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Demba Ba: Could be set for a swift exit from Chelsea

Demba Ba: Could be set for a swift exit from Chelsea

DAILY MIRROR

Wayne Rooney has flown home from Manchester United's pre-season tour with a hamstring injury and will be out for a month. And in another hammer blow, new boss David Moyes is set to miss out on prime transfer target Thiago Alcantara, who will instead sign for Bayern Munich.

Arsenal will have to offer £40m for striker Luis Suarez to tempt Liverpool into selling the striker.

Real Madrid stepped up their attempts to land Spurs frontman Gareth Bale by mocking up next season's shirt with his name and favourite number on the back.

Fulham are considering a move for Liverpool's Uruguay international defender Sebastian Coates, with Brendan Rodgers prepared to sell the 22-year-old after he failed to make an impact in two years at Anfield.

Striker Peter Crouch, 32, wants to work with Harry Redknapp for the fifth time in his career by swapping Stoke City for QPR.

The Football Association is to crack down on horror tackles that went unpunished by referees last season because of a loophole in its own rulebook.

THE SUN

Liverpool will not consider any bids under £40m for wantaway striker Luis Suarez.

Tottenham will offer Aston Villa the choice of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore or Tom Huddlestone along with £20m in exchange for striker Christian Benteke.

Wayne Rooney was forced into a 22-hour, 11,922-mile round trip across the globe after being sent home from Manchester United's Far East tour.

England boss Roy Hodgson's worst World Cup nightmare came true when the live TV games were announced.

Trabzonspor have joined Turkish rivals Galatasaray in the race for Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, 26.

West Ham are set to bid for Inter Milan's Serbia international midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic, 25.

Crystal Palace are eyeing a £5m swoop for 25-year-old Sporting Lisbon and Portugal keeper Rui Patricio.

DAILY STAR

Wayne Rooney still wants to quit Manchester United with Chelsea in pole position to sign him for £25m.

Real Madrid have refused to give up on signing Tottenham frontman Gareth Bale in this current transfer window.

Striker Romelu Lukaku has turned down the chance to join West Ham on loan after being assured by Jose Mourinho that he will get his chance at Chelsea.

Aston Villa will sign Demba Ba from Chelsea if they lose Christian Benteke who has asked for a transfer.

Reading are set to make a cut-price bid of £2.5m for Burnley striker Charlie Austin who failed a medical at Hull City this week.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are set to sign former Newcastle keeper Steve Harper, 38, as cover for Allan McGregor.

DAILY MAIL

Manchester City have suffered a setback in their quest to sign Alvaro Negredo, 27, after the Spanish striker claimed he was happy to stay at Sevilla.

Wayne Rooney's uncertain position at Manchester United took another twist when he left the club's pre-season tour with a hamstring injury.

QPR are closing in on a deal for Celtic striker Gary Hooper and are prepared to offer £5m.

Arsenal are reviving their interest in Sevilla's 20-year-old French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and could still make a bid for Swansea defender Ashley Williams who is rated at £10m.

DAILY EXPRESS

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was left distraught last night after suffering a major pre-season injury blow.

Arsenal could be stuck with Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner, 25, as his prospective switch to German side Eintracht Frankfurt is close to collapse.

Highly-rated left-back Luke Shaw, 17, is set to reject offers from Manchester United and Chelsea and sign a new contract with Southampton.

Steven Gerrard will return to full training with Liverpool next week after shoulder surgery.

THE TIMES

Manchester City are close to beating Chelsea and Juventus to the signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic - but it will cost them £30m.

Fulham are interested in signing Liverpool's Uruguay central defender Sebastian Coates.

Tom Huddlestone has been given permission to speak to Sunderland after Spurs accepted a £5m offer for the midfielder.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is hoping to sign striker Peter Crouch from Stoke City.

David Moyes suffered a bitter double blow as the saga surrounding Wayne Rooney took another twist with the Manchester United striker ruled out for a month through injury and the club in grave danger of losing out to Bayern Munich in the race to sign Thiago Alcantara.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Wayne Rooney has left Manchester United's Far East tour and returned home with a hamstring injury that may rule him out of the start of the Premier League season.

Meanwhile, former United defender Gary Neville is confident Rooney will not only stay at Old Trafford but will have the full backing of the club's supporters as soon as he starts playing again.

Arsenal believe an increased bid for Luis Suarez will prompt the striker to force his way out of Liverpool.

THE INDEPENDENT

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 26, is on the verge of a £54m move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester City will table plans to expand capacity at both sides of their Etihad Stadium, giving them the potential to reach a 60,000 capacity.

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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