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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1630: The agent of Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his client will be staying at the Catalan club, despite speculation linking the player with a move to AC Milan or Manchester City. (Press Association)

1139: Fulham may agree to sell goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to Arsenal in exchange for striker Carlos Vela and cash.
Full story: goal.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Shay Given is set to walk out on Manchester City after finding out Joe Hart will keep his place in goal for the Europa League qualifier against FC Timisoara on Thursday night. Given is now mulling over possible on-loan moves to Arsenal or Fulham.
Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea may miss out on the signature of 18-year-old Brazilian Naymar after the striker's club Santos offered to make him their highest paid player and refused to accept any offers less than their valuation of £29m.
Full story: the Independent

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has insisted that midfielder Javier Mascherano will not be offloaded for anything less than £25m to Inter Milan and has told the Argentine he should be prepared for an extended stay at Anfield.
Full story: the Guardian

Or the Reds may yet sell Mascherano to fund further purchases after he left the Argentina international out of the squad to face Trabzonspor in the Europa League on Thursday. The Inter Milan and Barcelona target's absence prevents him being cup-tied for European competition.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea are up against Ajax in the battle for the signature of 17-year-old Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku.
Full story: talkSPORT

Ahsan Ali Syed wants to sign former England captain David Beckham, now at Los Angeles Galaxy, if the Indian businessman's proposed £300m takeover bid of Blackburn is successful. Syed said: "I was 26 when I started following the Premier League. I liked Blackburn back then and also used to follow Manchester United's fortunes because of David Beckham. If my finances allow and his intentions are positive then I would love to take Beckham."
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United may be about to test Deportivo La Coruna's determination to keep hold of Mexico winger Andres Guardado with a £12m bid.
Full story: Caught Offside

Arsenal are close to sealing a deal for Sevilla's Sebastien Squillaci after the Spanish side withdrew the French defender from a Champions League qualifier.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham will only make a £15m bid for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano if they qualify for the group stages of the Champions League. Even then the Brazilian's £90,000-a-week wages may prove to be a stumbling block.
Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool are weighing up an approach for Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz and may also include his Eastlands team-mate Wayne Bridge in the deal as they look to fill a left-back vacancy.
Full story: Caught Offside

Rangers have secured the services of Slovakian World Cup star Vladimir Weiss, who had also been linked to rivals Celtic. The 20-year-old Manchester City winger has sealed a season-long deal at Ibrox.
Full story: Daily Record

Bolton left-back Jlloyd Samuel is a loan target for Middlesbrough.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Chinese businessman Kenny Huang is becoming frustrated at his efforts to gain control of Liverpool. There are several parties interested in replacing Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett but Huang is anxious to arrive and provide funds for new players before the end of the transfer window on 31 August.
Full story: the Guardian

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hit back after Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson accused teams of spending money with "kamikaze effort". City have spent £130m this summer but Mancini said: "It's normal when you want to buy a good player that you have to spend money. It is not important for me [what Ferguson says]. I respect his opinion but I repeat that United, like City, have spent a lot of money in the past."
Full story: Daily Mail

Former West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson is preparing for a shock return to football as the Icelandic businessman launches a rescue bid for struggling Sheffield Wednesday.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

You loved them or hated them during the World Cup - the vuvuzela. But there's no doubting the instrument's effect on modern culture following its arrival into the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English. Along with the name of the famous horn blown by fans in South Africa this summer, other words (non-sporting ones) to be added are tweetup (a meeting arranged through social networking site Twitter) and cheeseball (lacking taste or style).
Full story: Daily Telegraph



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see also
Wednesday's gossip column
18 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
18 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
17 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
17 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - August 2010
01 Sep 10 |  Football


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