Friday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told friends he would like to move to Manchester United. The Premier League champions have failed with two offers for the 26-year-old Spain international.

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado scored 24 La Liga goals last season

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Manchester United will not sell striker Wayne Rooney, 27, even if they sign Fabregas from Barcelona.

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

United are targeting Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, again as they look to avoid a backlash from fans if they fail to sign Fabregas.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to wait until after the start of the Premier League season before signing Rooney.

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Liverpool have made Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, 28, their main target as they look to replace 26-year-old Luis Suarez. Tottenham have had a £22m offer for the Spain international rejected and Valencia want to sell Soldado for £26m by 3 August for tax purposes.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Suarez's desire to join Arsenal "does not add up" and that he is already at a bigger club than the Gunners.

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The Reds have told Arsenal they have a week to meet their £50m valuation of Suarez or they will miss out on the Uruguay striker.

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Suarez would be happy for the Premier League to settle the mix-up over his contract clause with Liverpool.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

Rodgers' recent comments about Suarez apparently owing Liverpool and their fans for the loyalty shown in him have angered the player.

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Celtic striker Gary Hooper, 25, has passed a medical ahead of a £5m move to Norwich.

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Lille's former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou will reject a move to West Ham after being told he would not play through the middle for the Hammers. West Brom have also had a £4m bid accepted for the 27-year-old Ivory Coast international.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Lille striker Salomon Kalou
Kalou left Chelsea on a free transfer last summer

French winger Charles N'Zogbia, 27, could be set to leave Aston Villa, with Hull and Crystal Palace considering bids.

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West Ham are set to open up talks again about a move for 31-year-old Southampton striker Rickie Lambert.

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The Hammers are also interested in West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, 32, after deals for the Nigeria international to join Crystal Palace and Fulham fell through.

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West Brom are hoping to sign Udinese striker Matej Vydra on a season-long loan deal. The Czech Republic international, 21, scored 20 goals during a loan spell at Watford last season and has also been linked with Swansea and Sunderland.

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Former Blackpool captain Ian Evatt, 31, is training with Blackburn after leaving the Bloomfield Road club earlier this summer.

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David Moyes was born to be manager of Manchester United, according to first-team coach Phil Neville.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Jan Vertonghen
Vertonghen was injured against Sunderland on Wednesday

Spanish midfielder Thiago Alacantara, 23, insists he never had contact with Manchester United ahead of his move away from Barcelona. Alacantara, who joined Bayern Munich this summer, says he did not feel valued by the Spanish champions.

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Tottenham's Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 26, is set to miss the start of the season with an ankle injury that will keep him out for up to four weeks.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link


Juventus retain an interest in Manchester City's Serbia left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, 27, despite chasing Napoli's Colombia international Juan Zuniga, 27.

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Napoli and Spartak Moscow have both moved for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo. The Paraguay international, 30, was linked with Manchester City earlier this summer and has been close to joining Fenerbahce.

Full story: A Bola (Portuguese)external-link


New Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is set to be unveiled by the Catalan side on Friday but he was greeted by fans of his former club Newell's Old Boys at Barcelona airport. One of their banners read: "13,000 miles can not separate."

Full story: Marca (Spanish)external-link

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