WE take a look around the papers for the latest news from Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Arsenal, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Fulham.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 26, has dismissed talk of a £150m move from Real Madrid to Manchester City - and a reported £400,000-a-week salary. Centre-back Younes Kaboul, 25, wants to quit Tottenham and join Marseille in an £8.5m deal. Chelsea are ready to offer Modric £130,000-a-week to defect to Stamford Bridge. The Gunners are heading the chase for £3.5m-rated left-back Alexander Milosevic, 19, who plays for Swedish side AIK Solna. Wigan are expecting a scramble for £9m-rated striker Charles N’Zogbia after granting the 25-year-old his wish to leave. The Black Cats are also keen on Paris St Germain striker Mevlut Erding. Newcastle are also interested in the 24-year-old Turkish forward, who is valued at £9m. Ipswich striker Connor Wickham, 18, will snub Sunderland in the hope of landing a move to Liverpool. Leeds winger Elliot Kebbie, 16, has joined European champions Barcelona on trial in the hope of securing a permanent switch to the Catalan side. Neil Danns’ agent says the Crystal Palace midfielder will choose Rangers over Celtic because of Champions League football at Ibrox if he is given the choice after both Old Firm clubs were linked with a summer transfer bid. Newly-retired Paul Scholes, 36, has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson begged him to continue playing for Manchester United. Rangers are poised to receive £1.3m should Charlie Adam complete a £9m move from Blackpool to Liverpool.
Barcelona will make a big push to sign Cesc Fabregas while the Arsenal midfielder is on holiday in the city this week. The Catalan side value the 24-year-old at £35m and are ready to offer the Gunners their choice of players in return. Didier Drogba, 33, has emerged as a potential pawn in Chelsea’s bid to land £30m-rated midfielder Luka Modric, 25, from Tottenham. But Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is ready to battle it out with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to sign Blackburn defender Chris Samba, 27. However, 52-year-old Hughton has emerged as a front-runner to succeed Alex McLeish as Birmingham manager. Guus Hiddink, who is set to be confirmed as Chelsea manager this week, wants owner Roman Abramovich to swallow his pride and let sacked Ray Wilkins return to the coaching staff after the former England captain parted company with the club in October.
Liverpool may face another battle with Blackpool this week over their valuation of Charlie Adam, 25, with the Seasiders looking for £10m for the Scottish international midfielder. Manchester City have opened talks with Udinese over a £27m deal for 22-year-old Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez. Sunderland have offered £5m for Birmingham’s 24-year-old midfielder Craig Gardner. Israel striker Tomer Hemed is poised to snub an offer from a Spanish club and fly to Glasgow later this week to complete his switch from Maccabi Haifa to Rangers. Fulham are pushing former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton for an answer on whether he wants to become Martin Jol’s assistant manager. Hughton has delayed his decision because he is waiting to hear if he has landed the managerial position at Cardiff.
Arsenal are set to face a transfer fight with Paris St Germain for the signatures of Lille ace Gervinho and St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who are both 24. Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, 22, insists he has no intention of joining Manchester United after his agent revealed Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson had made an enquiry.
Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan, 28, is eyeing a Premier League return with Sunderland after rejecting a new contract offer, believed to be in the region of £10,000-a-week. Rangers manager Ally McCoist will today step up his double bid for Maccabi Haifa striker Tomer Hemed and Crystal Palace midfielder Neil Danns by holding talks with owner Craig Whyte. Sunderland have joined the chase for £4m-rated Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal, with Everton also monitoring his situation closely.