Gossip: Transfer and rumour - June 5,2014

Manchester United have moved ahead of Chelsea as they attempt to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 27, because they will not be in next season's Champions League and are not viewed as direct rivals by the La Liga club. Daily Express 
However, Chelsea are ready to offer Fabregas £200,000 per week to tempt him to move to Stamford Bridge. Metro 
Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs
Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs
Liverpool are ready to drop their bid to sign Southampton's Adam Lallana, 26, and set their sights on 20-year-old Benfica forward Lazar Markovic - and there are hints from Lisbon a deal could be done for £25m. Daily Mirror 
And the Reds are confident of 27-year-old striker Luis Suarez's continued commitment, despite the strongest indication yet that Real Madrid are ready to make a concerted effort to sign him. Times (Subscription only)  
Tottenham have made a bid for 21-year-old Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, who is also a target for Liverpool. Spurs have offered £14m including midfielder Etienne Capoue, 25, plus striker Roberto Soldado, 29, on loan. Daily Mail 
Diego Costa's £32m move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid will be the Premier League club's biggest deal of the summer and will also spark the exits of strikers Fernando Torres, 30, and Demba Ba, 29. Daily Star 
Chelsea's Belgium international striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, is wanted on loan by Atletico Madrid to replace 25-year-old Costa, but Valencia are willing to pay £18m for him. Daily Mirror 
Arsenal are chasing Serbian defender Nemanja Pejcinovic, 26, who is a free agent after being released by Ligue 1 side Nice. Daily Express 
Scotland forward Ross McCormack, 27, is ready to leave Leeds and make an £8m switch to Newcastle. Sun (subscription only)  


Southampton want Fulham boss Felix Magath to replace Mauricio Pochettino - who took over at Tottenham last month - but the relegated Cottagers have blocked their request for talks. Daily Mirror 
Former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs, 40, broke down in tears after the Red Devils' final game of the season as the realisation hit that he had finally retired after 23 seasons. Guardian 
Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson thinks it will be a big success if Roy Hodgson's side reach the last eight at the World Cup. Sun (subscription only) 


Pepe Reina
Reina featured 40 times in all competitions for Napoli last season
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says it remains unclear whether 31-year-old goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who spent last season at the Serie A side on loan from Liverpool, will sign permanently this summer. Sky Sports 
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola wants to sell midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the 29-year-old Germany international could be a target for Manchester United. Bild 
Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, 20, has dismissed speculation of a summer move to Barcelona, saying he has no desire to leave. L'Equipe 
Roma and Fiorentina want Udinese's 23-year-old Colombia striker Luis Muriel, who has already said he wants to leave. Tuttosport 


German striker Stefan Kiessling has taken his World Cup 2014 omission in good humour by featuring in an advert with the tag line, "It is always best at home." Metro 

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