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Saturday's gossip column

Real Madrid will continue their efforts to unsettle Ronaldo in a bid to prise him away from Manchester United amid claims that the transfer has entered its "final stages" and could be completed in August.

Milan have issued a statement declaring that "Kaka is absolutely not for sale" amid reports he is set to join Chelsea for around 80m.

Pascal Chimbonda has been in Sunderland for talks with manager Roy Keane and has admitted he would be interested in moving to the Stadium of Light from Tottenham.

Inter Milan will make a move for Liverpool's Xabi Alonso if they fail in their bid to prise Frank Lampard away from Chelsea.

Chelsea are set to sign AC Milan's world player-of-the- year Kaka for a world-record fee of 100m (79.2m).

New Chelsea midfielder Deco has pleaded with Frank Lampard to stay at the club to help them win the Champions League.

But Lampard appears to be on his way to Inter Milan after the Italian side revealed they have agreed terms with the England midfielder.

Didier Drogba also appears to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge after Barcelona made an enquiry for the striker.

Sunderland have had a 23m bid for Younes Kaboul, Pascal Chimbonda, Steed Malbranque and Teemu Tainio accepted by Tottenham.

However, the deal could be jeopardised after Kaboul's agent said his client would not join Sunderland "even if there was an earthquake".

Chimbonda also looks set to snub the Black Cats in favour of a move to either Newcastle or Everton.

Gareth Barry has reaffirmed his desire to quit Aston Villa and join Liverpool.

Aston Villa expect to sign Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel next week as Rovers boss Paul Ince faces a tough task keeping hold of his players.

Middlesbrough have received a bid from Wigan for midfielder Lee Cattermole.

The Latics are also close to completing the signing of Egyptian striker Amr Zaki on a one-year loan deal after he passed a medical.

West Ham are closing in on the signing of Switzerland right-back Valon Behrami for 5m from Lazio.

Premier League new boys Hull have tabled a bid for Wigan striker Marlon King.

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he needs to sell players in order to buy new ones.

Chelsea and Manchester United have renewed their interest in Falkirk midfielder Scott Arfield.

Auxerre defender Gabriel Tamas has rejected Celtic's 14,000 per week salary offer as more talks are expected over the weekend.

Celtic target Vitorino Antunes has opted to move to Lecce from Roma on loan.

Veteran Celtic defender Steven Pressley has joined Doncaster on trial.

Celtic have taken 17-year-old Lecce goalkeeper Daniele Giordano on trial.

Kaiserslautern are poised to make a big-money offer for Inverness striker Marius Niculae.

Motherwell will step up their bid for Celtic defender John Kennedy on loan after losing Brian McLean to long-term injury.

But Motherwell face competition from Norwich City for John Kennedy's services.

QPR manager Iain Dowie is expected to complete the signing of Ben Watson from Crystal Palace for 1.75m.

Sheffield United have accepted a 2m bid from Derby for striker Rob Hulse.

Andy Dorman's agent says clubs from England and Scotland are interested in the St Mirren midfielder.

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

Arsene Wenger has blamed Arsenal's lack of silverware last season on pure bad luck.

The Arsenal manager has also said that he will not "kill" the club's young players by bringing big names to the club.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright will face disillusioned shareholders after they called an extraordinary general meeting to discuss the club's future.

Rangers manager Walter Smith says he cannot afford to pay the wages required to sign top players this summer.

A Sven-Goran Eriksson impersonator, Derek Williams, fooled the coach of Mexican club Pumas by pretending to be the Swede, who is now charge of the Mexican national team.