By Chris Wright
Lovely weather for ducks. Here’s the round up…
Rumour No. 1: Chelsea are set to release both Joe Cole and Michael Ballack on free transfers after reaching a stalemate with both players, following weeks of contract wrangling.
Cole will now be free to join either Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United or Liverpool (depending on which paper you read) and Ballack has emerged as a surprise target for Real Madrid – with newly-installed coach Jose Mourinho eager to reacquaint himself with the experienced German captain for a bargain price.
Rumour No. 2: One man who may be arriving at Stamford Bridge over the coming weeks is Bayern Munich’s £25-million-rated midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, with manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly keen to replace Ballack in the Chelsea side with the man who replaced him in the Germany team.
The Best of the Rest: Arsenal are mulling over a £12 million move for Werder Bremen’s tricky midfielder Mesut Ozil .
Panathinaikos are the latest club to be linked with a move for out-of-contract Arsenal defender William Gallas .
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has been quoted as saying he is ‘totally sure’ Cesc Fabregas will be Catalonia-bound this summer.
Brazilian winger Robinho is expected to officially notify Manchester City