Paper News and Gossip: Arsenal Eye Cesc Fabregas Return, Mueller Rejects Man Utd

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 23, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Arsenal Eye Cesc Fabregas Return, Mueller Rejects Man Utd

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    Arsene Wenger is preparing a move to bring Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal, according to reports in Friday's newspapers.

    The Spain international left the Gunners for Barcelona in August 2011, but he could be set for a sensational re-signing at the Emirates Stadium, claim reports.

    Elsewhere, Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Mueller has rejected the possibility of joining Manchester United, according to one newspaper, and Chelsea defender David Luiz could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain.

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

Arsenal Linked with £35M Move for Cesc Fabregas as Bacary Sagna Nears Man City

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    Arsenal are preparing to make a £35 million move to bring Cesc Fabregas back to the club, reports Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Spain international left the Emirates Stadium for Barcelona in August 2011, but he could now make a sensational return to the Gunners.

    According to Wyett, Arsene Wenger has "first refusal" on the 27-year-old as part of the deal which took him to the Camp Nou, and he is ready to act on that to build on the FA Cup win last weekend.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is nearing the completion of a free transfer to Manchester City, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.

    Wenger is targeting a move for James Milner from City to replace Sagna at right-back, claims Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

Thomas Mueller to Reject Manchester United to Stay with Bayern Munich

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    Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Mueller is set to reject Manchester United in order to stay with the Bundesliga champions, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.

    The article claims that Louis van Gaal's reported interest will be spurned because both Mueller and Bayern are reluctant to part company.

    In the same article, Jackson claims that United have dropped their interest in adding Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos to their squad next season.

    Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has urged Javier Hernandez to leave Manchester United, reports Oliver Harbord of the Daily Mirror.

    Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star claims that United legend Paul Scholes is set to be offered a role at Old Trafford.

    Meanwhile, Duncan Wright of the Daily Express believes United are set to offload Marouane Fellaini if another club is prepared to pay £15 million for the Belgium international.

Chelsea Defender David Luiz on the Verge of Paris Saint-Germain Switch

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    Chelsea defender David Luiz is poised to join Paris Saint-Germain in a near-£50 million deal, reports Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail.

    The Brazil international had looked set for a transfer to Barcelona or Bayern Munich this summer, notes the article, but the Ligue 1 champions have now moved in for the defender.

    The transfer fee involved would make Luiz the most-expensive defender in world football, claims Ashton.

Wayne Rooney Says This Is 'Last Chance' to Shine for England at World Cup

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    Wayne Rooney admits the forthcoming World Cup is his last chance to shine on the biggest stage of all, reports Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Manchester United striker has failed to find form in tournaments with England since bursting on to the international scene under Sven-Goran Eriksson at Euro 2004 before injury curtailed his participation.

    Now, at 28, the England star says Brazil will be his final opportunity to prove himself at a World Cup finals.

    Rooney is quoted as saying:

    At the World Cup in 2018, I’ll be a bit older so it will obviously be difficult to impact that the way I believe I can do.

    So, I feel this is the really last big one that will probably get the best out of me. I feel ready, fresh and as good as I can be.

    I’ve been here before and I’ve said what I can deliver and what I can do and it hasn’t happened. So this is the one where I have to show what I can do.

    I am ready for it. I am excited for it. There will be no excuses this time if I don’t perform. I certainly won’t be looking for any excuses.

    Daniel Taylor of The Guardian reports that Rooney will meet with psychiatrist Steve Peters to help him deal with the pressure of the World Cup tournament.

Luis Suarez Confident for World Cup as Newcastle Defender Dummett 'Threatened'

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    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is confident he will be fit for the World Cup with Uruguay, reports David Kent of the Daily Mail.

    The forward underwent knee surgery on Thursday morning, with the Uruguay FA claiming Suarez suffered the injury during the final day of the Premier League season against Newcastle United.

    Suarez is quoted as saying:

    Thank you all for the support.

    I’ll work quietly and very hard in the coming days to be 100 per cent and help my team-mates.

    However, Magpies' defender Paul Dummett has received threats on Twitter from Uruguay fans over his challenge on Suarez in that match, report Jeremy Armstrong and David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti Motivated by History in Champions League Final

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    Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti will be motivated by the idea of being part of history in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, reports Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail.

    The former Chelsea and AC Milan boss has guided Los Blancos to their first final since 2002, where they will face their inter-city rivals in Lisbon.

    Despite his laid-back style, Ancelotti recognises the pressure which comes with the race for a 10th European Cup for Real, and he is quoted as saying:

    The great motivation is to be part of the history of this club. 

    To be part of that is bigger than any personal achievement. That is the most important thing.

    The Champions League has given me a lot already. I have won four, as a player and a manager. But this is about the Decima; the 10th title.

    From the first day I arrived here it was about the Decima, because for Real Madrid this cup is special. I wouldn’t call it an obsession. Just a motivation.

    Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to play in the showpiece in his native Portugal after overcoming a groin problem, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.

Landon Donovan Omitted by USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann for World Cup

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    LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan has been sensationally omitted from the United States squad for the World Cup finals, reports Martin Pengelly of The Guardian.

    The one-time Everton loanee was expected to be included in the USMNT traveling party for the finals in Brazil.

    But USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to leave the 32-year-old, who has played in the last three World Cups out of his squad this year.

    However, there is a place in the United States party for Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore and 18-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder Julian Green.

Manchester City Chairman Moves to Ensure Yaya Toure Stays at the Etihad Stadium

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    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has moved to ensure Yaya Toure remains at the club, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Ivory Coast international left a question mark over his future at the Etihad Stadium this week following comments from his agent and himself, notes the article.

    However, Al Mubarak has contacted Toure's advisers and is looking for talks concerning the midfielder next week, claims Kastrinakis.