Wednesday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26, is considering his future with the Spanish club after Manchester United made a second bid for him.

Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas has scored 20 goals in 60 appearances since joining Barcelona in 2011

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, would consider signing for Arsenal if a transfer to Chelsea falls through.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Real Madrid have warned United off Cristiano Ronaldo, with president Florentino Perez insisting the 28-year-old forward will sign a new deal to end his career at the Bernabeu.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

But Tottenham have urged Real Madrid to "back off" as the Spanish side continue their chase for forward Gareth Bale, 24.

Full story: Daily Star external-link

Valencia have told Tottenham that striker Roberto Soldado, 28, can leave, but only if his 30m euros (£26m) release clause is met.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Striker Jackson Martinez, 26, a target for Spurs and Liverpool, has ruled out a move from Porto.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez, 19, is wanted on loan by Spanish side Real Zaragoza.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Liverpool are considering a £10m bid for Palermo midfielder Josip Ilicic, 25.

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West Brom are considering a £2m bid for Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner, 26.

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West Ham are hopeful of agreeing a deal with QPR to sign 26-year-old striker Loic Remy.

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Benfica want 40m euros (£34m) for winger Eduardo Salvio, 23, as they attempt to ward off interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

French league club Monaco have made a new move for 26-year-old Manchester United winger Nani.

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Tunisia international striker Saber Khelifa, currently with French side Evian, is a possible transfer target for Celtic.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link

But Celtic will only move for Khelifa if a bid for Hamburg forward Artjoms Rudnevs proves unsuccessful.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has pledged to help England qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups in his first Chelsea stint

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Mourinho has also suggested Manchester City will be under greater pressure to win the title than his own Chelsea side having out-spent their rivals in the transfer market this summer.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

English clubs' earnings from the Champions League last season were dwarfed by those in Italy, Spain and Germany, Uefa figures have revealed.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Manchester United manager David Moyes has a week left to sign Marouane Fellaini, 25, for £22m before the buy-out clause in the Everton midfielder's contract expires.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Chelsea are set to end speculation linking playmaker Juan Mata, 25, with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer as they prepare to offer the Spaniard a lucrative new contract.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has described his spending spree as a "revolution", predicting midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, 28, signed for £7m from Juventus, will be "one of the best" players in the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the wrist of Bournemouth schoolboy Charlie Silverwood with one his free-kicks

Monaco's £53m striker Radamel Falcao, 27, has denied reports in Colombiaexternal-link that he may be two years older than claimed. The striker has responded on Twitter,external-link saying: "I've been surprised by news in the media about my age that is totally ridiculous. I want to flatly deny it and end this issue once and for all."

Full story: Sky Sportsexternal-link

Bournemouth fan Charlie Silverwood, 11, was given a signed Real Madrid shirt after a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick hit him and broke his wrist in two places during Sunday's pre-season friendly.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

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