Paper News and Gossip: Liverpool Offer £25m for Lallana, Cristiano Injury Worry

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 31, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Liverpool Offer £25m for Lallana, Cristiano Injury Worry

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    Liverpool dominate the sports news agenda on Saturday, with a number of players looking to be on the way at Anfield.

    Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is on the verge of completing his move, but his team-mate Adam Lallana could also be about to join him, claim reports.

    Elsewhere, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is an injury concern for Portugal ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil, while Barcelona insist midfielder Cesc Fabregas is going nowhere.

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

Liverpool Offer £25m for Lallana as Lambert Prepares to Complete Anfield Move

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    Liverpool have made a final offer of £25 million to Southampton for midfielder Adam Lallana, reports John Percy of the Daily Telegraph.

    The England midfielder, who played in the 3-0 win over Peru at Wembley on Friday, could join Saints team-mate Rickie Lambert in making the move to Anfield, claims Percy.

    Lambert will have a medical on Merseyside on Saturday ahead of a £4 million switch, according to the report.

    Brendan Rodgers is also hoping to add Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno to his squad next week in return for £15 million and Suso, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    The impending arrival of Lambert at Liverpool could see Fabio Borini make a permanent switch to Sunderland, claims Tony Barrett of The Times (subscription required).

Cristiano Ronaldo in World Cup Injury Scare for Portugal

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    Cristiano Ronaldo has handed Portugal a World Cup concern, with a thigh muscle injury set to keep him out of the friendly against Greece on Saturday, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The forward, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid earlier this month, missed training with his national team on Friday after complaining about the problem.

    Portugal head coach Paolo Bento is confident the Ballon d'Or winner will be ready for the opening game of the tournament against Germany, but is also preparing his options.

    Bento is quoted as saying:

    What I don't want to do is put any sort of pressure on a player that causes them to compete when they are not in a the right state to do so.

    We're not setting any deadlines.

    The player's well-being comes first. I want him to be in the best possible form without running any risks.

Barcelona Warn off Cesc Fabregas Suitors, Insisting Midfielder Is Not for Sale

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    Barcelona have issued a hands-off warning to Arsenal and Manchester United over Cesc Fabregas, reports Hannah Duncan of The Metro.

    The midfielder has been linked with a summer return to the Premier League and the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford are possible destinations, notes the article.

    But Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists Fabregas will not be leaving the club this summer.

    Bartomeu is quoted as saying:

    We don’t want to sell players.

    Barca do not want to sell Fabregas or any other players that may appear to be on the market.

    Meanwhile, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has urged new manager Louis van Gaal to make a move for Barcelona star Andres Iniesta, reports The Sun (subscription required).

Frank Lampard Could Retire, Fernando Torres Has No Wish to Leave Chelsea

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    Frank Lampard could retire from football if Chelsea do not offer him a further contract for next season, reports Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror.

    The 35-year-old has yet to be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge, and he will weigh up his options if his services are not required by the Blues next season.

    Lampard is quoted as saying in an interview with Red magazine:

    I don’t know if I’ll be at Chelsea next season. I’d like to carry on for two or three more years, but it would be good to end on a high.

    So, if that means it all ends tomorrow, I wouldn’t have any regrets. You know your shelf life, so I started to mentally prepare when I hit 30.

    I’ve been doing this for a long time, so there’s a part of me that’s looking forward to the future.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has no intention of leaving the club this summer, reports Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star.

Arsene Wenger Celebrates New Arsenal Deal with £100m Transfer Fund

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set for a £100 million spending spree this summer after signing his new deal at the club, reports Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    The Gunners boss put pen to paper on a new three-year contract at the Emirates Stadium, and he is now chasing a number of transfer targets, claims the article.

    Among the players on Wenger's wish list are Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender and QPR forward Loic Remy, says Mokbel.

Roy Keane Reportedly on Verge of Becoming Celtic Manager

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    Celtic are poised to announce Roy Keane as their new manager, reports Phil Gordon of The Times (subscription required).

    The former Manchester United midfielder, who finished his playing career with the Scottish champions, has spoken with the Glasgow club after the resignation of Neil Lennon earlier this month, notes the article.

    Keane is currently assistant manager to former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill with the Republic of Ireland, but he has been told the Celtic job is his if he wants it, according to Gordon.