Latest International Football News – Paper Talks
***Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is reportedly becoming frustrated at the club’s refusal to enter into discussions with Real Madrid. The Spanish giants allegedly made a world record-breaking £85m offer for the Welshman. (The Telegraph)
***Juventus striker Fernando Llorente has hailed his new teammates ahead of the new Serie A season. Llorente signed for the Italian champions this summer alongside Carlos Tevez and Angelo Ogbonna and the former Athletic Bilbao forward has spoken of the quality his new side possess.
***Lyon coach Remi Garde has emphasised the importance of a clean sheet at home after his side’s 1-0 win over Grasshopper Zurich in their two-legged UEFA Champions League qualifying tie.
***Liverpool will complete a season-long loan deal for Benfica defender Lorenzo Melgarejo, if the player can obtain a work permit. The club have tied up a deal for Melgarejo and the 22-year-old will make the move to Anfield if the permit can be granted. (The Telegraph)
***Arsenal will have to pay £55million if they still want Luis Suarez, after the striker dropped his pursuit of arbitration as a means of leaving for less. (The Mirror)
***Stoke City are lining up a bid for Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe, according to report. The Potters manager Mark Huges is keen on the England forward and is looking to bring him to The Britannia this summer. (Daily Star)
***Celtic have announced the signing Derk Boerrigter from Ajax on a four-year contract. (ESPN)
***New Barcelona forward Neymar has revealed that teammate Lionel Messi is his “idol”. The Brazil international moved to Camp Nou earlier this summer for a reported fee of around £48m and made his debut in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against Lechia Gdansk. (SportsMole)
***AC Milan have strengthened their defensive stocks, securing Argentine Matias Silvestre, 28, from city rivals Inter on loan. While Milan’s vice president Adriano Galliani had conceded defeat in his chase of Silvestre earlier in the week, the deal was confirmed on Tuesday.
***Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes feels confident team-mate Cesc Fabregas will be playing for the Catalans this season. (ESPN)
***New Manchester United manager David Moyes has urged the club’s fans to remain calm in his early stages as Manchester United manager.
***Newcastle forward Papiss Cisse made a goalscoring return for the club in their friendly against St Mirren following his Wonga jersey row. (SkySports)
***Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan may miss his club’s DFB Pokal match on Saturday due to an ankle injury. Gundogan was subbed off just before half-time in his team’s 3-0 friendly win over fourth-tier side Kickers Wuerzburg on Tuesday.
***Tottenham want Luka Modric back from Real Madrid and a world-record transfer fee to part with Gareth Bale. Meanwhile, Manchester United have targeted midfielder Modric as their fall-back option, with their bid to buy Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas fading. (The Mirror)
***Joey Barton wants to play for his beloved Everton and will take a 50 per cent pay-cut to make the move happen. Barton is back at Queens Park Rangers after a year in exile on loan at French side Marseille, and Hoops boss Harry Redknapp is even considering playing him in Saturday’s Championship season opener against Sheffield Wednesday. (The Mirror)