Paper Gossip: Liverpool Braced for Suarez Bid, Man Utd Move for Arda Turan Doubt
Liverpool are bracing themselves for a transfer bid for Luis Suarez from Real Madrid, according to reports on Thursday.
Bernabeu head coach Carlo Ancelotti has given the green light to a transfer move for the Uruguay international, claim the newspapers, sparking a flurry of rumours over the forward.
Manchester United also feature heavily in Thursday's gossip columns, with doubt cast over a possible move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan among the speculation surrounding the Old Trafford club.
But who else is making the headlines on Thursday? Read on to find out more.
Ancelotti Reportedly Gives Green Light to Real Madrid Move for Luis Suarez
Real Madrid have begun their attempt to bring Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to the Bernabeu this summer, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.
The Uruguay international signed a new deal with the Reds midway through last season, and he has given no indication that he wants to leave.
But Anderson claims Real are confident they can lure him after head coach Carlo Ancelotti approved a transfer move for the player.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are preparing to turn their transfer focus to Benfica winger Lazar Markovic instead of Adam Lallana, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.
Brendan Rodgers is on the verge of completing his move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, claims Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail, while Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports that Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to hijack Liverpool's move for Alberto Moreno.
Manchester United Move for Atletico Madrid Star Arda Turan in Doubt
Manchester United's potential move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has been cast into doubt, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
The Turkey international had been strongly linked with the Old Trafford club, claims the article, but the midfielder has played down a move.
Turan is quoted as saying:
I'm not the right person to speak about this.
We won the league and I'm still celebrating our achievements this season.
Jefferson claims that news will alert Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Incoming United manager Louis van Gaal has made Roma star Kevin Strootman a priority target for January, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express also reports that Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller wants talks with the Bundesliga club after being tempted by a move to United.
Robin Van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain Face World Cup Sweat After Injuries
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are facing an anxious wait on their World Cup hopes after picking up injuries in friendly matches.
Netherlands striker Van Persie limped out of the World Cup warm-up game against Wales with a groin problem, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.
Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, suffered a suspected ligament injury in England's 2-2 draw with Ecuador in Miami, as John Cross of the Daily Mirror reported.
Cesc Fabregas Deal Is Done, Gerard Pique Is Overheard Telling Vicente Del Bosque
Fabregas has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou this summer as Luis Enrique looks to overhaul his squad ahead of the new season.
But Pique's whispered comments regarding the future of the midfielder to Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque ahead of a press conference were picked up by microphones.
According to Anthony Chapman of the Daily Express, Manchester United have moved ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal in the race to sign Fabregas.
Diego Costa on Verge of Chelsea Move as Romelu Lukaku Linked with Atletico
Chelsea are on the verge of completing their move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The Spain international has completed his medical with the Stamford Bridge club and is now set to sign for the Blues, claims Cross.
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku could join Atletico on loan as part of the deal, although the article also claims that Valencia have made an £18 million offer for the Belgium international.
England Sponsors Vauxhall Apologise After Passport Numbers Tweeted out
England sponsors Vauxhall have apologised for a blunder that saw players' passport numbers printed on a team sheet for the friendly against Ecuador in Miami, report Neil Ashton and Charlie Sale of the Daily Mail.
The sensitive information was included on the team sheets for the game at the Sun Life Stadium, which Vauxhall proceeded to tweet out, claims the article.
A Vauxhall spokesman said:
We realised we made a mistake immediately and the tweet was deleted from our account within a minute.
We have apologised to the FA for any embarrassment caused.
Italy Will Be Ready for World Cup Despite Embarrassing Draw, Says Prandelli
Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will be ready for the World Cup despite suffering embarrassment in their friendly with Luxembourg on Wednesday, reports Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail.
The Azzurri were held to a 1-1 draw by the minnows in Perugia as their World Cup send-off ended in disappointment.
But the Italy coach insists his team will be fully prepared for the World Cup opener against England in Manaus on June 14.
Prandelli is quoted as saying:
I’m not disappointed because I knew my team had worked a lot on their physical conditioning.
We have based our operation to be ready for Brazil—not now. We knew we might pay the price at some point.
My team will be ready in Brazil. We still have to work on a few details like free-kicks and corners. You could see tonight that we were not ready on those sort of things.
I was not very happy with my team playing too many long balls as well. We need to work on that. In Brazil we won’t have all the space like we did tonight against Luxembourg.