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Arshavin has many suitors declares his agent as Al-Sadd close in

Cash-rich Qatari outfit Al-Sadd are trying to pip Zenit St. Petersburg to the signing of Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin. The club has already claimed one big-name signing in Spanish legend Raul this summer, and are looking at a few more marquee names to help them challenge for the Qatar Stars League title.

31-year old Arshavin left boyhood side Zenit for Arsenal in 2009, but returned to the Russian club for the last few months of the previous season after being deemed as excess to requirements at the Emirates.

Zenit, who eased to victory in the Russian Premier League, are keen on having Arshavin back on a permanent deal, with their manager Luciano Spalletti quoted in the Daily Mail as having said: "He is one of the players who can strengthen Zenit. When a team win the league by almost 15 points you need to look for players like that."

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Chelsea set to sign Hazard junior

After scoring a goal on debut for Chelsea against MLS side Seattle Sounders, Eden Hazard is set for more good news, with the Blues set to make a move for the 21-year old's brother Thorgen.

Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo, who spent a mammoth £32 million on the former Lille starlet, seems to have been so impressed by Hazard that he is ready to take a chance on 19-year old Thorgen Hazard, who is currently plying his trade for Ligue 2 outfit Lens.

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Wenger to make Ganso decision after Olympics

Arsene Wenger is set to be busy during the Olympic Games in London, and has already arranged for his scouts to keep an eye on Ganso when the Brazilian takes on Team GB in the pre-tournament friendlies according to reports in the Mirror.

The Gunners have been linked with the signature of the talented 22-year old, with Wenger said to be an admirer of the skillful attacking midfielder. And while the North London side still haven't submitted a bid for the Santos player, Ganso's performances in the Olympics could be a decisive factor in whether the Gunners will make a move for the starlet before the end of transfer window.

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Aston Villa distance themselves from Michael Owen move

Free agent Michael Owen was said to be close to joining a new club and Aston Villa was being named as a possible destination for the 32 year-old. However, according to a TalkSPORT report, new Villa boss Paul Lambert has rubbished these rumours and insisted that the former Manchester United man was never a target.

The striker, who graduated from the youth academy of Liverpool and played for the Reds between 1996 and 2004, joined the Red Devils in 2009 on a free transfer after a four-year stint with Newcastle. The experienced striker, however, failed to establish his place in the United first team and managed just 4 competitive appearances for the club last season. Manchester United released the player after the season ended in May.

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Berbatov agent talks up move to Italy

Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov is desperate to leave Old Trafford this summer. And his agent Emil Dantchev is certainly doing his bit, talking up links with top Italian clubs AC Milan and Juventus, reported the Daily Star.

Berbatov joined the Red Devils in 2008 and after playing a phenomenal role over his first three seasons with the club, he has been abandoned to the sidelines. The 2010-11 Premier League Golden Boot winner has fallen behind in the pecking order with the emergence of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the forward role. His last season in England was a low key one with just 12 league appearances.

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No Tottenham or Arsenal bid yet for Atletico's Adrian Lopez

Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez has seen interest from both North London sides this summer, but the Spanish club maintain that they are yet to receive any bids for the 24 year-old, reported TalkSPORT. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was previously said to be plotting a £15 million hijack for the Arsenal target.

The Spaniard is an Oviedo graduate and joined Deportivo La Coruna in 2006. The forward moved to the Spanish capital in 2011 and scored 19 times in 5 appearances for Atletico Madrid, winning the Europa League title in his debut season at the club.

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Pardew sees Carroll's Liverpool career at an end

Newcastle have already been heavily linked with a return for out of form Liverpool star Andy Carroll. Now, in an interview with the Hartlepool Mail, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has commented that Carroll is almost certain to end his Liverpool career this summer.

Andy Carroll joined the Newcastle academy in 2005 and worked his way into contention at the club through the youth and reserve team. Strong and powerful, it was clear at a quite a young age that Carroll had the makings of a good old fashioned center-forward. The striker was instrumental in helping Newcastle bounce back to the Premier League in 2010. Having scored 30 goals in 80 appearances for the Magpies, Carroll was taken to Anfield by former manager Kenny Dalglish in January last year. However, with just 4 goals in 35 appearances last season, the Englishman has drawn severe criticism for his poor League form.

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