Paper News and Gossip: Wayne Rooney New Deal, Arsenal 'Reality Check'

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterDecember 15, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Wayne Rooney New Deal, Arsenal 'Reality Check'

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    Manchester United supporters could be set for some much-needed good news, according to reports in the Sunday newspapers.

    The Old Trafford club has entered into negotiations with striker Wayne Rooney over a new contract, which is valued at £50 million over four years.

    Arsenal's 6-3 defeat at Manchester City is viewed as a reality check for the Gunners and manager Arsene Wenger by one article on Sunday morning.

    But who else is making the headlines on Sunday? Read on to find out more.

Wayne Rooney Set for Talks with Manchester United on £50 Million New Deal

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    Manchester United are poised to open negotiations on a new contract for striker Rooney, report Rob Draper and Joe Bernstein of the Mail On Sunday.

    The England international's current deal expires in 18 months, and the club has intimated that it wants to open talks with the player about an extension, claims the article.

    United chief executive Ed Woodward has contacted Rooney's agent over talks about a reported four-year deal, which will be worth £50 million to the 28-year-old, claim Draper and Bernstein.

    Meanwhile, United manager David Moyes is targeting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Roma star Kevin Strootman in January, reports John Richardson of the Sunday Express.

    Tim Rich of the Independent On Sunday believes Barcelona star Andres Iniesta and Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke are in Moyes' sights.

    Paul Hetherington and Steve Millar of the Daily Star Sunday claim United and Manchester City will make moves for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

    United and Arsenal are set to battle for the signature of Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, claims Harry Pratt of the Daily Star Sunday.

    Another Bernabeu star, Sami Khedira, is interesting United and Arsenal for a summer move, reports Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror.

Arsenal Suffer 'Reality Check' as Arsene Wenger Set to Sign New Contract

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    Arsenal's 6-3 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday has been described as an "emphatic reality check" by Andy Dunn of the Sunday Mirror.

    Dunn believes the lack of depth in the Gunners' squad came home to roost at the Etihad Stadium, and he highlighted the fact Mesut Ozil was playing his 26th match of the season to underline his view that the north London club has no cover for the midfielder.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to sign a new deal to keep him at the club until 2017, reports Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror.

    Wenger has also been linked with a move for Hoffenheim winger Kevin Volland, who is also interesting Liverpool, reports Jim Hughes of the Sunday Mirror.

Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez Poised for New Anfield Deal

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    Liverpool are poised to open talks with Luis Suarez's agent over improvements to the forward's deal with the club, reports Dean Jones of the Sunday People.

    After a summer of uncertainty over the Uruguay international's future, the former Ajax man has returned to the Liverpool fold in excellent form this season.

    Suarez's representative, Pere Guardiola, will now meet with Anfield officials before the end of the year to discuss the player's future, claims Jones.

    According to the article, both Barcelona and Real Madrid want to sign the forward, and a potential greater transfer-trigger clause could be inserted into any new deal.

    Meanwhile, former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp used his column for The Sun (subscription required) to claim Suarez is an ideal replacement for the injured Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain.

Gerard Deulofeu out for 'Several Weeks' but Everton Hopeful on Leighton Baines

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    Everton's on-loan Barcelona star Gerard Deulofeu could be out for two months after picking up a hamstring injury in the win over Fulham on Saturday, reports Phil Thomas of The Sun (subscription required).

    The young Spaniard was carried from the field during the match at Goodison Park and is likely to be absent for several weeks, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

    We don’t know how big a tear it is yet — but we do  expect him to be out for a bit of time.

    We will have to be patient and make sure he comes back as strong as he can be in the final third of the season.

    Meanwhile, Everton believe they will hold on to Leighton Baines during the January transfer window, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    According to the article, Manchester United were preparing to make a move for the England international but have now turned their attention to Luke Shaw of Southampton.

Bits and Pieces: David Beckham, Ashley Young, Steve Clarke, Fredy Guarin

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    Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham is set to complete his MLS franchise with Miami before the end of the year, reports Dave Wood of the Mail On Sunday.

    According to the report, Beckham wants to build a 25,000-seater stadium in the Dodge Island area of the Florida city.

    Manchester United winger Ashley Young could be set for a return to Aston Villa in January, claims Rob Shepherd of the Mail On Sunday.

    West Bromwich Albion sacked head coach Steve Clarke after the defeat to Cardiff on Saturday and may now turn to Martin Jol, Malky Mackay or former boss Roberto Di Matteo, reports Graham Hill of The Sun (subscription required).

    Chelsea are poised to snatch Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin from under the noses of Manchester United, claim Tom Hopkinson and Alan Oliver of the Sunday People.

    Newcastle United are preparing to make a move for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov next month, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    Tottenham are leading the chase for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, reports the Daily Star Sunday.