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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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BREAKING GOSSIP

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.

TRANSFER GOSSIP

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

OTHER GOSSIP

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

AND FINALLY

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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