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The excessive wage demands of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 28, could put off even the likes of big-spending Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City.

Manchester City are rumoured to be investigating a £28m release clause in the contract of Athletic Bilbao's 27-year-old striker Fernando Llorente, who has scored 29 goals in 51 appearances this term.

Kevin Strootman
Kevin Strootman started his senior career at Sparta Rotterdam before moving to PSV Eindhoven via Utrecht

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Manchester United target Kevin Strootman, PSV's 22-year-old midfielder, is set for talks with AC Milan.

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Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett says that Barcelona would have to pay "a lot more" than the £36m being quoted to sign the 22-year-old.

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Lille are to hold contract talks with £35m-rated playmaker Eden Hazard, 21, who is wanted by both Manchester United and Manchester City.

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QPR are likely to bid for West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green, 32, if the Hammers fail to secure their return to the Premier League in Saturday's Championship play-off final.

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Everton are believed to be among the clubs interested in signing Norwich striker Grant Holt, 31, who dropped a bombshell by submitting a transfer request on Friday.

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Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, 24, is thought to be considering his future with the new Premier League champions after failing to win a place in England's Euro 2012 squad.

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Le Havre's 16-year-old prodigy Jules Olivier Ntcham, who was thought to have signed a pre-contract deal with Manchester City, has now apparently come to an agreement with Inter Milan instead.

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OTHER GOSSIP

Ryan Bertrand is in line for an amazing Champions League debut in midfield for Chelsea in tonight's Munich final.

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Manchester City winger Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson has 10 England caps, scoring against Bulgaria and Switzerland

Liverpool have approached former manager Rafael Benitez after Brendan Rodgers rejected the chance to talk with the Anfield club about their managerial vacancy.

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Andre Villas-Boas will hold talks with Liverpool next week, with the club having Pep Guardiola and Fabio Capello on their wish list but not receiving encouragement from that pair.

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Meanwhile the Reds are set to offer striker Luis Suarez a 25% pay increase in an attempt to stop him seeking a move.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to have made a decent impression after meeting with Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner but they have stressed that negotiations are only at a preliminary stage.

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AND FINALLY

Some Tottenham fans have decided to don lederhosen outfits in support of Bayern Munich during Saturday's Champions League final. A Chelsea win would deprive Spurs of a Champions League place next season.

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