Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Robin van Persie's decision not to sign a new contract at Arsenal could pave the way for a £220k-a-week move to Manchester City.

But Manchester United are also interested in the 28-year-old Dutchman and are hoping they can lure him to Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants to splash out £30m on Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura, 19, who is also a target for Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Full story: Daily Mirror external-link

Mark Hateley has urged Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, 23, to leave Liverpool and join AC Milan saying he would become a better all-round player if he did.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Italy star Andrea Pirlo has told Mario Balotelli, 21, to join him at Juventus, after revealing he knows exactly how to get the best out of the Manchester City striker.

Full story: The Metroexternal-link

Swansea's new manager Michael Laudrup is planning moves for Genoa centre-back Chico, 25, and Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, 24, with the pair having played under him at Real Mallorca.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Sunderland have joined the race to sign Ajax star Vurnon Anita, 23, according to sources in the Netherlands. Newcastle have already had a bid of about £4.5m rejected.

Full story: The Chronicleexternal-link

Former Real Madrid star Guti, 35, is training with West Ham ahead of a potential free transfer.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

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Anderson could be set to return to Portugal

Benfica are weighing up a move for Manchester United midfielder Anderson, 24, according to reports in Portugal.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Newcastle United are closing in on the signature of Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 26, despite Inter Milan's attempts to try and hijack the deal.

Full story: The Metroexternal-link

Fulham are ready to move for Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, 32, after his move to Turkish club Besiktas stalled.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Roberto Di Matteo says it is wrong to brand his Chelsea side as negative just because they "parked the bus" in their Champions League ties with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is unlikely to be back for pre-season training as he tries to overcome a chronic bowel condition.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio says fellow Italian and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli needs some "slaps" to turn him into a team player.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

AND FINALLY...

Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa was so desperate to celebrate their Euro 2012 win with the fans that he jumped off the team bus.

Full story: The Metroexternal-link

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