Transfer talk (Friday, 3 July)

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alonso still on radar

Real Madrid are expected to make a bid of around £27m within the next week for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. The Spaniard is ambivalent about staying at Anfield. Reports in Spain suggest Liverpool would be tempted to sell at £35m.

Ribéry remains a target

Chelsea will maintain their push to sign Bayern Munich's Franck Ribéry, despite the player insisting that he will only join Real Madrid. Chelsea's bid was £43.7m.

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Wilshere commits to Gunners

Jack Wilshere has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal. The midfielder, who signed professional terms when he turned 17, is the youngest player to have played for the club in the league and Europe.

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Bramble: not a Villan

Aston Villa have distanced themselves from speculation that they are preparing to make a move for the Wigan Athletic defender Titus Bramble.

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