The pick of today's European football transfer rumours for 8 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's 'shock and awe' approach in the transfer market has set the rumour mill abuzz this morning. Having secured the signing of England international Jordan Henderson, Liverpool will today turn their attentions to Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam, 25, despite the club having a wealth of options in that area already -- with Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Raul Meireles and Jay Spearing. Adam, who could cost the Reds £8m, has made it clear he wants to remain in the Premier League and would relish a move to Anfield.
Liverpool are in talks with Roma, too, to sign the Brazilian goalkeeper Alexander Doni, 31. The Guardian reports that Dalglish is keen to change the back-up for his first choice goalkeeper, José Reina this summer.
The Telegraph reports that Liverpool are also interested in Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing (£10m), who has refused to extend his contract at Villa Park, and Barcelona winger Jeffren Suarez, who has just a year left on his contract at Camp Nou.
Down the East Lancs Road and the Mirror suggests that Manchester United will beat Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham to the signature of Blackburn defender Phil Jones, 19, he will cost them close to £16m. Another player getting Old Trafford chalk on his boots next season is Villa winger Ashley Young, the 25-year-old will also cost £16m.
Gabriel Obertan and Wes Brown will leave Old Trafford this summer in a cash-plus-players exchange for Southampton's 17-year-old wunderkind Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. United are also on the verge of tying up an £18.3m deal for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper De Gea, 20, as Ferguson looks to replace retired Dutchman Edwin van der Sar.
Sir Alex's Ferguson's "noisy neighbours", Manchester City, will pay Bolton £17m to land centre-back Gary Cahill, who has a release clause in his contract at the Reebok allowing him to talk to clubs who hit that figure.
At the Emirates, Arsene Wenger will kick off his summer spending spree by signing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian, with Gunners midfielder Denilson going the other way in part-exchange, plus £4m.
Across London, Chelsea have lodged a £9m bid with Belgian side Racing Genk for highly-rated 19-year-old Kevin de Bruyne. But the Blues look to have lost out to Inter Milan in the race to sign Kaka who favors a return to Italy.
Having learnt a valuable lesson from the Zlatan Ibrahimović saga, Barcelona have entered the race to sign Udinese's much-hyped forward Alexis Sanchez, 22, for around £30m. The Chilean notched 12 goals for the Italian outfit last season.
The Champions League winners are also keen on a move for Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique, 25.
The only news out of Madrid concerns players that won't be joining Jose Mourinho's side. First it was Fabio Coentrao who will definitely remain at Benfica. Today, The Sun reports that Javier Hernandez will reject the opportunity to join Real Madrid out of loyalty to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Champions AC Milan could step in and buy Liverpool outcast Alberto Aquilani, with Juventus reluctant to meet the £16m asking price. Aquilani is unwilling to return to Anfield and the arrival of Jordan Henderson has convinced the Italian international that he doesn't feature in Kenny Dalglish's long-term plans.
Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta will remain at the club amid reported interest from Roma, according to his agent Andrea D'Amico. Iaquinta had been tipped to be involved in a swap deal that would see Marko Vucinic move in the opposite direction. But D'Amico said: "Vincenzo to Roma for Vucinic? No. I have nothing regarding this. I have faith he will still be a Juventus player. He was out for some time because he was injured, but when he was fit he was hardly ever on the bench."