Foreign newspaper transfer gossip round-up
And still Cesc Fabregas’ move from Arsenal to Barcelona dominates the Spanish press. The other big story on the continent is that Dimitar Berbatov is keen on a transfer from Manchester United to PSG and Swedish paper Aftonbladet claim an exclusive interview with Fernando Torres who criticises Liverpool.
Guillem Balague in AS: “The Arsenal board will meet today to discuss Barcelona’s latest offer for Cesc Fabregas and will likely refuse it. Totalling 38 million euros, the refusal of the latest offer means this saga will likely continue until the end of August.”
Arsene Wenger understands completely that Cesc Fabregas wants to return to Barcelona and the Frenchman has called on the Arsenal board to accelerate the sale. (Sport)
El Mundo Deportivo are also confident that Barcelona will sign Cesc Fabregas before the Super Cup with Real Madrid. (El Mundo Deportivo)
Barcelona players continue to chatter about the Arsenal captain. Andres Iniesta: “We would be delighted with the arrival of Cesc” and Xavi: “Cesc is a player that will strengthen our midfield.” (Sport)
Marca lead with the surprise 4-1 defeat for Barcelona to Chivas. Pep Guardiola: “We will have to change our mindset very quickly. This was a wake up call.”
Jose Mourinho has told Florentino Perez that he doesn’t want Neymar in January, either in the summer or at the start of the 2012/2013 season. (El Mundo Deportivo)
Le Parisien are bullish over the Dimitar Berbatov to PSG deal. Claims the Bulgarian striker is interested in moving to Paris, especially as they can afford his 115,000 euros a week salary. Manchester United want 15 million euros. Talks between Berbatov and PSG expected this week.
Swedish paper Aftonbladet claim an exclusive interview with Fernando Torres: “Liverpool’s future does not look so bright.”
Wesley Sneijder has said he “cannot wait to play” in the Italian Super Cup in Beijing on Saturday. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
AC Milan have begun negotiations with Fiorentina over signing playmaker Riccardo Montilivio. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Most ridiculous story of the day comes from Santos who reportedly want to include Pele in their Club World Cup squad at the age of 71.
Deco is contemplating calling time on his career after a succession of injuries. (Globeosporte)
Javier Saviola wants to stay at Benfica and feels he can replace Oscar Cardozo in an advanced role this season. (ABola)
Very sad news out of Japan: Former international Naoki Matsuda died in hospital on Thursday aged 34, two days after collapsing from a suspected heart attack.