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Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, 30, says Argentina have no chance of beating Germany in Sunday's World Cup final. Mail on Sundayexternal-link

Before leaving his post as manager of the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal had to resolve a feud over the captaincy between Robben and skipper Robin van Persie, 30, who van Gaal feels is a contender to lead Manchester United. Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

Van Persie handed the medal he received for his country's win over Brazil in the third-place play-off to a Dutch supporter just a few moments after the striker had received it from Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Independentexternal-link

Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, 29, says his side will learn from Brazil's World Cup humiliation and stay focused. Observerexternal-link

Brazil's players would have earned £2m apiece had the hosts won the World Cup. Daily Star Sundayexternal-link


Juventus are lining up a £20m bid for Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, 25, which could pave the way for Manchester United to sign Arturo Vidal, 27, from the Italian champions. Sunday Telegraphexternal-link

Paulinho joined Tottenham last summer

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, 27, is set to reject the chance to move to Manchester United despite being offered a £150,000-per-week deal. Sunday Expressexternal-link

Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, 25, has arrived in London to complete his £11m switch to West Ham from Mexican club Pachuca. The Sun on Sunday (subscription required)external-link

Manchester City are closing in on Porto's France international central defender Eliaquim Mangala, 23, who Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini believes will form a new partnership with captain Vincent Kompany.Mail on Sundayexternal-link

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who is likely to be unveiled at Old Trafford on Thursday, is hoping to quickly sign a number of stars including Germany's Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, both 25. Sunday Expressexternal-link

Van Gaal, 62, has declared that Dutch winger Arjen Robben knows that he would be welcome to follow him to Old Trafford. Sunday Telegraphexternal-link

Liverpool are ready to make a £26m offer for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 21.Caughtoffside.comexternal-link

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku scored 15 goals in the Premier League for Everton while on loan last season

Newcastle have approached Monaco as they attempt to sign striker Emmanuel Riviere, 24.Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

AC Milan have ruled out signing 22-year-old Genoa full-back Sime Vrsaljko, who is a target for Arsenal.Talksportexternal-link

Dynamo Moscow want to make Wilfried Zaha, 21, their second summer signing from Manchester United, following their capture of Alex Buttner.Sun on Sunday (subscription required)external-link


Luis Suarez could lose as much as £3m of his £10m-per-year Barcelona salary if he bites another opponent.Sunday Peopleexternal-link


Argentina striker Sergio Aguero posted a picture from the team bus on his Facebookexternal-link page as he and his team-mates prepare for Sunday's World Cup final.

Facebook external-linkhave released a visualisation looking at who neutrals are supporting at the World Cup.

Robin van Persie thanked Brazil for hosting an "incredible experience" at the World Cup on his Facebook page.external-link


A rock formation shaped like the World Cup has become a tourist attraction in Pa Hin Ngam national park, Thailand.Metroexternal-link

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