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Football Rumours on Saturday 19th May 2012

last updated Saturday 19th May 2012, 9:01 AM

  • The excessive wage demands of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 28, could put off even the likes of big-spending Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester City are rumoured to be investigating a £28m release clause in the contract of Athletic Bilbao's 27-year-old striker Fernando Llorente, who has scored 29 goals in 51 appearances this term.

  • Manchester United target Kevin Strootman, PSV's 22-year-old midfielder, is set for talks with AC Milan.

  • Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett says that Barcelona would have to pay "a lot more" than the £36m being quoted to sign the 22-year-old.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Lille are to hold contract talks with £35m-rated playmaker Eden Hazard, 21, who is wanted by both Manchester United and Manchester City.
    (Daily Mail)

  • QPR are likely to bid for West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green, 32, if the Hammers fail to secure their return to the Premier League in Saturday's Championship play-off final.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Everton are believed to be among the clubs interested in signing Norwich striker Grant Holt, 31, who dropped a bombshell by submitting a transfer request on Friday.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, 24, is thought to be considering his future with the new Premier League champions after failing to win a place in England's Euro 2012 squad.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Le Havre's 16-year-old prodigy Jules Olivier Ntcham, who was thought to have signed a pre-contract deal with Manchester City, has now apparently come to an agreement with Inter Milan instead.
    (Footy Latest)


  • Ryan Bertrand is in line for an amazing Champions League debut in midfield for Chelsea in tonight's Munich final.
    (The Sun)

  • Liverpool have approached former manager Rafael Benitez after Brendan Rodgers rejected the chance to talk with the Anfield club about their managerial vacancy.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Andre Villas-Boas will hold talks with Liverpool next week, with the club having Pep Guardiola and Fabio Capello on their wish list but not receiving encouragement from that pair.
    (The Guardian)

  • Meanwhile the Reds are set to offer striker Luis Suarez a 25% pay increase in an attempt to stop him seeking a move.
    (The Sun)

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to have made a decent impression after meeting with Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner but they have stressed that negotiations are only at a preliminary stage.
    (Daily Express)


  • Some Tottenham fans have decided to don lederhosen outfits in support of Bayern Munich during Saturday's Champions League final. A Chelsea win would deprive Spurs of a Champions League place next season.

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