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Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is prepared to give up more than £4m in bonuses to secure a move to Barcelona. Full story: Daily Mail

The Gunners are expected to complete the signing of Southampton's teenage sensation Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £12m deal this week and remain in contention to sign defenders Chris Samba and Gary Cahill. Full story: Sunday Mirror

Carlos Tevez is expected to fly back into Manchester this weekend and begin training with Manchester City, having failed to agree a move so far this summer. Full story: Mail on Sunday

City were turned down by Danish teenager Christian Eriksen, whom they wanted to sign in a £20m deal from Ajax, but remain confident of landing Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri. Full story: Sunday Mirror

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is contemplating a bid for out-of-favour Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy. Full story: Metro

Reading manager Brian McDermott admits he is expecting a host of clubs to bid for his highly-rated Republic of Ireland international striker Shane Long. Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester City are reportedly targeting 20-year-old Uruguay central defender Sebastian Coates in a £10m swoop from Uruguayan Primera Division side Nacional. Full story: Inside Futbol

Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers will go head to head for £5m Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, although it is believed the England international will prefer to link up with Owen Coyle's side. Full story: footybunker

Everton manager David Moyes will make a late £10m move for Tottenham striker Peter Crouch - and could offer midfielder Jack Rodwell in a swap to land him. Full story: the People

Liverpool have finally agreed a £5.5m fee for Newcastle defender Jose Enrique. Full story: Daily Star Sunday

Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal are ready to fight it out for £10m-rated Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Douglas Costa. Full story: footybunker

Tottenham midfielder David Bentley is being offered the chance to return to Blackburn Rovers and rebuild his career after a frustrating two seasons at White Hart Lane. Full story: the People

Manchester City have made a sensational attempt to snatch Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder's from under the noses of neighbours Manchester United. Full story: Sunday Express

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has confirmed he will sign Gabriel Obertan from Manchester United for £3m on Monday. Full story: Sunday Express

Tottenham are weighing up an approach for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva. Full story: fanatix

OTHER GOSSIP

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits the club who once broke the world transfer record to sign Alan Shearer can no longer afford to compete for the top players.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Real Madrid and French international striker Karim Benzema has emphatically declared his intention to remain in Spain with Real and has denied ever even speaking to representatives of Arsenal.
Full story: Footie Online

The Glazers are preparing to sell a stake in Manchester United but intend to remain in control of the Premier League champions.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea teenager Oriol Romeu, who joined last week from Barcelona on a four-year deal, has revealed he would like to return to the Spanish giants in the future.
Full story: Metro

England manager Fabio Capello has said that although Joey Barton is a good player, the Newcastle midfielder is not in line for an international call-up because he is too likely to be sent off. (Various).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will name striker Robin van Persie skipper this season, once Cesc Fabregas completes his move to Barcelona. (Daily Star Sunday).

AND FINALLY

Staff at Manchester Airport have put up posters aimed at persuading unsettled City duo Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli to stay with the club.
Full story: Metro

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas showed his players he may not be the modern man they thought he was by performing a Portuguese folk song at his initiation ceremony. Full story: Metro



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