Football transfer rumours and news: Thursday, May 3

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IT’S all quiet on the Newcastle and Sunderland fronts. Meanwhile, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester duo City and United are all in the news.

Chelsea defender David Luiz has emerged as a shock summer target for Spanish giants Barcelona, despite a mixed opening season at Stamford Bridge – Daily Mirror

Barcelona’s Seydou Keita, the 32-year-old Mali international thought to be wanted by Liverpool, could be about to snub the Anfield side and agree to a switch to AC Milan – talkSPORT

Manchester City and Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi, 27, is ready to leave Napoli after a rumoured dispute with president Aurelio de Laurentiis – Daily Mail

Nemanja Vidic’s agent Silvano Martina has dismissed suggestions that the Manchester United skipper is poised to join Juventus – Daily Mirror

Sochaux’s Marvin Martin, a possible target for Arsenal, looks set to replace Eden Hazard at Lille if the midfielder moves to an English club as expected this summer – talkSPORT

Shanghai Shenhua head coach Nicolas Anelka hopes to lure Manchester United striker Michael Owen to China. The 32-year-old is out of contract this summer – the Sun

Southampton want to mark their return to the Premier League by signing £4million-rated Wolves winger Matt Jarvis, 25 – Daily Express

Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has reportedly expressed a desire to play for Manchester United or Arsenal next season – Inside Futbol

Tottenham could be embroiled in a summer battle with Benfica and Inter MIlan for PSV playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum, the 21-year-old Dutch international who has a £20million release clause in his contract, according to Portuguese paper A Bola – talkSPORT

Meanwhile the Gunners have joined the long list of clubs interested in the services of SC Heerenveen striker Bas Dost, who rejected a move to Aston Villa because he will only move to a ‘big club’ – Footy Latest

Reading manager Brian McDermott has axed 13 players – including Andy Griffin, Brian Howard and Tomasz Cywka – from his promotion winning squad due to the Premier League’s 25-man squad rules – the Sun

Martin Olsson, Junior Hoilett, Yakubu, Paul Robinson and Steven Nzonzi will all leave Blackburn Rovers this summer if the club are relegated to the Championship – Daily Mail