Latest transfers speculations Wednesday 27.02.08

All the latest football gossip

Wednesday's gossip column

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will hand under-fire manager Avram Grant a 100m transfer kitty for next season.

Atletico Madrid are keen to lure Liverpool manger Rafael Benitez and keeper Jose Reina to the club next season.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has asked striker Louis Saha to try to persuade 30m Lyon target Karim Benzema to join the Old Trafford club.

Meanwhile Ferguson's number one target Dimitar Berbatov looks to be staying at Tottenham, having been promised a bumper new pay deal.

Arsenal fear key midfielder Mathieu Flamini has agreed to join Juventus. Flamini is out of contract at the end of the season.

Portsmouth are hopeful that striker David Nugent will join Ipswich on loan next week.

Newcastle are eyeing Carlisle's teenage hot-shot Gary Madine for the next campaign.

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is set to swoop for Senegal skipper Lamine Diatta, who is currently a free agent.

Arsenal's Abou Diaby is a reported target of Italian giants Inter Milan.

Manchester United defender Michael Lea is on trial at Plymouth.

Crystal Palace striker Dougie Freedman is set to snub a move to Leeds United.

Other gossip other than transfer news..............

Manchester United defender Gary Neville has made his latest comeback from injury, lasting 60 minutes in a reserve team game against Liverpool.

And fellow team-mate Ben Foster, who has been out with a serious knee injury, is also close to a return and could force his way into Fabio Capello's thoughts.

The Premier League looks set to abandon its plans for a '39th game' after cancelling a scheduled meeting with Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Arsenal players have reportedly asked William Gallas to start acting like a captain, after he staged a bizarre on-pitch sit-in following his side's 2-2 draw with Birmingham on Saturday.

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has blocked plans for a victory parade, insisting his players must focus on the Premier League and the Uefa Cup before hiring a bus.