What The Papers Say – Monday, August 6

Follow ‘What the Papers Say’, with all the latest gossip and speculation from today’s newspapers.

The Sun

  • Roberto Mancini admits he faces defeat in his bid to land top summer target Robin van Persie. – Link
  • Andre Villas-Boas says he hopes Luka Modric will return to the Tottenham squad soon. – Link
  • Ashley Cole has rejected rumours his contract talks with Chelsea have stalled. – Link
  • Andy Carroll was handed an extra chance to win over Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in a training-ground friendly with Rochdale. – Link
  • Cristiano Ronaldo claims he would like follow David Beckham and play in the MLS. – Link

Daily Mail

  • Darren Fletcher will meet up with the Scotland squad for training ahead of next week’s friendly against Australia. – Link
  • Arsenal are believed to be considering a bid for Olympiakos striker Kevin Mirallas as they await the outcome of Robin van Persie’s transfer saga. Link
  • Manchester United in the box seat for Van Persie after City boss Mancini concedes defeat in striker race. – Link
  • Paris Saint-Germain have launched a last-minute bid to hijack Lucas Moura’s move to Manchester United.  – Link

Daily Mirror

  • Manchester City defender Gael Clichy alleges that bananas were thrown on the pitch during his side’s 4-0 defeat of Limerick yesterday. – Link
  • Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s summer spending spree can persuade Robin van Persie to stay. – Link
  • Roberto Mancini has waved the white flag in the long-running battle to sign Arsenal’s unhappy Dutchman Robin van Persie. – Link

Daily Star

  • Brendan Rodgers has made it clear he will not be giving up his prized defender Daniel Agger without a fight, as Manchester City make a bid for him yet again. – Link
  • West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan has told pal Andy Carroll: ‘Sign up and turn us into a top-six club’. – Link
  • Roberto Di Matteo has warned Chelsea fans not to expect ­fireworks this ­season – despite a £70m summer spending spree. – Link

Daily Express

  • Tottenham Hotspur have made an £11million bid for Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, according to reports. – Link
  • Juventus’ bid for Robin Van Persie may be the only one left on the table for Arsenal’s star striker after Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admitted doubts over his transfer to City. – Link
  • The Brazilian Football Federation last night denied they had given Lucas Moura permission to leave their Olympic squad to undergo a medical with Manchester United. – Link 
  • Wolves are keen to sign Manchester City’s Montenegro defender Stefan Savic on a season-long loan after accepting Christophe Berra’s transfer request. – Link


  • Manchester City are weighing up a move for Roma star Daniele De Rossi as the club look to reinforce their midfield options. – Link
  • Liverpool look set to miss out on signing Clint Dempsey this summer after failing to agree a fee with Fulham. – Link
  • Manchester United are reportedly hoping to take advantage of Malaga’s financial crisis to sign Spain Under-21 international Isco. – Link
  • Ex-England striker Emile Heskey is training with former club Wigan in a bid to remain in the Premier League. – Link
  • Liverpool are set for further talks with Swansea this week as they look to wrap up a deal for midfielder Joe Allen. – Link

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