Latest transfers speculations Tuesday 04.03.08

All the latest football gossip

Tuesday's gossip column

Barcelona have admitted defeat in trying to lure Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas back after director Txiki Begiristain said "he cannot return".

Barca now want Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo instead as they aim to beat Real Madrid to the winger's signature.

Liverpool have opened contract talks with striker Peter Crouch.

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is eyeing up Levante striker Mustafa Riga.

Ipswich manager Jim Magilton has told Portsmouth striker David Nugent to decide if he wants to move to the club on loan or not.

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is on the verge of giving ex-Manchester United team-mate Quinton Fortune a deal until the end of the season.

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

Uefa president Michel Platini says the reason behind the Premier League's 39th game proposal is to help clubs with mounting debt.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is not happy at "mischievous" reports over manager David Moyes not signing a new contract.

Dubai International Capital have tabled a 400m offer for Liverpool but Tom Hicks could buy-out co-owner George Gillett to take sole ownership of the club.

Carlos Tevez reminds Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson of ex-Old Trafford great Eric Cantona.

Arsenal skipper William Gallas has told Theo Walcott he needs to change if he wants to have more of an impact.

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas insists Manchester United will not get their hands on Karim Benzema and will instead give Ferguson a bottle of red wine from 1986 - the year the striker was born - after Tuesday's Champions League tie.

Andriy Shevchenko's illustrious career has taken in some of the world's greatest stadiums and has now also now seen him play at Griffin Park - where he played the full 90 minutes for a Chelsea reserve side.