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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1645 BST: Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku says he will be at the club's pre-season training session despite reported interest from Chelsea. The 18-year-old, who has already broken into the Belgium national side, has attracted interested from across Europe but insists he is fully focused on his school exams.
Full story: Romelu Lukaku's Twitter page

1145: Alberto Aquilani's agent insists the Liverpool midfielder wants to remain in Italy following last season's loan spell at Juventus. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to AC Milan this summer, and is also a reported target of Napoli.
Italian radio station CRR

1010: Barcelona have offered 30m euros plus striker Bojan Krkic and midfielder Thiago Alcantara to Arsenal in exchange for skipper Cesc Fabregas.
Full story: Marca.com (in Spanish)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has struck back in the battle for Britain's best youngsters after missing out on Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones by landing Southampton's £12m-rated winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who will be confirmed as a Gunners player on 1 July.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wenger is also believed to have made enquiries for Bolton and Blackburn defenders Gary Cahill and Chris Samba and Lille duo Gervinho and Eden Hazard.
Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy, who has one year left on his contract, will be the subject of a £5m offer from Liverpool.
Full story: Guardian

Manchester United are planning a £10m bid for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri who will be a free agent in 12 months time.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Exploratory talks have been held between intermediaries from both sides and did not include the Frenchman's agent.
Full story: the Independent

New Fulham manager Martin Jol wants to make unsettled Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan his first signing.
Full story: the Sun

Robbie Keane could also be on his way to Craven Cottage to team up with his former Tottenham manager Jol.
Full story: the Sun

Ashley Young is poised to complete his transfer to Manchester United before the weekend, when he gets married.
Full story: Daily Mail

Spurs will demand Asamoah Gyan as part of any deal when Sunderland bid for Peter Crouch, who is their leading attacking target this summer.
Full story: the Guardian

Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has resigned himself to starting life at another Premier League club after making only seven appearances as Edwin van der Sar's deputy last season and the Old Trafford club signing Atletico Madrid's David de Gea.
Full story: the Sun

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek could return to England from Real Madrid, with Aston Villa a possible destination.
Full story: talkSPORT

The president of the Uzbekistan Football Federation says Arsenal want to sign national team captain, midfielder Odil Ahmedov.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton are prepared to sell Joseph Yobo and Yakubu to raise money to make a bid for Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says he expects manager Roberto Martinez to make a decision about whether he will join Aston Villa on Friday.
Full story: talkSPORT

Former England manager Steve McClaren, who missed out on the Villa job following an angry fans backlash, is set to return to Holland and could go back to FC Twente.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has said he is in the best condition he has been in for a decade after groin surgery ended his season early.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure's 'psychological obsession with his belly' led to him failing the drugs test which resulted in a six-month ban.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal legend Tony Adams says he rates former Gunners boss George Graham as a better coach than Arsene Wenger. Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has risked the wrath of his own fans - by revealing he owns a Tottenham shirt given to him by friend and Spurs defender Younes Kaboul and wears it around the house.

Full story: the Sun



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see also
Transfers - June 2011
30 Jun 11 |  Football
Friday's Scottish gossip
10 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
09 Jun 11 |  Gossip
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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