Paper Gossip: Man Utd, Spurs Eye Klopp, Gerrard's Tears for Hillsborough Victims

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 15, 2014

Paper Gossip: Man Utd, Spurs Eye Klopp, Gerrard's Tears for Hillsborough Victims

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    Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp has emerged as a target for Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, depending on which newspaper you open on Tuesday.

    The Westfalenstadion boss has worked wonders with the Bundesliga club and guided them to a 3-0 win at Bayern Munich at the weekend.

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy were in his thoughts in the emotional 3-2 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has taken over from Jose Mourinho in the mind-games stakes as he aimed a barb at Premier League title rivals Liverpool.

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

Manchester United and Tottenham 'Target' Borussia Dortmund Boss Jurgen Klopp

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    Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp could soon find his way to the Premier League if reports in Tuesday's newspapers prove correct.

    Darren Lewis and Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror report that Klopp is being considered as a replacement for David Moyes if the Old Trafford club dispense with the services of the former Everton boss.

    The report says:

    Manchester United will turn to Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp if they decide the gamble on David Moyes cannot go on.

    As it emerged the Reds met Holland manager Louis van Gaal for discussions last week, Moyes’ future as manager was thrown into fresh doubt.

    But while van Gaal would be a candidate, Mirror Sport understands it is Klopp who is the first choice of the Old Trafford hierarchy.

    His reputation has soared at Dortmund, having guided them to the Bundesliga title ahead of Bayern Munich in 2012 and the Champions League Final last season.

    United believe his aggressive brand of football and up-front managerial style is exactly what is needed after the debacle of Moyes’ first season.

    However, Paul Jiggins of The Sun (subscription required) claims Tottenham are also considering a move for Klopp.

    Meanwhile, United defender Rio Ferdinand is unlikely to get an extension to his current deal at the club this summer, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

Steven Gerrard Says Hillsborough Victims at Heart of Emotion After Man City Win

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    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that the emotion of the Hillsborough anniversary was behind his tears after the win over Manchester City on Sunday, reports Andy Hunter of The Guardian.

    The England international was brought to tears after the 3-2 win at Anfield, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the stadium tragedy in Sheffield where 96 Liverpool fans, including Gerrard's 10-year-old cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley, lost their lives.

    Gerrard is quoted as saying:

    The reason I was so emotional was because of when this game fell.

    It wasn't just because it was a big match in our season; it was because this week is always about more than football for everyone associated with Liverpool. It's emotional for so many people.

    I'm speaking on behalf of everyone when I say the win was dedicated to the victims and families of Hillsborough.

    All the squad will be present at the service (on Tuesday) to pay our respects, as we should.

Chelsea Goalkeeper Petr Cech Joins Premier League Mind Games with Liverpool

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    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has followed the example of manager Jose Mourinho by cranking up the mind games with Liverpool, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.

    The Blues will head to Anfield on Apr. 27 in a match which could decide the destination of the Premier League title.

    But Cech is quoted as saying:

    We have players who played in big games and that’s going to be a help for the next matches.

    Of course, in football you never know. ­Sometimes when you have a young team they don’t feel any pressure they just play. No one expected anything from Liverpool and they’re in contention, that’s why they've played without pressure so far.

    But let’s see how they’re going to cope when it comes to the last hurdle. They will have to jump it.

    Yes, they have been doing remarkably well, but we have things in our hands as well.

    We need to wait for one slip up from Manchester City, but if we win our games, we have a chance.

Manchester City Reportedly Facing UEFA Sanction over Financial Fair Play

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    Manchester City are among a number of European teams facing UEFA sanctions for breaching financial fair play rules, reports Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph.

    The Etihad Stadium club have been bankrolled by owner Sheikh Mansour in recent years, with high-profile stars such as Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri arriving at the club.

    According to Rumsby, however, City are now facing a sanction over their spending in recent seasons, although there will be no ban from the Champions League.

    Rumsby writes:

    Telegraph Sport has learnt that City, whose billionaire owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, has bankrolled the most successful period in the club’s history, will this week be found guilty of failing to comply with FFP rules—barring an improbable 11th-hour reprieve.

    Paris St-Germain are also poised to be punished by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body, which was created to police 'greed, reckless spending and financial insanity' in European football and will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to make its first decisions on which clubs will be prosecuted.

    City and PSG are understood to be among fewer than 20 teams under threat of a sanction and, unless dramatic new evidence emerges in the next 48 hours to support their claims they have played by the rules, they are on course to be hit hardest of all.

    The nature and degree of any punishment will be determined in the coming days but it is understood neither team will be faced with expulsion from the Champions League.

    The sanction is far more likely to be either a heavy fine or transfer embargo to prevent their mega-rich owners adding to two of the most expensive squads in history.

Liverpool to Make £38M Bid for Everton Midfielder Ross Barkley, Claims Report

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    Liverpool are poised to make a stunning £38 million move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, claims Chris McKenna of the Daily Star.

    The 20-year-old has made an immediate impact in his first full season in the Premier League after being given his first-team opportunity by Roberto Martinez.

    Barkley has also broken into the England squad and could play in the World Cup finals for Roy Hodgson's team in the summer.

    Now Liverpool are set to join Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United in chasing the midfielder this summer, according to McKenna.

Andrea Pirlo Reveals Unfortunate Roy Hodgson Gaffe in New Autobiography

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    Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has lifted the lid on his extraordinary career in a new autobiography, which is being serialised in the Daily Mail.

    The Italy star reveals he is set to quit the international arena after the World Cup finals, and he almost quit football after being part of the AC Milan team which lost a three-goal lead at Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final.

    But the funniest anecdote from the serialisation on Tuesday came as he recounted his time playing under Roy Hodgson at Inter Milan.

    Pirlo said:

    I played a lot in my first season at Inter. Pre-season went really well, and Gigi Simoni gave me plenty of game time—a starter and from the bench.

    Then, it was Mircea Lucescu, who tended to favour the older guys; Luciano Castellini thought I was OK, while Roy Hodgson mispronounced my name. 

    He called me Pirla (a term used in Milan dialect roughly translated as d---head), perhaps understanding my true nature more than the other managers.

    We went through four coaches that year (1999). I'd wake up in the morning and not remember who my coach was.

Bits and Pieces: Arsenal Eye Casemiro, Swansea Trouble, Hatem Ben Arfa

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    Arsenal are considering a summer transfer move for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The Brazilian has only had limited first-team opportunities at the Bernabeu, and the Gunners have made enquiries into the availability of the 22-year-old, claims the article.

    Swansea City's preparations for the Premier League visit of Chelsea on Sunday were dominated by a huge brawl in training, reports Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail.

    Ashton claims six first-team squad members were involved in the altercation, which happened on Wednesday.

    Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa may have played his last game for the club after falling out with manager Alan Pardew and team-mates, claims Jason Mellor of the Daily Mirror.

    Bayern Munich insist striker Mario Mandzukic is going nowhere, despite reported interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, claims James Dickenson of the Daily Express.