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Mexico coach Miguel Herrera
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera wants to continue until the 2018 World Cup

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera is keen to stay on following El Tri's exit from the World Cup so he can "finish what we've started" when Russia 2018 comes around. Fifa.comexternal-link

Germany manager Joachim Low has been told his job is safe even if his side are knocked out of the World Cup by Algeria. Daily Mailexternal-link

Fifa has denied reports that it banned some fans from wearing Luis Suarez masks during the Uruguay-Colombia match, following the striker's four-month ban. Marca (in Spanish)external-link

Brazil defender Dani Alves, 31, feels Chile have been among the best teams in this World Cup, adding that the pressure to perform against them was "simply stunning". AS.com (in Spanish)external-link

Germany are hoping Jerome Boateng is fit enough to face Algeria after the 25 year-old defender returned for their final training session following a minor knee problem. Bild (in German) external-link

Fiorentina's Colombian midfielder Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, who has been linked with Barcelona, will only think about his future after the World Cup. Marca external-link

Nigeria's John Mikel Obi insists the £2m appearance fee row that overshadowed the Super Eagles' progress into the last 16 has been resolved and they are fully focused on their last-16 tie with France. Guardianexternal-link


Paul Pogba of Juventus
Chelsea target Paul Pogba is happy at Juventus

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has not given up hope of signing France international Paul Pogba, 21, even though the Juventus midfielder's agent claims he does not want to leave Turin. Evening Standardexternal-link

Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, 24, has agreed a £4m-a-season deal with Real Madrid after rejecting three lucrative offers from Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona. Marca.comexternal-link

Liverpool remain locked in talks to sign highly-rated Belgium striker Divock Origi, 19, from Lille - but are likely to complete the transfer of Adam Lallana, 26, from Southampton on Monday. Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Monaco's Colombian striker James Rodriguez, 22, says he wants to play in Spain, especially for Real Madrid. As.com (in Spanish)external-link

Barcelona are ready to offer Liverpool's Luis Suarez, 27, a £40m contract, but only if the striker agrees to a special "bite clause". Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Meanwhile, Liverpool want Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 25, as part of the deal. Daily Starexternal-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning a £23m move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, as he believes the German can bring the best out of countryman Mesut Ozil. Sun (subscription required)external-link

Wenger is also stepping up his interest in Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, who is currently away on World Cup duty with France. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Newcastle United's attempt to sign Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, 22, is still in the balance with Hamburg hoping to persuade the German to run down his contract and join them on a free transfer in 2015. Newcastle Chronicleexternal-link

Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent, 30, has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor, with Villa open to offers for the £24m striker. Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Swansea have not received any bids for Spanish forward Michu, despite reports linking the 28-year-old with a move to Italian club Napoli. South Wales Evening Postexternal-link

Atletico Madrid are set to sell winger Arda Turan, 27, to Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea to fund a move for Arsenal's 29-year-old wideman Santi Cazorla. Daily Expressexternal-link

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen's move to Manchester United is on the verge of being completed, with a fee for the 28-year-old set to be agreed. Talksportexternal-link

Swansea defender Ben Davies, 21, will become Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino's first signing at the north London club for a fee of around £8m. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Striker Mario Balotelli, 23, is said to be ready to force through a move to Arsenal from AC Milan this summer, following Italy's exit from the World Cup. Metroexternal-link

Blackpool winger Tom Ince, 22, is set to sign for Hull as Steve Bruce continues to strengthen the Tigers squad. Daily Mailexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

Kaka of Brazil
Kaka could be heading back to Brazil

Brazilian club Sao Paulo claim they have finalised an agreement with AC Milan, Major League Soccer and Orlando City to take 32 year-old forward Kaka on loan until December 2014. L'Equipe (in French)external-link

Dinamo Zagreb have declined a £3m transfer enquiry from Inter Milan for 21 year-old midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. Tuttorport (in Italian)external-link

Liverpool are preparing a £21m bid for Bayer Leverkusen's 25-year-old midfielder Lars Bender. Bild (in German)external-link

Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, 25, does not want to leave the Camp Nou, but if pushed out he would choose Arsenal over Liverpool. Le Figaro (in French)external-link

Atletico Madrid, who are looking to replace striker Diego Costa, 25, and on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 22, have offered £24m for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, 21, and the Italian club's Slovenian stopper Samir Handanovic, 29. Le Figaro (in French)external-link

Bayern Munich and Manchester City have joined a host of suitors interested in signing Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, from Juventus. Bild (in German)external-link

West Ham have agreed a deal for Nice's 22 year-old defender Timothee Kolodziejczak, who is also a target for Southampton and Queens Park Rangers. L'Equipe (in French)external-link


Costa Rica celebrate victory against Greece
Costa Rica celebrate their penalty shootout victory against Greece in the last 16 of the World Cup

Netherlands goalscorer Wesley Sneijder took to Facebookexternal-link to celebrate his team's last-16 victory over Mexico, saying: "Difficult & great victory. To make the difference with our team in the last 3 mins is fantastic."

Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar added on twitter:external-link "What a game, unbelievable team spirit, really proud. Quarter finals now! ‪#‎believe ‪#‎NedMex ‪#‎Brazil"

A Dutch airline company has deleted a tweet mocking Mexico's exit from the World Cup with a picture of an airport 'departures' sign. NBC Newsexternal-link

Meanwhile, Mexico striker Giovani dos Santos, 25, thanked the supporters following El Tri's World Cup exit. "Today more than ever, proud of being Mexican! Thank you all for your messages of support and encouragement," he tweeted.external-link

Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell - who spent last season on loan from Arsenal at Greek side Olympiakos - posted a celebratory picture on twitterexternal-link following Los Ticos' penalty shootout victory against Greece, declaring: "¡¡This is Costa Rica!!"

And Campbell's Costa Rica team-mate Alvaro Saborio gave fans a glimpse of the victorious team in the dressing room.external-link

Meanwhile, Facebook posts like Neymar's fist-pumping photoexternal-link following Brazil's win over Cameroon, which received 2.5 million likes, has helped the social network site record more than one billion World Cup interactions since the tournament began on 12 June. It is the first time one event has breached the billion threshold.


Departing Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has decided to skip a post-World Cup holiday in order to take charge of Manchester United as soon as possible. Daily Mailexternal-link


Banned Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been offered £1,200 a week to play for Kosovo Superleague club Hajvalia, which believes his suspension by football's world governing body does not apply because Kosovo is not yet a full member of Fifa. Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Colombia striker James Rodriguez was offered to Manchester United for £5m as a teenager but Sir Alex Ferguson signed Old Trafford flop Bebe for £7.4m instead. Guardianexternal-link

And after watching Rodriguez, 22, throughout the 2012-13 season, United once again failed to move for the forward after baulking at Porto's £40m asking price and Monaco stepped in. Daily Starexternal-link

A South Korea fan threw handfuls of sweets at the national team on their return home from the World Cup - having been comfortably beaten by both Algeria and Belgium in the group stage - as the term "eat taffy" is sometimes used as an insult in the country. Independentexternal-link

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