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Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal and Arjen Robben
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has concerns about the welfare of his players

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says his players will "start hallucinating" if the referee does not let them have water breaks against Mexico in the soaring heat of Fortaleza. Mail on Sundayexternal-link

Arsenal are set to sign Southampton's France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, as well as Chile and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, 25 - eliminating any chance Sanchez might be included in a deal for Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, 27. Sunday Expressexternal-link

The flurry of goals at the World Cup in Brazil is down to climate and not class, according to Michael Davison, a football medicine specialist at the Fifa medical centre of excellence in the UK. (Sunday Telegraph) Sunday Telegraphexternal-link

Costa Rica midfielder Celso Borges believes that he can surpass his father, Alexandre Borges Guimaraes, in the history books by inspiring Los Ticos to a first appearance in the World Cup quarter-finals, at the expense of Greece. Sunday Telegraphexternal-link

Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are interested in PSV Eindhoven winger Mephis Depay, 20, who continues to impress at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Daily Star Sundayexternal-link

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa says despite a disappointing World Cup showing from the organisation's sides - with Japan, South Korea, Australia and Iran all failing to win a game - his focus is on "unlocking the full potential of Asian football." The Straits Timesexternal-link


Real Madrid are preparing a bid for Liverpool and England forward Raheem Sterling, 19, as concerns arise with the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo after an injury-ridden World Cup campaign. Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

Nigel de Jong on the back page of the Daily Star
The Daily Star reports that Manchester United are keen on Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, who will take over at Manchester United after the World Cup, is planning to sign former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, to Old Trafford from AC Milan.Daily Star Sundayexternal-link

However, Van Gaal wants to make £40m Barcelona and Chile frontman Alexis Sanchez, 25, his next purchase after bringing Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera to Old Trafford. Sunday Sunexternal-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to bid for £30m-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 22, who is also a target for a number of Premier League rivals.Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

The Blues boss also wants France midfielder Paul Pogba and is considering paying Juventus £60m for the 21-year-old.Mail on Sundayexternal-link

French club Monaco have agreed to begin negotiations with Real Madrid over the sale of £60m-rated Colombia striker Radamel Falcao.AS (in Spanish)external-link

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has suggested that the Gunners will try to beat Manchester United to Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, after claiming he is a player who has "everything".Sunday Expressexternal-link

Manchester United could make Dutch defender Stefan De Vrij, 22, their third major summer signing after hijacking Lazio's deal for the Feyenoord player. Sunday Expressexternal-link


Liverpool striker Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez cannot train with any club for the next four months

Liverpool will launch a plea to Fifa to allow football outcast Luis Suarez to continue to train with the club during his worldwide ban from all football-related activities. Sunday Expressexternal-link

Meanwhile, former England captain Rio Ferdinand has said he would keep Suarez at Liverpool if he were Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, despite his third biting offence. Mail on Sundayexternal-link

Former England captain Terry Butcher and ex-Northern Ireland internationals Iain Dowie and Lawrie Sanchez are all understood to be in line for the vacant New Zealand job. New Zealand Heraldexternal-link


Brazil and Chile's tense last-16 match racked up the highest tweets per minute (TPM) Twitter has ever tracked for an event - 389,000 TPM as Gonzalo Jara missed the decisive penalty beat February's Super Bowl, which peaked at 382,000 TPM - while also setting a record for total tweets at this World Cup with 16.4m, surpassing Brazil's opener against Croatia (12.2m). Twitterexternal-link

Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon shared his team's victory celebrations with his instagramexternal-link followers after their 2-0 win against Uruguay in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan on Twitterexternal-link after English referee Howard Webb controversially ruled out Hulk's effort that would have put Brazil 2-1 up against Chile: "On further reflection, and after a pint of London Pride, I am downgrading my criticism of Howard Webb from 'useless' to 'mistaken'."


Uruguay had Luis Suarez's kit hung in the changing room ahead of their last-16 defeat by Colombia at the 2014 Fifa World Cup and fans wore masks of the banned striker. Mail on Sundayexternal-link

Park Ji-Sung has sent out Manchester United-themed invitations for his forthcoming marriage that feature a pop-up Old Trafford and the slogan 'Wedding of Dreams' inscribed below. 101greatgoalsexternal-link

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