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Rumours on Sunday 8th June

last updated Sunday 08th June 2008, 10:38 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • AC Milan have been given permission to talk to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba but not Andriy Shevchenko. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

  • Sir Alex Ferguson has desperately been trying to speak to Cristiano Ronaldo while on holiday in France but the Manchester United winger will not answer his manager's calls, increasing Ferguson's fears that the winger will join Real Madrid. (News of the Word)

  • Sources close to the Manchester United boss have ridiculed reports that he has been barred from a private meeting with Ronaldo, insisting Ferguson never had plans to break his family holiday. (Mail on Sunday)

  • Louis Saha is set to be offered as bait in Manchester United's bid to land Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz with the France striker being used as a makeweight in a £10m transfer. (News of the World)

  • Jose Mourinho has made Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard a £30m summer target but the Inter Milan boss has been told he would be wasting his time making an official bid. (News of the World)

  • Mourinho has plenty of other options with Blackburn winger David Bentley joining Chelsea's Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Ricardo Carvalho on his wish list. (News of the World)

  • Barcelona midfielder Deco is poised to sign for Chelsea in a £15m deal that is likely to clear the way for Frank Lampard to leave Stamford Bridge for Inter. (Mail on Sunday)

  • Robin van Persie will consider his future if any more stars are allowed to leave Arsenal, saying he wants assurances that no-one else will leave before he signs a new deal. (News of the World)

  • There is some good news for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger however as Arsenal edged closer to signing £5m Aaron Ramsey after Cardiff City's teenager met Wenger in Switzerland on Saturday. (News of the World)

  • Newcastle are planning to sack jailed £55,000-a-week midfielder Joey Barton unless he agrees to a 50% pay cut. (Mail on Sunday)

  • Liverpool's owners have told manager Rafael Benitez that striker Peter Crouch can leave the club for £10m. (News of the World)

  • Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has been promised up to £200m over three years and a chunk of that money looks certain to bring Barcelona's Ronaldinho to Eastlands. (News of the World)

  • Arsenal are lining up a £3.5m bid for Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given. (News of the World)

  • But Arsenal are ready to make a £12m bid for the Blackburn striker as they prepare to lose Emmanuel Adebayor to Milan for £30m. (Mail on Sunday)

  • Rangers are to offer £3m in cash for Middlesbrough's England Under-21 winger Adam Johnson. (News of the World)

  • QPR's Iain Dowie has been given the go-ahead to sign three strikers with West Brom's Kevin Phillips, Bobby Zamora of West Ham and Wolves star Freddy Eastwood his targets. (News of the World)

  • Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has made a £2m bid for Celtic defender Lee Naylor. (News of the World)
  • Chelsea have offered AC Milan a world record 'transfer fee' of £20m in an attempt to bring their manager Carlo Ancelotti to Stamford Bridge. (Sunday Express)

  • Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been advised by his key aides to drop Kevin Keegan and appoint Dick Advocaat as his new manager. (Sunday Express)

  • Alan Shearer is emerging as the fans' choice to become the new boss at Blackburn after a powerful fans' lobby want their former striker to replace Mark Hughes. (News of the World)

  • Manchester United's number two Carlos Queiroz is being lined up as the new boss of French club Lyon. (News of the World)

  • Manchester City's new executive chairman Garry Cook is already resigned to losing Mark Hughes as manager if Manchester United come calling. (The Sunday Telegraph)

  • Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones has been told he is no Didier Drogba by team-mate Dwight Yorke who fears the hype surrounding the Liverpool target could damage his progress. (Sunday Express)
  • Dutch supporters at Euro 2008 have been warned that some of their orange wigs could be a fire hazard. The Dutch Food and Goods Authority said that about 30% of the wigs and boas worn by Holland fans could catch fire when near a cigarette or a lighter. (The Sunday Times)

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