Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City have bid £13m for Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger, with Real Madrid and Barcelona also interested in the Dane. City will let Kolo Toure go to accommodate Agger.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are monitoring the situation of Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole after telling Everton they will not increase their £12m offer for Leighton Baines.

Ashley Cole
England defender Ashley Cole has been at Chelsea since 2006

Full story: Metro

Tottenham face a battle to sign Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris with the French club insisting they will not let him leave unless he asks for a transfer.

Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay says the club have not finished spending yet. Chelsea have paid £65m for new players this summer and could also pay £32m for Napoli striker Edison Cavani, £7m for Wigan's Victor Moses and £8m for Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta.

Full story: Daily Express

Sunderland have put in a £12m bid for Wolves striker Steve Fletcher, whom the Midlands club are believed to value at £15m.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal could add to the signings of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton as they have targeted the south coast club's 17-year-old full-back Luke Shaw.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham could resurrect an interest in former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho after he was told he can leave Real Madrid.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Andrey Arshavin
Arsenal paid Zenit St Petersburg £15m for Andrey Arshavin in 2009

Manchester City are ready to let Emmanuel Adebayor leave the club for nothing - because Robin van Persie will refuse to join the same side as his former Arsenal team-mate.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa are on the trail of £6m-rated Ipswich defender Aaron Cresswell and may sell James Collins, who is on the radar of Sunderland and West Ham United.

Full story: Wolverhampton Express & Star

Queens Park Rangers will make bids for Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin and Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe this summer.

Full story: caughtoffside.com

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says that Andy Carroll can "fit into how I want to play" and that the striker is "happy" to stay with the Reds.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester City have sent captain Vincent Kompany back to England early from their Far East tour so the centre-back can get treatment for a calf injury and be fit for the start of the season.

Full story: Daily Mail

Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will not be fit to start the season for Arsenal after the new arrivals did not accompany the club on their tour of Asia.

Full story: the Sun

Roberto Mancini has urged Mario Balotelli to build on his Euro 2012 form when he returns to domestic duty with Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Manchester United's coach driver became an instant hero among the playing squad after talking his way out of a sticky situation with Shanghai police.

Full story: Metro

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