All the transfer news, rumors and gossip of today:
Chelsea launch record £50m bid for Torres – Roman Abramovich is determined to get his man, however, and newspaper reports claim a Chelsea source said: “It’s true Liverpool have knocked back the first bid of £40m but it’s highly unlikely that will be the end to it.”
Martin Jol agrees Fulham deal – Martin Jol last night agreed a deal to take over as Fulham manager. Jol will fly out to join the Fulham squad on their 10-day tour of Sweden next week. Sven Goran Eriksson had appeared to be favourite for the job until it emerged Ajax chief Jol had been in talks with Fulham.
Redknapp Keane to finance Bellamy move – Harry Redknapp is ready to sell Robbie Keane to Aston Villa – to finance a move for Craig Bellamy. Tottenham boss Redknapp is keen on a £5million deal for Bellamy, who is set to be offloaded by Manchester City to accommodate their latest influx of top players.
Moyes told to forget about Donovan – David Moyes has been told to forget about bringing Landon Donovan back to Goodison Park on a full-time basis. Toffees boss Moyes wants to secure a permanent deal for the LA Galaxy man. But Major League Soccer chiefs have no intention of allowing Donovan to head to Merseyside after he inspired the USA to reach the last 16 in South Africa.
Vidic has a Real desire for Madrid – Nemanja Vidic wants to quit Manchester United for Real Madrid. Vidic is disappointed the Old Trafford side have not offered him a new contract this summer. Now the defender wants to join Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu in an £18million move.
Fergie’s all go for Giorgio – Giorgio Chiellini’s agent last night opened the door for a megabucks move from Juventus to Manchester United. The £25million-rated Italy ace is Alex Ferguson’s No 1 target to replace wantaway Serbia centre-half Nemanja Vidic.
Ibrahimovic: I’m not going to Chelsea or City – Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is staying at the Catalan club and has quashed speculation linking him with a move to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. “I was a Barca player when I left (to go on holiday) and I’ll be a Barca player when I go back,”
Barcelona admit defeat in chase for Fabregas – The Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, yesterday conceded the Spanish champions will probably fail in their attempt to force Arsenal into selling their prize asset Cesc Fabregas to the Spanish club. Barça’s very public attempt to force Arsenal’s hand has infuriated the north London club’s board, who are refusing to consider opening talks over a potential transfer.
Giovani could be used as a makewight in Djalo deal – Tottenham winger Giovani dos Santos is wanted by Sporting Lisbon on loan. The Mexican impressed during the World Cup and Tottenham may make it part of a £4.2million deal for Sporting’s Yannick Djalo, if they decide to follow up their interest.