Gossip column: Messi, Origi, Evra, Lucas, Davids

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WORLD CUP GOSSIP

The Rio de Janeiro-based Lance newspaper described Brazil's 7-1 defeat by Germany as the "biggest shame in history". Lanceexternal-link

Daily Star
How the Daily Star saw Germany's rout of Brazil

Some in the Brazilian media have blamed Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger for the host nation's humiliating defeat. The rock star backed Brazil - and every time he has announced his support for a team, that team went on to lose. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella had to persuade Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 27, not to quit international football three years ago. Daily Telegraphexternal-link

World Cup winner Ricky Villa - a member of Argentina's triumphant 1978 squad - has backed Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to fire his country past the Netherlands and into the World Cup final. Talksportexternal-link

English referee Howard Webb has defended his performance in the 2010 World Cup final by saying he was unsighted when he failed to send off Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong for a kung-fu kick on Spain's Xabi Alonso. Sun (subscription required)external-link

Not one England player has performed well enough to make the the 2014 World Cup dream team, according to a tournament sponsor. Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Argentina defender Martin Demichelis says the Netherlands' Arjen Robben is "not a fighter" and has vowed to get under the Dutch forward's skin in tonight's semi-final. Guardianexternal-link

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal will complete the signing of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 25, from Barcelona on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed. Talksportexternal-link

Tottenham have made a fresh bid to hijack Liverpool's move for Belgium midfielder Divock Origi, 19. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Juventus are pressing ahead with a £2m bid for Manchester United and France left-back Patrice Evra, 33. Daily Mailexternal-link

Evra's move to the Turin club will see Chilean defensive midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, heading in the opposite direction for a fee of £32m. Daily Expressexternal-link

Manchester City will not sell Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, despite claims that he wants to leave. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Lucas Leiva
Lucas Leiva missed out on Brazil's World Cup squad despite recovering from a mid-season knee injury

Liverpool will sell Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, 27, to fund their bid for Southampton's Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren, 25. Daily Expressexternal-link

West Brom are interested in 23-year-old Australia left-back Jason Davidson, who is a free agent after leaving Dutch Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo. Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo, 31, has said his goodbyes to Shakhtar Donetsk amid reports he is set to join Brazilian club Flamengo. Sky Sportsexternal-link

Italian giants Roma and Napoli and Belgian champions Anderlecht have made offers for 21-year-old United States right-back DeAndre Yedlin, who played in Major League Soccer for Seattle Sounders last season. Sky Sportsexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced from BBC Monitoring)

Paris St-Germain are ready to make a £60m bid for Juventus's 21-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba.Le Figaroexternal-link

Juventus are on the verge of signing 21-year-old striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. Marcaexternal-link

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 36, is waiting for an offer from Juventus after the Ivory Coast international ended his contract with Turkish side Galatasaray. Tuttosportexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, 19, has received death threats over his decision to play for Belgium instead of Albania or Kosovo, according to reports in Serbia.Daily Mailexternal-link

Liverpool will have all of their England World Cup contingent - including captain Steven Gerrard, striker Daniel Sturridge and winger Raheem Sterling - on show for their tour of the United States later this month.Liverpool Echoexternal-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Germany's thrashing of Brazil was the most discussed single sports game ever on Twitter with 35.6 million tweets.

Germany v Brazil Twitter image
There were more than 200 million Facebook interactions by 66 million people as well

Former newspaper editor and talk show host Piers Morganexternal-link gave £5,000 to two charities after an exchange on Twitter with QPR midfielder Joey Barton,external-link because Morgan had predicted that Brazil would beat Germany.

Germany defender Per Mertesacker said: "DIE MANNSCHAFT! I really enjoy this moment... now let's go all in for the final."

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand said:external-link "I hope the Brazilians don't look for a scapegoat here... it's a team effort and they weren't good enough as a group."

The Scottish FA said:external-link "Just a quick reminder that our first #EURO2016 qualifier is vs #GER in Dortmund in September. Good. #naeborra."

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku cannot believe the scoreline in Belo Horizonte

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has shown his shock at the ease of Germany's World Cup semi-final win over Brazil with a cheeky photo on Twitterexternal-link and the message: "Oooh myyyy goood."

Germany and Chelsea striker Andre Schurrle tweetedexternal-link a selfie of him with several of his team-mates out on the pitch following full-time in Belo Horizonte.

Andre Schurrle
"Come oooon Germany!! One last step!!! Rio we come!!!"

Costa Rica goalkeeper Kaylor Navasexternal-link and midfielder Bryan Ruiz took a ride in the cockpit as they flew home from their World Cup adventure.

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano tweeted a photo of a few mates on the team coachexternal-link as they head to Sao Paulo for their World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands.

Brazil striker Neymar has tweeted his thanksexternal-link for the messages of support he has received since suffering a serious back injury towards the end of his country's quarter-final victory over Colombia.

And with Brazil trailing 5-0 at half-time, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen - on the wrong end of an Ashes whitewash in Australia last winter - tweeted:external-link "I've seen 5-0 a few times before... it's not the end of the world, Brazil!"

AND FINALLY

Edgar Davids
Edgar Davids resigned as Barnet player-manager in January

Former Wales international striker Craig Bellamy has turned down the chance to appear on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing because he wants to be taken seriously in his bid to become a manager.Daily Mirrorexternal-link

A football fan decided it would be hilarious to get a Luis Suarez 'bite mark' tattooed on his shoulder - only to spell the 27-year-old Uruguay striker's name wrong. ESPN FCexternal-link

Injured Brazilian striker Neymar had to put up with an image mocking him on Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez's website - after it was targeted by hackers.Metroexternal-link

Former Netherlands midfielder Edgar Davids, 41, has turned down a move to non-league minnows Greenwich Borough. Daily Starexternal-link

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