Gossip column: Liverpool to sign Lallana for £40m – more on Lovren, Sagna, Paulinho, Bent
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Liverpool are preparing a sensational £40m double swoop for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, 26, and defender Dejan Lovren, 24. Manager Brendan Rodgers wants to make the Saints an offer they can’t refuse as Liverpool prepare for a return to the Champions League.
Adam Lallana could be heading into the Champions League with Liverpool
Full story: Daily Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-transfers-lallana-lovren-40m-3552630
Bacary Sagna, 31, will hold formal talks with Premier League champions Manchester City next week. The full-back will play his last game for Arsenal in the FA Cup final against Hull, but will head straight to talks with City before joining up with his France team-mates ahead of the World Cup.
Full story: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2630771/Bacary-Sagna-talk-Manchester-City-Arsenal-defender-looks-set-move.html
Paulinho has dismissed speculation he could quit Tottenham for a move across London to Chelsea this summer. The Brazilian midfielder, 25, has been linked with a move to the Blues after just a year at White Hart Lane.
Full story: Metro http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/16/paulinho-rubbishes-talk-of-swapping-tottenham-for-chelsea-4730267/
Newcastle United have turned to Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, 30, to fix their striker woes after giving up on Arsenal and Liverpool target Loic Remy.
Full story: Daily Express http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/476431/Newcastle-turn-attention-to-Darren-Bent-after-giving-up-on-Loic-Remy
Chelsea are eyeing a swap deal with Bayern Munich involving midfielder David Luiz, 27, and striker Mario Mandzukic, 27.
Full story: Daily Express http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/476252/Chelsea-to-swap-David-Luiz-for-Arsenal-target-Mario-Mandzukic-AND-15m
David Luiz is attracting interest from across Europe
Arsenal and Premier League runners-up Liverpool are still keeping tabs on 28-year-old former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, who is currently playing for Lille.
Full story: Daily Star http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/379122/Arsenal-and-Liverpool-STILL-mulling-up-move-for-ex-Chelsea-star-Salomon-Kalou
Liverpool are on alert as Chelsea consider a loan option for Eden Hazard’s 21-year-old brother, Thorgan. The attacking midfielder has been on loan at Zulte Waregem.
Full story: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2630717/Liverpool-ready-make-loan-Eden-Hazards-younger-brother-Thorgan.html
Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United he wants to make fellow Dutchman Arjen Robben, 30, his first signing if he takes over at Old Trafford.
Full story: Metro http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/16/louis-van-gaal-tells-manchester-united-to-sign-arjen-robben-4729969/
Everton are prepared to rival Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United for 19-year-old Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez
Full story: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2630797/Everton-rival-Liverpool-Arsenal-Manchester-United-Atletico-Madrid-midfielder-Saul-Niguez.html OTHER GOSSIP
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will sign a new £8m-a-year contract to stay with the Gunners whether they win the FA Cup on Saturday or not.
Full story: The Sun (subscription only) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5632345/Arsene-Wenger-will-sign-new-8mil-a-year-deal-even-if-Arsenal-lose.html
But former Arsenal player Alan Smith says Arsene Wenger’s future at the club hinges on an FA Cup final victory over Hull City.
Full story: TalkSPORT http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-smith-wengers-future-hangs-fa-cup-victory-14051691477#UZiP4J5ra73kDtWz.99
Ajax coach Frank De Boer claims he is ready to stay with the Dutch club after Tottenham’s interest in him becoming their new head coach appeared to dwindle.
Full story: Daily Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/tottenham-manager-search-twist-frank-3551514
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes 33-year-old midfielder Steven Gerrard will not let their title slip affect his World Cup form with England.
Frank Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer with 211 goals from 649 games
Full story: The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/16/steven-gerrard-england-world-cup-brendan-rodgers
Manchester United will show Saturday’s Netherlands-Ecuador friendly on MUTV before Louis van Gaal is announced as David Moyes’s successor.
Full story: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2630599/Manchester-United-Holland-vs-Ecuador-MUTV-Louis-van-Gaal-announced-David-Moyes-successor.html
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 35, has delayed a decision on his future until after the World Cup.
Full story: The Times (subscription only) http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/football/clubs/chelsea/article4092388.ece
Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, 29, is very happy at Inter Milan, says his agent, despite interest from Arsenal.
Full story: TalkSPORT http://talksport.com/football/handanovic-very-happy-inter-says-agent-amid-interest-arsenal-14051691561#7QSQQbKiJBG4tSsB.99
Steven N’Zonzi has handed in a second transfer request to Stoke. The French midfielder, 25, had his first bid to leave rejected last summer and the Potters will refuse again.
Full story: Daily Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/stoke-transfers-steven-nzonzi-demands-3553315
Aston Villa have offered midfielder Gary Gardner, 21, a new contract. His current deal expires at the end of this month.
Full story: Birmingham Mail http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-offer-contract-extension-7133180
Manager Jose Mourinho will give youngsters a chance at the “right time” and reveals hopes to stay at Chelsea for the next decade.
Full story: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2630710/Jose-Mourinho-youngsters-chance-right-time-reveals-hopes-stay-Chelsea-decade.html AND FINALLY
Actor Omar Sharif is jetting in from his home in Paris to cheer on his beloved Hull City at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. The star of Lawrence Of Arabia was introduced to the club by Sir Tom Courtenay when they shared a London flat in the 1960s.
Full story: Daily Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/fa-cup-final-arsenal-vs-3553159
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