Football transfer rumours and news: Tuesday, March 20

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NEWCASTLE United, Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona are among the clubs making the news today.

Chelsea are planning a £30m summer move for Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, 23, and 25-year-old Magpies midfielder Cheik Tiote – Independent

Meanwhile, the Blues have held talks to sign Porto’s Brazilian striker Hulk, 25, for a reduced fee of 40million euros (£34million) – Daily Telegraph

Newcastle have sent scouts to watch highly rated AZ Alkmaar midfielder Adam Maher, 18, as a possible replacement for Tiote – Independent

Chinese Super League club Guizhou Renhe are preparing summer moves for Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, both 33, in deals that would see each player earn £250,000 a week – the Sun

Dimitar Berbatov’s agent says the Manchester United striker is embarrassed to be receiving a high salary while barely playing for the club and will accept his departure this summer with good grace – Independent

Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko is considering quitting Manchester City in the summer. Dzeko has not requested a transfer but City officials are aware of his unhappiness over a lack of first-team opportunities. The 26-year-old could be set for a swap deal with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, 24 – Independent

Barcelona have made a 14million euro (£11.6million) down-payment to Brazilian club Santos for 20-year-old forward Neymar, reports Spain’s biggest radio station Cadena Ser – Independent Reports in Italy are linking Liverpool and Arsenal with Udinese duo Mehdi Benatia, 24, and Mauricio Isla, 23, but they face competition from Napoli – talkSPORT

Barcelona are plotting a shock summer move for Manchester United twins Fabio and Rafael da Silva, both 21 – Caught Offside

Arsenal are also believed to be chasing Montpellier and France striker Olivier Giroud, 25, who has also caught the eye of both Aston Villa and Newcastle United – Metro

Blackburn striker Ruben Rochina is eyeing a summer move away from Ewood Park, if he continues to be left on the bench. The former Barcelona player has not started a Premier League game since New Year’s Eve – Daily Mirror

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones, who took Robbie Fowler to Cardiff in 2007, is set to offer the former Liverpool striker a deal at Hillsborough until the end of the season, after he failed to agree terms with Blackpool – Daily Mail