Regional Paper Talk: Battle on for Mario

Chelsea and Arsenal are fighting for the signature of Mario Mandzukic, while Louis Van Gaal has re-ignited interest in midfielder Arturo Vidal.

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Mario Mandzukic: Bayern star set for exit

Mario Mandzukic: Bayern star set for exit

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea and Arsenal will now step up their battle to sign Mario Mandzukic after the Croatia international striker confirmed he is leaving Bayern Munich this summer.

Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is confident he will play at the World Cup as he makes a cautious return to fitness after knee surgery.

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea may well have made a mistake allowing Daniel Sturridge to leave for title rivals Liverpool in January 2013.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Louis van Gaal's World Cup homework has re-ignited United's interest in Chilean powerhouse midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Joe Hart keen to forget past major tournaments and insists the team are defending well going into their Brazil campaign.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Jordan Henderson is ready to take his Liverpool partnership with Steven Gerrard into England's World Cup campaign.

Raheem Sterling can be England's secret weapon at the World Cup - according to Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United's bid for Remy Cabella has been complicated by his World Cup call-up.

Sunderland have no interest in allowing Adam Johnson to leave on loan.

THE JOURNAL

Sunderland will have to pay £13.8m if they want to sign Moussa Sow after Fenerbahce disclosed details of the Senegalese striker's release clause.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland's Adam Johnson admits he is still a little baffled as to why he wasn't picked for the World Cup.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham City have added Stephen Gleeson to their ranks of Bosman signings. The Dubliner has signed a two-year deal on free transfer from MK Dons.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom have dismissed a bid from Burnley for Craig Dawson and told the Premier League new-boys the former England Under-21s man is not for sale.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke City skipper Ryan Shawcross has given the thumbs up to the club's latest recruits - and says it's all systems go to improve on the Potters Premier League best of ninth position and 50 points.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Jon Obi Mikel believes Nigeria have improved over the past four years and have the ability to win the World Cup.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Loic Remy reckons this World Cup could be his one and only appearance on the global stage - and he plans to make the most of it.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Garry Monk is excited by the prospect of seeing his squad at the start of next season as he works hard to reshape Swansea City.

WALES ONLINE

Swansea City could have to make Ashley Williams the highest-paid player in the club's history if they want to seal a new contract for their captain.

THE PINK UN

Norwich City club captain Russell Martin has undergone surgery this summer - but it should not affect his preparations for next season.

THE DAILY ECHO

Southampton starlet Luke Shaw is reported to have told Saints that he wanted to leave the club on the final day of last season.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City are confident manager Steve Bruce will be at the helm at the start of the new Premier League season despite speculation linking him with a move to Southampton.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

The winding-up petition hanging over Leeds United will go before a judge in London tomorrow after Sport Capital resisted pressure to withdraw it early.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Sheffield United have announced the signing of midfielder Ben Davies on a free transfer.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Matty Fryatt is understood to be one of the two signings Nottingham Forest are closing in after the striker rejected a new deal at Hull City.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Leicester City have announced a record number of season ticket sales for the King Power Stadium. City have sold 22,000 season tickets for their return to the Premier League this season.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Gary Bowyer has urged all of his Blackburn Rovers squad to emulate the attitude of Chris Taylor.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Wigan Athletic remain fully committed towards their proposed new training base at Charnock Richard despite their failure to win promotion.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Karl Oyston wants Jose Riga to revolutionise Blackpool FC and introduce a European culture to the club.

EVENING GAZETTE

Tomas Mejias is targeting first team football after committing his future to Middlesbrough.

THE STAR

Ben Davies and Chris Porter have signed new contracts at Sheffield United, the Bramall Lane club confirmed this morning.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

Ex-Huddersfield Town defender Calum Woods has joined Preston North End.

DONCASTER FREE PRESS

Chris Brown is keen to look ahead to Doncaster Rovers' League One campaign following the club's dramatic relegation on the final day of last season.

READING POST

Begbies Traynor Group (BTG), a firm who specialises in corporate rescue and recovery services, are now in charge of the sale of Reading.

THE ARGUS

New boss Sami Hyypia has begun planning for his first season with Albion. The recently-appointed manager has been studying matches from last term as he prepares for life in the Championship.

IPSWICH STAR

Elliott Hewitt could carve out a role as a midfielder at Ipswich Town next season, according to Gillingham manager Peter Taylor.

WATFORD OBSERVER

Lloyd Doyley could not stem the tide as Jamaica were thrashed 8-0 by France in Lille last night.

THE SCOTSMAN

Hamilton player/boss Alex Neil has agreed a new deal with the club.

Hibernian have denied claims that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is eyeing a stake in the club.

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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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