Football : Headline International Stories, Friday
***Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is happy with his squad following their 8-1 win over Indonesia all-stars in a pre-season friendly on Thursday.
***Fiorentina have reportedly approached Queens Park Rangers for Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar. Viola are interested in buying the Brazil international and have opened discussions with the Championship outfit. (Sky Sport Italia)
***Manchester United boss David Moyes says the club are continuing with their attempts to sign Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. (SkySports)
***Spurs winger Gareth Bale is set to return to action for Tottenham tomorrow with his future still unresolved. Spurs are adamant their £85million-rated star will not be sold this summer, despite Real Madrid’s determination to sign him. (The Mirror)
***Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is satisfied with his squad amid continued speculation about Wayne Rooney. But Mourinho feels comfortable with his current options in his squad and has confirmed there has been no further bid for Rooney. (SkySports)
***Roma are believed to have opened talks with Arsenal over the transfer of Ivorian forward Gervinho. According to Sky Sports News, the Gunners are willing to accept a bid of £7m for Gervinho, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium in a £10.5m deal from Lille two years ago.
***Real Madrid have no interest in signing striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool. Coach Carlo Ancelotti is not looking to bring in another forward as he is satisfied with his strike force of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. (Marca)
***Liverpool are believed to have made Roberto Soldado their number one target to replace unsettled forward Luis Suarez. The Reds are in a straight fight with dithering Spurs for Valencia’s £26million man as angry Suarez edges closer to a move to Arsenal. (The Mirror)
***New Everton bossRoberto Martinez admits he cannot guarantee that the club will hang on to Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini this summer. Everton have rejected a £12million bid from Manchester United for their England left-back Baines, while Arsenal are tracking Fellaini.
***Australia’s newest Socceroos Mitchell Duke and Tomi Juric were delighted to score their first international goals on Thursday. It was not the result Holger Osieck and his players wanted, going down 3-2 to Japan in their second 2013 East Asian Cup match at Hwaseong Sports Complex.
***Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is not afraid of Arsenal signing Luis Suarez and wants more big names to follow. Giroud’s place is certain to be under threat as Arsenal close in on a spectacular deal for the Liverpool striker after making a £40,000,001 bid. (The Mirror)
***Nottingham Forest have completed the double signing of attacking duo Djamel Abdoun and Jamie Mackie on Thursday.
***Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara has claimed that Manchester United did not come close to signing him from Barcelona. (ESPN)
***Scotland club Hibernian’s European adventure came to an end in embarrassing style as they crashed out of the Europa League second qualifying round after suffering a 7-0 defeat to Malmo at Easter Road. (ESPN)
***Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has dismissed the idea of signing Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney because he would prefer to strengthen his midfield. (ESPN)