Gossip column: Suarez, Remy, Messi, Besic, Costa, Vlaar

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New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been told he can break the world transfer record as he looks to bring players to Old Trafford this summer. Guardianexternal-link

Van Gaal says he will assess the quality of his first-team players before sanctioning any more new signings. Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

Striker Loic Remy has travelled to Boston and undergone a medical with Liverpool on the club's pre-season tour of the United States ahead of a proposed £8.5m move from Queens Park Rangers.Independentexternal-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the club are still working on deals for Chelsea's 21-year-old forward Romelu Lukaku and Ferencvaros midfielder Muhamed Besic, also 21.Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign Arsenal target, right-back Javier Manquillo, 20, on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid. Sun (subscription required)external-link

The Sun
The Sun says striker Sergio Aguero is to be offered a big money deal by Manchester City

Southampton are set to step up their interest in Aston Villa's 29-year-old Netherlands international defender Ron Vlaar.Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Tottenham and Arsenal are said to be showing interest in 23-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Douglas Costa. The Brazilian has refused to travel back to Ukraine because of political unrest in the region. Independentexternal-link

Arsenal have rekindled their interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 22, after talks with Real Madrid's 27-year-old midfielder Sami Khedira stalled.Daily Starexternal-link

Striker Divock Origi, 19, is on his way to the United States to seal a £10m move to Liverpool - but will remain at Lille for another season. Daily Expressexternal-link

Spanish club Atletico Madrid are targeting two Arsenal players in attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla and left-back Nacho Monreal, both 29.Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Southampton are set to launch a second bid for Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, 26, after having had an initial offer turned down. Daily Echoexternal-link

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet remains hopeful the club can sign Liverpool's 23-year-old forward Fabio Borini. Evening Chronicleexternal-link

Hull City are in talks to sign Cameroon international defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, 25, from French club Rennes.Sky Sportsexternal-link

Fulham boss Felix Magath has not ruled out selling goalkeeper David Stockdale, 28, to Championship rivals Brighton this summer. Talksportexternal-link


Leading German politicians have called for Russia to be stripped of its hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup following the MH17 plane disaster in eastern Ukraine. Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Liverpool's 26-year-old forward Iago Aspas, currently on loan at Sevilla, says his former Anfield team-mate Luis Suarez, 27, has been "treated like a murderer" by Fifa after the now-Barcelona forward bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. Guardianexternal-link

Lionel Messi
Barcelona's Lionel Messi talked to Arsenal about a move last season

Suarez, 27, has left Barcelona to avoid the media circus surrounding his arrival from Liverpool. Daily Starexternal-link

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 27, sounded out Arsenal last season about a move while he was negotiating with Barcelona over a new contract.Daily Mailexternal-link

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Louis van Gaal will transform Manchester United into title contenders, but that his team will still be the one to beat. Sun (subscription required)external-link

City will offer 26-year-old striker Sergio Aguero a five-year deal worth £52m in wages and bonuses to commit himself to the club. Daily Mailexternal-link

Former Chelsea coach Paul Clement, now assistant manager at Real Madrid, says new Blues signing Filipe Luis, 28, will be a better left-back for the club than 33-year-old Ashley Cole, who left Stamford Bridge to join Roma. Times (subscription required)external-link

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore, 24, is confident Europa League football can be a help and not a hindrance as Hull prepare to make their European debut next week. Hull Daily Mailexternal-link

FA chairman Greg Dyke says Fifa boss Sepp Blatter is "like Kim Jong-un", the North Korean leader. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 28, is eager to start Louis van Gaal's first match in charge of the club against LA Galaxy on Thursday, despite only beginning pre-season training four days ago. Times (subscription required)external-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Manchester United are preparing a £39m offer for Juventus's 27-year-old Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal. Tuttosport (in Italian)external-link

German club Eintracht Frankfurt have ended talks with former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner because of the 26-year-old's high salary demands. Le Figaro (in French)external-link

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has rejected speculation about defender Mats Hummels and midfielder Marco Reus, both 25, moving to Manchester United and Bayern Munich respectively. Bild (in German)external-link

Atletico Madrid are unable to match Chelsea's £13m asking price for Fernando Torres, even though manager Diego Simeone is very keen to sign the 30-year-old striker. As (in Spanish)external-link

Barcelona midfielder Xavi will remain at the Nou Camp until June 2015 after holding last-minute talks with manager Luis Enrique. The 34-year-old midfielder had been linked with a move to Major League Soccer club New York City and Al Arabi of Qatar. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish)external-link


AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli,external-link 23, has posted a video of himself on Instagram reading the autobiography of 32-year-old Paris St-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic while ironing.

David De Gea and David Beckham
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Twitter: "With a legend!"

QPR's 35-year-old defender Rio Ferdinand seems pleased fellow centre-back Steven Caulker, 22, has joined him at the club, tweeting:external-link "I've only been here a few days myself but a warm welcome to Caulker, quality signing."

Meanwhile, Tottenham's 23-year-old winger Andros Townsend appears impressed with QPR's new-look defence posting:external-link "Wow Caulker and Rio Ferdinand in the same team! Not many centre-back partnerships better than that."

Roma left-back Ashley Cole, 33, gets things off his chest on Twitter,external-link saying in a series of messages: "Before I signed at Roma people were killing me about [possibly]playing [in the USA], saying it's for the money and easy lifestyle, I choose to play in a more demanding place and team and people still feel the need to moan. How about you just worry about your team and I'll worry about mine."

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 23, has posted external-linka photograph of himself on Twitter with former Reds Devils midfielder David Beckham under the caption: "With a legend!"


With a pre-season friendly against the New York Red Bulls looming, Arsenal players attempt to blend in with the locals by having a go at their best "New Yoick" accents. ESPN FCexternal-link

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to reveal his true feelings about David Moyes's 10-month reign at the club in an updated autobiography to be released later this year. Daily Expressexternal-link

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