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Robert Lewandowski could be set for a shock move to the Premier League after Borussia Dortmund refused to sell him to Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old Poland striker has been strongly linked with Manchester United.

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski helped Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims 28-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been linked with a return to Manchester United, wants to commit his future to the Spanish club.

Full story: Daily Mail

Fiorentina's 23-year-old forward Stevan Jovetic, who is reported to be a target for Arsenal, wants to join Juventus instead.

Full story: Metro

Real Madrid's sporting director Zinedine Zidane says his club will have to break the world transfer record - which currently stands at £80m - to land Tottenham's 23-year-old forward Gareth Bale.

Full story: Daily Mail

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler says his old club should keep 24-year-old forward Andy Carroll, a target of West Ham, as he believes the squad is short in terms of numbers.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is set to pip Celtic in the battle for Portugal Under-20 striker Amido Balde, who seemed set for a £2.5m move to Scotland.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Hal-Robson Kanu, 24, says he wants to quit Reading. Aston Villa and West Brom are keen to sign the winger.

Full story: The Sun

Manager Rafael Benitez has told Napoli he would like to work with 29-year-old Chelsea striker Fernando Torres again - paving the way for the Blues to sign Napoli's Edinson Cavani.

Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for 20-year-old Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy.

Full story: Metro

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is looking to sign 22-year-old Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala and 20-year-old Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel.

Full story: Daily Star

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Manchester City are willing to offer AC Milan £21m plus Carlos Tevez, 29, for striker Stephan El Shaarawy, 20.

Stephan El Shaarawy
Stephan El Shaarawy was named Serie A young player of the year in 2012

Full story: La Gazzetta dello Sport

Paris St-Germain captain Thiago Silva, 28, has pledged his future to the French champions and said he would like to see Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, 27, join the club next season.

Full story: Sport24.com

Juventus director general Guiseppe Marotta has met executives from Real Madrid to discuss signing Gonzalo Higuain. The 25-year-old Argentine striker is also wanted by Arsenal.

Full story: Corriere dello Sport

Turkish side Besiktas are considering a move for forward Ronaldinho, 34, currently of Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.

Full story: Skorer

OTHER GOSSIP

Jose Mourinho, who will be officially unveiled as Chelsea manager later on Monday, did more harm than good to Spanish football during his three years in charge of Real Madrid, according to Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet is backing 50-year-old Mourinho to repeat the success from his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Ex-Tottenham and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell, who won 73 caps for England, claims English football is in disarray because young players think they are already world stars who no longer have anything to prove.

Full story: Daily Star

Andreas Weimann
Andreas Weimann scored seven times in 30 Premier League appearances during 2012-13

Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann, 21, is to sign a new and improved three-year contract with the club.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Argentina international forward Franco Di Santo, 24, winger Albert Crusat, 31, and defenders Adrian Lopez, 26, and Ronnie Stam, 28, are to leave Wigan Athletic following their relegation from the Premier League.

Full story: Wigan Post

Gareth Southgate is tipped to take over the role of England Under-21 coach if Stuart Pearce is sacked.

Full story: The Sun

AND FINALLY

Stoke City's Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 25, has been voted 'Idol of the Nation' to end Edin Dzeko's three-year reign after helping put his country in a strong position to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Full story: Uefa.com

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