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Transfer Rumour Round-Up. The run-down on the latest rumours and speculation.

Barcelona have made an improved £34m offer for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and are also hoping to recruit Samir Nasri for £20m.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea and Manchester City are locked in a battle to sign Brazilian striker Neymar after both had bids of £40m accepted by his club Santos.

Source: Daily Star

The Blues owner Roman Abramovich will block former boss Jose Mourinho’s £18m move to lure midfielder Michael Essien to Real Madrid.

Source: the Sun

Chelsea intend to open talks with Didier Drogba aimed at extending the 33-year-old striker’s stay at Stamford Bridge after his former club Marseille suggested publicly they would be capable of putting together a deal to bring him back to France.

Full story: Guardian

But Turkish club Galatasaray are ready to bid again for Drogba in an effort to pair him with Bolton striker Johan Elmander.

Full story: Guardian

Chelsea are monitoring developments with Sergio Aguero after his advisers held talks with Atletico Madrid in an attempt to get the Argentina striker’s release clause reduced from £42m to £32m.

Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona may turn their attention to Manchester United winger Nani if they fail in their pursuit of in-demand Udinese star Alexis Sanchez.

Full story: Talksport

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is aiming to make Partizan Belgrade defender Stefan Savic his first summer signing at Eastlands after lodging a £6m offer for the Montenegro international.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Arsenal are hoping to announce the signing of Lille’s Ivory Coast striker Gervinho and that is likely to be followed by a move for Bolton’s England centre half Gary Cahill and Blackburn defender Chris Samba.

Full story: Daily Mirror

New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish wants Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Canales to be his first big signing on a season-long loan.

Full story: Daily Mirror

The Scot also has his eye on Wolfsburg playmaker Diego.

Source: the Sun

In addition, McLeish has been granted permission from Villa owner Randy Lerner to pursue a £9m move for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia.

Full story: Daily Express

Newcastle are considering making a bid for Argentine striker Juan Manuel Martinez, who plays for Velez Sarsfield.

Source: Daily Star

Tottenham have made it clear to Blackburn they will not sell striker Robbie Keane on the cheap having already rejected a £2m bid.

Source: Daily Star

Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is ready to take a pay cut to join Bolton, according to Wanderers defender Zat Knight.

Source: the Sun

Tottenham and West Ham are competing to sign Ghana international Samuel Inkoom, who can play as a defender or midfielder.

Source: the Sun

Stoke will abandon their move to sign Birmingham defender Scott Dann and striker Cameron Jerome after having a £16m bid for the pair rejected.

Source: the Sun

The Potters could also miss out on Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge having been told it would take £20m to take him to the Britannia Stadium.

Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bring in Inter Milan’s £8m-rated goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

Source: the Sun

But it looks likely that Wenger will fail to lure Juan Mata to the Emirates after the midfielder said he is happy at Valencia.

Full story: Independent

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