What The Papers Say – Thursday, August 9

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

The Sun

  • Alex Ferguson has blasted Arsenal over his attempts to sign Robin van Persie. – Link
  • Joe Allen will be a Kop idol after Liverpool triggered his release clause at Swansea. – Link
  • Sam Allardyce reckons West Ham will become a European football force if they get the keys to the Olympic Stadium. – Link
  • Real Madrid are trying to offload flop Kaka to AC Milan before making a final attempt to capture Luka Modric. – Link
  • Wolves striker Steven Fletcher has handed in a transfer request as he nears a move to Sunderland – Link
  • Tony Pulis is a relieved man after hearing Robert Huth is on the road to recovery following his dramatic meningitis scare. – Link
  • Brendan Rodgers has told Manchester City: It will take silly money to land Daniel Agger. – Link

Daily Mail

  • Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Arsenal are refusing to budge on a £15million Manchester United bid for Robin van Persie as he lost out on another transfer target, teenage Brazilian Lucas Moura, to big-spending Paris St Germain. – Link
  • Liverpool are set to complete their second signing of the summer after they triggered the £15million release clause is Joe Allen’s Swansea contract. – Link
  • Real Madrid believe they have been handed a significant boost in their bid to sign Luka Modric. – Link
  • Manchester City could finally grab Daniele de Rossi from Roma in a move that would pave the way for Nigel de Jong to join Inter Milan. – Link
  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is unable to prevent Craig Bellamy leaving the club for Cardiff. – Link
  • New Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has refused to rule out a move for Arsenal midfielder Alex Song. – Link
  • Chelsea are preparing an improved bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle as Roman Abramovich continues his recruitment drive for young talent. – Link
  • Manchester City have checked on Brazil striker and Spurs target Leandro Damiao, 23.  – Link
  • Napoli are in discussions to sign Chelsea’s £8million-rated midfielder Raul Meireles, 29. – Link

Daily Mirror

  • Sir Alex Ferguson has been warned it will take an “unbelievable” offer to persuade Arsenal to sell Robin van Persie to him. – Link
  • Manchester City have been asked to come up with a staggering £27million package to get their hands on Liverpool’s Daniel Agger. – Link
  • Kaka could be set to leave Real Madrid after boss Jose Mourinho said the Brazilian could go – but only for the right price. – Link
  • Portsmouth’s hopes of avoiding liquidation tomorrow have been given a huge boost after Israel defender Tal Ben Haim agreed to leave the club. – Link

Metro

  • Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has alerted both Manchester City and Chelsea after turning down a new contact at the club, and expressing his desire to leave. – Link
  • Manchester United are hopeful of signing Robin van Persie after stepping up negotiations with Arsenal.  – Link
  • Liverpool are close to sealing a deal for Swansea midfielder Joe Allen after reportedly agreeing to pay £15m to activate his release clause. – Link
  • The agent of Anderlecht star Cheikhou Kouyate has confirmed he’s received a number of phone calls about his client, after he impressed scouts from Arsenal, Newcastle United and West Ham during the Olympics. – Link
  • QPR have lodged bids for Roma defender Gabriel Heinze and Sunderland full-back Kieran Richardson. – Link

The Telegraph

  • Manchester United will give Robin van Persie wage parity with Wayne Rooney to conclude the major transfer saga of the summer. – Link

Daily Express

  • Sir Alex Ferguson fears Manchester United will miss out in their attempt to sign Robin van Persie due to Arsenal’s refusal to sell. – Link
  • Jack Cork is a major doubt for Southampton’s Premier League opener at Manchester City. – Link
  • Swansea have agreed a deal to sign Israel striker Itay Shechter on a season-long loan from Kaiserslautern. – Link
  • Manchester United’s hopes of bagging Lucas Moura were dashed today as he announced that he had been involved in talks with French club Paris St Germain. – Link
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