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Arsenal Target Clint Dempsey, Pep Guardiola Says "No" To Chelsea Again And More (TRANSFER TALK AND GOSSIP)

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Clint Dempsey has struck on 23 occasions for Fulham this season | PA

Arsenal will be at the heart of the Premier League's Sunday madness, with Champions League qualification still not a certainty, but already Arsene Wenger's side are emerging as one of the most "active" sides in the transfer market.

A deal with Rennes for defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila is close, say the Daily Mirror. The Frenchman has become synonymous with the Gunners as Wenger seeks an ideal shield for the defensive spine of Wojciech Szczęsny, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen.

Not content with M'Vila, Clint Dempsey has now found his way onto the Arsenal radar, claim The Sun. The American has scored 23 goals for Fulham this season and is expected to leave Craven Cottage.

Alas Fulham are poised to complete a £10m double transfer swoop for Heerenveen wingers Luciano Narsingh and Oussama Assaidi, as they beat off competition from Dutch teams PSV Eindhoven, and Ajax, Russian riches at Anzhi Makhachkala, and Everton and Newcastle, The Sun again claim.

Eden Hazard, the tease, stated he liked both colours red and blue, when Canal+ asked whether he would be heading to either Manchester United or Manchester City next season. The Belgian international has scored 17 goals and provided 15 assists this season, as he confirmed he was in Manchester to watch City defeat United in the derby.

And it is believed the Citizens have the upper hand, having shown him around potential Cheshire abodes ahead of him swapping the north of France for the north of England.

Yet City have a plan B in place, according to The Independent. Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda, 22, is the alternative should the 21-year-old Hazard not end up at Eastlands.

Real Madrid, like a fickle lover, get the hots for whoever is banging them in in the Premier League. They were once monitoring Wigan's Amir Zaki (remember him?) and Javier Hernandez, so now they are fluttering their eyelashes at

Jan Vertonghen may already be getting "fed up with this s**t", because although The Daily Mail state Tottenham are keen to recruit the Ajax captain, Manchester United have supposedly entered the race for the Belgian defender/midfielder, counter the Mirror.

On the managerial front, and all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't convince Pep Guardiola again. The Barcelona coach, who is leaving at the end of the season, has rejected Roman Abramovich's offer of a £12m-a-year contract at Chelsea as he takes a year-long sabbatical away from football, say the Daily Express.

Didier Drogba could be a bargain signing for potential suitors in the summer, but the Blues have given him one last chance to sign a new contract. The 34-year-old rejected a one-year deal, but The Sun say he will be given another chance. The cup final winner, winner against Barcelona, bullying of Tottenham and tide-turning display against Napoli are four good reasons why.

Wolves meanwhile have had to deny reports Darren Ferguson will become the club's new manager, after some bookmakers stopped taking bets on the Peterborough boss taking over at Molineux from Terry Connor, say the Express and Star.

And Liverpool winger Maxi Rodriguez is considering cancelling his contract. The Argentine is desperate wants more game time having grown frustrated with being on the fringes under Kenny Dalglish, suggest The Daily Mail. Being dropped in favour of Stewart Downing must be smarting, to be fair.

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