Paper News & Gossip: Ryan Giggs' 40th, Liverpool Target Montoya, Chelsea

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterNovember 29, 2013

Paper News & Gossip: Ryan Giggs' 40th, Liverpool Target Montoya, Chelsea

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    Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is the subject of birthday celebrations across the newspapers on Friday morning.

    The Old Trafford star turns 40 on Friday, and is considering staying away from training for the day, but has revealed how the early days at United shaped his career.

    Liverpool may be about to stage a major transfer coup with a move for Barcelona defender Martin Montoya, according to reports. Meanwhile, Chelsea are weighing up a move for a Real Madrid full-back.

    Who else is making the headlines on Friday? Read on to find out more. 

Ryan Giggs on Peter Schmeichel and Staying in Bed on 40th Birthday

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    Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has revealed how former Old Trafford goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel would get him to retrieve balls from a river during his early days at the club, reports Dominic King of the Daily Mail.

    The former Wales international had the job of pumping up the balls ahead of training when he was a youngster, but his Danish team-mate would kick them into the water next to the United training ground if they did not meet his standard.

    Giggs is also considering not turning up for training on Friday in a bid to avoid any pranks from his United team-mates, reports Glenn Moore of The Independent.

    Now that he is considered a veteran, Giggs is also determined to maintain the fight against ageism in sport, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    In other United news, Everton manager Roberto Martinez has warned David Moyes off making a move for Leighton Baines in January, as Tim Abraham of the Daily Star reports.

    United manager Moyes is also monitoring Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, claims James Ducker of The Times (subscription required). 

Liverpool Make Transfer Move for Barcelona Defender Martin Montoya

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    Liverpool are gearing up for a move to bring Barcelona defender Montoya to the club, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    Anfield managing director Ian Ayre has travelled to Spain to begin negotiations with the 22-year-old, claims the report, as Brendan Rodgers seeks a replacement for the injured Jose Enrique. The Spaniard is expected to be out until early next year after knee surgery.

    Montoya has six months remaining on his current deal with Barcelona, but Maddock claims Arsenal and Inter Milan are both interested in the defender.

    Liverpool manager Rodgers may also soon be celebrating a new five-year deal at Anfield, reports Jack Wilson of the Daily Star

Chelsea Chase Fabio Coentrao as Kevin De Bruyne Is Targeted by Juventus

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is considering a loan move for Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid in January, reports Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail.

    The Portugal international played under Mourinho at the Bernabeu, and was the subject of a failed transfer bid by Manchester United in the summer.

    However, Barlow claims that Mourinho's move for Coentrao leaves a doubt over the future of Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge.

    FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah has voiced his desire to join Chelsea, Real Madrid or Manchester United in the future, reports The Sun (subscription required).

    Juventus are considering a move for Kevin de Bruyne if they cannot complete a deal for Old Trafford winger Nani, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Chelsea have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to sign Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic, claims Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

Arsenal Baulk at Edinson Cavani Wages, as Players Show Support for Pat Rice

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    Arsenal's hope of signing striker Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain have stumbled on the player's wage demands, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    The article claims the Uruguay international is unsettled with the Ligue 1 champions, and the Gunners' stalling on the forward's pay has opened the door for Chelsea and Manchester City to make a move.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal players are looking to display their support for club legend Pat Rice by wearing special T-shirts ahead of the game against Cardiff City on Saturday, reports the Daily Mirror.

    Arsene Wenger's former assistant manager has been receiving cancer treatment, and the Emirates Stadium boss has offered his support:

    It is very sad news. Not only do we love him, but of course we are very grateful for what he has done here.

    We are in touch with him, but I trust his legendary strength to get over it.

    His mental state is very determined, very strong as he always has been.

    He will fight for that, I have complete trust that he will come out in a very strong way and of course let us hope for the best.

    Meanwhile, Wenger has been alerted to a release clause in Luiz Gustavo's contract at Wolfsburg, claims Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    The Gunners manager has also hinted at a potential move for Liverpool target Konstantinos Mitroglou, claims Nick Lustig of the Daily Star

Bits and Pieces: Manuel Pellegrini, Match-Fixing, Daniel Levy, Michael Chopra

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    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team will be a name to fear in the last 16 of the Champions League, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

    City are set to finish behind Bayern Munich in their group, which means they could face a big name in the next round, such as Barcelona or Real Madrid.

    Former Football Association compliance officer Graham Bean has accused his former employers of complacency over match-fixing, claims Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    World players' union FIFPRO has called for more education in football to prevent future cases of match-fixing, reports Robin Scott-Elliott of The Independent.

    Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has been taken to task for his role at the club by Steven Howard of The Sun (subscription required).

    Former Newcastle striker Michael Chopra has revealed the extent of gambling in football, report Jeremy Armstrong and Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror.

    Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has joined Middlesbrough on a month-long loan deal, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    West Brom have offered Saido Berahino a 1,764 percent pay rise to ward off speculation over the player's future, claims James Nursey of the Daily Mirror.