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Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Manchester City have agreed a £23m fee with Arsenal for midfielder Samir Nasri.
Full story: Sky Italia (in Italian)

And Arsenal are also prepared to let captain Cesc Fabregas leave the club and re-join Barcelona, providing the Catalan club pay £35m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Or, Arsenal will offer Frenchman Nasri a new contract worth £110,000 a week to keep him at the Emirates.
Full story: Metro

Manchester City have made an approach to sign Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero after landing a reported record £400m stadium sponsorship deal with Etihad airways.
Full story: The Times - (subscription required)

As well as Aguero, City are also looking to sign Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o in a double deal worth £55m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Roma goalkeeper Doni - despite Atletico Madrid's late attempt to hijack the deal.
Full story: Talksport

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is reportedly ready to switch his attention from Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing to Wigan wide man Charles N'Zogbia.
Full story: caughtoffside

Aston Villa are very close to completing deals for both Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given and Wigan Athletic winger Charles N'Zogbia.
Full story: footybunker

Given will be Alex McLeish's first signing and the Aston Villa boss is closing in on Tottenham defender Alan Hutton.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea have given up hope of signing Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and have instead turned their attention to Werder Bremen midfield star, Marko Marin.
Full story:footylatest

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will sell midfielder Niko Kranjcar to Fiorentina to raise the £20m needed to secure Espanyol striker Pablo Osvaldo.
Full story: Metro

Tottenham are ready to sign the 'new Didier Drogba' - Ivory Coast's teenage striker Souleymane Coulibaly.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Reports out of Italy are linking Sunderland with a move for Liverpool flop Alberto Aquilani.
Full story: footylatest

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is keen to make Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia his 10th signing of the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is set to make Carlton Cole his first signing of the summer in a £4.5m deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Martin Jol wants £3.5m Mexican striker Aldo de Nigris to freshen up his Fulham attack.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed Rob Green and Ben Foster are on his goalkeeping wish-list.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham are lining up a move for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane as a replacement for QPR and West Ham target Andy Johnson.
Full story:

Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy has refused to take a wage cut to smooth the way for a return to former club Celtic. (Daily Record)

Striker Eric Odhiambo has signed for Turkish club Denizlispor after leaving Inverness Caledonian Thistle. (Daily Record)


Chelsea fear midfielder Michael Essien will miss all of next season after suffering a training ground injury on Friday. The Ghana international may have damaged knee ligaments that will sideline him for up to six months.
Full story: Daily Mirror

This is Essien's third serious knee injury in three years and casts doubt over his long-term future at the top of the game.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Ray Wilkins thinks Tottenham will find it extremely difficult to keep hold of Luka Modric.
Full story: Talksport

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has agreed a contract extension with the Glasgow club. (Various)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has been told he will get to spend the £850,000 bonus the Scottish champions will receive following former midfielder Charlie Adam's transfer to Liverpool from Blackpool. (Various)

St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown is angry that the Perth club are still owed £10,000 from Dunfermline Athletic for last season's loan deal for defender Kevin Rutkiewicz. (Various)


Manchester City have been accused of scoring an embarrassing own goal after inadvertantly 'honouring' rivals Manchester United by renaming Eastlands the Etihad Stadium. Fans on social networking site Twitter claimed the Arabic word 'Etihad' means 'United' in English.
Full story: Metro

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see also
Saturday's Scottish gossip
09 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
07 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
08 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
07 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
07 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2011
08 Jul 11 |  Football

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