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Football rumours on Wednesday 10th June 2009

last updated Wednesday 10th June 2009, 7:57 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • AC Milan's 19-year-old Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato has opened the door to a £40m switch to join former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea by asking for permission to talk terms with the Blues. (Daily Mirror)

  • Alternatively, Chelsea have earmarked that £40m to fund a move for Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero. (Daily Star)

  • Midfielder Javier Mascherano has stunned Liverpool by admitting he wants to quit Anfield and join Champions League winners Barcelona, saying "if a club like Barcelona want you, obviously a player will say he wants to play there". (The Sun)

  • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he will now "do everything possible" to get Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo at the club after sealing the world record £56m transfer of Kaka. (Daily Express)

  • The Old Trafford outfit though have been given a clear run to sign Wigan winger Antonio Valencia after Real's interest in the player has cooled. (Independent)

  • Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is preparing to trawl Europe's bargain basement for new players after his ambitious summer spending plans were hit by the club's financial crisis. (The Sun)

  • Arsenal are ready to offload defender William Gallas once they complete the signing of £11m Ajax centre-back Thomas Vermaelen. (Daily Mirror)

  • West Ham and England defender Matthew Upson could be on his way out of Upton Park after putting his house up for sale. (The Sun)

  • Tottenham have lined up summer moves for Atletico Madrid midfielder Maxi Rodriguez and Galatasaray winger Arda Turan. (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham are also aiming to beat West Ham to the signing of Inter Milan's £10million-rated Chilean forward Luis Jimenez. (The Sun)

  • Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will also kick off a shake-up of his playing staff by selling Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. (Daily Mirror)

  • Manchester City will expect any club looking to sign out-of-contract striker Daniel Sturridge to pay a £10m 'development fee' to the Blues. (Independent)

  • Full-back Glen Johnson will quit Portsmouth for a club playing Champions League football next season in order to guarantee his World Cup place. (Daily Mirror)

  • Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne has refused to rule out a loan move away from Stamford Bridge next season in order to guarantee him first-team football. (Daily Star)

  • West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury has revealed that the club are close to making three major signings. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Premier League new boys Wolves hope to conclude the signing of Red Star Belgrade's Serbian international midfielder Nenad Milijas for £2.6m. (The Sun)

  • Wolves are also in the hunt for Newcastle midfielder Nicky Butt. (Daily Mail)

  • Blackburn want the future of Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz sorted out by the end of this month, with Manchester City still leading the chase for the player. (The Sun)

  • Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt is being chased by Everton and Sunderland after admitting he needs a "fresh start". (The Sun)

  • Everton are set to win the race to sign Leeds' highly rated England Under-21 midfielder Fabian Delph. (Daily Mirror)

  • Manchester City have made a move for Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant after agreeing to let Joe Hart join Birmingham on loan. (Daily Mail)

  • Cardiff have told Birmingham that they must pay £5m up front if they want to sign centre-back Roger Johnson. (The Sun)

  • Middlesbrough want Marlon Harewood this summer after Aston Villa put a £1.5million price tag on the striker. (Daily Mirror)

  • Arsenal and Tottenham are set to start a bidding war for Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong, with the Magpies looking for a fee of £12m for the player. (The Metro)

  • Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill wants Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou - the younger brother of former Liverpool midfielder Bruno - to replace Gareth Barry. (Daily Mirror)

  • CSKA Moscow star Yuri Zhirkov says he is dreaming of a transfer to Barcelona or Milan - but has not ruled out a move to Chelsea. (Setanta)
  • England may play their World Cup qualifier against Andorra at a half-empty Wembley as thousands of fans face being left stranded by the tube strike. It could end up costing the Football Association £1m in ticket refunds. (The Sun)

  • Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is set to start his first competitive game for England in two years against Andorra tonight. (The Times)

  • Sources close to Newcastle say there is no substance to the reported takeover bid for the club from Singapore-based investment company the Profitable Group. (Daily Express)

  • Alternatively, the £100m Profitable Group proposal for Newcastle is very much alive and they could install former Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon - a commercial director with the group - as manager at St James' Park. (Daily Mirror)

  • West Brom have targeted St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes - a former Baggies midfielder - as their new manager with Tony Mowbray poised to take the reins at Celtic. (Daily Mirror)

  • Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, is "very interested" in holding talks with Portsmouth over the club's vacant managerial position. (The Guardian)

  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made three attempts to stop Gunners winger Theo Walcott joining England for the European Under-21 Championship, fearing burn-out for the player, before accepting defeat. (Daily Mail)

  • New Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is targetting big-name players to bring to the Stadium of Light, claiming that recruiting for his new club, is "like shopping in Harrods, not Tesco." (The Sun)

  • Brazilian centre-back Luisao has admitted that he has talked with international colleague Robinho about the prospect of moving to Manchester City. (Sky Sports)

  • Brazilian forward Robinho has again cast doubt over his Manchester City future by revealing his desire to play for Barcelona. (Setanta)
  • England coach Fabio Capello has revealed the simple secret behind unleashing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's goalscoring potential for the national side - "I told him to stand in front of the goal!" revealed the Italian coach. (The Sun)

  • Peterborough director of football Barry Fry says he "nearly had a third heart attack" after Posh goalkeeper Joe Lewis was brought on to play up front during England Under-21s' 7-0 win over Azerbaijan on Monday. (The Sun)

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