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Paper News and Gossip: Diego Costa Poised for Chelsea Transfer, Luiz to Barca

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 13, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Diego Costa Poised for Chelsea Transfer, Luiz to Barca

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    Chelsea look set to make the first big move of the summer transfer window, according to Tuesday's newspapers.

    Jose Mourinho is on the verge of landing Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, while David Luiz will soon be heading to Barcelona.

    But in the aftermath of the Premier League season close, it is the managerial merry-go-round which dominates the headlines.

    Sam Allardyce, Tim Sherwood, David Moyes and Paul Lambert are among the leading names to be linked with new top jobs.

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

Diego Costa Set for Chelsea Transfer as David Luiz Prepares for Barcelona Switch

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    Chelsea will confirm the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa after the Champions League final, reports Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to the article, Stamford Bridge manager Jose Mourinho has already clinched the deal, but he will wait until after Costa takes part in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Lisbon on May 24 before announcing the move.

    Beasley also notes that Samuel Eto'o has not been offered a new contract at the club, while both Demba Ba and Fernando Torres could also leave.

    Meanwhile, Gary Jacob of The Times (subscription required) reports that a £30 million deal has been reached for Chelsea defender David Luiz to join Barcelona next season.

Rio Ferdinand Released by Manchester United

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    Rio Ferdinand and Manchester United have parted company after 12 seasons together, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    The former England international confirmed his departure from Old Trafford on Monday after he was not offered a new deal at the club, notes the report.

    Ferdinand is quoted as saying:

    I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future, and after 12 fantastic years playing, for what I regard, as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.

    I joined Manchester United in the hope of winning trophies, and never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how successful we would be during my time here.

    There have been so many highlights, playing alongside some great players who have become good friends, winning my first Premier League title and also that fantastic night in Moscow are memories that I will cherish forever.

    Circumstances didn't allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked but I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates, staff, the club and the fans for an unbelievable 12 years that I'll never forget.

    Winning trophies I dreamed about as a kid came true at this great club. I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me.

    McDonnell adds that the Old Trafford club are adamant that Ferdinand was not informed of the decision in the changing room at Southampton on Sunday after the final game of the season.

Wayne Rooney in Extra World Cup Training as Roy Hodgson Admits Cole Gamble

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    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is undergoing additional training to ensure his form and fitness for the World Cup, reports Jack Lang of the Daily Mirror.

    The England international missed the end of the Premier League season with a groin injury and is determined to be fully fit for the tournament in Brazil.

    Rooney will begin preparations for the finals a week before his team-mates in Portugal.

    England manager Roy Hodgson is quoted as saying:

    He’s going to be with two fitness trainers. Tony Strudwick has been in touch with us, who wanted to know about the pitch in Vale de Lobo. This is a free week, a week where players go off. Many do go to Portugal, where they have homes.

    Wayne is so determined to be up and running when we get there on the 19th. He’s got a house out there in Portugal. He’s not alone. A few of them are going out to Portugal.

    If they've got houses out there, that’s where they go on their week off. They don’t all go to Dubai and Las Vegas.

    His attitude is that he’s desperate to be up and running on the 19th. I’m not as desperate for him to be fully fit on the May 19th. I’m thinking more of the 14th of June, but it’s still quite laudable that that’s the way he thinks and I’m not trying to dissuade him.

    But if I do get there on the 19th and the fitness people say he needs two or three days, I won’t be shedding any tears.

    Hodgson also admits omitting the experienced Ashley Cole from his squad in favour of Luke Shaw is a gamble, as Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required) reports.

    Hodgson is quoted as saying:

    I've heard people say, ‘What if Leighton Baines got injured, wouldn't Ashley Cole be the right answer?’

    And of course the answer to that is yes, he would be, without a doubt.

    But Ashley isn't really a cover player. Ashley is a No. 1 man. When I decided Baines might be No. 1, then I decided the next one would be Shaw.

    Circumstances could make the decision a very good one or it could make it a very bad one.

Sam Allaradyce, Tim Sherwood, Paul Lambert All on Managerial Merry-Go-Round

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    West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce will discover his fate on Tuesday as speculation increases over his job, report David Anderson and Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

    The former Bolton and Blackburn boss guided the Hammers to Premier League safety this season, but the article notes that his style of play has received criticism from Upton Park fans.

    John Percy of the Daily Telegraph reports that the future of Paul Lambert is unclear as the Aston Villa manager heads to New York for talks with club owner Randy Lerner, who has placed the Villans up for sale.

    Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail claims that Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is set to sack head coach Tim Sherwood on Tuesday.

    Mokbel reports that Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to replace Sherwood, and Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror claims the Saints will turn to former Norwich manager Malky Mackay if the Argentine leaves.

    But Sherwood could be a target for West Bromwich Albion, who sacked Pepe Mel on Monday, report Nixon and James Nursey of the Daily Mirror.

    Dave Armitage of the Daily Star reports that Albion are considering a move for Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, while Colin Harvey of the same newspaper says the odds on David Moyes joining The Hawthorns club have been slashed.

    Meanwhile, Luke Edwards of the Daily Telegraph reports that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is staying on at the club.

Roy Hodgson Wants Futures of Lallana and Shaw Sorted Before World Cup

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    England manager Roy Hodgson has demanded that the futures of Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw are sorted before the World Cup finals, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Cross notes that defender Shaw has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, while midfielder Lallana is the subject of interest from Liverpool.

    But Hodgson does not want the players distracted by transfer speculation in Brazil.

    The England manager is quoted as saying:

    I have made it clear to them already and I think they are perfectly happy with it. England is England and your club is your club. The two are not married together.

    As far as I am concerned you sign up for this World Cup and you sign up to do a good job for England. Your club future is what it is and it will be taken care of outside of England time. That is basically all I can do.

    I was asked would you like all of this to be sorted before you go to Miami. Of course I would. It is not an ideal world and that might not happen but the one thing I am going to be very firm on.

    When we are together with England that is what matters and if you have anything to resolve you do it outside that time. I am thinking about medicals in particular. I can’t stop phone calls.

    I am definitely not going to have agents swirling around or this player has got to leave the camp. I would expect the players to understand that.

Julian Draxler Delivers Blow to Arsenal by Staying at Schalke

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    Reported Arsenal summer target Julian Draxler has voiced his desire to remain at Schalke for another season, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    The Germany international has been linked with the Gunners, but he does not envisage leaving the Bundesliga club this summer.

    Draxler is quoted as saying:

    Of course, I am expecting some unverified rumours coming up throughout this summer.

    But it is very, very likely I will play for Schalke next season.

    I am able to seriously confirm I do not have any thoughts on leaving the club this summer.

    However, Arsenal have been given encouragement over a reported move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, claims John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express reports that Juventus striker Sebastian Giovinco could leave the Serie A champions for the Gunners this summer.

Brendan Rodgers and Tony Pulis Win Managerial Awards for the Season

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has won the LMA Manager of the Year award, reports Elliott Bretland of the Daily Mail.

    Despite the disappointment of missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City, the Anfield boss became the first Reds manager to win the award, notes the report.

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis picked up the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year prize for keeping the Eagles in the top flight this season on the back of an excellent run at the end of the season.

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