Friday, 5 June 2015

Sterling, Di Maria, Falcao, Advocaat, Young, Zouma

The GuardianThe Sun
England winger Raheem Sterling is open to the possibility of leaving Liverpool for Manchester United, although the 20-year-old is concerned how the transfer would be received given the fierce rivalry between the clubs. (Guardian) 
Liverpool remain adamant they have no intention of doing business with their north-west rivals. (Liverpool Echo) 
Radamel Falcao, 29, wants to complete a move to Chelsea before Colombia start their Copa America campaign on 14 June. (Daily Telegraph) 
The Sun
The Sun's back page on Friday
Dick Advocaat will be handed a £50m transfer fund to revitalise Sunderland after agreeing to remain as manager of the Black Cats. (Daily Mirror) 
Bayern Munich's Brazil defender Dante, 31, has rejected a move to Manchester United after declaring that he stands more chance of winning silverware with the German club. (Daily Star) 
Manchester United are ready to sell Nani this summer, but Inter Milan rather than Sporting Lisbon, where the 28-year-old winger spent last season on loan, are reportedly his most likely destination. (Independent) 
Serie A side Sampdoria are preparing to sign Chelsea's 20-year-old central defender Kurt Zouma, according to the Italian club's president. (Metro) 
Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, 32, has agreed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United and will move to the Premier League club on 1 July. (Daily Star) 
Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, 23, says it 'would be nice' to join Arsenal. (Daily Mail) 
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly sacked first-team coach Mike Marsh, the former Reds midfielder who has been with the first team for three seasons and had previously worked with the youth side. (Sun - subscription required) 
QPR striker Charlie Austin - a £10m target for Tottenham, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Southampton - has hinted that he could be ready to leave the relegated west London club. (Daily Express) 
The Guardian
The Guardian sports supplement on Friday
Arsenal are preparing a £25m bid for Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 22, if they miss out on Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin. (Independent) 
Liverpool have received a fillip in their hopes of signing 23-year-old Sporting Lisbon keeper Rui Patricio after the Portuguese club signed Slovenian keeper Azbe Jug. (Daily Express) 
Manchester United are lining up Galatasary goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, 28, as their replacement for Real Madrid-bound David De Gea. (Metro) 
Meanwhile, winger Ashley Young, 29, is expected to sign a new three-year contract at Old Trafford next month. (Daily Mirror) 
Paris St-Germain have made Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 27, their main target this summer. (Sportmasta) 
But the Argentina international says he will stay at Manchester United next season, despite struggling in his first year at the club. (Sun - subscription required) 
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 28, plans to agree a new deal at Tottenham next season, despite being linked with a move to Napoli. (Times subscription required) 
Brighton are hoping to sign Iran World Cup winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh and are thought to have agreed a fee in excess of £1.4m with the 21-year-old's Dutch club NEC Nijmegen. (The Argus) 
Port Vale's out-of-contract striker Tom Pope, 29, is a target for Bury, recently promoted to League One. (Stoke Sentinel) 
Everton legends including Howard Kendall and Peter Reid paid tribute to the memory of Andy King at the former Toffees midfielder's funeral at St Luke's Church next to Goodison Park. The funeral cortege arrived to the Z-Cars theme and left to Elvis Presley's 'In The Ghetto'. (Liverpool Echo) 

Best of social media

Wayne Rooney with the Champions League in 2008
Rooney and Michael Carrick are the only players from the 2008 final still in the United side
Premier League teams and players have been using the hashtag #TBT or Throw Back Thursday to recall happy times, Chelsea remembering  Eden Hazard signing three years ago.
Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney savours United's Champions League triumph in 2008 and asks for predictions for this year's final between Juventus and Barcelona on Saturday: "#TBT to one of the best nights of my career. Who does everybody think will win it this weekend?"
Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere with novelty headgear and the FA Cup at Wembley
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere puts the recent troubles over his FA Cup parade celebrations behind him by tweeting a picture  and writes: "TBT with my favourite Cup and my favourite hat."
Gary Lineker tweets  about his new five-year deal to remain as Match of the Day host, but is there a golf link... or just a word missing? "Delighted to announce that I have agreed a new five-year deal with @BBCSport to present their football. Thanks to you all for putting with me."
Champions League final ball
The official ball of the Champions League final
The ball that will be used in Saturday's Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus in Berlin has been revealed on the official Champions League Twitter feed.  The ball is made by Adidas and features images associated with the German city, including the Brandenburg Gate.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany pays tribute to James Milner following the England international's move to Liverpool, tweeting a picture  of them at a boxing match, and writing: "You'll be missed at City brother, as a team-mate and a friend! Your drive and passion were inspirational. Good luck!"

And finally

Sunderland fans attempting to raise a £150 Flower Fund for manager Dick Advocaat's wife as a thank you for allowing her husband to stay on at the Stadium of Light, have accumulated more than £1,100. (GoFundMe) 
Norwich has been voted the second-worst away day experience in the Championship according to a survey of travelling fans, with only Blackpool faring worse in the division.
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