Transfer Rumours: Saturday, March 24

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NEWCASTLE UNITED, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Tottenham, Valencia, Villareal, Crystal Palace, Heerenveen and Montpellier are making the transfer headlines.

Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, a target for Arsenal and Newcastle, has refused to sign a new contract at the Stade de la Mosson and admitted he could leave in the summer. - insidefutbol

Real Madrid have made Arsenal striker Robin van Persie their number one summer target and are prepared to pay £25m to snap up the Dutchman. - Daily Express

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has rubbished rumours he is set for a summer switch to Real Madrid and says he wants to stay with his current club for a “long time”. - the Sun

Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as strong favourites to clinch the signature of Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi at the end of the season. - Talksport

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish wants £5million-rated Heerenveen and Holland Under-21 star Bas Dost, who is the top scorer in the Dutch League with 22 goals so far this season. But they face competition from Valencia, who see him as a probable replacement for £20m-rated Roberto Soldado. - Daily Mirror

Manchester City have joined rivals Manchester United in the race to snap up Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne. - Daily Mail

Yesterday’s transfer rumours