Paper News and Gossip: Real Madrid Target Luis Suarez, Lallana Chooses Liverpool
It is a mixed morning for Liverpool supporters if the newspaper headlines on Tuesday are to be believed.
The good news comes with reports that Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana will snub interest from elsewhere to join the Reds.
But the bad news is provided by a transfer link between Real Madrid and Anfield striker Luis Suarez.
John Terry's fitness for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is discussed in Tuesday's papers, while Tottenham have a Premier League manager in their sights.
But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.
Southampton Star Adam Lallana Rejects Others in Favour of Liverpool
Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana is poised to make himself a Liverpool favourite even before a possible transfer move to Anfield.
Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail claims the England international will reject a switch to the Reds' arch-rivals Manchester United in favour of Anfield.
The article claims Southampton are determined to hold on to key names such as Lallana and Luke Shaw, who is interesting Manchester United.
But the Saints board should expect a number of bids for their players in the summer, warns Ashton.
Real Madrid Target £70M Move for Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez
Real Madrid are preparing a £70 million move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).
The Uruguay international has been in fine form for the Reds this season, helping the club to fight for the Premier League title.
Suarez signed a new deal with the Anfield club before Christmas, but Kastrinakis claims that Real believe they can take advantage of a get-out clause in the contract.
The report quotes a Madrid source as saying:
Florentino Perez will just come and ‘swoosh.’ He will prise Suarez away. He is their No. 1 target.
He ticks all the boxes and is easily the world’s best player behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Manchester United Move for Louis Van Gaal 'Hits Snag' over Ryan Giggs Role
According to the article, the Old Trafford club want the current Netherlands head coach to succeed David Moyes when he steps down after the World Cup.
But Herbert claims Giggs, who is in charge of the first team until the end of the season, and his position within the Dutchman's backroom staff has become a stumbling block.
Van Gaal wants to bring in his own staff, but the United hierarchy are wary of the support and respect for the United star among the fans.
John Terry Winning Chelsea Fitness Battle for Champions League Semi-Final
Chelsea captain John Terry is winning his battle to be fit for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, reports Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required).
The Blues defender was carried from the field during the 0-0 draw in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon Stadium last week with an ankle injury, and he was initially believed to be out until a possible Champions League final appearance next month.
However, Dillon claims the 33-year-old has returned to training and will be looking to confirm his fitness later on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Ashley Cole is determined to prove his critics wrong and earn a place in England's World Cup squad in the summer, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.
Southampton Manager Mauricio Pochettino Is No. 1 Target for Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur have made Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino their priority target to replace Tim Sherwood in the summer, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
Sherwood is set to leave his role in the Spurs dug-out when the current Premier League season comes to an end, and the former Argentina international fits the bill to succeed him, claims the article.
According to Cross, the Saints boss has a year left on his current contract, but he has not entered negotiations for a new deal.
Real Madrid Will Not 'Park the Bus' vs. Bayern in Champions League, Says Bale
Real Madrid will not be adopting defensive tactics in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, insists Gareth Bale.
The La Liga giants will defend a 1-0 lead at the Allianz Arena, but the Wales international maintains negativity is not a word in the Real dictionary, reports Keith Webster of the Daily Mirror.
Bale is quoted as saying:
We will look to play good football, as we always do.
We are not the type of team that comes out with the idea of playing extremely defensively.
We are confident. We have had a great season so far and we don’t doubt our chances of reaching the Champions League final.
Arsene Wenger Warns Arsenal 4th Place Is Not Confirmed Yet
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his players not to get complacent over Champions League qualification, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.
The Gunners will clinch a top-four place in the Premier League if Everton lose to Manchester City on Saturday, following the comfortable win over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.
But Wenger is quoted as saying:
It’s not done. I’m long enough in the job to know to get over the line is difficult.
We have suffered enough this season in some periods not to be complacent.
The pain we went through will help us focus to do the final job well. We are in a strong position now.
One more win will be top four for sure. It shows the club has been consistent over the years, and we want more.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the remainder of the season with a groin injury, but Wenger added that the player was unlikely to miss the World Cup as a result.
The Arsenal manager is quoted as saying:
He has an inflammation of his groin. He couldn't practise.
I put him on Friday on the team sheet and played him when he was needed, but it came to a point where it didn't progress.
We decided to give him a complete rest for two weeks.
Will he be ready for England? I think so.
Barcelona Cleared of Any Irregularities in Neymar Transfer Deal
Barcelona have been cleared of any wrong-doing in the transfer which brought Neymar to the club from Santos in the summer, reports Elliott Bretland of the Daily Mail.
The Camp Nou club co-operated with the Liga Nacional de Futbol Professional in its investigation into the transfer, and they have been cleared of any irregularities in the signing.
Meanwhile, Villarreal have served a lifetime ban on the supporter who threw a banana at Barcelona defender Dani Alves at the weekend, reports Richard Arrowsmith of the Daily Mail.