Gossip column: Van Gaal, Yaya Toure, Aguero, Suarez, Debuchy

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Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is a "genius" and the right man to bring success back to Manchester United, according to former Dutch midfielder Ronald de Boer. Talksportexternal-link

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero was injured during Argentina's group-stage win over Nigeria

Brazil's players have been to see the team psychiatrist to help them get over the shock of losing forward Neymar, 22, to a back injury. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Argentina are set to gamble on the fitness of Sergio Aguero, 26, for Wednesday night's semi-final against the Netherlands after the striker missed two matches with a groin injury. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul's mind games during the penalty shootout win over Costa Rica have been backed by former Sunderland midfielder Don Hutchison - who claims he once did the same to former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer during a Tyne-Wear derby. Newcastle Chronicleexternal-link


Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, is reportedly unhappy again with the Premier League champions, with Chelsea, Liverpool or Paris St-Germain likely to vie for the Ivorian's services. Daily Expressexternal-link

West Ham United have made a £12m bid to bring Ukraine international winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, 24, to Upton Park from Dnipro. Sky Sportsexternal-link

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 27, is in limbo as his move to Barcelona is being held up by a dispute over how to structure the £75m fee. Daily Mailexternal-link

Inter Milan are keen on signing Cardiff City's Chilean international midfielder Gary Medel on loan, with a view to making the deal permanent in 12 months' time. Wales Onlineexternal-link

Mathieu Debuchy
Mathieu Debuchy joined Newcastle from Lille in 2013

France right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 28, is expected to have a medical at Arsenal this week in preparation for a proposed £7.9m move from Newcastle United. Guardianexternal-link

Newcastle United could be offered Costa Rica World Cup striker Joel Campbell, 22, as part of the deal that takes Debuchy to Arsenal. Newcastle Chronicleexternal-link

The Gunners may also offer right-back Carl Jenkinson, 22, to the Magpies if their bid for Debuchy comes to fruition. Daily Mailexternal-link

Sunderland may seek to bring in Manchester City's Jack Rodwell, 23, on loan in a bid to bolster their midfield following several departures from their squad over the summer.Daily Starexternal-link

Swansea City are close to agreeing a £4m deal with Hungarian club Ferencvaros for midfielder Muhamed Besic, 21, who played for Bosnia-Hercegovina at the World Cup. Talksportexternal-link

Barcelona have joined Manchester United in the race for Borussia Dortmund's German World Cup defender Mats Hummels, 25. Daily Expressexternal-link

Former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole was released by Chelsea this summer after spending eight years at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool have been forced to admit defeat in their attempts to sign Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez, 25, who looks set to join Arsenal instead. Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, is in line to join former Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole at Roma after leaving Stamford Bridge. Daily Mailexternal-link

Cole, 33, has taken a pay cut of around 75% in signing for the Italian Serie A outfit. Sun (subscription required)external-link

Liverpool have been told they must raise their bid to £25m if they want to sign Croatia central defender Dejan Lovren, 25, from Southampton. Daily Starexternal-link

Benfica's Serbian winger Lazar Markovic, 20, will become a worldwide star when he completes a move to Liverpool, says his international boss Ljubinko Drulovic. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Inter Milan and Galatasaray are competing for 28-year-old Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo, who spent the latter part of last season on loan at Juventus and has not reported for pre-season training with the Saints because of illness. Southern Daily Echoexternal-link


Nike will next year end a kit supply deal with Manchester United dating back to 2002 because the American sportswear firm does not believe renewing it makes commercial sense. Reutersexternal-link

However, Nike has insisted it is still in discussions with United over extending their agreement. Daily Mailexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Newcastle United are in the running for Juventus' 26-year-old defender Mauricio Isla. Tuttosport (in Italian)external-link

Inter Milan are close to signing a deal with Rubin Kazan for their 24-year-old French midfielder Yann M'Vila. L'Equipe (in French)external-link

Atletico Madrid are in negotiations with Russian side Zenit St Petersburg for Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel, 25, and Argentine defender Cristian Ansaldi, 27. Marca (in Spanish)external-link


Former England captain David Beckham offered his sympathies to Brazil's injured talisman Neymar on his Facebook page,external-link as well as predicting that the Barcelona player will come back even stronger from his World Cup setback.

Brazil defender David Luiz has tweetedexternal-link support for injured team-mate Neymar, insisting he is still a part of their bid to reach the World Cup final despite a back injury.

BBC World Cup presenter Gary Lineker used a rest day on Monday to take in the stunning views above Rio de Janeiro, tweeting:external-link "Sunset chopper flight above Rio. One of the most jaw-droppingly awesome things I've ever done."

Colombia reached the last eight before losing to Brazil

Colombia's players returned home as World Cup heroes after reaching the quarter-finals for the first time - and have been immortalised as toy figurines, as goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon has posted on Instagram.external-link

US goalkeeper Tim Howard asked followers on his Facebook pageexternal-link to say what they think he could save for them - responses included "my relationship", "the whales" and "the planet Alderaan in Star Wars".

Southampton fan Karl Hopkins has set up a Facebook pageexternal-link apologising to referee Mark Clattenburg for the criticism the official received for his comments towards then-Saints midfielder Adam Lallana last season. Clattenburg allegedly told Lallana "you have changed since you've played for England" and, following Lallana's departure to Liverpool, Hopkins has said sorry for the abuse that was directed at the referee.


Luis Suarez shirts are already on sale in a Barcelona sports shop, even though his proposed move from Liverpool has yet to go through. Independentexternal-link

The second day of pre-season training for Manchester United's players will see them have a follow-up session at the unusual time of 17:30 following an order from new boss Louis van Gaal, who is still with the Dutch national side at the World Cup in Brazil. Daily Mailexternal-link

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