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Nani is thinking about leaving Manchester United even though the Portuguese winger, 25, is being offered a pay rise from £90,000 to £130,000 a week over the next four years.

Full story: the Sun

Jan Vertonghen, 25, says he does not care that Tottenham will not play in the Champions League next season, as the defender closes in on a £14m move from Ajax to White Hart Lane.

Full story: the Sun

Once he is confirmed as Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert plans to go back to his previous club Norwich for captain and star striker Grant Holt, 31.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Paris St Germain are preparing a £100m bid to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 26, according to sources on the continent.

Full story: Metro

Marouane Fellaini
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been at Goodison Park since 2008

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants Real Madrid striker Joselu, 22, but will have to invest £7m to secure his signing after a request to sign the player on loan was rejected.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly ready to make a bid to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 24.

Full story: Caught Offside

Diego Maradona's Al Wasl say they are "serious" about a bid for 34-year-old Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

Full story: sport360.com

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says the club will move for £25m-rated striker Robin van Persie, 28, this summer if Arsenal fail to persuade the Netherlands international to sign a new deal.

Full story: Daily Mail

Southampton are planning a £3m move for Jack Butland, the 19-year-old Birmingham keeper who is in England's Euro 2012 squad.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Socieded want to sign Arsenal forward Carlos Vela, 23, on a permanent deal after he impressed during his loan spell.

Full story: talkSPORT

Inter Milan have made the first move in the race to land Chelsea target Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo by tabling a £19m bid for the 19-year-old midfielder - but the offer has been rejected.

Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea and Manchester United have both registered their interest in Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele, 24, and have opened talks over a £10m move.

Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Roy Hodgson is looking at Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as a possible future England captain.

Full story: the Sun

England manager Hodgson is set to hand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, and Danny Welbeck, 21, starts after challenging his team to deliver a rousing statement of intent against Belgium ahead of Euro 2012.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his England senior debut as a substitute in the 1-0 friendly win away to Norway on 26 May

Full story: the Guardian

QPR manager Mark Hughes says Hodgson should have attempted to persuade Paul Scholes, 37, out of international retirement ahead of Euro 2012. "I know Paul drew a line under his international career, but it would have been a call worth making," said Hughes.

Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, 65, wants three more years to build a Champions League dynasty at White Hart Lane. Redknapp has one year left on his contract.

Full story: the Sun

But Spurs defender Ledley King, 31, is close to announcing his retirement after 13 years in the team.

Full story: the Guardian

Aston Villa are attempting to avoid paying compensation for Norwich City manager Paul Lambert - because they believe there is a clause in the Scot's contract allowing him to talk to interested parties in the Premier League if the Norfolk club are approached.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his striker Sergio Aguero, 23, can be like Lionel Messi and score in every game.

Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

England captain Steven Gerrard described a speech by Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper, who addressed Roy Hodgson's players at the Grove, as "inspirational". "All the lads were focused and concentrated, which is not very usual with a group of footballers in a room for more than 10 minutes, but it was very interesting," said Gerrard.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, was left longing for the days of partnering Didier Drogba after Shanghai Shenhua owner Zhu Junb started himself alongside the Frenchman in a recent match.

Full story: Metro

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