Paper News and Gossip: Van Gaal and Giggs in Man Utd Talks, Arsenal Eye Di Maria

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterMay 14, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Van Gaal and Giggs in Man Utd Talks, Arsenal Eye Di Maria

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    The managerial vacancy at Manchester United is back on the agenda in the newspapers on Wednesday, with a number of reports claiming Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs are set for talks.

    The Holland national coach is a strong favourite to succeed David Moyes at Old Trafford next season, and he is now considering his backroom staff, according to the papers.

    Arsenal are weighing up a move for Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria, claims another report on Wednesday.

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

Louis Van Gaal and Ryan Giggs in 'Secret Talks' over Manchester United Role

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    Manchester United star Ryan Giggs is set for secret talks with Louis van Gaal over a place in the Dutchman's backroom staff, reports Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.

    Van Gaal is currently preparing for the World Cup finals with Holland, and he will meet with Giggs and United chief executive Ed Woodward at a secret location, claims the report.

    Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror claims that the former Wales international wants to remain at United as a player and coach.

    But Van Gaal refused to discuss the Manchester United role during a press conference on Tuesday, notes Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror.

Van Gaal Targets Mats Hummels for Manchester United, as Vidic Reveals Rows

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    Louis van Gaal will target Mats Hummels as part of his rebuilding programme at Manchester United, reports Richard Tanner of the Daily Express.

    The Borussia Dortmund defender and Feyenoord's Bruno Martins Indi are being viewed as potential replacements for Nemanja Vidic, who has joined Inter Milan, and Rio Ferdinand, who has been released by the club, claims the article.

    Vidic, meanwhile, has revealed the extent of the dressing-room rows during David Moyes' time as United manager, in an interview with Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.

    Vidic is quoted as saying:

    We argued amongst ourselves.

    This year more than any other, because when you have bad times, people show they care. We are still friends, but we were arguing to get better. We wanted to improve.

    We could say those things to each other because we have been together for so long, but it hurt.

    If you didn’t argue, it would not be right. We had some hard moments in the dressing room between ourselves.

    Vidic added:

    Ryan [Giggs] shares the same ideas as Sir Alex Ferguson and his was a more similar approach to the one we had with Sir Alex. The players are more used to it and felt more comfortable with it.

    I am not saying that the David Moyes way was bad, but these players feel more comfortable playing a certain way of football.

    You have to respect where you are and what you represent, though, and there is no point speaking about someone who was here, who everyone knows lost his job because he did not succeed in doing what he wanted to achieve.

    The best answer I can say is that he [Moyes] tried really hard, he was professional. He was really committed to the job and desperately wanted to do well. But unfortunately, it didn’t happen and we are all sad.

    Sometimes you have bad times and you question yourself, of course, but we never did anything to question the manager at all. We questioned ourselves more.

Arsenal and Manchester City Consider Move for Real Madrid Star Angel Di Maria

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    Arsenal and Manchester City are considering a summer transfer move for Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria, reports Paul Brown of the Daily Star.

    According to the article, the Argentina international is deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu and will be allowed to leave for around £29 million in the summer.

    And Brown claims that both the Gunners and City have made enquiries into the availability of 26-year-old Di Maria.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Robert Pires has backed Mesut Ozil to make his mark at the Emirates Stadium next season, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Pires is quoted as saying:

    I like Ozil. He is a very good player, with quality. My first game was at Sunderland and when you come to the UK it's very difficult because the football is completely different.

    For me, it was very difficult for six or seven months. When I see Mesut, I say he has had a good first Premier League season. Next season, he will be much better.

    After six or seven months, it gets easier. It's totally different in the UK and now Mesut knows.

Javier Mascherano Opens Door for Liverpool Return Along with Adam Lallana

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    Barcelona star Javier Mascherano has opened the door to a possible return to Liverpool, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    According to the article, agents for the Argentina international are sounding out a number of Premier League clubs for the 29-year-old, who believes his time at the Camp Nou is coming to an end.

    Meanwhile, Adam Lallana may have to ask Southampton for a transfer to Liverpool, reports Andy Hunter of The Guardian.

    Jamie Anderson of the Daily Star claims that the Reds have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho.

Player Power Costs Tim Sherwood His Job at Tottenham Hotspur, Claims Report

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    Tim Sherwood lost his head coach role at Tottenham Hotspur over fears the club could lose star players, claims Gary Jacob of The Times (subscription required).

    The White Hart Lane club axed Sherwood after just five months on Tuesday after taking up the option of a "break clause" in his 18-month contract.

    However, Jacob reports that the London club were concerned at a number of confrontations between Sherwood and some players, and his criticism of the board.

    Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino will have to pay Southampton £2 million if he wants to replace Sherwood, reports Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

John Terry Signs New Chelsea Deal, and Frank Lampard Could Be Next

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a new deal for Frank Lampard after tying John Terry to a new one-year contract, reports Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    Stamford Bridge captain Terry committed himself to a 20th year at the West London club on Tuesday, and now Mourinho is keen to keep hold of Lampard for a further season, according to the article.

    Terry feared he had played his last game for the Blues before signing the new deal, reports Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    Terry is quoted as saying:

    I’m delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with Chelsea, taking me into my 20th year with the club.

    I’d like to thank the fans and club for their support.

    Also the manager, who was instrumental for me last season.

    Meanwhile, Custis also reports that Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o is being lined up for a coaching role with former club Anzhi Makhachkala.

Manchester City Midfielder Samir Nasri Stunned by France World Cup Omission

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    Manchester City stars Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy were the main omissions from the France World Cup squad, which was named on Tuesday.

    And Steve Robson of the Daily Mirror noted the Twitter reaction of Nasri's girlfriend Anara Atanes particularly.

    However, Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, Arsenal's Bacary Sagna, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle) and Loic Remy (QPR) all made the squad, while Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin was named on the reserve list.

Sam Allardyce Faces Anxious Wait on West Ham United Future

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    West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is facing an anxious 10-day wait over his future, reports Colin Harvey of the Daily Star.

    The Upton Park boss met with Hammers owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, on Tuesday, along with the club's vice-chairman Karren Brady.

    Some West Ham fans voiced their displeasure at the style of football Allardyce utilised to ensure Premier League safety this season.

    And now Harvey claims the West Ham board will make a decision on Allardyce in the coming seven to 10 days.