Paper Gossip: Man Utd Quoted £60M for Paul Pogba, Arsenal Eye Balotelli, Remy

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 8, 2014

Paper Gossip: Man Utd Quoted £60M for Paul Pogba, Arsenal Eye Balotelli, Remy

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    The World Cup is almost upon us, but the newspapers are still brimming with transfer speculation articles.

    Manchester United have been quoted £60 million to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford, claims one report, while Louis van Gaal has been linked with a treble raid on the Bundesliga.

    Arsenal are eyeing moves for Mario Balotelli and Loic Remy, while one man is being lined up to replace Arsene Wenger in 2017, according to reports.

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

Juventus Quote Man Utd £60M for Pogba as Hummels, Schweinsteiger, Mueller Linked

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    If Manchester United want to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus, it is going to cost them £60 million, reports Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday.

    The 21-year-old left United two years ago and joined the Serie A giants where he has since since won two titles.

    But Juventus are reluctant to allow the France international to return to Old Trafford, claims the article.

    Meanwhile, incoming United manager Louis van Gaal wants the United hierarchy to land Mats Hummels, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Mueller this summer, reports Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday.

Arsenal Eyeing Mario Balotelli and Loic Remy, Bould Lined Up to Replace Wenger

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    Arsenal are preparing transfer moves for Mario Balotelli and Loic Remy, claims Rob Shepherd of the Mail on Sunday.

    According to the article, AC Milan are looking to move Balotelli on, and the Gunners are keener to sign the Italy international than Liverpool.

    Shepherd also claims Remy, who was on loan at Newcastle last season, is bound for the Emirates Stadium from Queens Park Rangers.

    However, Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star Sunday reports that any Arsenal move for Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne will be difficult to negotiate.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould is being lined up to succeed Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman's contract ends in 2017, reports Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror.

Chelsea Earmark Didier Drogba for Stamford Bridge Return

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    Chelsea are lining up a move to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge after the World Cup, claims Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror.

    The Ivory Coast international will be with his nation in Brazil this summer and, after leaving Galatasaray at the end of the season, Jose Mourinho is looking at the possibility of re-signing the forward, notes the article.

    The 36-year-old will be offered a playing deal with a view to a coaching role at the club beyond that, claims Stammers.

    The same article also reports that Mourinho is looking to sign Atletico Madrid defender Miranda.

    Meanwhile, Colin Mafham of the Sunday Express reports that Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has issued an ultimatum to the club.

England Captain Steven Gerrard Criticises Referee After 0-0 Draw with Honduras

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    England wrapped up their World Cup preparations with a 0-0 draw against Honduras on Saturday night.

    The match was interrupted for 30 minutes by a thunderstorm over Miami, but England captain Steven Gerrard was more concerned at the standard of refereeing in the game.

    The Liverpool star was angered by the ferocity of some of the Honduran challenges a week before Roy Hodgson's team open their World Cup against Italy in Manaus in Brazil.

    The most notable incident came when Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre appeared to kick the ball into the chest of Daniel Sturridge but no action was taken.

    Gerrard is quoted as saying in The Guardian:

    We’re quite frustrated in the dressing room.

    We thought the refereeing was poor. I think we’re a bit relieved that we’ve come out of there with no injuries.

    They were making some horrific tackles for a friendly a week before the World Cup. I certainly got caught with a bad one.

    I don’t understand referees when a player kicks the ball into a player’s chest, it’s a clear red card in the first half and the game could have been different.

David Moyes Fears Manchester United Axe Will Impact on British Managers

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    Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has voiced concern that his sacking at Old Trafford could work against British bosses in the future, reports Rob Beasley of the Sun on Sunday (subscription required).

    The former Everton boss was sacked at Old Trafford in April after a disappointing campaign with the Red Devils.

    But Moyes is worried that his departure will make it harder for British managers to get top jobs.

    He is quoted as saying:

    The route to the top for a British manager is a long process and I hope I won’t be the last one to be given a chance to manage one of the top clubs.

    Brendan Rodgers has come in and with the time he’s been given has been able to turn round Liverpool. And it’s really important for British managers that he’s done that.

    I’ve spent most of my career in rivalry with Liverpool. But part of me was glad because Brendan was given the opportunity to change things around and because of that Liverpool have got their strategy in place and a good future.

    Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace also showed what our managers can do.

    But I think it’s going to be harder and harder for British managers to get the opportunities at that level—so I might now look at opportunities to manage in Europe.

Tottenham Hotspur Linked with Atletico Madrid Defender Toby Alderweireld

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    Tottenham Hotspur are weighing up a move for Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, reports Neil Moxley of the Sunday People.

    According to the article, the Belgium international is looking for a move away from the Vicente Calderon to find regular first-team football.

    But Moxley notes that any potential move by Tottenham could hinge on the future of Atletico defender Miranda.

Queens Park Rangers Consider Loan Move for FC Toronto Striker Jermain Defoe

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    Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is set for a return to the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers, claims Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People.

    The FC Toronto forward is set to make a short-term return to the English top flight during the off-season in Major League Soccer, reports Hopkinson.

    Defoe left White Hart Lane last season, but former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is keen to include him on a loan move for part of the forthcoming Premier League campaign.