bring back Cesc Fabregas to the Nou Camp.

"There's a lot of interest in the deal for Toure," Dimitri Seluk told Rac-1.

"Arsene Wenger likes him and Arsenal are interested. "If the conditions are good, everything can be finished soon. He could come into the Cesc deal and Barca and Arsenal are struggling to come to an agreement.

"Everything has changed with City, because they talk a lot but then afterwards they don't appear to be a rich club but rather a bankrupt one."

0944: Manchester City are mooting a potential swap deal with Barcelona which would take Eastlands outcast Robinho to the Nou Camp, with Sweden international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic moving in the opposite direction.
Full story: Sport (In Spanish)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal are prepared to let midfielder Cesc Fabregas leave for Barcelona if the Catalan club double their offer to £60m for the Spanish midfielder.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barca are also keen to take Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy to the Nou Camp next season.
Full story: Mirror

Real Madrid are considering an offer of £40m for Fabregas in an attempt to sabotage Barcelona's efforts to sign the 23-year-old Spain international.
Full story: Footylatest.com

But Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is the preferred transfer target for Real Madrid fans, according to a poll in Spanish newspaper Marca.
Full story: Footylatest.com

Meanwhile, Real midfielder Lassana Diarra is a £24m transfer target for Manchester United.
Full story: Caughtoffside.com

Chelsea's out-of-contract midfielder Joe Cole would be better off moving to Manchester United than Arsenal, says former World Cup winner and Blues defender Marcel Desailly.
Full story: FourFourTwo.com

Manchester City will present a final £27m bid to Aston Villa for midfielder James Milner but the Midlands club are holding out for £30m.
Full story: Daily Star

French champions Marseille are keen to take striker Roque Santa Cruz off Manchester City's hands, with the Eastlands outfit prepared to part with the Paraguayan for £8m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal have made a fresh £8m bid for Lorient centre-half Laurent Koscielny.
Full story: The Sun

West Brom have entered the race to buy Norwegian teenage striker Marcus Pedersen from Stromsgodset, with Sunderland, Blackburn, Bolton, Everton and Fulham also keeping tabs on the highly rated 19-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham will increase their offer for Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli after the Premier League's club initial £3.4m bid was rejected by the Serie A side.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham are preparing a £16m bid for Porto's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.
Full story: Footylatest.com

Spurs outcast Giovanni Dos Santos is a target for Spanish club Sevilla, along with Mexican compatriot and Arsenal striker Carlos Vela.
Full story: Mirror

German side Wolfsburg are ready to spend up to £20m to take Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov away from Manchester United.
Full story: Footylatest.com

Roy Keane's future as Ipswich Town manager is in doubt as former club favourite and ex-Celtic boss Tony Mowbray and Steve Cotterill have been linked to the Portman Road job.
Full story: Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Liverpool favourite Robbie Fowler believes Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is the ideal man to take over at Anfield following Rafael Benitez's departure.
Full story: The Sun

Slovenia midfielder Robert Koren says his team will not be scared of England in their final Group C match on 23 June in Port Elizabeth.
Full story: The Sun

The referee who will officiate England's opening World Cup match against the United States, Carlos Eugenio Simon, was suspended by the Brazilian Football Association last season amid accusations of being "unambiguously inconsistent, unfair and inequitable".
Full story: The Times

The Football Association has sought safety assurances from local organisers that England's friendly match against South African side Platinum Stars on Monday in Lesetlheng will be free of crowd trouble following a stampede at a similar game in Johannesburg that resulted in 15 people being injured on Sunday.
Full story: The Independent

Platinum Stars defender and former Tottenham Hotspur Mbulelo Mabizela says his side "will get stuck in" against England at the Moruleng Stadium. (Daily Telegraph)

AND FINALLY

Brazil president Lula da Silva says Argentina manager Diego Maradona's policy to allow his players to have sex with their partners in South Africa will undermine their chances of winning. "I want to see the Argentines arrive staggering and exhausted to their games," he said.
Full story: The Guardian



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see also
Monday's World Cup 2010 round-up
07 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Monday's Scottish gossip
07 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
05 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
06 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Saturday's gossip column
05 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
05 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - June 2010
21 Jun 10 |  Football


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