Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Luka Modric, 26, is set to ignore renewed interest from Chelsea and move to Real Madrid this week.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Adam Johnson is set to leave Man City and return to his native north east, with Sunderland poised to make a £10m move for the England winger.

Full story: Daily Star Sunday

Adam Johnson
Sunderland are keen on Man City's former Middlesbrough player Adam Johnson

Roberto Mancini is not satisfied with the £12m acquisition of Jack Rodwell from Everton and is still frustrated at Man City's lack of summer transfer activity.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Andre Villas-Boas hopes to bring in a new striker to Tottenham before the end of this week.

Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle are braced for bids for Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, with Chelsea and Manchester United keen on both midfielders.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Man City will make a move for Swansea winger Scott Sinclair after opening up a possible loan exit for England star Adam Johnson.

Full story: Sunday Express

Chelsea are looking to loan out Josh McEachran, with Championship clubs sides Bolton, Blackburn and Middlesbrough interested in the 19-year-old.

Full story: Sun on Sunday

OTHER GOSSIP

Sir Alex Ferguson intends to retire in two years' time after building a new team around Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he does not know whether Theo Walcott will sign a contract extension with Arsenal.

Full story: Metro

Roberto Di Matteo is hopeful that 34-year-old Frank Lampard will sign a new contract as he enters the final season of his current Chelsea deal.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Joey Barton launches a new attack on the FA, branding them a "firm of muppets" for its £45,000 fine of Rio Ferdinand.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Carlton Cole hits back those who have criticised footballers following the Olympics. "People say we don't give back to the community and we're spoilt brats. That's unfair."

Full story: Sun on Sunday

Manchester City want to discuss a new contract with Mario Balotelli that could be worth up to £180,000-a-week.

Full story: Daily Star Sunday

AND FINALLY

A new book claims that Manchester City "accidentally" made an offer for Lionel Messi, swiftly rejected, on the night the club was taken over by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

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