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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1555 BST Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro says five European clubs have contacted him to try to sign young Brazil striker Neymar. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Anzhi Makhachkala of Russia are willing to pay the €45m (£40.4m) buyout clause in Neymar's contract. (Brazil football website www.globoesporte.com)

1515 BST Michael Essien's agent Fabien Piveteau says "there's absolutely no chance of the midfielder leaving Chelsea". (African football website www.MTNFootball.com)

1514 BST Arsenal are expected to move ahead with a deal for Bolton's England defender Gary Cahill, with unsettled Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner a possible makeweight to help bridge the gap between the clubs' differing valuations. (Press Association)

1509 BST Arsenal midfield target Juan Mata insists he is happy at Valencia and is not thinking about a potential £20m move to the Gunners. (Superdeporte)

1345 BST Birmingham have rejected Stoke's £16m bid for Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome. (Sky Sports News)

1255 BST Marseille are interested in re-signing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba - but only if the club can afford to meet the Ivorian striker's wage demands. Full story: La Provence

0820 BST Craig Gardner is set to end his 18-month spell with Birmingham in the next 24 hours and complete a £5m move to Sunderland. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal are eyeing £15m-rated Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Arturo Vidal as a possible replacement for Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Barcelona will offer £35m plus incentives for Fabregas as they look to reach a successful conclusion to their long-running pursuit of the Spain midfielder.
Full story: Daily Mail

Or, Barcelona want Fabregas to go on strike in order to force a cut-price move from Arsenal to the European champions.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal themselves have opened talks with Bolton defender Gary Cahill, while Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is also interested in Birmingham's Scott Dann, Blackburn's Chris Samba and Everton's Phil Jagielka. (the Times - subscription required).

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will sell four or five players in order to bring in any new signings.
Full story: Metro

And Spurs have stepped up their interest in Stuttgart's Germany defender Serdar Tasci.
Full story: the Sun

Blackburn manager Steve Kean is considering a renewed bid for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, having had a £2m offer rejected.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester City are refusing to give up in their pursuit of Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez, despite the Chilean claiming it would be a "dream" to play for Barcelona.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland have agreed a £13m fee with Ipswich for striker Connor Wickham. Liverpool are still interested but must match Sunderland's bid.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Black Cats are also set to make a £7m offer for Reading striker Shane Long.
Full story: Daily Mail

Real Madrid are planning a bid for Chelsea defender Ashley Cole after it emerged that new Stamford Bridge boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Liverpool are giving up on signing Jose Enrique from Newcastle and will instead look to experienced Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge, who was on loan at West Ham last season.
Full story: footybunker.com

Liverpool are ready to send youngsters Jonjo Shelvey and Stephen Darby to Blackpool as part of a deal to land midfielder Charlie Adam.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa are expecting midfielder Stewart Downing to hand in a transfer request but are determined to hold out for their £20m valuation of the player, who is wanted by Liverpool.
Full story: Daily Star

Barcelona claim they have already rejected a £27m offer from Chelsea for striker David Villa.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Six Premier League clubs are chasing Manchester City's James Milner - including Aston Villa, who sold him to City for £26m last summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa and Fulham are locked in a battle to sign highly rated Monaco goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.
Full story: talkSPORT

Stoke have made a £3m offer for West Ham striker Carlton Cole.
Full story: Daily Mail

Spanish side Valencia will make a £14m offer for Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov, who looks to be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer despite being the club's top scorer last season.
Full story: Footy Bunker

United have already made enquiries for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani as a replacement for Berbatov.
Full story: Footy Bunker

Wolfsburg playmaker Diego has revealed he is in talks over a "dream" move to the Premier League. The 26-year-old is thought to be one of Liverpool's top summer targets.
Full story: talkSPORT

Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Tottenham winger David Bentley, who is also wanted by Fulham.
Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina has backed David De Gea to be a hit in the Premier League with Manchester United, and has ruled out replacing the youngster at Atletico Madrid.
Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has interviewed candidates to be his new number two after his initial choice, Vitor Pereira, was appointed his replacement at Porto.
Full story: the Guardian

AND FINALLY

Cesc Fabregas's days at the Emirates look to be numbered after he was left out of promotional material for the launch of Arsenal's new away kit.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Transfers - June 2011
30 Jun 11 |  Football
Sunday's gossip column
26 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
26 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
25 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
25 Jun 11 |  Scotland


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