Football transfer rumours – Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool

SIR Alex Ferguson missed Manchester United’s goalless draw with Valerenga on Sunday so he could push through the signing of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, 28 – Full story: Daily Mail

Ferguson has jumped to the head of the queue to sign Van Persie after Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted for the first time that he does not expect to sign the Dutchman – Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are also hoping to take advantage of Malaga’s financial crisis to sign Spain Under-21 international midfielder Isco, 20 – Full story: Metro

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, 31, has ruled out a move to big-spending French giants Paris Saint Germain after insisting contract talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge have not stalled – Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are set to miss out on signing Clint Dempsey, 29, this summer as boss Brendan Rodgers is not impressed with Fulham’s £10m asking price for the USA forward – Full story: Metro

Nottingham Forest are attempting to sign Norwich City’s Spanish youth international central defender Dani Ayala on a season-long loan – Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are reassessing their next move after 22-year-old Malaga striker Salomon Rondon, a key target, opted to join Russian side Rubin Kazan – Full story: the Sun