Paper Gossip: Yaya Toure Rejects Manchester United Move, Man City Eye Barkley

Alex Dimond@alexdimondUK Lead WriterJuly 18, 2014

Paper Gossip: Yaya Toure Rejects Manchester United Move, Man City Eye Barkley

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    The big story of Friday's newspapers involves Yaya Toure, with one newspaper suggesting that he had the chance to join Manchester United this summer.

    Elsewhere, there are more stories about Liverpool's summer spending—along with details about who City might target should Toure leave them before the new season starts.

    Read on for all the rumours and gossip from Friday's papers.

Yaya Toure Rejects Chance to Move to Manchester United

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    The Manchester City midfielder has snubbed the chance to move to Manchester United this summer, according to a report in the Daily Star.

    The newspaper reports that, with the Ivorian midfielder currently involved in a dispute with his club, United were prepared to offer £40 million in order to lure him to Old Trafford. Unfortunately for them, Toure does not want to remain in the Premier League and is waiting on other opportunities.

    Jeremy Cross writes:

    United saw a chance to lure the Ivory Coast international across town to Old Trafford in what would have been a sensational transfer coup.

    United bosses let it be known Toure was on their shopping list and were hopeful of pulling-off a £40m deal.

    But Toure has told the fallen giants he has no interest in joining his neighbours at United because he is holding out for a move to Paris Saint-Germain instead.

    The snub is a blow to new United boss Louis Van Gaal, who is keen to strengthen his flagging midfield.

    But Starsport understands Toure, 31, wants to leave the Premier League altogether and is hoping PSG make an official approach.

Liverpool Close in on 'New Eden Hazard' Zakaria Bakkali

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    Liverpool's summer transfer spending is set to continue, with the Daily Express reporting that the club has taken a strong interest in PSV Eindhoven teenager Zakaria Bakkali.

    According to the newspaper, preliminary talks have been held between both parties, with Liverpool now set to make a formal offer for the young Belgian.

    Jamie Anderson writes:

    According to Belgian newspaper Sport, talks have been productive and are likely to result in Liverpool lodging an £8m bid.

    If the Kop side were to bag the teen sensation, it would constitute their fourth signing of the summer, and take their total expenditure to over £65m.

    Bakkali has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence—easily adjusting from PSV's youth side to the physical demands of a regular first-teamer.

    Elsewhere, the Mirror believes Liverpool are in pole position to sign Micah Richards—who is expected to leave Manchester City this summer.

Ross Barkley Is Manchester City's Main Target If Yaya Toure Leaves

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    If Yaya Toure does leave Manchester City this summer, the Daily Mail believes Ross Barkley is the player they will turn to.

    Simon Jones reports that City are keen on the Everton youngster, but they will only consider making a bid at this stage if Toure's resolve to leave hardens.

    Jones writes:

    Manchester City have an interest in England midfielder Ross Barkley, as do all of the Premier League's top clubs, but they have yet to set wheels in motion for any bid.

    Any such action would likely depend on Yaya Toure and what comes of his planned talks with City's hierarchy.

    It is understood he and his representative Dimitri Seluk have made contact with the club owners to dampen the initial furore that surrounded his claims of feeling unloved.

    Should the worst happen and Toure goes then Barkley would come into their thinking but he would not be their only option.

    Suffice to say Everton have no plans to sell Barkley. After last season's step forward, it would be a huge fall backwards to sell the 20-year-old.


Bits and Pieces: Ben Arfa in Weight Dispute, West Ham Pursue Full-Backs

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    West Ham are keen on Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson in a £5 million deal, according to The Sun (subscription required).

    The Daily Mirror reports that Deportivo la Coruna are confident they will beat Stoke to the signature of Barcelona's Bojan Krkic.

    Crystal Palace have deals in place to sign Fraizer Campbell from Cardiff and Gylfi Sigurdsson from Tottenham, per the Daily Express.

    According to the Daily Mail, West Ham have made an offer to take Boca Juniors full-back Emanuel Insua on loan.

    The Daily Mail also reports that Louis van Gaal has demanded changes to the Manchester United training pitch—because it can get too windy.

    And finally, according to the Daily Mirror, Hatem Ben Arfa is embroiled in a dispute with Newcastle after the club fined him for returning for pre-season overweight.