Fulham enter Berbatov race as Chelsea chase Rémy

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Dimitar Berbatov was last night deciding between joining Italian champions Juventus or his old manager Martin Jol at Fulham as both clubs agreed fees with Manchester United.

In an extraordinary series of events, Berbatov left England on Wednesday morning for a medical at Fiorentina. While waiting for a connecting flight in Munich he took a call asking if he would prefer a move to Juventus, who had topped their Serie A rival's offer by bidding £4.5million for the Bulgaria striker.

Berbatov re-routed to Turin only to reconsider his destination again when Jol asked him to remain in the Premier League. Fulham are ready to put Berbatov on a contract worth £80,000 a week if he shuns the opportunity to play Champions League football and were confident of concluding the deal.

Wayne Rooney has dismissed speculation that United could be prepared to sell him. Rooney said via his Twitter account last night: "Read the nonsense in the papers and heard what people have to say. absolute rubbish #heretostay."

Chelsea have joined the pursuit of Marseille's France forward Loïc Rémy, who looks increasingly likely to conclude a move to the Premier League by tomorrow's transfer deadline. Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in Rémy.

Manchester City are closing in on Fiorentina's Serbian centre back Matija Nastasic, with a deal likely to send both cash and Montenegro defender Stefan Savicthe other way.

QPR have confirmed the signing of the Internazionale keeper Julio Cesar on a four-year deal.