Wednesday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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Chelsea will have to spend £80m to land Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The package would include £28m committed to a transfer fee, with his five-year contract on £200,000-a-week wages costing £52m.

Full story: the Sun external-link

Rooney, 27, feels he is being "driven out" of Manchester United after "five months of negativity" which amounts to "constructive dismissal".

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Rooney is considering submitting a transfer request to try and force a move away from Old Trafford.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Wayne Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has won 83 caps for England

Barcelona are prepared to sell midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26, to Manchester United but the Red Devils must break their club record transfer fee and pay £31m to make it happen.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, will choose Manchester United over Arsenal should both clubs make a bid for him this summer.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Manchester City are considering whether to raise their offer to nearer £20m for Real Madrid defender Pepe, 30.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Luis Suarez's representatives believe Liverpool will only sell the 26-year-old when a £40m clause in the striker's contract is activated. The Uruguayan would prefer a move to Real Madrid, but Arsenal are the only team to have bid for him.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Liverpool have approached Atletico Mineiro about winger Bernard, 20. The Brazil international has a release clause of approximately £20m, but a number of Champions League sides are believed to be interested in him.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Tottenham are chasing highly rated Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo, 18, who has been dubbed the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo'.

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Chelsea have targeted Bayern Munich's Luiz Gustavo, 25, as a midfield replacement for John Mikel Obi, 26, who is expected to depart Stamford Bridge this summer.

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Sochaux and Algeria winger Ryad Boudebouz, 23, says he would be interested in a move to Southampton.

Full story: Southern Daily Echoexternal-link

Manchester United and Barcelona will go head to head with Chelsea and Manchester City for the signature of Roma's 19-year-old Brazilian defender Marquinhos.

Marquinhos is yet to win a full international cap for Brazil despite playing at youth level

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Lyon could include France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, 27, in their bid to beat Roma to the signing of 26-year-old Arsenal winger Gervinho.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Former West Ham and Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood, 33, is training with Millwall following his summer exit from Barnsley.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Andre Moritz wants to join up with his former Crystal Palace manager, Dougie Freedman, at Bolton. The 26-year-old midfielder, who is available on a free transfer, held talks with the Scot prior to Tuesday's friendly with Rotherham.

Full story: Bolton Newsexternal-link

West Ham's hopes of landing Morgan Amalfitano, 28, have been dashed after Marseille accepted an offer from Olympiakos for the French midfielder.

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Manchester City and Chelsea are chasing Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, who has fallen out with new Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc over the signing of 26-year-old Edinson Cavani.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Released by Arsenal, defender Sebastian Squillaci, 32, is to sign a one-year contract at French side SC Bastia if he passes a medical.

Full story: Eurosport (in French)external-link

Another French side, Montpellier, have reached a deal with Evian Thonon Gaillard to buy Tunisian international Saber Khlifa, 26.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)external-link

Also in France, Marseille have had an offer for midfielder Gianneli Imbula, 20, accepted by second-tier side Guingamp.

Full story: Le 10 Sport (in French)external-link

Real Madrid have agreed to sell defender Raul Albiol, 27, to Napoli on a four-season deal for around £10m.

Full story: El Pais (in Spanish)external-link

Roma have beaten Manchester United to the signature of PSV Eindhoven's Kevin Strootman with the 23-year-old midfielder set to complete a £15m deal to join the Italian club.

Full story: Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian)external-link

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan wants to buy Croatian outfit NK Dubrovnik as a feeder team for the Welsh club.

Full story: 24 Sata (Croatian)external-link


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Sol Campbell played his last Premier League game for Newcastle against Stoke in March 2011

Sol Campbell, 38, could make a shock return to Arsenal as manager one day, according to the retired England defender's agent.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Aston Villa will fine Christian Benteke if the 22-year-old striker fails to report back at Bodymoor Heath on his agreed return date on Thursday.

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A Vietnamese Arsenal fan ran alongside the team bus for five miles in the humidity of Hanoi before he was invited on by the players to get his shirt signed.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Football fans can bid on auction website Ebay to play in the same team as Paul Scholes after the retired Manchester United star signed up for a charity game to raise money for his son's football team Stalybridge Celtic Juniors.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has starred in a television advert for Uruguayan internet firm Abitab in which he pushes a colleague's keyboard away, shoves the photocopier and dives to the ground under minimal contact.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link