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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Sir Alex Ferguson has told friends that Manchester United will beat City and Juventus in the race to sign Arsenal captain Robin van Persie in a £20m deal.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Robin van Persie
Van Persie returned to Arsenal this week.

Andre Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United, he will not be leaving Tottenham until Spurs' £35m valuation is met.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea have reopened talks with Marseille over Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, who would cost £7m.

Full story: Daily Mail

Midfielder Florent Malouda is one of several Blues player who will be told they can leave Stamford Bridge.

Full story: the Sun

Borussia Dortmund's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, 23, has opened the door on a move to Manchester United by revealing he wants to play in the Premier League.

Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll wants his future resolved in the next week. The England international, 23, has been linked with Newcastle, Fulham and Aston Villa.

Full story: Daily Mirror

The Anfield club have been told they must pay £10m if they want to sign Fulham striker Clint Dempsey.

Full story: Daily Star

Emmanuel Adebayor's £6m move from Manchester City to Tottenham has stalled because of the striker's wage demands.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal and Liverpool are both monitoring Barcelona forward Ibrahim Afellay after the Dutchman, 26, was told he would only have a peripheral role under new manager Tito Vilanova.

Full story: talkSPORT

Ibrahim Afellay
Could Ibrahim Afellay be on his way to the Premier League?

Fulham have opened talks with French side Evian to sign Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo, 24, who would cost around £3.5m. Manager Martin Jol has also considered Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes and Juventus veteran Vincenzo Iaquinta, 32.

Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham are set to move for Nigel Reo-Coker, 28, who is a free agent after leaving Bolton following their relegation.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal have been told to increase their offer for French prospect M'Baye Niang, 17, after having a bid rejected by Caen.

Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle have fallen behind Inter Milan and Napoli in the race for Lyon's France international defender Aly Cissokho, 24.

Full story: talkSPORT

Sunderland are leading the race to sign 21-year-old Blackpool winger Matt Phillips, but face stiff competition from Everton and Wigan.

Full story: Daily Star

Leeds are set to sign striker Luke Varney, 29, from Portsmouth but will pay the £300,000 fee to Derby - who are still owed from Varney's move to Fratton Park last summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to open contract talks with England winger Theo Walcott, whose current deal expires next summer.

Full story: Metro

Gary Neville says Team GB coach Stuart Pearce was right not to select his friend David Beckham for the Olympics.

Gary Neville and David Beckham
Gary Neville has backed Stuart Pearce over Beckham.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn have taken Freiburg's Mali international striker Garra Dembele, 26, on trial.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

Former Chelsea defender Alex believes Andre Villas-Boas should have been given more time at Stamford Bridge - despite being dumped by the Portuguese.

Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY...

Alan Pardew and his Newcastle players took a break from their pre-season training camp in Germany on Wednesday by enjoying a two-hour white water rafting session.

Full story: the Sun

Liverpool's players are expected to win the ball back within seven seconds of losing possession and are given thorough details of the passing options they must offer every team-mate, wherever they are on the pitch, under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

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