Thursday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid are confident they will land Gareth Bale, 24, for a world-record £81m. But the Spanish giants believe Tottenham will make them wait till just before the transfer window shuts on 2 September.

Full story: the Sun

Meanwhile, Tottenham are plotting moves for Roma's 21-year-old forward Erik Lamela, Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, 21, and Anzhi Makhachkala's 25-year-old winger Willian.

Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United are prepared to offer up to £40m for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26, as manager David Moyes refuses to concede defeat in his efforts to sign the Spain international.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Arsenal target Luiz Gustavo - Bayern Munich's 26-year-old Brazil international midfielder - is set to join Wolfsburg for £12.8m.

Full story: Bild (in German)

Arsenal have not given up hope of signing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, and are considering a final bid of £49m.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Erik Lamela
Reports suggest Tottenham would have to pay £30m for highly rated Roma forward Erik Lamela

Meanwhile, the Gunners will be told by Manchester City that 27-year-old Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko is not for sale.

Full story: Daily Mail

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, 32, is still keen to be reunited with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho but has claimed that Manchester United are also eager to sign him. Eto'o currently plays for Russian team Anzhi Makhachkala.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims the Blues will not sell 26-year-old defender David Luiz, regardless of any offers that may arrive from Barcelona.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City are lining up a cut-price £3m move for Argentine defender Martin Demichelis after Real Madrid refused to sell Portuguese hard-man Pepe. Demichelis, 32, played for new City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga for the past two years before moving to Atletico Madrid this summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Wigan striker Franco Di Santo, 24, has reignited his dream of playing for Argentina at the World Cup by joining German side Werder Bremen on a three-year deal.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is claiming victory in his attempts to prevent Manchester United from signing 28-year-old left-back Leighton Baines - but the Toffees are prepared to do business with United over 25-year-old midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Wales manager Chris Coleman, who spent time managing in Spain, believes winger Gareth Bale would adapt well to life at Real Madrid if the 24-year-old joins the La Liga club from Tottenham.

Full story: the Independent

Swansea's Dutch keeper Michel Vorm says he would not be able turn down Spanish giants Barcelona if they came looking for him. The 29-year-old Dutch goalkeeper was linked with Barca last summer as a possible replacement for Victor Valdes.

Full story: Daily Star

GLOBAL GOSSIP (From BBC Monitoring)

Manchester United are preparing a bid for Real Madrid's German playmaker Mesut Ozil, 24, according to Spanish TV.

Full story: Intereconomia (in Spanish)

The agent of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 26, has made enquiries with Paris St-Germain over a possible move for his client.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish)

Sporting Lisbon winger Bruma, 18, has attracted interest from Real Madrid, PSV Eindhoven and Galatasaray, according to his legal representative.

Full story: RTP (in Portuguese)

Sevilla have reached an agreement with Spanish midfielder Vicente Iborra, 25, and are waiting for approval from Levante to complete the transfer.

Full story: AS (in Spanish)

AND FINALLY

Former Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, who retired from football after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia, has called on the club's fans to end their chanting of his name in the 19th minute, saying: "We all have to move on."

Full story: the Guardian

New Fulham owner Shahid Khan, who also owns the NFL franchise the Jacksonville Jaguars has said he will not rebrand the London club as the Fulham Jaguars.

Full story: Daily Star