Football transfer rumours and news: Thursday, May 17

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MANCHESTER duo City and United, Arsenal and Juventus are among the clubs making the news today.

Manchester United are ready to match Manchester City’s bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie. The 28-year-old striker’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of next season – Daily Mirror

Juventus have curtailed their interest in Van Persie, preferring to avoid a bidding war with Manchester City and concentrate their efforts on luring Napoli forward Edison Cavani – Metro

Manchester City are preparing to kick-off their summer spending spree by activating the £28.7million release clause in the contract of 27-year-old Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente – talkSPORT

And Roberto Mancini’s Premier League champions have also launched a bid for £25million-rated AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the club reportedly ready to pay £300,000 a week to the 30-year-old Sweden international – the Sun

Barcelona will take advantage of Kenny Dalglish’s sacking as Liverpool boss by tabling a summer bid for the Reds’ Uruguay striker Luis Suarez – Caught Offside Everton have been urged by their former Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic to raid the ailing Scottish giants for Scotland international Steven Naismith. The 25-year-old, currently recovering a cruciate ligament injury, could be available for just £2million – Daily Record

Chelsea and Everton target Oscar Cardozo has been told he can leave Benfica. The 28-year-old striker could also attract interest from CSKA Moscow and Rubin Kazan – talkSPORT

Montpellier and Morocco playmaker Younes Belhanda, 22, has dampened speculation linking him with Arsenal and Liverpool by admitting he wants to stay with the French league leaders next season – Inside Futbol

Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa admits the he has spoken with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. “He had some nice things to say to me,” said the 23-year-old Japan international – the Times

Fulham are winning the race for Huddersfield and Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes, sealing a £3.5million deal for the 22-year-old ahead of Norwich, Aston Villa and West Ham – Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, United have indicated they will listen to offers for Portugal winger Nani if talks on a new contract stall. The 25-year-old has 18 months left on his deal and is being offered £130,000 a week to stay but if he holds out for more, the Old Trafford club will look to sell him for £30million – the Sun

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor says his first choice for next season would be to continue playing at Tottenham, where he has been on loan this season. The 28-year-old also has offers from the United States and Russia – London Evening Standard

Manchester United are expected to confirm the end of Michael Owen’s three-year stay at Old Trafford on Thursday. The former England forward, 32, is out of contract next month – Daily Telegraph