Well I hope you all enjoyed my first instalment in what is to be a day by day account of Transfer gossip hot off the press, and will return to see what is going on with the main movers and shakers in the Transfer Window that is fast approaching.

 
We start today’s instalment at The Eithad Stadium where Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is poised to reject interest from The Sky Blues in favour of a stay with the Catalan giants. However reports suggest that City want Gareth Bale in a £40m cash plus player/players deal. They will also offer to treble Bales current wage. Nike have announced a nice partnership that will see the sponsorship of Manchester City move from Umbro to the Nike brand from the start of the 2013/14 season.
Arsenal are facing stiff competition from Tottenham and others in the race for Junior Hoilett’s signature after the Blackburn star indicated that he would leave Rovers should they be relegated to the Championship. Arsenal’s hope’s of holding on to Player of the Year, Robin van Persie have been boosted by the fact Manchester City have valued him at just £20m. Botafogo have been quick to deny reports in Brazil that they are lining up a summer swoop for Gunners full-back Andre Santos.  Arsene Wenger admits he will seek to move some of Arsenal’s strikers out of the club in the summer. Nicklas Bendtner will return to the club after spending a loan  spell at Sunderland, while fringe players Ju Young Park and Marouane Chamakh have found chances hard to come by this season.
Newcastle this years surprise package are reportedly in competition with Premier League new boys Reading to sign Barnsley’s £2m rated 21-year-old midfielder Jacob Butterfield.
Liverpool are considering a move for Manchester City’s tough tackling Netherlands international Nigel de Jong. Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner has hinted that Fulham striker and fellow American Clint Dempsey is on the clubs radar.
Time to hit the continent again and our first port of call today is Barcelona, it is understood that Keita who has a contract until 2014 can leave FCB for free if he does not play a certain amount of games. Jose Mourinho has told Roman Abramovich he will be staying at Real Madrid and not coming back to rule over Stamford Bridge again. The Special One is also said to be eyeing Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, Mourinho is keen to strengthen his midfield after securing the Spanish title on Wednesday night and Song is on his hit-list with Rennes’ Yann M’Villa who as it would happen is a target for the Gunners.
Tottenham play maker Rafael van der Vaart has hailed Harry Redknapp as a “special manager” and hopes he remains at White Hart Lane for the foreseeable future.
Manchester United target Shinji Kagawa is refusing to discuss his future until the end of the season. The Japanese international is expected to move to Old Trafford in the summer but wont make a decision until after Borussia Dortmund’s German cup final against Bayern Munich on the 12th of May. Porto winger James Rodriguez who has been dubbed the “South American Christiano Ronaldo”, The highly rated 20-year old Colombian is know to be high on Sir Alex Ferguson’s list of acquisitions this summer, however he will not be pleased to hear that a un-named club has tabled an offer for Rodriguez.
Everton are in battle with French giants Montpellier and Lille in the race to land Ryan Mendes, the striker currently playing for Le Havre in Frances second division has been watched on numerous occasions by Everton scouts this season.
Fabio Capello has spoken on his desire to return to club management and has expressed a preference for a job in England.
Bosnian defender Sasa Papac will leave Glasgow Rangers when his contract expires at the end of the current SPL campaign.
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has completed his first signing of the summer with the capture of Portsmouth defender Jason Pearce.
Fulham hope to wrap up the permanent signing of Pavel Pogrebnyak in the next seven days. The Russian striker has been a big hit at Craven Cottage since joining on a short-term deal from Stuttgart in January, scoring six goals in 10 games for the Whites.
Chelsea captain John Terry has issued a ringing endorsement of caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo ahead of the Wembley showpiece against Liverpool. Clinching the FA Cup would boost Di Matteo’s hopes of convincing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to hand him the reins permanently. Something that would have the full backing of former team-mate Terry.
Well that concludes our transfer news and speculation for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a brilliant Bank Holiday Weekend.
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