Paper News and Gossip: Liverpool vs. Arsenal Fallout, Moyes' £100M Wish-List

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterFebruary 9, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Liverpool vs. Arsenal Fallout, Moyes' £100M Wish-List

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    The fallout from Liverpool's 5-1 drubbing of Arsenal dominates the back pages of the Sunday newspapers.

    The Reds are widely praised for their display but reports have emerged of a training-ground bust-up between two Gunners players ahead of the game at Anfield.

    Manchester United manager David Moyes has a list of transfer targets for the summer, and he is looking for a £100 million kitty to make his purchases, according to one newspaper.

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

Martin Skrtel Singled out for Praise After Liverpool Rout of Arsenal

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    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was singled out by one newspaper for his display in the 5-1 rout of Arsenal at Anfield.

    Ian Herbert of The Independent On Sunday highlighted Skrtel's part in igniting the victory with his two goals inside the first 10 minutes.

    Charlie Wyett of The Sun on Sunday (subscription required) reports that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers still maintains his team are not title challengers despite their recent run of form.

    Andy Dunn of the Sunday Mirror insists Liverpool must now be treated as serious title challengers.

Arsenal Defender Per Mertesacker Reportedly in Training-Ground Altercation

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    Arsenal's heavy defeat at Anfield followed a "vicious" training-ground altercation between Per Mertesacker and Yaya Sanogo, reports Charlie Wyett of The Sun on Sunday (subscription required).

    Wyett claims the two players had to be pulled apart by team-mates earlier in the week.

    But Gunners manager Arsene Wenger insisted everybody was to blame for the defeat, including himself.

    The performance was just not good enough and I put myself in this performance. 

    I could have taken a lot of people off at half-time — the whole team failed to turn up. 

    Overall we had poor concentration, lacking in pace, our defensive stability was very poor and we always looked vulnerable defensively.

    Wenger's agony was compounded as Arsenal travelled back to London when the Gunners boss was caught taking a fall at Lime Street Station in Liverpool, as Janine Yaqoob of the Sunday Mirror reported.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have been linked with a move for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, who is currently on loan at Everton, reports John Richardson of the Sunday Express.

David Moyes Lines Up Manchester United Transfer Targets with '£100M' Kitty

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes has made a "£100 million" transfer-list request for the summer, reports Bob Cass of the Mail On Sunday.

    According to the article, Juventus pair Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba top his list as part of squad rebuilding.

    But Moyes is also hoping to land Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, Ajax's Joel Veltman and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, claims Cass.

    Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday claims that Shaw and Everton defender Seamus Coleman will be targeted by United in a £45 million swoop.

    Meanwhile, United midfielder Darren Fletcher has admitted players have snapped at each other during a disappointing season, reports Mike McGrath of The Sun on Sunday (subscription required).

Yaya Toure Facing Potential Suspension over Incident at Norwich City

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    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is facing a possible Football Association investigation over an alleged kick at Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel at Carrow Road on Saturday, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    Toure is alleged to have aimed a kick at the Canaries player while he was lying on the ground during the 0-0 draw.

    Meanwhile, former City manager Roberto Mancini has accused the club of approaching Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti while he was still in charge, reports Neil Custis of The Sun on Sunday (subscription required).

    Mancini is quoted as saying:

    I know a lot of people in football and I found out afterwards that they were talking to three or four managers in February, March and April.

    I know they were talking to Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti.

    And these were the same people I was sat down with for dinner before the FA Cup final.

    It was like Judas. I trusted the chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak 100 per cent but not those other two guys, probably he just followed them.

    Former City chief executive Garry Cook claims the club was in serious financial trouble when he joined in 2008, reports Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

    Ian Herbert of the Independent On Sunday claims that City have made a commercial agreement with two Portuguese clubs which could see them gain an advantage in signing Brazilian stars of the future.

Chelsea Defender Ashley Cole Linked with Transfer Move to Liverpool

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    Liverpool are considering a surprise transfer move for Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole in the summer, claims Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    The England international will be out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, and he is looking to stay in the Premier League for at least one more season, according to the article.

    Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror claims Manchester City dropped their interest in appointing Jose Mourinho as their new manager because they believed the Chelsea boss was destined for Manchester United.

    Meanwhile, Mourinho is still keeping tabs on Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, claims Rob Shepherd of the Mail On Sunday.

    According to Dean Jones of the Sunday People, Mourinho has told his team that he expects them to win the Premier League title this season.

Andy Carroll's World Cup Hopes 'Over' Due to Impending Suspension

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    Any lingering hopes Andy Carroll might have had about playing for England at the World Cup finals will be extinguished by his forthcoming suspension, reports Dean Jones of the Sunday People.

    The West Ham striker will not play again this month following his controversial dismissal in the game against Swansea last weekend.

    That means he will be unable to prove his fitness to England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of the friendly against Denmark, claims Jones.

    Carroll has not played for England since October 2012, but Hodgson has been monitoring Carroll since his recent return from injury, according to the article.

Bits and Pieces: Spurs Eye Michael Laudrup, Ajax Issue Warning, Gervinho

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    Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid are considering a move for former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, claims Rob Shepherd of the Mail On Sunday.

    The former Denmark international was sacked by the Welsh club earlier this week, but he could bounce back in the Premier League or La Liga, says Shepherd.

    Ajax have issued a "hands-off" warning over central defender Joel Veltman after Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United were linked with the Holland international, according to Jim Hughes of the Sunday Mirror.

    Ajax director Marc Overmars is quoted as saying:

    I will fight to keep Veltman. We don’t want him to go. He is a massive talent and players have been leaving this club too early in their careers.

    Veltman is a sensation. We never expected him to make such an amazing breakthrough at top level. But that’s down to the work of Jaap Stam.

    Joel gets defensive lessons from the biggest of all defenders. Jaap has been working on him really hard with individual coaching at Ajax.

    Former Arsenal striker Gervinho has taken a swipe at former manager Arsene Wenger for not believing in him like Roma boss Rudi Garcia does, reports Richard Arrowsmith of the Mail On Sunday.