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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to make Lyon's Aly Cissokho his prime target to fill the vacant left-back position after the departure of Gael Clichy to Manchester City.
Full story: footybunker

Wenger also wants to sell Samir Nasri to an overseas club, rather than to Manchester United or Manchester City, if the midfielder cannot be persuaded to sign a new contract with the Gunners. Italian giants Inter Milan are one of the clubs said to be interested.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas is to confirm his desire to leave the north Londoners for Barcelona in a meeting with Wenger on Tuesday.
Full story: the Guardian

However, Wenger will aim to show Arsenal fans that the Gunners still have ambition by making big-money offers for Lille playmaker Eden Hazard and Valencia forward Juan Mata.
Full story: caughtoffside

Manchester City are after highly regarded Atletico Madrid and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero - but they face strong competition from Juventus.
Full story: the Times (requires subscription)

Premier League newcomers QPR are reported to be interested in both Newcastle United winger Wayne Routledge and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole as they look to secure their future after returning to the top flight. Full story: footybunker

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is weighing up Real Madrid defensive midfielder Pepe. The interest in the Portugal international may signal the end of John Mikel Obi's time at Stamford Bridge and he has been linked with a move to Italy.
Full story: footbunker

Tottenham face a battle with Juventus to sign Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi after his agent refused to rule out a move to the Italian giants.
Full story: talksport

Manchester City are set to miss out on Marek Hamsik. The Slovakian midfielder says he wants to join AC Milan if he leaves Napoli this summer.
Full story: talksport

Paris St Germain are interested in Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka and Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov as new boss Leonardo looks to spend big this summer.
Full Story: caughtoffside

Stoke City have joined Celtic, Sunderland and Blackburn in the race to sign Craig Bellamy on loan from Manchester City.
Full story: the Guardian

Frustrated Bolton manager Owen Coyle has urged clubs tracking £17m-rated defender Gary Cahill to pay up or shut up.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle have offered about £7m for Paris St Germain striker Mevlut Erdinc.
Full story: the Telegraph

Jose Enrique has returned to pre-season training with Newcastle but his agent has refused to rule out the defender leaving the club this summer.
Full story: talksport

Midfielder Rafael van der Vaart fears Tottenham team-mates Luka Modric and Gareth Bale could leave the club in an attempt to win silverware.
Full story: Daily Mirror


Manchester United's Paul Scholes has dismissed Arsenal's chances of winning the Premier League title and their attractive style of play. "They do play the best football to watch at times but what is the point if you are not winning anything?" said the former England midfielder. Full story: the Independent

Pep Guardiola is already planning to take inspiration from Johann Cruyff to accommodate Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. It is understood the Barca boss may switch to a 3-4-3 formation - the tactics Dutch master Cruyff used at Barca when Guardiola was his captain - so the 24-year-old can be used at the top of a four-man midfield diamond.
Full story: Daily Express


Liverpool owner John W Henry has taken to social networking site Twitter to discuss the club's transfer and stadium plans.
Full story: fanatix

He says he is bemused over the Premier League close season being so short. Ahead of the Reds' pre-season tour of China, the American says: "Unbelievable. A month-and-a-half after the season ends, the first day of LFC 2011-2012 training begins. MLB [Major League Baseball] has four months off." (Daily Mail)

Little-known Argentine Dario Conca has joined the world's highest-paid players list. The 5ft 5in midfielder has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, said to be worth £6.4m, with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou after leaving Brazilian giants Fluminense.
Full story: Metro

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see also
Monday's gossip column
04 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
04 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
02 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
03 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2011
06 Jul 11 |  Football

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