Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Barcelona

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJuly 6, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Barcelona

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    With many clubs returning to preseason training this week, the transfer rumour mill has taken on an even greater significance.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could be on the verge of making a major statement of intent with a move for an unsettled Premier League star. He may also be about to return to former employers Real Madrid in a bid to bolster his midfield.

    After Carlos Tevez joined Juventus, another Manchester City striker is on the wanted list for a number of clubs across the continent.

    An ambitious move by West Ham may be about to be disrupted by a Serie A side, while an Arsenal forward could be bidding farewell to the Emirates Stadium soon.

    Read on to find out more.

Chelsea

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is on the verge of a stunning £34 million move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, reports Jack Wilson of The Daily Star.

    The Uruguay international has voiced his desire to leave Anfield recently, as he serves his 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League game in April.

    Now, though, Mourinho is preparing to unite the two players in the Stamford Bridge squad, according to The Star, which quotes Spanish newspaper AS as its source for the article.

    Mourinho is also monitoring events at the Bernabeu, where midfielder Xabi Alonso is on his radar, according to Gary Jones of The Daily Star.

    Real are reportedly monitoring Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi, according to the newspaper, and any move may leave Alonso surplus to requirements at Real.

Edin Dzeko

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    After the departure of Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko is poised to follow his former strike partner out of Manchester City, according to reports.

    However, a question mark remains over where the Bosnia international will be going during the summer.

    Martin Blackburn of The Sun reports that Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is interested in taking the 27-year-old to Serie A.

    However, Paul Brown of The Daily Star claims Atletico Madrid are lining up a move for Dzeko after withdrawing from their pursuit of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

West Ham United

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    West Ham United's hopes of bringing Massimo Ambrosini to East London have been scuppered after the AC Milan midfielder signed for Fiorentina, reports The Daily Star.

    The 36-year-old has signed a one-year deal and will remain in Italy, according to a report by Nadia Carminati of Sky Sports.

    However, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce is close to signing striker Duvan Zapata from Estudiantes in Argentina, according to James Nursey of the Daily Mirror.

    West Ham have agreed to a £6.7 million fee for the Colombia international, 22, and now need to arrange a work permit before the deal can be sealed, according to the article.

Marouane Chamakh

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    Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is on the verge of a move to Levante, according to David Kent of the Daily Mail.

    The Morocco international joined the Gunners in 2010 but has been unable to hit the heights with Arsene Wenger's team since leaving Bordeaux. He spent time on loan at West Ham for the second half of last season.

    Chamakh has scored just 14 times in 67 appearances for Arsenal over the last three seasons.

Gerard Deulofeu

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    Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are continuing to monitor Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu, according to Jack De Menezes of The Independent.

    The Spain Under-20 international is currently contracted to Barca but has slipped down the pecking order after the arrival of Neymar at Camp Nou, says the report.

    According to the article, however, Barcelona maintain high hopes for the player, who could move to Goodison Park or White Hart Lane in a loan deal.

    Arsenal and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in Deulofeu, but Everton and Spurs have emerged as favourites, according to the report.