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Liverpool would want at least £80m to let striker Luis Suarez, 27, join Barcelona in the wake of his four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. The Independentexternal-link

Liverpool have joined Uruguay in considering legal action against Fifa after Suarez was banned from all footballing activity for four months. Times (subscription only)external-link

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How the Times have reported Luis Suarez's four-month ban

The ban on Suarez has infringed his right to work, according to international players' union FifPro. Liverpool Echoexternal-link

The four-month suspension from all football has given Barcelona hope that they get Suarez for around £50m. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Uruguay great Alcides Ghiggia, who scored the winning goal in the 1950 World Cup final in Brazil, has become the first prominent Uruguayan to criticise Suarez. Telegraphexternal-link

Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay squad have landed in Rio for their last-16 tie with Colombia, while Suarez has flown home to Uruguay. Guardianexternal-link

France defender Mamadou Sakho, 24, a Liverpool team-mate of Luis Suarez, could face retrospective disciplinary action after appearing to elbow Ecuador midfielder Oswaldo Minda in the face in Thursday's 0-0 draw. Independentexternal-link


Brazil midfielder Fernandinho believes his move to Manchester City gave him the platform to make it to the World Cup finals. Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

Argentina are anxiously waiting over the fitness of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, with doubts over whether the 26-year-old will play any further part at the World Cup. Guardianexternal-link

Sergio Aguero of Argentina
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero was carried off against Nigeria and could be out of the World Cup

Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie says Lionel Messi can forget about lifting the World Cup unless his Argentina team-mates sort out their "dodgy defending". Sun (subscription only)external-link

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo, 35, has responded to Italy's failure to progress from the group stage of the World Cup by saying he is ready to reverse his decision to retire from international football at the end of the tournament. Telegraphexternal-link

Netherlands manager and new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been criticised by Dutch fans for abandoning 'Total Football'. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

The Spanish football federation have put 63-year-old Vicente Del Bosque in charge of the national side until 2016 to lead the regeneration of the team. As.com (in Spanish)external-link


Inter Milan have given up on their chase for Tottenham winger Erik Lamela, 22, after Tottenham refused to sell. Evening Standardexternal-link

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta celebrates FA Cup final win.
Mikel Arteta, 32, has played 194 games for Arsenal since signing from Everton three years ago

Coventry are expecting the chase for striker Callum Wilson, 22, to hot up now that suitors Bournemouth are set to receive a cash boost from the sale of former junior Adam Lallana to Liverpool. Coventry Telegraphexternal-link

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, 32, is wanted by Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for Manchester United-bound Ander Herrera. Daily Expressexternal-link

Manchester City are set to sign Argentine midfield prospect Bruno Zuculini, 21, from Racing Club for a fee of around £1.5m. Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

Winger Nani, 27, could be on his way out of Manchester United with interest from Arsenal, Inter Milan and Juventus. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Frank Lampard, 36, who left Chelsea at the end of last season, is set to join Manchester City's franchise club New York City in the MLS. Daily Starexternal-link

Manchester United are preparing to test Juventus' resolve over Arturo Vidal, 27, by launching a £30m bid for the Chile midfielder. Daily Starexternal-link

Sevilla claim Liverpool's pursuit of left-back Alberto Moreno, 21, is all but over after the clubs failed to agree a fee with the Spanish side wanting £20m. Independentexternal-link

Lars Bender of Germany
Germany midfielder Lars Bender had to miss the World Cup after picking up a thigh injury in May

Italy striker Mario Balotelli will not be returning to the Premier League with Arsenal after AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani told Milan's website that the 23-year-old will remain with the club. Daily Express external-link

Arsenal are considering a £21m bid for Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender after having a £15m offer for the 25-year-old rejected last summer. Daily Expressexternal-link

Arsenal have turned their attention to Newcastle United defender Mathieu Debuchy, 28. Metroexternal-link

New West Brom boss Alan Irvine is ready to make a fresh £1.75m bid for Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson, 20. Metroexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

French club Lille's 19-year-old Belgium international forward Divock Origi is set to complete a move to Liverpool for £10m. L'Equipe (in French)external-link

Liverpool are close to agreeing a deal for Bayern Munich's 22-year-old Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri. Bild (in German)external-link

Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala says he has not yet decided about his future after Manchester City announced they will increase their efforts to recruit the 23-year-old French international. Le Figaro (in French)external-link


Former FA chairman David Bernstein has delivered a damning indictment of the organisation he led until last year, urging the government to impose change at the top of the English game or condemn the national team to "a vicious circle of failure". Telegraphexternal-link

New Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna, 31, has hit back at suggestions that he left Arsenal only for the money and has hailed new team-mate Yaya Toure as the best midfielder in the world. Daily Mirrorexternal-link


Football pundit Chris Kamaraexternal-link chased down an alleged street robber in Brazil and tweeted followers to keep them up-dated on how the story unfolded.

A picture was tweeted external-linkof USA president Barack Obama watching his country's game against Germany aboard Air Force One en-route to Minneapolis.

Chris Kamara
Pundit Chris Kamara was involved in his own World Cup drama

Pop singer Rihanna, from Barbados, continues to use Twitter to support whichever team is playing the USA. Bleacher Reportexternal-link

England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshereexternal-link tweeted: "Lying in my bed thinking about the World Cup, this feeling will haunt me for a while! Only good thing is I have my son snoring next to me!"


Cheryl Cole has become Newcastle United's latest signing after the former Girls Aloud singer was given a personalised shirt at X-Factor auditions in the city. Daily Mailexternal-link