Barcelona to bid £25m for Cesc Fabregas

Arsenal's Francesc Fabregas (left) beats Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones

Transfer Talk: Arsenal will fight to keep hold of their captain; Man City switch interest from Joleon Lescott to Matthew Upson

LAST UPDATED AT 09:10 ON Mon 10 Aug 2009

Arsenal will have a fit on the hands in the final stretch of the transfer window to keep their Spanish captain. Catalan giants Barcelona have been tracking their former player all summer, and according to the Times today, they feel that they can prise the 22-year-old from Arsene Wenger with an offer of £25m. Wenger will keen to hold onto the midfielder who is also club captain, but the European champions, thwarted in their bid for Liverpool's Javier Mascherano, may prove irresistible...

As unlikely as it seems, the moneybags of Manchester City appear to have given up the chase for Everton's England defender Joleon Lescott and have transferred their attentions to West Ham's Matthew Upson. The Guardian reports that Mark Hughes, Man City's spendthrift manager, still wants to strengthen his club's defence, and has turned to Upson, an international team-mate of Lescott, after being told in no uncertain terms that he would not be allowed to leave Goodison Park by manager David Moyes...

The weekend injury of Jamie Carragher during Liverpool's friendly versus Atletico Madrid has focused on Kop boss Rafa Benitez's lack of options for defensive cover following the summer departures of Sami Hyypia and Alvaro Arbeloa. The Daily Telegraph reveals that Benitez has inquired after Hull City's versatile defender Michael Turner, although the £12m that Phil Brown would demand for him seems to be too much for Benitez, who is reportedly asking his board for more funds to be made available...

Middlesbrough midfielder Tuncay appears to be finally on his way out the Riverside after the Championship club agreed a £7m bid with Aston Villa for the Turkish international. The Daily Mail claims that Villa boss Martin O'Neill beat Harry Redknapp's Spurs and Bundesliga sides Stuttgart and Cologne to the signing of the 27-year-old, with £5m being paid up front and a further £2m being paid on installments... · 

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