Transfer Rumours Saturday July 7 2012: Sunderland, Newcastle, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Swansea, Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Blackburn, Queen’s Park Rangers

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MANCHESTER City will open up with a £15million bid for Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, 28, but Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also want the player, who has decided against signing a new contract – The Sun

The battle to sign Van Persie has intensified with AC Milan entering the race for the Netherlands international – The Times

Brendan Rodgers is close to making Roma striker Fabio Borini, 21, his first signing as Liverpool manager after lengthy negotiations in Italy – Daily Telegraph

England striker Jermain Defoe, 29, has been told he cannot leave Tottenham by new manager Andre Villas-Boas – Daily Mail

Luka Modric, 26, is close to agreeing a £28million deal to leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid – talkSPORT

Aston Villa and Sunderland want £9million-rated Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis, 27, who turned down the chance to join Everton two years ago – The Sun

Newcastle have turned down the chance to sign Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett, 22, but are closing in on Australia Under-20 international Curtis Good, 19, from Melbourne Heat – Newcastle Chronicle

But QPR are in for Hoilett with a bid that tops a rival offer from Everton. Sunderland and Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach are also interested – Daily Mirror

Tottenham are set to battle rivals Arsenal for Italian keeper Emiliano Viviano, 26, who is co-owned by Serie A sides Inter Milan and Palermo – Daily Star

Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, 25, will hold talks with Ajax in a bid to resolve the dispute which is holding up his £9million transfer to Spurs – London Evening Standard

Spurs are set to make a third bid for Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, 22, after seeing the Brazilian side sign a potential replacement in Uruguay’s Diego Forlan – Daily Mirror

But his Internacional team-mate Oscar , 20, has revealed he has no plans to quit the Brazilian club, despite Tottenham lodging a £10million bid for the midfielder – Metro