Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Chelsea will make a final £80m bid for AC Milan's Kaka, with the Brazil star reportedly keen on a move after the arrival of compatriot Ronaldinho at the San Siro, whose lifestyle Kaka does not meet with his approval. (Daily Mail)

The 26-year-old is being lured with a £200,000-a-week offer to join Luis Felipe Scolari's team. (Daily Mirror)

One Brazilian who looks certain to move to Stamford Bridge is Robinho after Chelsea agreed a £28.6m deal with Real Madrid. The Spanish club are preparing to replace the striker with Valencia's David Villa or Villareal's Santi Cazorla. (The Guardian)

Meanwhile Blues winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has been told to choose between a move to former club Manchester City or Everton, with Portsmouth deterred by the £10m price tag. (The Guardian)

Espanyol midfielder Riera moved a step closer to becoming a Liverpool player in an £8m switch, with Liverpool set to recoup that money should they qualify for the Champions League group stage. (The Times)

Everton will discover whether their bid for Cameroon international midfielder Stephane M'Bia has been accepted by Rennes. The French club are holding out for £10m. (Daily Express)

Newcastle and Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Standard Liege midfielder Marouane Felliani, although they could be put off by the Belgian club's £10m price tag. (Daily Mail)

Stoke and Blackburn lead the contenders for Lens midfielder Kanga Akale. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa will press ahead with plans to sign James Milner for £9m from Newcastle. (Guardian)
Four Championship clubs - Charlton, Ipswich, Bristol City and Norwich - are chasing Bolton's £1m-rated Iceland international striker Heidar Helguson. (Daily Star)

South Africa international midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi claims he is close to joining Fulham from Golden Arrows. (The Times)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could drop striker Emmanuel Adebayor for the Champions League second leg qualifier against FC Twente after his indifferent display in the 1-0 defeat by Fulham. (Daily Star)

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan will discuss his transfer plans as well as a new contract for striker Michael Owen in a meeting with owner Mike Ashley on Wednesday. (The Independent)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has urged the club to spend money on new players before the end of the transfer window. (Daily Express)

Midfielder David Dunn could be in line for a new Blackburn Rovers contract after impressing manager Paul Ince. (The Independent)

Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic is not too impressed with the weather in the north west. "In England they say that Manchester is the city of rain. Its main attraction is considered to be the timetable at the railway station where trains leave for other, less rainy cities." The Serbia defender also believes Britons are too busy to "feel the joy of life". (The Guardian)

Vidic's team-mate Anderson has been the butt of jokes at United's Carrington training ground - because of the state of his hair. The Brazilian could not find a braider in Beijing during the Olympics, which has left his barnet in a state of disarray, much to the amusement of his club colleagues. (Daily Express)

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