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Football Rumours on Wednesday 12th September 2012

last updated Wednesday 12th September 2012, 9:05 AM

  • Arsenal are set to make a move for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as the Gunners look to prise the 34-year-old from Shanghai Shenhua.
    (The Sun)

  • Manchester City are close to an agreement with Fiorentina to bring 22-year-old Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic to the club next summer.

  • Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez says he was denied the funds to sign Jovetic in 2009 by then owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. In a new book, Benitez says the reluctance of the Americans to back him financially that summer resulted in Liverpool's failure to build on their Premier League second-placed finish.

  • Arsenal and Tottenham are competing to sign Atletico Madrid's Spain international striker Adrian Lopez, 24, who has a £14.4m buy-out clause in his contract.

  • Liverpool are battling with Juventus for Argentine starlet Luciano Vietto. The Reds' scouts have been watching the 18-year-old Racing Club Avellaneda midfielder who is valued at £4m.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Manchester United are keeping tabs on Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi after the 18-year-old made an impressive start to the Serie B season in Italy.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • The Football Association will start John Terry's racism hearing on 24 September after a delay in appointing the three-man Independent Regulatory Commission.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester United have played down Sir Alex Ferguson's meeting with Pep Guardiola in New York despite rumours he met the former Barcelona boss to discuss handing over the reins at Old Trafford to the Spaniard.
    (Daily Express)

  • Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 29, is a doubt for their game with Wigan on Saturday after he was taken off at half-time with a suspected thigh injury in Netherlands' 4-1 World Cup qualifying win in Hungary.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Patrice Evra is also set to miss Manchester United's game with Wigan as the 31-year-old defender could be dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell, 24, is struggling to earn a new contract with the Black Cats following the arrival of fellow front men Steven Fletcher, 25, and Louis Saha, 34.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Former Burnley manager Brian Laws has described his sacking from the Turf Moor club as the "most hurtful parting" of his career after accusing the board of not being strong enough during his tenure.
    ( Lancashire Telegraph)

  • Manchester United chief executive David Gill is looking at trying to shoehorn a Christmas break into the English calendar to bring England in line with the rest of Europe.
    (Manchester Evening News )


  • Peru fans taunted Barcelona's Lionel Messi, 25, with chants of "Cristiano, Cristiano" - in reference to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo - when the Argentina forward arrived at Lima airport ahead of their World Cup qualifier.

  • Source BBC Sport
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