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Paper Gossip: Van Gaal's Van Persie Captain Hint, Wenger's £100M Transfer Fund

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 19, 2014

Paper Gossip: Van Gaal's Van Persie Captain Hint, Wenger's £100M Transfer Fund

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    Louis van Gaal has hinted that Robin van Persie will be his captain at Manchester United next season if he is appointed, claim the newspapers on Monday.

    The Netherlands head coach is expected to be named as the new Old Trafford manager this week, and his first appointment could be handing the Holland striker the armband.

    Arsene Wenger is poised to sign a new deal with Arsenal after ending the club's nine-year trophy drought at the weekend, and he will be boosted by a £100 million transfer fund this summer, claims one report.

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

Louis Van Gaal Drops Robin Van Persie Manchester United Captaincy Hint

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    Expected new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that Robin van Persie could be in line for the club captaincy next season, reports Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror.

    Van Gaal could be unveiled as Old Trafford boss this week, and after Holland's friendly against Ecuador at the weekend, he extolled the virtues of the former Arsenal striker as a skipper.

    Van Gaal is quoted as saying:

    Always, you make a player captain when you have more or less the same philosophy, not only about football tactics but also about life.

    So I think that's very important. I believe that Van Persie and Van Gaal [have] the same philosophy.

    Meanwhile, United defender Patrice Evra is in talks with Juventus over a summer move, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

Arsene Wenger Handed £100M Transfer Fund, Prepares to Sign New Arsenal Deal

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    Arsenal will hand Arsene Wenger a £100 million transfer fund for a tilt at the Premier League next season, report Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    The Frenchman, who ended a nine-year wait for silverware on Saturday with the FA Cup final win over Hull City, is set to sign a new three-year contract worth around £8 million per season within the next 72 hours, according to the article.

    Wenger will then turn his attention to the transfer market, with Mario Mandzukic, Lars Bender and Karim Benzema among the targets in his sights, claim Ashton and Mokbel.

    Meanwhile, Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere could find himself in hot water over his comments about Tottenham, made during the team's victory parade on Sunday, reports Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required).

Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton Eye Transfer Move for Manchester City's James Milner

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    Manchester City midfielder James Milner will be the focus of transfer attention from Everton and Tottenham Hotspur this summer, claims Simon Osborn of The Metro.

    According to the article, the England international is looking for more first-team starts and will consider his future after the World Cup in Brazil.

    But Daniel Taylor of The Guardian says that the former Aston Villa and Newcastle midfielder is also a possible buy for Arsenal.

Eliaquim Mangala Prefers Chelsea to Man City, as Courtois Weighs Up Future

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    FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala says he would prefer a move to Chelsea above Manchester City, reports Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.

    According to the article, the French centre-half was close to joining City during the January transfer window, but a move to London is more enticing for him this summer.

    Mangala is quoted as saying:

    City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London.

    It is true that I love the Premier League because it is a spectacular championship.

    In January, there were discussions with City, but it fell through because the two clubs could not reach an agreement.

    Every player wants to play in the biggest clubs. I am an ambitious player and the team that can help me win titles is the one that interests me.

    Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois claims his future is up to the Blues after winning the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid on Saturday, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Belgium international is quoted as saying:

    You can be sure if I move somewhere, I will play. The most important thing for me is to play.

    I know Petr Cech is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

    He won the Golden Glove in the Premier League and I have a lot of respect for him, so we will see what Chelsea decide.

Liverpool Closing in on Move for Bayer Leverkusen Midfielder Emre Can

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    Liverpool are closing in on a transfer move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, reports Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star.

    According to the article, the Reds have agreed a €12 million deal for the Germany Under-21 international.

    Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror reports that Swansea City are making arrangements for the potential departure of goalkeeper Michel Vorm to Anfield.

Didier Drogba Confirms Galatasaray Exit Prompting Chelsea Return Talk

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    Didier Drogba has confirmed his departure from Galatasaray this summer and sparked speculation that he could return to Chelsea, according to Ashley Clements of the Daily Mail.

    The Ivory Coast striker left Stamford Bridge two years ago for the Turkish club after his penalty won the Champions League for the Blues.

    Clements claims that Drogba could now be set for a return to West London under Jose Mourinho.

Paul Lambert Set to Continue as Aston Villa Manager Amid Club Sale

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    Paul Lambert is set to continue in his role as Aston Villa manager as owner Randy Lerner puts the club up for sale, reports James Nursey of the Daily Mirror.

    According to the article, Lambert and Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner met with Lerner in New York last week to discuss plans for the club while it is on the market.

    Lambert was looking for guarantees over his summer spending at the club, after successive seasons battling against relegation.

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