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Rumours on Monday 9th June

last updated Monday 09th June 2008, 9:18 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • AC Milan are closing in on a £18m swoop for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba but have been told his Blues team-mate Andriy Shevchenko is not for sale. (Various)


  • But the Blues are holding out for £30m for Drogba and could use him as a makeweight in their bid to sign Milan midfielder Kaka or snare boss Carlo Ancelotti. (The Independent)


  • Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is in Italy but it is unclear whether he is brokering a deal for Drogba or trying to lure Kaka and Ancelotti to Stamford Bridge. (The Independent)


  • Chelsea hope to sign Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o for £22m but face a battle with former boss Jose Mourinho, who wants him at Inter Milan. (The Sun)


  • Bayern Munich have told Chelsea they will have to pay £31m to sign France midfielder Franck Ribery. (Daily Mail)


  • Real Madrid want Cristiano Ronaldo to request a transfer from Manchester United as soon as Portugal are knocked out of Euro 2008. (The Sun)


  • Birmingham and Wolves both want to sign Celtic defender Bobo Balde. (Daily Mirror)


  • Jussi Jaaskelainen has verbally agreed a three-year deal to stay at Bolton rather than join Aston Villa. (The Sun)


  • Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is closing in on a £3m deal for Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley. (Daily Mirror)


  • Wolves have bid £2.25m plus Steve Elliott and Darren Potter for Burnley's Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty. (Daily Mirror)


  • Paris St Germain want Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele but he will wait to see who becomes Blues boss before deciding his future. (Guardian)


  • Ronaldinho will get a salary of £200,000 a week - making him the best paid footballer in the world - if he joins Manchester City. (Guardian)


  • Portsmouth are set to launch a £4m bid for Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira. (Daily Star)


  • Celtic are wary of bids from Newcastle and Sunderland for midfielder Aiden McGeady. (Daily Record)


  • St Johnstone's signing of Liam Craig from Falkirk will go to a tribunal after the two clubs failed to agree a fee. (Daily Record)


  • Cardiff City's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey is leaning towards joining Arsenal rather than Manchester United or Everton. (Various)


  • Middlesbrough are closing in on a £1.5m deal for Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davis. (The Times)


  • Notts County defender Mike Edwards has signed a new two-year deal. (Daily Telegraph)


  • Inter Milan are to hold talks with Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho's agent Jorge Mendes. (The Times)


  • Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge is set to sign a new four-year contract at Stamford Bridge. (The Times)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich is to speak to Frank Rijkaard and Roberto Mancini on his yacht this week about becoming the Blues' next boss. (The Sun)


  • Abramovich has been in Switzerland watching Euro 2008 and is likely to turn to whichever coach excels at the tournament. (The Independent)


  • Blackburn delegates are to fly to Euro 2008 for talks with former striker and BBC pundit Alan Shearer about becoming their next boss. (Daily Mirror)


  • Shearer has sent strong signals that he is interested in the job. (The Times)


  • Henk Ten Cate, Sam Allardyce and Paul Ince are also in the frame. (Daily Mirror)


  • Roberto Mancini, Steve McClaren, Dick Advocaat and Avram Grant are the other candidates for the Ewood Park post. (The Times)


  • Arsenal's Robin van Persie and Real Madrid star Wesley Sneijder clashed in training ahead of the Netherlands' Euro 2008 game with Italy. (Daily Mirror)


  • Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has emerged as favourite to become the long-term England captain. (The Sun)


  • Croatia boss Slaven Bilic claims injured Arsenal striker Eduardo could be fit to join the Gunners for pre-season training in July. (Daily Mirror)


  • Scottish referees have dumped their 'Whistleblower' website after claiming it has led to them getting more criticism. (Daily Record)
AND FINALLY...
  • Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, in Nigeria to promote education through football, has been given the title of Chief Fiwagboola - which means 'character maketh wealth' by King Akiolu in Lagos. (The Sun)


























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