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Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona are confident they will complete a deal for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas this week.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Jose Mourinho's decision to leave midfielder Lassana Diarra out of Real Madrid's pre-season tour of the United States could alert Manchester United and Tottenham.
Full story: Metro

Manchester United and Manchester City are poised to sign Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero respectively in deals worth a combined total of at least £100m.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Tottenham are set to offer striker Jermain Defoe plus £5m in exchange for Sunderland's Asamoah Gyan.
Full story: Metro

Tottenham are planning a £22m bid for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov and defender Jonny Evans.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says the Potters are in negotiations to sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole and former Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate.
Full story: Talksport

Arsenal could be set to hijack Liverpool's move for Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Liverpool are set to let midfielder Raul Meireles speak to Italian clubs Juventus and Inter Milan about a £12m move.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Real Madrid will offer Manchester City either of strikers Gonzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema plus £25m cash in exchange for Carlos Tevez.
Full story: goal.com

Alternatively, Tevez could be on his way to Chelsea as part of an £80m double swoop by the Blues for the Argentine striker and Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric.
Full story: Sunday Express

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says that Latics may be forced to sell midfielder Charles N'Zogbia, who only has one year left to run on his contract at the DW Stadium, with Liverpool, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Sunderland all interested.
Full story: Talksport

Arsenal are ready to bid £12m for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will try to tempt his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson into letting him have striker Danny Welbeck on loan for another season.
Full story: News of the World

Rangers are close to signing Spanish defender Raul Rodriguez and will enter negotiations with Espanyol, who value the 23-year-old at £500,000, on Monday. (Sunday Times)

Ally McCoist admits Rangers' bid for Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar is nearing collapse and the Ibrox manager has voiced his frustration at agents preventing him speaking directly with players. (News of the World)

Spartak Moscow's Croatia goalkeeper, Stipe Pletikosa, will fly into Glasgow this week for a trial with Celtic. (News of the World)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he is an admirer of Craig Gordon but is unsure whether the Glasgow club could afford Sunderland's asking price for the Scotland goalkeeper. (News of the World)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he is in no rush to sell Efrain Juarez but stresses that the Mexican midfielder must improve to claim a regular first-team place. (Sunday Mail)

Scotland midfielder Scott Brown says he wants to stay with Celtic but has urged the club to speed up talks about extending his contract, which ends next summer. (Sunday Mail)

Scott Brown has renewed his determination to reject overtures from Newcastle United and other top English clubs to extend his stay with Celtic. (News of the World)

Former Celtic midfielder Morten Wieghorst says fellow Dane Morten Rasmussen needs to leave the club as soon as possible for the sake of the striker's career. (Sunday Mail)

Motherwell striker Jamie Murphy says he is no rush to quit the club despite being linked with English top-flight outfits Bolton Wanderers and QPR. (Sunday Mail)

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood says he would love to sign on-trial striker Cillian Sheridan, who has left CSKA Sofia. (News of the World)

OTHER GOSSIP

Paul Scholes blames England's international failures on "very selfish" stars who use the Three Lions as a platform to boost their club careers and bank balances rather than playing for the team. He revealed: "I got fed up. When you are going to a team, you want to be part of a team and play well, but there are individuals who are after ­personal glory.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins has told Tottenham they are wasting their time trying to keep midfielder Luka Modric. Spurs have told the Croat he would not be allowed to leave White Hart Lane, but Wilkins believes he will soon join Chelsea, who had a £22m bid rejected this summer. "I think it will be extremely difficult for Tottenham to hold on to Modric if you look at the numbers being thrown around."
Full story: the Sun

However, Tottenham are prepared to offer Modric £80,000-a-week to stay at the club.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Striker Craig Mackail-Smith says he received no offers to join Premier League clubs before signing for Brighton.
Full story: Talksport

QPR's hopes of signing World Cup winning defender Fabio Cannavaro have been ended by the Italian's decision to retire.
Full story: Metro

Rangers manager Ally McCoist says the early start to the Scottish Premier League has made it more difficult for Scottish clubs to bring in new players. (Sunday Mail)

Dundee United manager Peter Houston believes the early start to the season will not help Scottish clubs in Europe - but summer football would. (Sunday Mail)

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels believes Scottish football will be held back until there is a switch to summer football as it would help clubs develop young talent. (Sunday Mail)

Colin Calderwood laughed off heckling from Hibernian fans during their 3-1 friendly win over East Fife following reports that the Edinburgh club's manager is keen to move to Birmingham City or Nottingham Forest as their assistant. (Sunday Herald)

AND FINALLY

Manchester City lead Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and ­Barcelona in the chase for Anderlecht's 14-year-old midfielder Charly Musonda.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Europe's top clubs will petition Uefa to block Manchester City's new stadium sponsorship deal.
Full story: Mail on Sunday



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see also
Sunday's Scottish gossip
10 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
09 Jul 11 |  Gossip
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
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