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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1310 BST: Barcelona are in talks with Serie A outfit Udinese over Arsenal and Liverpool target Bojan Krkic - the 20-year-old Spain forward is reportedly being offered as part of a deal which would see Chile winger Alexis Sanchez move to the Nou Camp this summer.
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1215: Former England boss Steve McClaren has distanced himself from the vacant hot-seat at Aston Villa and is in talks to become the new manager of Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.
Full story: Goal.com

1144: Palermo have rejected an offer £8.9m from Tottenham to sign Uruguay international forward Abel Hernandez, 20, according to the player's agent.
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0955: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is prepared to let skipper Cesc Fabregas leave as long as he does not join another English team, clearing the way for Barcelona to launch a fresh attempt to sign him.
Mundo Deportivo

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Aston Villa have all but abandoned hope of convincing winger Ashley Young to agree to a contract extension, with a £16m move to Manchester United in the offing.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will attempt to finalise a deal for Young before the weekend.
Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea have been told they will have to pay £41m to sign Brazil striker Neymar, who plays for Santos.
Full story: the Sun

The Blues have stolen a march on Manchester United in the battle to bring Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder to the Premier League. Stamford Bridge officials are set to hold talks with Inter over a £30m deal, with Sneijder and his wife more keen on a move to London than Manchester.
Full story: Metro

Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku hopes to finalise a £20m move to Chelsea on Saturday when his agent meets the Belgian club's general manager Herman van Holsbeeck and a delegation from Stamford Bridge.
Full story: the Guardian

The Blues also plan to prise promising Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen from Ajax, with former manager Guus Hiddink - who is widely expected to return to Stamford Bridge in some capacity this summer - keen on the 19-year-old.
Full story: talkSPORT

Another player who could be arriving at Chelsea is £12m-rated Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin. The Uruguay centre-half confirmed the Blues made a bid for him in January but Atletico refused to sell.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal are in talks with both Bolton's Gary Cahill and Blackburn's Christopher Samba as Gunners manager Arsene Wenger looks to shore up the centre of his defence. Samba would cost about £12m, while a £15m deal would be enough to prise Cahill from the Reebok.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas fears his hopes of a dream move back to Barcelona, where he started his career, could be wrecked for a second successive year by the Gunners' £50m asking price.
Full story: Daily Express

Liverpool are hoping to take advantage of the difficult task Jeffren faces of trying to earn a place in the Barcelona first team by signing the 23-year-old forward from the European champions.
Full story: talkSPORT

Juventus have told midfielder Alberto Aquilani they will not be taking up the option to sign him on a permanent basis after his spell on loan from Liverpool.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland want to extend Danny Welbeck's loan from Manchester United for another year but face competition from Everton for the striker.
Full story: Metro

Sunderland have moved quickly to replace the Liverpool-bound Jordan Henderson by submitting a bid for three Manchester United players. Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has tabled an offer of more than £12m for defenders Wes Brown and John O'Shea and midfielder Darron Gibson.
Full story: the Guardian

Dutch defender John Heitinga is ready to quit Everton because he is fed up with the lack of European football.
Full story: the Sun

West Ham have had a £3m offer for Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan rejected. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is eager to be reunited with the player, who was his captain when they were both at Bolton. Nolan has turned down the offer of a new contract at St James' Park.
Full story: Daily Mail

New Fulham manager Martin Jol will raid his old side Ajax to supplement the Cottagers' forward line with Morocco international Mounir El Hamdaoui.
Full story: talkSPORT

Jol also wants to be reunited with Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, who the Dutchman managed during his time in charge at White Hart Lane.
Full story: the Sun

Bolton are in talks to sign striker Cameron Jerome from Birmingham. The Blues want £8m for the former England Under-21 international but the Trotters have offered £3m.
Full story: the Sun

Newly promoted Swansea have made an approach for Spain midfielder Marcos Senna, who will be available on a free transfer when his Villarreal contract expires in July.
Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is in contention to be the new Aston Villa manager but Roberto Martinez is the number one target.
Full story: the Guardian

The Midlands club have, however, held talks with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez after ex-England coach Steve McClaren was ruled out by Villa owner Randy Lerner.
Full story: the Times (requires subscription)

Neil Warnock insists he will be in charge of Queens Park Rangers for start of their new Premier League campaign but admits his position may come under scrutiny if his side make a poor start to the Premier League campaign. Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi and ex-Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri have been touted as possible replacements.
Full story: the Sun

AND FINALLY

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Aston Villa caretaker manager Gary McAllister and Liverpool forward Andy Carroll have been photographed on holiday at the same exclusive beach resort in Barbados.
Full story: Metro

Two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo, 34, failed to score, despite having three good chances after coming off the bench for a 15-minute cameo for Brazil to mark the end of his professional career.
Full story: Metro



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see also
Transfers - June 2011
30 Jun 11 |  Football
Thursday's Scottish gossip
09 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
08 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
08 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
06 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
07 Jun 11 |  Scotland


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