17/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

17 07 2010

Chelsea will step up their pursuit of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and have decided to bid a club record £50m for the Spanish star.

Chelsea have told Real Madrid they will have to pay £30m to sign defender Ashley Cole.

Manchester City hope to prise midfielder James Milner away from Aston Villa with a second in the region of £25m.

But City have yet to secure the signing of Lazio’s Serbian international defender Alexander Kolarov, with the Italian club insisting they have not received a written offer.

Forward Craig Bellamy could be on his way out of Manchester City to join Tottenham, who will make room for him by selling striker Robbie Keane to Aston Villa.

Arsenal are winning their battle to keep hold of captain Cesc Fabreags, who is wanted by Barcelona.

Portsmouth defender Tal Ben Haim is set to become West Ham’s third signing of the week following the arrivals of Pablo Barrera and Lyon striker Frederic Piquionne.

But West Ham appear to have missed out on the chance to sign Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell who looks set to join Fulham in a £2m deal.

Inter Milan hope to spark a bidding war between neighbours Manchester United and City for striker Mario Balotelli.

Zenit St Petersburg hope to sign Porto defender Bruno Alves amid fears Manchester United could make a move if Nemanja Vidic should leave Old Trafford.

Vidic wants to quit Old Trafford for Real Madrid with the Spanish club preparing an £18m deal for the Serbian defender.

Newcastle’s veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper has ended talk of a move to Celtic by saying he wants to remain with the Magpies “for as long as possible”.

Tottenham winger Giovani dos Santos is wanted by Sporting Lisbon on loan and could be used to bring forward Yannick Djalo to White Hart Lane in a £4.2m deal.

Sunderland have confirmed their interest in bringing Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck and Burnley winger Chris Eagles to the Stadium of Light.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has been given first option to bring midfielder Jack Wilshere back to the Reebok should Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger send him out on loan again.

Everton have been told to forget about bringing Landon Donovan back to Goodison Park on a full-time basis. LA Galaxy forward Donovan had a successful loan spell with the Toffees last season.

Ajax boss Martin Jol has agreed a deal to take over as Fulham manager, with former England coach Sven Goran-Eriksson missing out on the job.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

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