Arsenal have told Barcelona that Fabregas will cost them £50m.
Arsenal have told Barcelona that Fabregas will cost them £50m. Reuters

The pick of today's European football transfer rumours for 9 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.

Premier League

Having secured the signature of Jordan Henderson, Liverpool will now turn their sights on Ipswich's buccaneering centre-forward Connor Wickham (who fulfils the two criteria by which the Fenway Sports Group appear to value players, being both young and English). Who had his breakthrough season at Ipswich Town in the last campaign.

The Guardian also reports that the "practically ancient" Scott Dann (24), Charlie Adam (25) and Stewart Downing (26) will follow in the next few weeks.

Liverpool are also hoping to take advantage of the difficult task Jeffren faces of ever getting into the Barcelona first team trying by signing the 23-year-old forward from the European champions.

Aston Villa have all but abandoned hope of convincing winger Ashley Young to agree to a contract extension. The 25-year-old will reject overtures from Merseyside and complete a £16m move to Manchester United before his wedding at the weekend.

Not to be outdone, Chelsea are prepared to enter the transfer merry-go-round with a £30m deal for Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder. Stamford Bridge officials are set to hold talks with Inter over a £30m deal, with Sneijder and his wife more keen on a move to London than Manchester.

The Blues, prudent spenders that they are, will then turn their sights on Brazil striker Neymar who is definitely better than Ronaldo. Santos will allow the 19-year-old to leave for a whopping £41m.

Joining Neymar in West London will be Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku who hopes to finalise a £20m move to Chelsea on Saturday when his agent meets the Belgian club's general manager Herman van Holsbeeck and a delegation from Stamford Bridge.

All of which means that at least one of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres or Daniel Sturridge has probably fallen out with Roman Abramovich

The Blues also plan to prise promising Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen from Ajax, with former manager Guus Hiddink - who is widely expected to return to Stamford Bridge in some capacity this summer - keen on the 19-year-old.

After missing out on another promising young centre-back, Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to slightly more realistic targets, with Bolton's Gary Cahill and Blackburn's Christopher Samba on the Arsenal manager's shortlist. Samba would cost about £12m, while a £15m deal would be enough to prise Cahill from the Reebok.

Having not mentioned the story for one whole 24-hour news cycle, the tabloids are once again tripping over themselves to mention perpetual rumour mill favourite Cesc Fabregas

Today, Arsenal have told Barcelona they won't be getting Cesc for less than half a pound of tuppenny rice, half a pound of treacle and £50 million. Won't someone let the poor lad go?

La Liga

Marca suggests Neymar could be on the way to Real Madrid because his agent - Wayne Ribeiro - is the man who took Robinho to the Bernabeu. Quite why they would want to risk repeating that experience is beyond us.

AS have reported that Real Madrid may offer Lass Diarra and Alvaro Negredo (who they must first buy back from Sevilla) as part of any deal for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.

Serie A

Gazzetta dello Sport reported that AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani was spotted in a Milan restaurant talking to a representative of River Plate starlet Erik Lamela last night.

Joining Lamela will be Didier Drogba who has emerged as Milan's £10m-ish top striking target, narrowly ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor.

With special team kicker Andrea Pirlo heading to Juventus, Milan are also in need of a new expertly coiffured midfielder, the club have their eyes on Genoa's Slovakian midfielder Juraj Kucka who will cost them close to £20m.

In Turin, Juventus have told midfielder Alberto Aquilani they will not be taking up the option to sign him on a permanent basis after his spell on loan from Liverpool. Napoli have emerged as the most likely destination for the out of favour Italian.