Premier League Transfer Rumours: Top 50 Gossip Stories
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In a huge week of Premier League transfers, Chelsea have reportedly had a bid rejected for FC Barcelona star David Villa, Arsenal have apparently bid a club record amount for Valencia's Juan Mata and Manchester City are the new favourites for Alexis Sanchez.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are also apparently set to raid the Camp Nou for another Barcelona star, while Galatasaray are rumoured to have offered a player-plus-cash deal to Chelsea for Didier Drogba.
And in other news, Aston Villa reportedly face a struggle to keep hold of Stewart Downing as they look to fill the void left by United-bound Ashley Young, while Liverpool and Sunderland are said to be leading the chase for Wigan Athletic star Charles N'Zogbia.
Here are the top 50 Premier League transfers rumours as they emerge this week.
FC Barcelona will turn their attentions to Manchester United star Nani if they fail in their pursuit of Udinese's Alexis Sanchez.
Barca are looking to sign a winger this summer, and according to Talksport, will try to convince Nani his future lies at the Camp Nou if the Sanchez deal falls through.
Nani was one of Manchester United's top performers last season, scoring nine goals and making 18 assists in the Premier League.
The 24-year old Portugal international is also thought to be courting the interest of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus and Bayern Munich.
Tottenham Hotspur have tabled a bid for 16-year sensation M'Baye Niang, who has already scored three goals in seven Ligue 1 games for SM Caen.
Niang is regarded as the hottest prospect in French football at the moment, and according to Skysports, Tottenham have made a £7million offer for the starlet.
Manchester City have also been credited with an interest in the striker, with clubs all around Europe also tracking the France U17 international.
Arsenal could well lose influential playmaker Samir Nasri as well as Cesc Fabregas this week, with Manchester United set to offer a staggering £20million for the France international.
According to the Daily Mirror, Sir Alex Ferguson will make a huge bid for Nasri, an offer Arsene Wenger will find very hard to resist, considering the 23-year old is in the final year of his contract and is reluctant to put pen to paper on a new five-year contract.
Wenger has made it clear he will not allow Samir Nasri to let his contract run down and leave on a free transfer next summer, just like Mathieu Flamini did three years ago.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could be set to finally lose captain Cesc Fabregas after FC Barcelona came in with a new £34million bid.
The Daily Mirror reports that Barca have yet again upped their bid, with it only being a matter of time before Fabregas becomes a Barcelona player.
Real Madrid were also said to be in the running, and have reportedly offered £45million, which Arsenal hope will force Barca to again up their own offer, as the Gunners concede the likelihood of Fabregas joining Real is next to nothing, with Fabregas having his heart set on a Camp Nou return and negotiations between Arsenal and Barca at too far an advanced stage.
Fabregas, who is on holiday in Catalunya at the moment, cancelled a public appearance at a football campus in the town of Tordera to avoid answering difficult questions from the media about his future.
New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has outlined Real Madrid's Sergio Canales as one of his top transfer targets to replace Ashley Young.
According to the Daily Mirror, Los Galacticos are willing to let Canales leave on a season-long loan, with McLeish approaching the Spanish giants about a deal for the highly-rated 20-year old playmaker.
Real Madrid reportedly want Canales to go to a Premier League team instead of a La Liga rival, with Everton also keen on the player dubbed by young women in Spain as the "Spanish Justin Bieber".
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has targetted Inter Milan's Emiliano Viviano as the goalkeeper he wants to bring to the Emirates.
The Sun reports that Wenger will bid £8million for the 25-year old, as he looks to give current first choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny more competition for his place.
And it's understood Viviano would welcome a move to the Premier League and Arsenal, where he can battle for the no.1 spot, instead of remaining as understudy to Julio Cesar at the Serie A giants.
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is set to be the subject of a £14million bid from Valencia, the Footy Bunker reports.
Los Che are set to capitalise on the uncertainty at Old Trafford surrounding Berbatov's future, and will tempt United with a big money bid, especially considering United themselves are weighing up a swoop for Napoli sensation Edinson Cavani.
Newly-rich Paris St Germain are reportedly keen on bringing Dimitar Berbatov to Ligue 1 also, with the Bulgarian behind Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez in the Manchester United pecking order.
Liverpool will turn their attentions to Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge, after giving up hope on signing Newcastle United's Jose Enrique.
The Footy Bunker reports that the Reds are looking elsewhere as Newcastle are looking to sell Enrique to a club abroad rather than a Premier League rival, with Man City's Wayne Bridge fitting their transfer policy of signing British players.
30-year old Bridge, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United, will apparently cost around £7million.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has stepped up his interest in VfB Stuttgart centre-back Serdar Tasci, who is valued at £12million by the Bundesliga club.
According to The Sun, Redknapp is speaking to the player's advisors about a potential move to White Hart Lane, after Tottenham failed with a bid for the player last summer.
The 24-year old is also attracting interest from Serie A clubs Juventus and Lazio, as well as other Premier League clubs.
His agent Maurizio Gaudino said: "Tottenham and two other English clubs are keen on Serdar."
"No discussions are yet under way, but it's down to the interested clubs to speak with Stuttgart and myself."
Arsenal have opened transfer talks with Bolton Wanderers and are closing in on the signing of centre-back Gary Cahill.
The Metro reports that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had negotiations with club officials from Bolton about Cahill, 25, who is set to cost around £17million.
Wenger has reportedly acknowledged that defence is the area of his team he needs to strengthen most, and sent a letter to a dissatisfied fan saying now is the time for Arsenal to invest heavily in the transfer market.
Real Madrid are planning a bid for Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, after new Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas outlined Real target Fabio Coentrao as a top transfer priority.
Caught Offside reports that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing experienced defender Cole, 30, to the Bernabeu after bringing him to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in 2006.
Ashley Cole reportedly has two years left on his £120,00 a week contract at Chelsea, but is said to be keen on a switch to La Liga to end his career.
New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas could make Benfica's Fabio Coentrao his first signing of the summer, after it emerged the Blues are willing to activate the left-back's £27million release clause.
According to the Daily Mirror, Villas-Boas is prepared to battle mentor Jose Mourinho, whose Real Madrid side have long been tracking Coentrao, for the Portuguese full-back's signature, with the player's versatility along the left flank coming in handy for both Chelsea and Real.
Los Galacticos already had a player-plus-cash deal rejected, prompting the Blues to simply offer cash and match the release clause set in Coentrao's contract.
Sunderland have agreed a whopping £13million fee with Ipswich Town for 18-year old striker Connor Wickham, the Daily Mirror reports.
Wickham, who has already scored 15 goals in 72 professional matches for Championship side Ipswich, has also been courting the interest of Liverpool and even Real Madrid, having been fast-tracked to the England U21s.
But it is Steve Bruce's Sunderland who have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals for the highly-rated youngster, with the Black Cats set to pay a staggering £9million up-front, with a further £4million in results-based clauses, for the forward who has yet to play in England's top-flight.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is tracking £15million-rated Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal, with the futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri still very much unclear.
According to the Daily Mirror, Wenger sees Vidal in a more attacking midfield role to replace Nasri or Fabregas, and was impressed with his consistent performances in the Bundesliga last season, with the 24-year old Chilean scoring 10 goals and making 11 assists.
Manchester City are also rumoured to be keen on the player, while AC Milan previously had a £9million bid for the player turned down.
Santos have confirmed that five clubs have met their asking price for superstar Neymar, including Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Premier League giants, along with Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and newly-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala are all believed to have activated Neymar's release clause of £40.3million, SkySports reports.
While Anzhi Makhachkala may seem a bizarre name to be credited with a move for Neymar, the club do have a strong Brazilian contingent which includes Roberto Carlos, and have finances to match the other four.
Real Madrid and Chelsea have been tracking Neymar for years, while Barcelona and Manchester City are making moves for the 19-year old Brazilian despite launching bids for Udinese's Alexis Sanchez.