Transfer Rumour Round-Up: Arsenal Chase £21m Playmaker, Manchester United Plan £12m Newcastle United Raid, Tottenham to Bid for £10m ‘Bruiser’ and Liverpool Plan Move to Sign Attack Pairing

The run-down on the latest rumours and speculation.

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Today’s rumours are resplendent with much talk of big name signings that may or may not come to fruition, but that doesn’t make these rumours any less tasty and thoroughly consumable. Arsenal will once again face a fight to keep Cesc Fabregas, this comes hot on the heels of speculation that the likes of Andrei Arshavin, Manuel Almunia, Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner are all on their way out, so it looks like being a busy old time at the Emirates this summer.

Chelsea are chasing Real Madrid superstar Kaka who at 28 is a spring chicken compared to the older legion of Stamford Bridge stars who may be heading for a Stamford Bridge exit. Remember previous speculation stated that Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba. Would Jose Mourinho really sell the Brazilian for just £25m?

Manchester United are facing a battle to keep Javier Hernandez from Jose Mourinho’s grasp as the Bernanbeu boss looks to bring in the young Mexican who is still very playing third fiddle to Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to nab Newcastle United left back Jose Enrique, possibly as a Patrice Evra replacement. Alan Pardew, having already lost Andy Carroll in January will fight off interest in the Spaniard as well as Cheik Tiote who is also apparently wanted by the Premier League table toppers.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, always one for a good transfer story, wants to beef up his central midfield options and is going to make a move for tough tackling Sunderland man Lee Cattermole. The White Hart Lane boss has the likes of Wilson Palacios, Sandro, Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas at present but perhaps the England hopeful will add the bite he is looking for.

Liverpool continue to look for up and coming talents to populate their squad with moves to sign Christian Eriksen, who looked very good for Denmark against England the other night, and Ivory Coast striker Gervinho. There is also speculation that the club will look to offload a few of their squad players in the summer with Emiliano Insua, Paul Konchesky, Philippe Degen and Alberto Aquilani all set to be sold.

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Real Madrid want first refusal on Cesc Fabregas if Arsenal decide to sell the Spain midfielder, who has been repeatedly linked with Barcelona.

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Real Madrid are also chasing Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is lining up a £25m summer move for Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, who played under Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at AC Milan.

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Arsenal to lose race for £21m starlet.

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Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned Chelsea and Manchester United that he will not sell Slovakia playmaker Marek Hamsik for less than £35m.

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Manchester United want to sign full-back Jose Enrique from Newcastle in the summer and are prepared to pay £12m.

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s club are also considering a summer move for Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo after AC Milan put contract talks on hold with the veteran midfielder.

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Having failed in his pursuit of Germany keeper Manuel Neuer, United boss Ferguson has set his sights on signing Netherlands stopper Maarten Stekelenburg in the summer.

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Tottenham want £10m tough tackling midfielder.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool are planning a summer raid for Barcelona’s Bojan Krkic, although the 20-year-old will cost £18m.

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But the Reds face competition from Newcastle in their summer quest to sign Lille’s £10m-rated Ivory Coast winger Gervinho.

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Liverpool are also interested in Denmark’s 18-year-old Ajax forward Christian Eriksen, who was watched in Wednesday’s friendly against England by Reds assistant Sammy Lee.

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