09/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

9 07 2010

Chelsea are poised to open the bidding for Liverpool’s Fernando Torres with a cut-price £30m offer for the Spain striker.

Inter Milan’s Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has revealed that he will turn down a £29m move to Manchester United to remain with the European champions.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson may now turn his attentions to Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil who is valued at around £25m by his club Werder Bremen despite him just having one year left on his contract.

Manchester City are lining up a £20m bid for Chelsea’s 32-year-old striker Didier Drogba.

Man City meanwhile have turned down a £16.7m offer for Brazilian international forward Robinho from Turkish club Besiktas as the Eastlands side want to recoup more for their record £32.5m signing.

City are also eyeing a shock swoop for former England and Arsenal keeper Richard Wright, who is a free agent after being released by Ipswich.

Barcelona have admitted they will need to sell Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in order to fund a move for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea are likely to miss out on Holland defender Gregory van der Wiel with Bayern Munich set to land the £14m-rated Ajax star.

Former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant could be on his way to Italian side Napoli after a disappointing debut season with Real Zaragoza.

Aston Villa have informed Manchester City that they may accept a player in part-exchange for their England midfielder James Milner.

Stoke midfielder Amdy Faye could be on his way to Leicester, while Blackpool are eyeing a move for goalkeeper Andy Lonergan from former Championship rivals Preston North End.

West Ham have made an improved offer to West Brom for their star midfielder Graham Dorrans but the bid has already been rejected.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is set to renew his interest in Everton’s South African midfielder Steven Pienaar.

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish wants the club to finalise his new contract after his assistant Roy Aitken quit to join David O’Leary in Dubai.

The Midlands club are also in talks to bring Sunderland’s chief scout Ricky Sbragia to St Andrew’s as joint assistant manager and first-team coach.

Swansea are set to offer former Fulham and Coventry boss Chris Coleman the chance to replace Paulo Sousa as the club’s new manager. The Portuguese joined Leicester City on Wednesday.

West Ham face an anxious wait to find out whether Mexico winger Pablo Barrera, a £3.5m signing from Pumas, will be granted a work permit.

And West Ham boss Avram Grant has made it a priority to keep 31-year-old defender Matthew Upson at Upton Park.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

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