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Gossip: Transfer and Rumour - June 29, 2014

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says his players will "start hallucinating" if the referee does not let them have water breaks against Mexico in the soaring heat of Fortaleza. Mail on Sunday 
 
Arsenal are set to sign Southampton's France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, as well as Chile and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, 25 - eliminating any chance Sanchez might be included in a deal for Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, 27. Sunday Express 
 
The flurry of goals at the World Cup in Brazil is down to climate and not class, according to Michael Davison, a football medicine specialist at the Fifa medical centre of excellence in the UK. (Sunday Telegraph) Sunday Telegraph 
 
Costa Rica midfielder Celso Borges believes that he can surpass his father, Alexandre Borges Guimaraes, in the history books by inspiring Los Ticos to a first appearance in the World Cup quarter-finals, at the expense of Greece. Sunday Telegraph 
 
Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are interested in PSV Eindhoven winger Mephis Depay, 20, who continues to impress at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Daily Star Sunday 
 
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa says despite a disappointing World Cup showing from the organisation's sides - with Japan, South Korea, Australia and Iran all failing to win a game - his focus is on "unlocking the full potential of Asian football." The Straits Times 

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid are preparing a bid for Liverpool and England forward Raheem Sterling, 19, as concerns arise with the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo after an injury-ridden World Cup campaign. Sunday Mirror 
Nigel de Jong on the back page of the Daily Star
The Daily Star reports that Manchester United are keen on Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong 

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, who will take over at Manchester United after the World Cup, is planning to sign former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, to Old Trafford from AC Milan. Daily Star Sunday 
 
However, Van Gaal wants to make £40m Barcelona and Chile frontman Alexis Sanchez, 25, his next purchase after bringing Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera to Old Trafford. Sunday Sun 
 
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to bid for £30m-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 22, who is also a target for a number of Premier League rivals. Sunday Mirror 
 
The Blues boss also wants France midfielder Paul Pogba and is considering paying Juventus £60m for the 21-year-old. Mail on Sunday 
 
French club Monaco have agreed to begin negotiations with Real Madrid over the sale of £60m-rated Colombia striker Radamel Falcao. AS (in Spanish) 
 
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has suggested that the Gunners will try to beat Manchester United to Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, after claiming he is a player who has "everything". Sunday Express 
 
Manchester United could make Dutch defender Stefan De Vrij, 22, their third major summer signing after hijacking Lazio's deal for the Feyenoord player. Sunday Express 

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez cannot train with any club for the next four months 

Liverpool will launch a plea to Fifa to allow football outcast Luis Suarez to continue to train with the club during his worldwide ban from all football-related activities. Sunday Express 
 
Meanwhile, former England captain Rio Ferdinand has said he would keep Suarez at Liverpool if he were Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, despite his third biting offence. Mail on Sunday 
 
Former England captain Terry Butcher and ex-Northern Ireland internationals Iain Dowie and Lawrie Sanchez are all understood to be in line for the vacant New Zealand job . New Zealand Herald 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Brazil and Chile's tense last-16 match racked up the highest tweets per minute (TPM) Twitter has ever tracked for an event - 389,000 TPM as Gonzalo Jara missed the decisive penalty beat February's Super Bowl, which peaked at 382,000 TPM - while also setting a record for total tweets at this World Cup with 16.4m, surpassing Brazil's opener against Croatia (12.2m). Twitter 
 
Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon shared his team's victory celebrations with his instagram  followers after their 2-0 win against Uruguay in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan on Twitter  after English referee Howard Webb controversially ruled out Hulk's effort that would have put Brazil 2-1 up against Chile: "On further reflection, and after a pint of London Pride, I am downgrading my criticism of Howard Webb from 'useless' to 'mistaken'."

AND FINALLY

Uruguay had Luis Suarez's kit hung in the changing room ahead of their last-16 defeat by Colombia at the 2014 Fifa World Cup and fans wore masks of the banned striker. Mail on Sunday 
 
Park Ji-Sung has sent out Manchester United-themed invitations for his forthcoming marriage that feature a pop-up Old Trafford and the slogan 'Wedding of Dreams' inscribed below. 101greatgoals

source: bbcsport

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