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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

The family and representatives of Arsenal target Juan Mata are in London to discuss the midfielder's £15m move from Valencia, which could open the door for Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas to finally be sold to Barcelona.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Arsenal are to be offered Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema for £25m as the Spanish club prepare a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Chelsea have made an improved bid of £20m for 18-year-old Anderlecht forward Romelu Lukaku.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Blues are also set to make a final take it or leave it £30m offer for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, 25.
Full story: Daily Star

Italian side Juventus are considering a move for Manchester United's 30-year-old striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Full story: Insidefutbol.com

Manchester United are weighing up 26-year-old Wolfsburg midfielder Diego.
Full story: footybunker.com

Bolton have pulled the plug on their £5m bid for Barcelona forward Jeffren Suarez - after waiting two weeks for the player to make up his mind about joining them.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to approach Lille for 20-year-old Belgian attacking midfielder Eden Hazard.
Full story: footie-online.co.uk

Blackburn skipper Chris Samba, 27, has told his club that he wants to join Arsenal and play Champions League football.
Full story: the Sun

However, Tottenham are to test Blackburn's resolve with a bid for the £15m-rated centre-back.
Full story: Daily Mail

QPR are to offer Southampton £500,000, plus defender Kaspars Gorkss in an attempt to land winger Jason Puncheon.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn are set make their first summer signing by paying Partizan Belgrade £3m for Serbian midfielder Radosav Petrovic, 22.
Full story: the Sun

Birmingham face a player exodus because of the club's cash crisis. Ben Foster, Scott Dann, Cameron Jerome, Liam Ridgewell and Nikola Zigic are looking to leave, with the threat of administration looming.
Full story: the Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

Goal-line technology may be introduced in the Premier League at the start of the 2012-2013 season. Fifa president Sepp Blatter said a final decision will be made in March 2012.
Full story: Daily Mirror

El-Hadji Diouf's international career appears to be over after the Senegal Football Federation banned him for five years from all football-related activity in his home country. The Blackburn striker, 30, claimed African football was "corrupt" on a French radio station.
Full story: the Guardian

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson believes a top-four spot in the Premier League is the best the Gunners can hope for next season.
Full story: talkSPORT

Winger Theo Walcott could miss Arsenal's opening games against Newcastle and Liverpool because of a troublesome ankle injury.
Full story: Metro

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has tipped his new centre-back Jonathan Woodgate, 31, for an England recall. The 31-year-old is in the Potters squad for Thursday's Europa League qualifier against Hajduk Split.
Full story: the Sun

AND FINALLY

Barcelona president Sandro Rossell forced striker Alexis Sanchez to change his shirt for his official unveiling - because the signing from Udinese inadvertently turned up wearing Real Madrid's colours.
Full story: Metro

Manchester City's new £200,000-a-week signing Sergio Aguero has vowed to revolutionise the club, calling himself the Che Guevara of football.
Full story: Metro



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see also
Wednesday's gossip column
27 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
27 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
26 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
26 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2011
28 Jul 11 |  Football


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