Paper Chase: United upbeat over Nasri

Each day during the summer transfer window we’ll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they’re always entertaining…


Arsenal are confident they will sign Valencia winger Juan Mata for £15m.

QPR boss Neil Warnock is to launch a £6m raid for West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson could offer former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves a deal.

Blackburn have been told they will have to stump up £8.5m to sign FC Copenhagen striker Dame N’Doye.

Aston Villa are ready to make a move for West Ham and England midfielder Scott Parker.

Lee Bowyer is on the verge of signing a two-year deal with Ipswich.


Emmanuel Adebayor could bring a case for constructive dismissal against Manchester City.

Aston Villa are hoping to seal a £4m move for Manchester City keeper Shay Given.

Spurs have been told they must pay £20m for Espanyol striker Pablo Osvaldo.

Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury is a £2m target for Norwich.

Chelsea are chasing £9m-rated Genk goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Blackburn are set to land Monaco defender Cedric Mongongu, 22, for £2.5m.


Southampton have laughed off a £6m bid from Arsenal for winger Alex Chamberlain.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is confident a bid of £20m will see him land Arsenal playmaker Samir Nasri.


Nottingham Forest want Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge.

Aston Villa hope to finalise a deal for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia as they are now resigned to losing Stewart Downing to Liverpool.

Dynamo Kiev are chasing Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic.

Stoke want Olympiakos and Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis, who has a £6.3m buyout clause.


Craig Bellamy has lifted the lid on his rift with Roberto Mancini and insisted he will refuse to take a pay cut to leave Manchester City, despite claiming his broken relationship with the Italian extends to the pair not speaking for almost 18 months.


Manchester City are close to announcing a record sponsorship deal to allow Etihad Airways, the airline owned by the Abu Dhabi government, to take naming rights for the stadium in an agreement that will be a significant boost to the club’s attempts to fall in line with UEFA’s financial fair-play rules.

Samir Nasri has returned to training with Arsenal with the French midfielder currently content to play out the final year of his contract if the club do not receive a sizeable enough offer to tempt Arsene Wenger into selling him.


Liverpool are becoming resigned to leaving Anfield and are facing a race against time to attract a naming-rights partner to part-fund the construction of a new stadium in Stanley Park.

Martin Jol was close last night to making his first signing as Fulham manager when the club agreed a £2.2million deal to sign John Arne Riise.


Arsenal were facing up to the fact they may have no option but to sell Samir Nasri last night after the player’s meeting with manager Arsene Wenger made it clear how desperate he is to leave, following Manchester United’s £20million offer.


Victor Wanyama flew into Glasgow last night and begged the SFA to give him a work permit so he can sign for Celtic.