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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1430: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has dismissed reports that Manchester City are interested in signing Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Full story: Napoli

1427: Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who was linked with a move to Manchester United, has agreed to extend his contract by two years to June 2015, the European champions have announced.
Full story: FC Barcelona

1405: Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini says that the club has received a £45m offer for Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore.
Full story: Corriere dello Sport

1358:Barcelona have made a renewed offer of £35m for Arsenal captain and midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Full story: the Guardian

1350: Wolves will have to increase their offer for Reading defender Matt Mills to around £4m if they want to secure his signing, Press Association Sport understands.


Barcelona have made an improved £34m offer for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and are also hoping to recruit Samir Nasri for £20m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea and Manchester City are locked in a battle to sign Brazilian striker Neymar after both had bids of £40m accepted by his club Santos.
Full story: Daily Star

The Blues owner Roman Abramovich will block former boss Jose Mourinho's £18m move to lure midfielder Michael Essien to Real Madrid.
Full story: the Sun

Chelsea intend to open talks with Didier Drogba aimed at extending the 33-year-old striker's stay at Stamford Bridge after his former club Marseille suggested publicly they would be capable of putting together a deal to bring him back to France.
Full story: the Guardian

But Turkish club Galatasaray are ready to bid again for Drogba in an effort to pair him with Bolton striker Johan Elmander.
Full story: the Guardian

Chelsea are monitoring developments with Sergio Aguero after his advisers held talks with Atletico Madrid in an attempt to get the Argentina striker's release clause reduced from £42m to £32m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona may turn their attention to Manchester United winger Nani if they fail in their pursuit of in-demand Udinese star Alexis Sanchez.
Full story: Talksport

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is aiming to make Partizan Belgrade defender Stefan Savic his first summer signing at Eastlands after lodging a £6m offer for the Montenegro international.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Arsenal are hoping to announce the signing of Lille's Ivory Coast striker Gervinho and that is likely to be followed by a move for Bolton's England centre half Gary Cahill and Blackburn defender Chris Samba.
Full story: Daily Mirror

New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish wants Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Canales to be his first big signing on a season-long loan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

McLeish is set to offer £4m for Manchester City keeper Shay Given. Mirror

The Scot also has his eye on Wolfsburg playmaker Diego.
Full story: the Sun

In addition, McLeish has been granted permission from Villa owner Randy Lerner to pursue a £9m move for Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia.
Full story: Daily Express

Newcastle are considering making a bid for Argentine striker Juan Manuel Martinez, who plays for Velez Sarsfield.
Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham have made it clear to Blackburn they will not sell striker Robbie Keane on the cheap having already rejected a £2m bid.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is ready to take a pay cut to join Bolton, according to Wanderers defender Zat Knight.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham and West Ham are competing to sign Ghana international Samuel Inkoom, who can play as a defender or midfielder.
Full story: the Sun

Stoke will abandon their move to sign Birmingham defender Scott Dann and striker Cameron Jerome after having a £16m bid for the pair rejected.
Full story: the Sun

The Potters could also miss out on Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge having been told it would take £20m to take him to the Britannia Stadium.
Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bring in Inter Milan's £8m-rated goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.
Full story: the Sun

But it looks likely that Wenger will fail to lure Juan Mata to the Emirates after the midfielder said he is happy at Valencia.
Full story: the Independent

Gunners midfielder Denilson is attracting interest from AC Milan. Express


Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the club will be back among the trophies sooner rather than later - and is confident the league title will be among them.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has told former board member Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith to keep quiet after she called for the current board to be sacked.
Full story: Daily Star

Legendary Gunners and Netherlands striker Dennis Bergkamp has been appointed assistant manager of Ajax, the club he where he started his career.
Full story: the Sun

Former Chelsea defender Juliano Belletti has retired from football aged 34 because of an Achilles tendon injury.
Full story: Daily Mail


Everton star Phil Neville has dropped the price of his luxury three-bedroom three-storey Manchester city centre flat by £250,000 to £3.75m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

North Korea's coach has blamed his side's defeat by United States in the women's World Cup on his players being struck by lightning in a recent training match. The Times (subscription required)

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see also
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
29 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
28 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
28 Jun 11 |  Scotland
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
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