Paper News and Gossip: Manchester Utd to Move for Cavani, Suarez Controversy

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterJanuary 19, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Manchester Utd to Move for Cavani, Suarez Controversy

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    The prelude to any clash between Chelsea and Manchester United is always going to provide the newspapers with headlines aplenty, and Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge is no different.

    According to one report, United boss David Moyes is set for a sensational raid on Paris Saint-Germain for striker Edinson Cavani, which could impact on Wayne Rooney's future.

    Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is nearing a move away from Stamford Bridge, according to reports.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended striker Luis Suarez from accusations of diving in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday.

    And Southampton may be about to enter the big league financially, according to one Sunday newspaper.

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

Moyes Lines Up Cavani Transfer and Claims United Are Still World's Biggest Club

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    Manchester United are preparing for the departure of Wayne Rooney with a transfer move for PSG star Cavani, claims Steve Bates of the Sunday People.

    According to the article, fears are growing that Rooney will leave the club after representing England at the World Cup finals later this year, and Cavani is viewed as the ideal replacement.

    David Moyes is also targeting Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, with Leighton Baines looking set to sign a new deal with Everton, claims Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    But the United manager is considering a move for Everton's right-sided full-back Seamus Coleman, reports Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People.

    It has not been the easiest start to his time at United, but Moyes remains convinced the Old Trafford club are still the biggest in the world, as Mike McGrath of The Sun (subscription required) reports.

    United winger Wilfried Zaha is set to demand a move if he is not allowed to go out on loan this month, reports Joe Bernstein of the Mail On Sunday.

Juan Mata Nears Chelsea Exit as Kevin De Bruyne Leaves on Critical Note

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    Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is nearing the Stamford Bridge exit door after failing to receive assurances about his future, claims Dean Jones of the Sunday People.

    According to the article, the Spain international is interesting Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, with the La Liga club the more likely to land the player in a loan deal.

    Kevin De Bruyne left Chelsea for Wolfsburg this week, but left with a parting shot at manager Jose Mourinho, claims Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph:

    It’s a pity he told a press conference that I wasn’t doing well on the training pitch. That’s not me.

    I’m always a player who gives the full 100 per cent in training. Those remarks created a wrong image.

    At the end of December I had a chat with Mourinho. He told me things about competition, training hard and there’s always a chance that you will play. 

    And he told me he wasn’t keen to let me go on loan, saying: 'You’re a good player’. But what could I do more?

Luis Suarez Receives Mixed Opinions on Alleged Dive Against Aston Villa

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    Liverpool striker Suarez was at the centre of controversy again after he earned the penalty which prevented the Reds from suffering a home defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

    Brendan Rodgers' team had been two goals down, but Steven Gerrard made it 2-2 from the spot after the Uruguay international was adjudged to have been felled by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan inside the area.

    However, the penalty decision brought some mixed views across the football world, according to David Kent of the Mail On Sunday.

    Former England strikers Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer backed the forward but former Reds striker Stan Collymore was not in agreement, as Kent noted.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers also defended his forward, as Danny McCann of the Sunday Mirror reported:

    It was a clear penalty.

    When you watch it closely, the goalkeeper's left arm made contact with Luis Suarez's foot.

    I thought we were unlucky not to get another penalty when Leandro Bacuna handballed it.

    Meanwhile, Basel winger Mohamed Salah has told associates that he wants to join Liverpool, reports The Sun (subscription required).

Bacary Sagna Ready to Leave Arsenal as Arsene Wenger Targets Mirko Vucinic Loan

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    Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is poised to leave the club in the summer after talks on a new deal failed, reports Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror.

    According to the article, the France international, who is 31 next month, wants a three-year contract while the Gunners are offering a two-year deal.

    However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also eyeing a loan move for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic, claims Stammers in another Mirror article.

    There is an obstacle to the move, though, with the report claiming the Serie A side want to sell the player, while the Gunners are only looking at a temporary deal.

Bits and Pieces: Southampton, Messi-Backed Aiden McGeady, Alan Pardew, Palace

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    Are Southampton about to enter the Premier League big league?

    According to Peter White and Dave Kidd of the Sunday People, Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin is preparing to make a £175 million offer to buy the club.

    Wang is the owner of the Dalian Wanda Group, and the negotiations, which could make the Saints the richest club in the top flight, have already begun, claims the article.

    However, former Saints executive chairman Nicola Cortese has the financial backing to make his own bid for the club after leaving his post earlier this week, reports Colin Mafham of the Sunday Express.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has voiced his delight at signing Aiden McGeady after the player was previously praised by Lionel Messi for his display for Spartak Moscow against Barcelona in the Champions League, reports Steve Millar of the Daily Star Sunday.

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is being considered for a possible return to West Ham if Sam Allardyce leaves the club, claims Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka could be charged by the Football Association within 48 hours over his controversial goal celebration at West Ham, claims Jonathan Northcroft of the Sunday Times (subscription required).

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis and co-chairman Steve Parish are at loggerheads over the Eagles boss' transfer wish-list, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.