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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP (all times BST)

1506: Manchester United will not be selling Portugal international Nani following the arrival of fellow winger Ashley Young from Aston Villa this week.
(Press Association)

1445: Inter Milan are set to name Gian Piero Gasperini as their new coach in the next few hours, according to media reports in Italy. Gasperini was sacked by Genoa in November.

1430: Liverpool will have talks with Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam this weekend with a view to completing a £10m transfer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

1345: Newcastle have not received any bids for Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez, who have all been linked with moves away from St James' Park this summer. (Press Association)

1123: Lille have told Arsenal and Manchester United that they will not be signing winger Eden Hazard this summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

1115: West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson is edging closer to a move to Turkey. Discussions between the Baggies and Bursaspor are ongoing and could be concluded within the next 24 hours.
(Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal have rejected a £27m offer from Barcelona for midfielder Cesc Fabregas, with the London club placing a minimum £44m valuation on the 24-year-old.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester City have been told they will need to pay £44m if they want to secure the signing of Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal have reopened negotiations with Argentine side Velez Sarsfield regarding midfielder Ricardo Alvarez, who is also wanted by Inter Milan, Malaga, Sevilla, Roma and Schalke.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham have moved a step closer to signing former Manchester United forward Diego Forlan after Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo confirmed the striker's "first choice would be England".
Full story: Metro

Chelsea will not pay £45m for highly-rated Santos forward Neymar, who is also wanted by Real Madrid.
Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United will not stop at the signing of Ashley Young with manager Sir Alex Ferguson set to break the £80m barrier for the summer by bringing in Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea and Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric.
Full story: Metro

Atletico have found a replacement for De Gea but are locked in a battle with Chelsea for the signature of Genk's highly-rated keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United may have signed Young but they have missed out on Lens defender Raphael Varane, who is to join Real Madrid this summer.
Full story: Independent

Chelsea are closing in on the £26.5m signing of Porto striker Radamel Falcao after the 25-year-old accepted a £5m-a-year contract in principle.
Full story: Daily Mail

New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas could be open to the idea of striker Didier Drogba staying at Stamford Bridge, despite the imminent arrival of Falcao.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Liverpool are ready to sell midfielder Raul Meireles despite his fine end to last season with Juventus offering £13.5m for the Portuguese international.
Full story: Metro

Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng is set for showdown talks with manager Roberto Mancini as he is keen to return to Germany, with Bayern Munich a possible destination.
Full story: the Sun

Former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra wants to join Fulham.
Full story: Daily Star

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is preparing to join Wigan in the £5m battle for Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.
Full story: Daily Star

Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez is wanted by Spanish clubs Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
Full story: the Sun

Blackburn are prepared to double their £6m offer for Freiburg striker Papiss Cisse to fend off interest from Lokomotiv Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg.
Full story: Daily Mail

However, Rovers defender Christopher Samba has asked the club to let him move to Arsenal, who are prepared to pay £12m for the 27-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke are the latest club linked with Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, with manager Tony Pulis ready to make a £6m bid for the England Under-21 international.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Pulis is also keen on Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha, who is being tracked by Fulham.
Full story: talkSPORT

Mexico striker Carlos Vela has been told by Arsenal that he will not be sold this summer.
Full story: the Sun

Villarreal want to sign Tottenham midfielder Sandro for £12m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

QPR are ready to make an offer for Portsmouth centre-back Tal Ben Haim.
Full story: Daily Star

And Rangers boss Neil Warnock may bid £2m for Reading winger Jobi McAnuff.
Full story: the Sun

Former England boss Steve McClaren is set to make ex-Derby and West Brom winger Giles Barnes his first signing at Nottingham Forest.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham defender Herita Ilunga is ready to turn down transfers to Bolton and QPR to join Greek champions Olympiakos.
Full story: talkSPORT

OTHER GOSSIP

Birmingham have stepped up their compensation bid against both Aston Villa and Alex McLeish and have sent final legal letters to both demanding cash.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has vowed to fight for his first-team place after the arrival of Ashley Young from Aston Villa.
Full story: the Sun

England striker Kelly Smith has admitted in a frank interview that she had a drinking problem a few years ago. She says: "I'd drink every day until I passed out, vodka usually, and usually on my own, and every time I got another injury it would spiral more out of control."
Full story: Independent

AND FINALLY

A freakish late equaliser scored by Canada goalkeeper Quillan Roberts from inside his own half denied England Under-17s the win that would have sealed their progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup in Mexico.
Full story: Daily Mail



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see also
Transfers - June 2011
30 Jun 11 |  Football
Friday's Scottish gossip
24 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
23 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
23 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
22 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
22 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
21 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
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