TRANSFER RUMOURS; May 17 - United linked to van Persie, City, Chelsea, Kagawa, Fulham

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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 £28.7m release clause in the contract of 27-year-old Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente – talkSPORT

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 £3.5m deal for the 22-year-old ahead of Norwich, Aston Villa and West Ham – Daily Mirror

Yesterday’s transfer rumours