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Thursday's transfer gossip column

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 15, 2013

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JUST when you thought they were out, they pulled it back in.

Yes, three of the big transfer sagas of the summer - Luis Suarez to Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United and Gareth Bale to Real Madrid - which looked dead in the water, have come back to life.

The Sun say that Madrid are still confident they will land Bale for a world-record £81m but accept they may have to wait until the end of the transfer window.

United are not taking no for an answer in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Fabregas (pictured), and Arsenal have not given up hope of signing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, with the Daily Telegraph reporting they are considering a final bid of £49 million.

However, the Gunners will be told by Manchester City that striker Edin Dzeko is not for sale, say the Daily Mail, who also tell us that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims the Blues will not sell 26-year-old defender David Luiz, regardless of any offers that may arrive from Barcelona.

City are lining up a cut-price £3m move for Argentine defender Martin Demichelis after Real Madrid refused to sell Portuguese hard-man Pepe, according to the Daily Mirror.

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