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Football Rumours on Monday 26th March 2012

last updated Monday 26th March 2012, 9:55 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Chelsea are planning an £80m bid to snap up Real Madrid pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain. Owner Roman Abramovich is also considering an £58.5m move for Napoli duo Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • The Blues are ready to take on Tottenham in the race to lure the highly sought-after Eden Hazard away from French club Lille this summer, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City also keen on the 21-year-old Belgium international.

  • Martin Jol has revealed he may have to sell Fulham's best players in the summer - but insists he can find the right young replacements to fill their places.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Norwich manager Paul Lambert is ready to make a bid for Nottingham Forest pair Chris Gunter and Garath McCleary as he looks to build on the Canaries' impressive Premier League form next season.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • PSV Eindhoven winger Dries Mertens is set to snub interest from Liverpool and head to Bayern Munich instead.
    (The Sun)


  • Former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is not ruling out a dramatic return to Molineux this season to help his former charges beat the drop.

  • England could have one of their lowest followings at a major tournament at Euro 2012 as high costs deter fans from a trip to Ukraine and Poland.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Rio Ferdinand may be set for a new contract at Manchester United as he overcomes injury problems to return to form for Sir Alex Ferguson's title-chasers.
    (The Times)

  • The deal could see 33-year-old Ferdinand take a £50,000-a-week wage cut.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Watching from his hospital bed, Fabrice Muamba saw his Bolton team-mates beat Blackburn Rovers from a recording of Match of the Day on Sunday.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia hopes Carlos Tevez does not mark his return for Manchester City with a goal in the derby against his former club.
    (The Sun)

  • Winger Scott Sinclair has pledged his future to Swansea despite being linked to Liverpool.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Everton captain Phil Neville believes his time with the Toffees will be a failure if they do not win a trophy as David Moyes's side prepare for their FA Cup quarter-final replay against Sunderland on Tuesday.
    (Daily Mail)


  • In Brazil they have found a different way to deal with players abusing match officials after a police dog bit Caxias forward Vanderlei on the leg. The striker and his team-mates harassed the assistant referee for overturning a decision to disallow a goal against them.

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