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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1830: Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas admits he is torn between staying with the Gunners and moving to Barcelona. "I'm a Barca fan, I'm a Socio...however, I'm the captain of Arsenal, I'm a Gunner," the 23-year-old told DIR Emotions magazine. The north London outfit rejected the Spanish club's £29m bid for Fabregas in June.

1800: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is ready to welcome Robinho back to the club from the end of his loan spell at Santos if the Brazil forward is willing to raise his game. (Sky Sports news)

1147: Stuttgart managing director Fredi Bobic says Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, 23, wants a move to Real Madrid. "He's told us that he wants to go - now we have to find a solution," Bobic told Bild newspaper.

1045: Manchester City are set to confirm the £24m signing of Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli on Thursday after he agreed a contract worth about £65,000 a week.
Full story: Daily Mail


Midfielder David Beckham has promised to give West Ham a decision soon on whether he will end his career at Upton Park. The 35-year-old former England captain, who plays for Los Angeles Galaxy in the United States, was born in east London.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson wants Aston Villa's Bulgarian midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, 30, to replace Javier Mascherano at Anfield and is ready to offer £7m. It was revealed earlier this week that Mascherano wants to leave the Reds.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Luke Young's £2.5m move to Liverpool is in doubt as the 31-year-old defender wants a pay-off from Aston Villa as he would have to take a drop in wages.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay says manager Carlo Ancelotti will be given money to rebuild the side and that striker Didier Drogba will not be leaving.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Stamford Bridge outfit want to wrap up the £17m signing of Benfica midfielder Ramires in time for their pre-season tour of Germany, which starts on Saturday.
Full story: Daily Star

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho wants to take 32-year-old Chelsea centre-back Ricardo Carvalho to Spain. Mourinho signed the Portuguese defender in 2004 during his spell as manager of the Blues.
Full story: IM Scouting

Meanwhile, Mourinho has ruled Real Madrid out of the running to sign Benfica defender David Luiz, making Manchester City favourites to sign the 23-year-old Brazilian.
Full story: IM Scouting

Italian club Lazio are on the verge of signing Manchester City's 25-year-old left-back Javier Garrido for £2.5m.
Full story: IM Scouting

Arsenal are close to signing Italian goalkeeper Federico Marchetti from Cagliari. The 27-year-old, who played at the World Cup in South Africa, is valued at around £5m.
Full story: IM Scouting

Wigan are preparing a club record £7m bid for Chile's World Cup striker Humberto Suazo. Birmingham and Sunderland are also eyeing a swoop for the 29-year-old, who plays for Monterrey.
Full story: the Sun

Blackburn are ready to sell Australian midfielder Vince Grella to Turkish giants Galatasaray at the second attempt, with the clubs seeking to negotiate a deal of about £2m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Mark Hughes wants to make Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy his first signing with the £15m transfer kitty he will be handed when he is officially named Fulham manager.
Full story:

Tottenham are looking to tempt Manchester City with a £4m bid for Bellamy.
Full story: Daily Mail

Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, who plays for Norwegian side Aalesunds, is being lined up by Manchester United as Edwin van der Sar's successor.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United are leading the chase for Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan. Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested in the 24-year-old, who plays for Rosenborg.
Full story: the Sun

Besiktas are looking at Aston Villa striker John Carew to add firepower to their Turkish title assault.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has ruled out a permanent move for Chelsea's Michael Mancienne, who was on loan at Molineux last season.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham have offered midfielder Scott Parker £20m to stay but he wants to leave to play European football.
Full story: Daily Mail

Avram Grant wants free agent Laurent Bonnart to become his latest West Ham recruit. The defender had been at Marseille.
Full story: Daily Mail

Premier League new boys Blackpool are in talks with transfer-listed Ipswich striker Jon Stead, 27, who has rejected a move to Bristol City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bristol City manager Steve Coppell has made an audacious bid to lure England goalkeeper David James, 39, to Ashton Gate. James has been offered a 12-month contract with the Championship club.
Full story: Daily Mirror


Former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is set to be confirmed as the new Fulham boss this week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth face the prospect of paying out more than £500,000 in wages at the end of the week to players no longer at the club. David James will pick up about £140,000 - if he does not sign for anyone else before Saturday night.
Full story: Daily Express

Tottenham's teenage midfielder John Bostock believes his progress is being damaged by foreign players in the English game. The 18-year-old, who was on loan at Brentford last season, wants another loan move as he has only made three substitute appearances for Spurs in two years. (Various)


England goalkeeper Robert Green's first save in his first pre-season appearance for West Ham in the 2-0 friendly win at MK Dons was greeted with ironic cheers on Wednesday night. Green's fumble in the World Cup allowed the United States to draw 1-1 with England in South Africa. (Various)

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see also
Wednesday's gossip column
28 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
28 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
27 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
27 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2010
24 Jul 10 |  Football

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