Friday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours
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Despite Liverpool's principal owner, John W Henry, saying 26-year-old striker Luis Suarez will not join Arsenal, the Gunners will seek to smash the English transfer record by offering up to £51m for the Uruguay international.
Tottenham forward Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid could be in doubt after the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez said that £85m was too much money to spend on the 24-year-old.
Perez and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy held face-to-face negotiations in Florida but are still £14m apart in their valuations, with the north London club wanting £100m.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is poised to make a final £40m offer for Barcelona's 26-year-old midfielder Cesc Fabregas, despite the Spaniard appearing to end the Premier League champions' hopes of signing him.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he will fight until 'the last day' to sign Manchester United's 27-year-old striker Wayne Rooney.
Liverpool could be set to fight neighbours Everton for 27-year-old left back Guilherme Siqueira, who may cost around £8m from Spanish side Granada.
Everton insist they will reject any formal bid from Manchester United for Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, and England left-back Leighton Baines, 28.
Aston Villa will have to pay £10m to sign Japan's 23-year-old international midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake from German club Nuremberg.
Stoke City are in talks to sign former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, 25, from German side Hannover.
Hull City are lining up a £2.2m move for FC Twente midfielder Willem Janssen, 27, on the recommendation of former England coach Steve McClaren.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is poised to revive his interest in Tottenham's 26-year-old midfielder Tom Huddlestone.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle United are all thought to be monitoring Santos 16-year-old forward Victor Andrade, who has been described as "the new Neymar".
Tottenham could be set for a shock move for free agent Carlton Cole, 29, after the former West Ham striker was reported to have featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly for Andre Villas-Boas's side.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed he has made an enquiry for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 30, but admits he is struggling to bring him to Loftus Road.
England manager Roy Hodgson says Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, should focus on England when he joins up with the national squad and forget about a potential move to Chelsea.
Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie, 30, has dismissed suggestions the club will go into decline following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and says standards will not slip under new manager David Moyes.
Manchester City's 25-year-old striker Sergio Aguero, who has missed all his club's pre-season games with a knee injury, will be available for the opening league game of the season against Newcastle on 19 August.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio was so upset with his team's display in a friendly against Denmark's Midtjylland that he was going to ban his players from eating a post-match pasta buffet as a punishment. But Di Canio had to relent when the team bus was delayed.
India cricket captain and Manchester United fan Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 32, has been appointed a brand ambassador to promote English Premier League football in his homeland.