Friday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United say they will not sell striker Wayne Rooney, 27, even if the England international and Chelsea target hands in an official transfer request.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney scored 16 goals in all competitions last season for Manchester United

The Premier League champions want to hold talks with Rooney and his agent Paul Stretford to clear the air after confusion regarding recent comments from manager David Moyes.

Full story: Independent 

Chelsea are prepared to make Rooney their highest-paid player despite the risk that it may unsettle other top players at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: London Evening Standard 

Tottenham are set to ignore any bids from Manchester United for 24-year-old forward Gareth Bale.

Full story: London Evening Standard 

However the prospect of playing Champions League football for the Old Trafford club is now thought to be tempting the Welsh star.

Full story: Daily Star 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been told he can spend £40m on Liverpool's 26-year-old striker Luis Suarez.

Full story: Daily Mail 

The Anfield club now say that they want £55m for the controversial Uruguayan.

Full story: The Sun 

Wenger's pursuit of Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, 25, has been hindered by Chelsea's interest in the striker.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Peter Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie has been on the fringes at West Brom after a move to QPR fell through in January

Manchester City have made a £25.8m bid for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio, 23, but the Portuguese side are believed to want £34.4m for the Argentina international.

Full story: Independent 

West Brom have rejected a bid of £850,000 for unsettled striker Peter Odemwingie, 32, from Dubai club Al Nasr.

Full story: Daily Express 

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 30, has been targeted by former boss Rafa Benitez, now in charge at Napoli.

Full story: Daily Express 

Sunderland are set to sign Velez Sarsfield full-back Gino Peruzzi, 21, for £5m as the Argentina defender arrives for a medical.

Full story: Daily Mail 

AC Milan are prepared to make a move for Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, 21, who is also a target for Liverpool.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Spurs have made an improved offer of £20m for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado after the Spanish club turned down an initial bid of £17m for the 28-year-old.

Full story: Daily Star 

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims there is not enough loyalty in football.

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea officials did not want questions about Wayne Rooney at a Jose Mourinho press conference in Kuala Lumpur

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Officials from the club tried to prevent questions on Wayne Rooney at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, but that did not stop Mourinho sending a clear message to the unsettled Manchester United striker in the answer to one particular question.

Full story: The Sun 

Michael Essien is excited about the start of the Premier League season as the 30-year-old Chelsea midfielder prepares to work with Mourinho again.

Full story: Daily Mail 

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Brazilian striker Robinho, 29, has extended his contract with AC Milan until 2016.

Full story: Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian) 

Oscar Trejo, 25, is close to joining Toulouse from second-tier Spanish side Sporting Gijon for about £1.8m. The Argentine striker is also being targeted by West Ham.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French) 

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is not interested in taking Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, to the Spanish capital from his former club Paris St-Germain.

Full story: Marca 

AND FINALLY

Atalanta midfielder Giulio Migliaccio, 32, could be punished by the Italian football federation after he was involved in a prank when a tank crushed two cars decorated in the colours of Serie A sides Brescia and Roma.

Full story: Metro