Well I hope everyone had a spectacular Tuesday and have had time to digest yesterdays transfer news, rumours and gossip and are ready for today’s round-up of all the hottest news rumours and gossip hot off the press. So here we go.
 
Details have emerged that Chelsea will pay Hazard 100,000 pounds a a week after tax as the Blues prepare a bid for Porto striker Hulk.
 
Manchester United are set to make a 3million pound offer for Crewe’s 18-year old play-off hero Nick Powell.
 
Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, 28, has been told to stick with the Gunners by his own mother despite interest from Juventus and Barcelona amongst a host of other domestic clubs. Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to mount a bid for Manchester City midfield enforcer Nigel de Jong, 27, as he looks to add more steel to his Arsenal squad.
 
Newcastle want to continue their French revolution with a deal for Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy, 26, after watching him star against Iceland at the weekend.
 
In European news, AC Milan are trying to force down the price of Liverpool’s 27-year old midfielder Alberto Aquilani after the Italian spent the last season on loan at the San Siro. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, 26, will turn down any approach from Spanish giants Barcelona. Salomon Kalou, 26, is set to leave English football and sign for Germany’s Schalke now that his Chelsea contract has expired. Juventus will switch their attention to Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko if they fail in their attempt to sign Arsenal captain Robin van Persie. Borussia Dortmund are reported to have joined the race for Montpellier star Mapou Yanga-Mbwia, with his agent claiming a German move is an option. Real Madrid sensation Joselu could start a battle this summer with no less than 6 Premier League sides desperate for his signature. Spanish newspaper Marca claims the striker, who scored 22 goals last season for Real’s B team, was watched in his last game by scouts from West Ham, Reading and Southampton as well as 3 as yet unnamed top-flight English sodes.l 
 
Louis Saha, 33, has apparently been released by Spurs after just 5 months at White Hart Lane. Tottenham will have to move fast if they want to sign winger Milos Krasic from Juventus, with reports in France claiming Marseille are lining up a move to sign him.
 
Reading, Southampton and West Ham are all on high alert as Yakubu, 29, vows to leave Ewood Park.
 
Tony Pulis has offered Jonathon Woodgate a new deal at Stoke. Pulis wants the England international to agree a 12-month extension after his current deal expires.
 
Southampton are in talks with Burnley’s England Under-21 striker Jay Rodriguez about a record breaking 6.5million pound deal. Saints supremo Nicola Cortese is trying to thrash out terms with Rodriguez’s advisers after agreeing a fee for the young Championship hit man.
 
Belgian ace Nacer Chadli has revealed he wants to seal a move to England this summer. The 22-year old FC Twente midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Fulham ahead of next season.
 
Sheffield United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has confirmed to reporters that he is being released by the club this summer. The 33-year old missed the decisive spot-kick in the Blades League One play-off final penalty shoot-out defeat by Huddersfield on Saturday.
 
Liverpool face a battle with Porto to clinch the signing of highly-rated Colombian forward Jackson Martinez. Martinez is rated on of the hottest properties in South America and has strongly been linked with a move to Anfield. The Reds will have to act fast in a battle with Galatasaray if they want to resurrect their interest in Hamit Altintop. The Real Madrid midfielder is set to leave the Bernabeu where he has grown frustrated at his lack of first team action.
 
In managerial news, Brendan Rogers emerged as the new favorite for the vacant Liverpool hot seat as former favorite Roberto Martinez arrived back in Britain. All will be revealed on Friday when an annoucement will be made regarding the vacant managers job. Ralf Rangnick is the new favourite to take charge of West Brom after the Baggies were put off by the 2million pound compensation demands from Birmingham for Chris Hughton. Rangnick has been out of work since September, after stepping down from his post at Schalke because of exhaustion.
 
Well that does it for Wednesdays instalment, hope ye all have a great day and don’t work too hard. Check back tomorrow where we will do it all again and tell everyone to come check us out. And also feel free to follow me on twitter @JamesObrien45

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