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Transfer Rumours (3rd June 2010): Real Madrid Make Steven Gerrard Top Target



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Another day, another fresh wave of transfer rumours sweeps across cyberspace, and there’s some biggies this morning!

It looks like Liverpool may have to brace themselves for a huge double blow over the coming days, with both two of the biggest names at the club set to walk out if sources are to be believed.

Here’s all of today’s juiciest morsels, collected in one convenient place for your perusal…


With the club seemingly being on the cusp of losing their manager, Liverpool also look to be facing a battle to keep their captain at the club. It has emerged that Real Madrid president has made Steven Gerrard his top transfer priority, and is preparing a £30 million offer to tempt the influential midfielder into swap Anfield for the Bernabeu. (Daily Telegraph/MARCA)

Arsenal and Tottenham are to go head-to-head in the race to sign Manchester City’s £9-million-rated defender Micah Richards, who has fallen out of favour at Eastlands. (FootyLatest)

In further Arsenal news, the Gunners have again been linked with a move for Chelsea’s want-away winger Joe Cole – but the England man has refused to make any decisions regarding his future until after the World Cup. (Daily Mirror)

German international defender Jerome Boateng has confirmed he is set to become a Manchester City player before the World Cup begins next week, following the completion of his €12.5m move from Bundesliga side Hamburger SV. (Daily Star)

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is rumoured to have met Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic whilst both were on holiday in Miami, to discuss a move that would see the Swedish target man join the Premier League champions. (IMScouting)

Fulham may turn to Portsmouth ‘keeper David James if Arsenal succeed in their efforts to sign the Cottager’s current first-choice stopper Mark Schwarzer. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa utility man James Milner has again refused to commit his future to the club – heightening speculation that his is to join Manchester City, who are more than willing to meet Villa’s £30 million valuation of the promising midfielder. (Daily Express)

Sunderland are planning a shock £5 million move for Wigan ‘keeper Chris Kirkland as manager Steve Bruce is said to be less-than-impressed by the form of Craig Gordon. (Mail)

Fulham have agreed a £2 million fee with Lyon for striker Frederic Piquionne, who spent last season on loan at Portsmouth. (Mirror)

Birmingham and Stoke are set to duke it out for the signature of Newcastle United’s bustling forward Andy Carroll. (Mail)

Wolves will complete the £7 million deal that will see Burnley striker Steven Fletcher join the club on Friday. (EatSleepSport)

Rangers have made a ‘derisory’ offer of just £300,000 for Portsmouth striker Tommy Smith which, unsurprisingly, has been rejected by the south coast club. (Express)


Barcelona are mulling over a shock move for Bayern Munich’s Champions League hero Arjen Robben. The Dutchman is thought to be valued at around €40 million by the German double-winners. (FootballPress)

Real Madrid look to have beaten both Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria from Benfica. (IMScouting)


Juventus will make an ambitious bid for Bayern Munich’s bench-bound striker Mario Gomez, but only if negotiations over a move for Sampdoria’s Giampaolo Pazzini fall through. (4-4-2)

Fiorentina are close to tying up a €9 million deal for Udinese playmaker Gaetano D’Agostino. (Firenze Viola)

Roma will turn to Benfica’s Brazilian centre-back Luisao if they fail to secure the permanent signing of Inter Milan defender Nicolas Burdisso. The Argentinian international spent last season on loan at the Giallorossi. (Roma News)

AC Milan have issued a ‘hands-off’ warning to Benfica, insisting that striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is not for sale. The Portuguese giants are reportedly planning to move for Huntelaar should Oscar Cardozo leave the Estadio da Luz over the summer (Goal)


Real Madrid’s Dutch left-back Royston Drenthe looks to be on the verge of completing a move to Germany with Hamburg SV. (4-4-2)