Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal will not sell Robin van Persie, 29, for less than £20m and will demand an extra £5m if Manchester United make an offer for the striker.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Dutchman Van Persie has been offered the same £220,000-a-week contract as the current top earner Wayne Rooney to make the move to Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester United's pursuit of Lucas Moura is over after the 19-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with French side Paris Saint Germain.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manager Brendan Rodgers is close to reuniting with Joe Allen after Liverpool triggered a £15m buy-out clause in the 22-year-old midfielder's Swansea contract.

Full story: Daily Express

Joe Allen
Allen was one of Brendan Rodgers' prize assets at Swansea and featured for Team GB at London 2012

Liverpool are asking for winger Adam Johnson on loan in addition to a fee of £23m for defender Daniel Agger from Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has turned down a new contract, putting Chelsea and Liverpool on alert for the 27-year-old.

Full story: Metro

Aston Villa have offered a three-year deal to Italian defender Simone Farina. The 30-year-old has impressed Villa manager Paul Lambert while playing for Serie B side Gubbio.

Full story: the Sun

Birmingham City will not be signing 28-year-old former midfielder Darren Carter, 28, who is a free agent, after an unsuccessful trial.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Tottenham are being linked with a move for 24-year-old Partizan Belgrade midfielder Mohamed Kamara.

Full story: talkSPORT

Blackburn manager Steve Kean says he is close to securing a loan deal for Turkey international striker Colin Kazim-Richards, 25, currently with Galatasaray.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

Sheffield United want to sign Blackburn striker Nick Blackman, 22.

Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United are on the verge of being announced as the most valuable sports team in the world with shares in the club going on sale on the New York Stock Exchange.

Full story: the Guardian

Fernando Llorente
Spain international Llorente has one year left on his Athletic Bilbao contract

An ankle injury could rule Southampton midfielder Jack Cork, 23, out of his club's Premier League opener against Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is expected to name young Brazilian attacker Lucas Piazon in the club's 25-man Premier League list. The 18-year-old impressed during the pre-season tour to the United States.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is confident France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye is set to be fit for the league game against Tottenham.

Full story: Evening Chronicle

AND FINALLY

A Finnish band have released a musical tribute to former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia, 38.

Full story: Liverpool Echo