TRANSFER RUMOURS - Thursday, May 24: Newcastle, Demba Ba, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City deny Tevez rumours, Man Utd, Porto

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Newcastle may resurrect their interest in Switzerland and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta. The Magpies were tracking the 27-year-old 18 months ago but their pursuit stalled after he suffered a knee injury – Daily Star

Newcastle United will risk losing hot property striker Demba Ba, 26, this summer as they refuse to renegotiate the terms of his contract to remove a £7m release clause – Daily Telegraph

Chelsea have had a £32.4m offer for exciting young Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura rejected according to Sao Paulo club president Juvenal Juvenico – Daily Mail

Didier Drogba, 33, is to be offered a two-year, £80,000-a-week deal by Italian club Juventus following his departure from Chelsea – the Sun

Arsenal have joined the race to sign Lille attacker Eden Hazard, 21, and are willing to splash the £30m that they had set aside for Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze before he opted to stay with the German champions – Daily Star

Manchester City will turn their attentions to versatile 23-year-old Athletic Bilbao star Javi Martinez after growing disillusioned with Hazard – Daily Mail

Manchester United are preparing a multi-million pound offer for sought-after Montpellier goalscorer Olivier Giroud –

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed speculation that the club are ready to offer strikers Carlos Tevez or Mario Balotelli as part of a deal to land 27-year-old AC Milan star Thiago Silva – the Metro

Porto frontman Hulk, 25, wants to replace Didier Drogba as the spearhead of the Chelsea attack. Porto have demanded a minimum of £38m for their talismanic striker, but Chelsea won’t stretch far beyond £30m – Daily Express

Everton are already hunting a replacement for Leighton Baines, should the left-back head to Manchester United in the off-season. Manager David Moyes has identified French defender Aly Cissokho, 24, as a possible £6m target – talkSPORT

Holland captain Mark van Bommel has urged international team-mate Arjen Robben, 28, to seriously consider leaving Bayern Munich in the summer, after he was booed by Munich fans during their team’s friendly against the Dutch. The unsettled former Chelsea winger could attract interest from Manchester United and Liverpool – the Metro

AC Milan plan to speak to Liverpool in June about on-loan midfielder Alberto Aquilani. The Italian international, 27, has failed to play 25 full games for the Rossoneri, the figure that would have triggered an instant buy-out clause from the Reds – insideFUTBOL

Manchester United are considering a move for Ezequiel Lavezzi, Napoli’s Argentine forward. The 27-year-old has a £25m buy-out clause in his contract – Journal of Naples

Bolton are hopeful of tempting Arsenal teenager Ryo Miyaichi to spend another season at the Reebok as they bid to bounce straight back to the Premier League. The Gunners midfielder, 19, has an impressive season despite the Trotters’ doomed relegation scrap – Bolton News

Yesterday’s transfer rumours