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Manchester City Pull Out Of Eden Hazard Race, Chelsea Step Up Pursuit Of Lille Star And More (TRANSFER TALK AND GOSSIP)

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Club football is all over in England for another season, so it's three months of transfer tittle tattle, with some European Championship panache as respite.

Eden "tease" Hazard's financial demands could dissuade even Manchester City from courting him, says James Ducker in The Times.

The Lille playmaker is requesting £200,000 weekly wages, but now that the Citizens are Premier League champions, they apparently don't feel obliged to pay over-the-odds like they used to (eg. £175,000-a-week for Emmanuel Adebayor). Massive all round.

His near-namesake, Edin Dzeko, looks to be on the way out still despite his vital equaliser against QPR on the last day of the Premier League season. Juventus are so keen on the Bosnia-Herzegovina international they are set to end efforts to entice Robin van Persie to northern Italy, claim the Daily Mail.

And that may initiate the banal transfer merry-go-round of City stepping up their thinly-veiled pursuit of Van Persie, suggest the Daily Mirror.

What's happened to Daniel Levy? The parsimonious Tottenham chairman is supposedly - and uncharacteristically - quickest out of the traps to bring Jan Vertonghen to north London, with the Mail claiming he travelled to Holland on Monday to meet the Belgian's bosses at Ajax.

Paddy Kenny's blunders in that final day game at Eastlands didn't cost QPR their Premier League status, but it may cost him his place as the team's number one goalkeeper. Mark Hughes is eyeing a reunion with Aston Villa stopper Shay Given, 36, while West Ham's tentative 31-year-old Robert Green could also be a target, state The Daily Telegraph.

Back to the redtop, and Hughes is interested in Wigan Athletic's mercurial attacker Victor Moses too.

Success leads onto dynasties, and the tabloids and broadsheets are having fun predicting who Roman Abramovich's Financial Fair Play-ignorance will nab for Chelsea in the summer.

The Russian has apparently "given the green light" to sign Porto forward Hulk, 25, and Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 26, as well as 21-year-old Hazard. Who has he actually given the green light to? the Mirror don't ask.

As secure as Jeremy Hunt, Barcelona's defence seems set to be addressed in the summer and the latest defensive link comes in the guise of City's Pablo Zabaleta. The Sun say the Catalans are set to offer £10m for the 27-year-old.

Rejected by Brendan Rodgers and Frank de Boer, Liverpool have only successfully managed to speak to Wigan boss Roberto Martinez about succeeding Kenny Dalglish, and the Mirror say he is set to fly out to Boston to talk to club owners FSG.

Fabio Capello meanwhile is interested in relocating from his Chelsea abode to L4 to manage the Reds, mention The Independent.

Randy Lerner is jetting out to Blighty on Wednesday as he looks to conclude who Aston Villa's new manager will be. He has already held talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Norwich boss Paul Lambert and Brighton coach Gus Poyet are also in the frame, say the Mirror again.

And The Times claim Fernando Torres won't be fined for his oddly-timed outburst at his Chelsea role in the 2011/12 campaign.

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