Gossip column: Neymar, Suarez, Debuchy, Cole, Barkley, Lampard

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Brazil legend Zico laments the loss of injured forward Neymar, saying: "We cannot overstate his importance." He criticises Fifa for not being stricter with fouls, adding that Colombia's Juan Camilo Zuniga should be punished retrospectively for his challenge that ended Neymar's World Cup. Observerexternal-link

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims the absence of suspended captain and defender Thiago Silva, 29, "is as or more important" to Brazil than the loss of Neymar. Marcaexternal-link

Germany striker Lukas Podolski, 29, says the pressure is all on hosts Brazil ahead of their World Cup semi-final. Sunday Telegraphexternal-link

Brazil insist they can win the World Cup without Neymar, 22, but on the beaches, fans are already in mourning. Observerexternal-link

Republic of Ireland assistant manager and ex-Manchester United captain Roy Keane, 42, says England paid the price for taking younger players with little or no top-level experience to Brazil. Sunday Telegraphexternal-link


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Liverpool will make a last-ditch attempt to persuade former England full-back Ashley Cole, 33, to join them. Mail on Sundayexternal-link

Former Chelsea defender Cole has reportedly agreed a three-year contract with Roma.Sunday Peopleexternal-link

Everton will dismiss any interest in midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, from Manchester City - but manager Roberto Martinez could consider a deal to bring Jack Rodwell, 23, back to Goodison Park. Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will allow centre-back Martin Skrtel, 29, to leave if he finds a replacement, with Southampton's Dejan Lovren, 25, his top target. Sunday Expressexternal-link

Newcastle United defender Mathieu Debuchy, 28, has confirmed he will be joining Arsenal this summer. Sunday Expressexternal-link

Newcastle are eyeing up a move for Ajax right-back Ricardo van Rhijn, 23, this summer as a replacement for Debuchy. Metroexternal-link

Liverpool will receive £75.5m from 27-year-old Uruguay striker Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona. Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, is poised to announce he will sign for New York City FC. Daily Star Sundayexternal-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bring in either Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, or Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin, 24. Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

Juventus want £45m plus winger Nani from Manchester United for midfielder Arturo Vidal, who is also 27. Daily Star Sundayexternal-link


Edin Dzeko
Dzeko joined Manchester City from Wolfsburg in January 2011

The Football Association will prepare a 384-page tactical report on England's unsuccessful World Cup campaign to help manager Roy Hodgson's bid to qualify for Euro 2016. Mail on Sundayexternal-link

Manchester City insist there is no panic at Etihad Stadium over Edin Dzeko's failure to sign a new contract. The 27-year-old Bosnia-Hercegovina striker is one of six City players with only 12 months left on their deals and was expected to agree an extension after playing a key role in their title triumph last season. Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

Tottenham's France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 27, asked whether he would be at Spurs next season, said "I should be" but also told reporters: "I don't want to speak about my situation now." London Evening Standardexternal-link

Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri will take a £40,000-a-week pay cut in his new deal at Manchester City. Daily Star Sundayexternal-link

Manchester United newcomer Luke Shaw, 18, will emerge as England's first-choice left-back next season. Sunday Peopleexternal-link


Argentina squad
A euphoric Argentina squad following the 1-0 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals

Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul on Twitterexternal-link after his penalty-saving exploits as a substitute took his team into the World Cup semi-finals: "Words can't describe how proud I am to be part of this team and this fantastic journey."

Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi posts a Facebook pictureexternal-link of his jubilant team-mates after their quarter-final win over Belgium with the words: "Another little step!!! Vamos Argentinaaaaaa!!!"

Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Twitter:external-link "Read you returned home today Neymar. The World Cup is now missing a star. Get well soon, and back on the pitch."

Brazil and Chelsea midfielder Oscar on Twitterexternal-link about Neymar: "I love you, my brother! That's all I can say at this time! You can be sure that we will run twice for you!"


Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella expressed his sympathy for Brazil's injured striker Neymar, but his team's fans celebrated with a spinal cord skeleton after the win against Belgium. Mail on Sundayexternal-link

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