Transfer rumours Thursday July 19 2012: Sunderland, Newcastle, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Fulham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Everton, Wigan, Leeds, Derby

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SIR Alex Ferguson has told friends that Manchester United will beat City and Juventus in the race to sign Arsenal captain Robin van Persie in a £20million deal – Daily Mirror

Andre Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United, he will not be leaving Tottenham until Spurs’ £35million valuation is met – Daily Mirror

Chelsea have reopened talks with Marseille over Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, who would cost £7million – Daily Mail

Midfielder Florent Malouda is one of several Blues player who will be told they can leave Stamford Bridge – The Sun

Borussia Dortmund’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, 23, has opened the door on a move to Manchester United by revealing he wants to play in the Premier League – talkSPORT

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll wants his future resolved in the next week. The England international, 23, has been linked with Newcastle, Fulham and Aston Villa – Daily Mirror

The Anfield club have been told they must pay £10million if they want to sign Fulham striker Clint Dempsey – Daily Star

Emmanuel Adebayor’s £6million move from Manchester City to Tottenham has stalled because of the striker’s wage demands – Daily Mail

Arsenal and Liverpool are both monitoring Barcelona forward Ibrahim Afellay after the Dutchman, 26, was told he would only have a peripheral role under new manager Tito Vilanova – talkSPORT

Fulham have opened talks with French side Evian to sign Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo, 24, who would cost around £3.5m. Manager Martin Jol has also considered Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes and Juventus veteran Vincenzo Iaquinta, 32 – Daily Mail

Fulham are set to move for Nigel Reo-Coker, 28, who is a free agent after leaving Bolton following their relegation – Daily Mirror

Arsenal have been told to increase their offer for French prospect M’Baye Niang, 17, after having a bid rejected by Caen – talkSPORT

Newcastle have fallen behind Inter Milan and Napoli in the race for Lyon’s France international defender Aly Cissokho, 24 – talkSPORT

Sunderland are leading the race to sign 21-year-old Blackpool winger Matt Phillips, but face stiff competition from Everton and Wigan – Daily Star

Leeds are set to sign striker Luke Varney, 29, from Portsmouth but will pay the £300,000 fee to Derby - who are still owed from Varney’s move to Fratton Park last summer – Daily Mirror