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Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL - MEDIA REACTION

The Sunday papers have provided a string of superlatives to describe the performance of Lionel Messi in Barcelona's emphatic 3-1 victory over Manchester United.

Our favourite is "The Lionel King" on the back of the Sunday Express, while the News of the World (subscription required) goes with "Messiah!"

The Sunday Times (subscription required) calls him "King Messi" and the Mail on Sunday goes with "Messi the magician" while the Sunday Telegraph calls it the "Messi final" and labels the Argentinian "Simply the best".

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, 30, is set to be offered back to former club Tottenham after he was omitted from the team for the Champions League final.
Full story: Metro

But United are set to beat arch rivals Liverpool in the £15m race to sign Aston Villa's 25-year-old England winger Ashley Young.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Chelsea and Manchester United are willing to triple Luka Modric's wages to lure him away from Tottenham. The 25-year-old midfielder would also cost around £30m.
Full story: News of the World (subscription required)

Aston Villa are discussing whether to break a 28-year transfer hoodoo by making a £15m double bid for goalkeeper Ben Foster, 28, and 24-year-old defender Scott Dann from their local rivals Birmingham City. No player has moved directly from St Andrew's to Villa Park since Alan Curbishley in 1983.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce aims to make relegated Blackpool's striker DJ Campbell, 29, and Birmingham's 25-year-old midfielder Seb Larsson his first captures of the summer.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Lazio keeper Fernando Muslera, 24, has emerged as a transfer target for Tottenham.
Full story: Insidefutbol.com

OTHER GOSSIP

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola may have commited his immediate future to the European champions but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to break the bank to lure the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Despite insisting that manager Gerard Houllier will return next season after health issues, Aston Villa's chances of persuading David Moyes to become their new boss have been boosted by the Everton manager learning he will have to finance new signings at Goodison Park this summer by selling established players.
Full story: Metro

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has reassured fans the club will buy players during the summer transfer window but hinted there will not be an extravagant spending spree.
Full story: Metro

England manager Fabio Capello will hold talks with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand this week to clear the air over stripping him of the international captaincy.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

AND FINALLY

Chelsea star Frank ­Lampard is set to propose to ­TV presenter girlfriend Christine Bleakley next week on board one of club owner Roman ­Abramovich's ­luxury yachts during a romantic holiday in Sardinia.
Full story: Sunday Mirror



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see also
Sunday's Scottish gossip
29 May 11 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
28 May 11 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
28 May 11 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
27 May 11 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
27 May 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
26 May 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
26 May 11 |  Scotland


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