Paper News and Gossip: Arsenal Chase 'New Van Persie' Draxler, Cristiano Return?

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterJanuary 15, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Arsenal Chase 'New Van Persie' Draxler, Cristiano Return?

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    It is a comparatively quiet news day for the newspapers on Wednesday morning, but Arsenal's chase for Schalke star Julian Draxler continues, according to reports.

    The Germany attacking midfielder is viewed as a potential striker by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, claim reports.

    Elsewhere in the papers, newly-crowned Ballon d'Or winner and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped for a return to the Premier League.

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

Julian Draxler Can Be 'New Van Persie' for Arsenal

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    Arsenal are maintaining their interest in Schalke midfielder Draxler with a view to turning him into the "new Robin van Persie," reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    According to the report, Gunners boss Wenger may to wait until the summer to land the Schalke star, but already has plans for the 20-year-old.

    Cross claims Draxler can replicate the success of Manchester United forward van Persie when he was at the Emirates Stadium by turning him from an attacking midfielder to a more orthodox striker.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are facing unexpected opposition from Queens Park Rangers in the chase to sign Auxerre winger Paul-Georges Ntep, reports Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required).

Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo Tipped for Premier League Return

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    Former Manchester United star Ronaldo will return to the Premier League one day, according to former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon.

    The ex-Bernabeu chief believes Ronaldo's relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson is much stronger than with Real president Florentino Perez.

    Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required) quoted Calderon as saying:

    I do not think he will finish his career at Real. I feel that one day he will return to England.

    In Madrid, he is pleased with the city and the fans. But I think his relationship with Florentino Perez is not as good as it was with Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

    Ronaldo loves father figures. With Florentino, he does not have that rapport.

    The relationship is bad or actually non-existent. He stays at Real despite the chairman.

    Meanwhile, Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail highlighted the rivalry between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as one of the reasons why both men have vied for the Ballon d'Or title in recent years.

Paul Pogba Rejects Manchester United Return After Ferguson Treatment

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes has been thwarted in attempts to re-sign Paul Pogba by the player's opinion of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, reports Ian Herbert of The Independent.

    The Juventus playmaker is still aggrieved by the lack of first-team opportunities given to him by Ferguson before he left Old Trafford for the Serie A club, claims Herbert.

    Meanwhile, United winger Nani could be used as a makeweight in a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, claims Charles Perrin of the Daily Express.

    Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail teased United fans with a report on Moyes attending Paris Saint-Germain's League Cup tie against Bordeaux, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic was playing for the Ligue 1 champions.

    However, Yorke admitted it was unclear which player Moyes was watching during the match.

Jose Mourinho Wants Chelsea Stars John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole to Stay

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants veteran stars John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to stay at the club, reports Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required).

    All three veteran Stamford Bridge stars are out of contract at the end of the season, but the Blues boss wants the trio to be offered new deals, claims Beasley.

    Meanwhile, Mourinho has opened the mind games with Manchester United counterpart Moyes ahead of their clash in west London on Sunday.

    Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reports that the Blues boss had been told Manchester United "are not happy" but "trust" Moyes.

    Mourinho also increased the pressure on Manchester City by claiming the Etihad Stadium club should win the Premier League title this season, as Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror reported.

Bits and Pieces: Manuel Pellegrini, Leighton Baines, Nicola Cortese, Iago Aspas

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    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is targeting an unprecedented quadruple haul of trophies this season, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

    City take on Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup third-round replay and remain in the chase for the Premier League, Capital One Cup and Champions League this season.

    City have also revived their interest in Eliaquim Mangala, but Porto are demanding £40 million for the defender, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Everton are hoping left-back Leighton Baines will sign a new contract with the club to end any lingering hopes Manchester United have of signing the England international, claims Andy Hunter of The Guardian.

    Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese is on the verge of quitting the club, sparking fears of an exodus including the loss of manager Mauricio Pochettino, reports Geoff Sweet of The Sun (subscription required).

    Liverpool striker Iago Aspas is a transfer target for Valencia and Real Betis, says John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    West Ham United have rejected a £4 million bid for forward Ravel Morrison by Fulham, reports Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail.

    Hull City owner Assem Allam says he will walk away from the club if the Football Association does not allow him to change the club's name to Hull Tigers, writes Mike Walters of the Daily Mirror.