Paper Talk: 29 June

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Italian giants AC Milan are ready to make their first bid to take Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic to the San Siro. 

The 31-year-old captain is set for talks with new United boss David Moyes, and AC Milan are willing to offer him a way out if he’s not part of the new manager’s plans. [Daily Mirror]

Arsenal are set to sign Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar after agreeing a £2m fee with the relegated club. 

Cesar is settled in London, and Arsene Wenger wants an experienced goalkeeper to provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. [Daily Mail]

Tom Huddlestone could lead the Spurs clear-out this summer, with interest from Sunderland.

The 26-year-old is valued at around £5m by Tottenham, and could be followed out the exit door by 29-year-old full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto and 32-year-old midfielder Scott Parker. Emmanuel Adebayor is also thought to be available. [The Sun]

Chelsea will up their bid for Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy after their initial £5m offer was rebuffed.

The Blues want Ruddy as back-up to Petr Cech next season, but Norwich are holding out for a figure closer to £10m. [London Evening Standard]

Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has saved Segunda Division B side Albacete from relegation by paying £205,000 of his own money to the club’s players.

The cash-strapped side would have been demoted to the fourth tier of Spanish football on administrative grounds had they not settled the debt. []

Manuel Pellegrini has turned his attention to £16.5m-rated Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo after becoming frustrated with a lack of progress regarding Robert Lewandowski.

Cardozo’s agent confirmed interest from the Premier League in the striker, who fell out with Benfica boss Jorge Jesus towards the end of last season. [Daily Express]


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