Paper News and Gossip: Robben for Man Utd, Rooney to PSG Transfer Links

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 4, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Robben for Man Utd, Rooney to PSG Transfer Links

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    Manchester United look set to be very busy in the summer transfer market, according to the newspapers on Sunday.

    Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben and Cesc Fabregas are potential buys, while Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand are heading out of the door, claim various articles.

    Elsewhere, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played down Premier League title expectations among supporters after the 3-2 win at Everton.

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

Robben and Fabregas in at Manchester United, Rooney and Ferdinand Out?

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    Louis van Gaal will make Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben a summer transfer target if he is appointed as Manchester United manager, reports Mike McGrath of the Sun on Sunday.

    And the Netherlands international winger could be joined by Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas at Old Trafford in the summer, according to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday.

    United are no strangers to a summer pursuit of the former Arsenal man, but they are looking to take advantage of a question mark over the player's future at the Camp Nou, claims Hetherington.

    But United striker Wayne Rooney could be on his way across the Channel to link up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, reports Rob Shepherd of the Mail on Sunday.

    Old Trafford defender Rio Ferdinand has been tipped to make a shock summer move to Arsenal, claims Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

    Mullock also reports in the Sunday Mirror that interim United manager Ryan Giggs could leave the club to continue his coaching career.

Arsenal Line Up Surprise £31M Move for Atletico Madrid Striker Diego Costa

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    Arsenal are considering a surprise summer transfer move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, reports Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror.

    The article notes that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of the Vicente Calderon star.

    But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add Diego to his squad in a £31 million move as part of an assault on the Premier League title next season, says Stammers.

    Dean Jones of the Sunday People claims Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony is on Wenger's shopping list, but the Emirates Stadium club will need £20 million to prise him away from the South Wales club.

Manuel Pellegrini Warns Manchester City over Premier League Complacency

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    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned his players that nothing has been achieved yet after the team moved back to the top of the Premier League, reports Phil Thomas of the Sun on Sunday.

    City claimed a 3-2 win at Everton on Saturday to put themselves in pole position for the title heading into the final week of the season.

    But the Etihad Stadium boss issued a stark reminder to his squad ahead of home games against Aston Villa and West Ham United:

    The worst thing we must do is think we have finished the job in the Premier League, because we have to play the two games at home.

    We are playing against teams who are not playing for anything and can play without pressure. It’s important to continue in the way we are doing so far.

    This was our last away game, but we started this season with just four points in the first six away games. Now we have a team who have the most points away—and must try to win our last two games at home.

    I was talking with the players after we lost to Liverpool and I told them then the title was not over.

    Meanwhile, City have been linked with a move for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, reports Alan Nixon of the Sunday People.

Jose Mourinho Lining Up Chelsea Transfer Move for Bayern Striker Mario Mandzukic

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is monitoring the future of Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic, reports Tony Stenson of the Daily Star Sunday.

    Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Croatia international in recent weeks, notes the article.

    But the Stamford Bridge club are ready to enter the chase for Mandzukic, 27, in a bid to bolster his forward line for next season, claims Stenson.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers stands by his criticism of Mourinho's tactics in the Reds' defeat at Anfield last weekend, reports Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

    Rodgers is quoted as saying:

    I was a bit frustrated, but I don’t regret what I said. I am big enough to respect the man Jose is and the manager he is.

    He is a great man, I know that. It was never personal; it was a professional look at the game.

    I am never one to say that my way is always the best way. I have a huge appreciation for the way he works and his team.

    But I still think what I said was right. I knew exactly what I was saying.

Andros Townsend and Hugo Lloris Linked with Moves Away from Tottenham

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    Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could be on his way out of the club in the summer, reports Rob Shepherd of the Mail on Sunday.

    The France international was in fine form in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday, where his saves prevented an even greater embarrassment for the White Hart Lane club.

    And Shepherd believes Barcelona could be set to make a move for Lloris as a replacement for Victor Valdes at the end of the season.

    Another Spurs star who could be leaving the club is winger Andros Townsend, according to Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    Injury has ruled the England international out of the World Cup, and he could now be heading to Southampton in the summer, claims Kidd.

Newcastle United Eye David Moyes as Next Manager, Claims Report

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    David Moyes could be set for an immediate return to Premier League management this summer, reports Neil Fissier of the Sunday Express.

    Moyes was sacked by Manchester United last month after a disappointing season after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.

    But Fissier claims the former Everton boss could be a target for the Magpies if they dispense with the services of Alan Pardew at the end of the season.

    Pardew and the club's board were the target of a protest during the game against Cardiff on Saturday, where many fans walked out of the stadium in the 69th minute of the game.

Cardiff, Fulham, Norwich Reportedly Consider Legal Challenge to Premier League

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    Cardiff City, Fulham and Norwich City are considering joining forces to launch legal action against the Premier League over the punishment meted out to Sunderland earlier this season, reports Daniel Taylor of The Observer.

    The Black Cats avoided a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player, Ji Dong-won, in four league matches earlier in the campaign.

    Instead, the Premier League handed out a "six-figure fine," according to the article.

    Cardiff and Fulham were relegated to the Championship on Saturday, while Norwich could follow them on Sunday if they are beaten at Chelsea.

    But the three clubs are preparing a legal challenge to the Premier League over the punishment given to Sunderland, whose recent run of form has propelled them to the brink of safety, says Taylor.

    Taylor wrote:

    Norwich and Cardiff have enlisted Fulham's support to challenge the league, and a legal letter has been sent on behalf of the three clubs arguing that the offence was serious enough to merit a points deduction.

    The three clubs taking on the league are demanding a review of the Ji case. If that request is turned down, there is the strong chance that whichever club finishes 18th will sue.

    League Two side AFC Wimbledon have just been docked three points for fielding an ineligible player and the lawyers for Norwich, Cardiff and Fulham have put together a lengthy list of cases in which other clubs have broken the rules in similar positions and lost points as a result.

    Their argument is that Sunderland have been treated as an exception, whereas there is a clear history of evidence (going down the leagues) that this offence ought to merit more than a fine.