The pick of today's European football transfer rumours for 21 June 2011. Any transfer gossip surrounding Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Roma, Barcelona and Real Madrid will be covered here.
Liverpool will battle Roma for the 25-year-old Frenchman Gael Clichy, who only has one-year left on his current contract with Arsenal. Clichy would prefer a move to Merseyside but Roma are offering £7m while the Reds value the left-back at closer to £5m. Also linked with moves to Anfield, not for the first time, are Ipswich's Connor Wickham and Aston Villa's Stewart Downing. But new Villa boss Alex McLeish is having none of it, "I need to see what Stewart's thinking when he comes back because I know that he made some comments when he was away on England duty," the Scot said. Kenny Dalgish is also keen on Lyon defender Dejan Lovren but the 21-year-old is unlikely to gain a work permit having won only eight caps for Croatia, according to TalkSport.
If Lovren does arrive he's likely to pass Dimitar Berbatov heading in the opposite direction. The Daily Star reports that nouveaux riches Parisian playboys Paris St Germain are preparing a £10m bid for the out of favour Manchester United striker.
Across town, executives at Manchester City are frantically trying to "hijack" Alexis Sanchez's move to Barcelona, according to the Daily Star who oddly don't mention Nicolas Cage. Talks between Udinese and the Catalan club have broken down over the transfer fee, with Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo valuing Sanchez at a "minimum 50m euros".
When Roman Abramovich eventually entices Andre Villas-Boas to Stamford Bridge, the impossibly young Portuguese manager will nick Falcao off his former employers for £26m. This will almost definitely spell the end of Didier Drogba's Chelsea career with the moody Ivorian likely to head to Italy and the welcoming arms of Silvio Berlusconi's AC Milan.
With newer, shinier, more expensive looking rumours to get excited about Santos President Luis Alfaro Ribeiro has been desperately trying to re-ignite the fire underneath the hot-shot Brazilian Neymar.
''It is not just Madrid; a lot of other clubs in Europe have been calling us,'' he said a tad unconvincingly. ''It is no surprise - it would be strange if they didn't want him."
Real Madrid are reportedly interested, for no other reason than it'll get their name in the news ahead of those darn "Fabregas to Barcelona" stories.
Speaking of which, in the inevitable transfer of young Cesc to Catalonia, the Barca President Sandro Rosell says the club are not willing to pay £35m for the Gunners' but says the midfielder is doing "everything he can" to move to Spain; an image we'll leave to your own imagination.
Staying in Catalonia, Giuseppe Rossi's agent says a move to Barcelona is imminent for the Italy striker but has not ruled out the possibility he will stay at Villarreal for another season. "Barca have never offered 30million euros for Rossi," the player's agent, Federico Pastorello, told Gazzetta dello Sport. "They have offered less and Villarreal demanded more."
It seems the punch line to all those those Kaka and £25m jokes could be Inter Milan, who are preparing an offer for the injury-plagued Brazilian, according to L'Equipe.
Two Inter players definitely not going anywhere are midfielder Wesley Sneijder and striker Samuel Eto'o, despite being linked with every major club in England. Inter President Massimo Moratti has told Gazzetta dello Sport, "What I can say is that I have spoken to Maicon, Sneijder and Eto'o and they have all told me they want to continue with us."
Juventus are hoping to sign £17 million-rated Espanyol striker Pablo Osvaldo, claim the Daily Mirror. While Roma are willing to sell striker Mirko Vucinic to fund their, presumably ridiculous, bid for Gael Clichy.
Finally, Juventus are still keen to sign Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid this summer even if they face competition from across Europe for the Argentina international.