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WORLD CUP GOSSIP

Giorgio Chiellini
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini was sympathetic over Suarez's ban

Brazil have reacted furiously to what they believe have been pre-match attempts by Chile to put pressure on referee Howard Webb. The English official will take charge of the World Cup last-16 meeting between the sides.Guardian

Aldyr Garcia Schlee, the 79-year-old Brazilian who designed the national team's golden yellow shirt, is exhilarated by Saturday's last-16 clash - not Brazil v Chile but Uruguay v Colombia.Independent

Manchester City's Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, 29, says he owes his World Cup dream to English football.Sun

Netherlands international Dirk Kuyt has warned Mexico's impressive goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa he will be no match for the devastating Dutch strike force in their last-16 match. Daily Star

Greece supporters are united in their belief that midfielder Kostas Katsouranis must not face Costa Rica in the last-16 after a Facebook page set up to promote the 35-year-old not playing has picked up more than 95,000 likes. Telegraph

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana has had a medical at Liverpool

Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, 26, has signed a five-year £100,000-a-week deal with Liverpool worth £26m in wages to complete his £25m transfer. Sun

Liverpool will not allow Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 27, to join Barcelona for less than £80m following his four-month ban for biting. Independent

Chelsea are ready to launch a £67m double swoop for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, 25. Daily Star

Manchester United have approached Feyenoord about defender Daryl Janmaat, 24, who has impressed his Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal at the World Cup. Daily Mail

Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 23, is keen on a move to Arsenal after his agent Mino Raiola claimed he has been left "sad and desperate" following AC Milan failing to back him after his disappointing World Cup. Daily Mirror

Arsenal and Tottenham are preparing last-minute bids for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata after Juventus launched a final offer of £16m for the 21-year-old striker. Daily Express

Arsenal are to offer a club record £44m to beat off competition from Manchester United for Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27. Daily Star

Tottenham have made an £8m move for 21-year-old Swansea and Wales defender Ben Davies. Daily Mirror

Tottenham are also closing in on Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 33, as new manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to add some experience to his squad. Daily Express

Inter Milan have given up hope of trying to sign Argentine winger Erik Lamela, 22, because Tottenham do not want to sell him. Evening Standard

Liverpool will launch a £25m bid for Benfica's 26-year-old Serb winger Lazar Markovic. Liverpool Echo

Liverpool and Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mateo Kovacic after Inter Milan revealed the 20-year-old midfielder is not for sale. Talksport

Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero, 24, who has been linked with West Ham, Swansea and Arsenal, says he will definitely leave his Mexican side Monarcas Morelia this summer and hopes to be playing in Europe next season. Metro

OTHER GOSSIP

Ryan Giggs has admitted that he was underprepared for his brief tenure as Manchester United manager, but revealed his excitement at his new role as Louis van Gaal's assistant. Guardian

Brazil star Neymar, 22, says the turning point of his life was Pele telling him to snub a move to Chelsea. Daily Mail

Europa League qualifiers Aberystwyth Town have had a cheeky pop at Manchester United about failing to qualify for Europe next season. Metro

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Luis Suarez received a hero's welcome when he appeared on the balcony of his home in Uruguay with his kids after being banned from football. YouTube

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba joined Juventus from Manchester United in 2012 after his contract expired

Manchester United's new signings, Ander Herrera, 24, and Luke Shaw, 18, have received a warm welcome from their new team-mates. Striker Wayne Rooney tweeted: "@LukeShaw3 welcome to @ManUtd lad. @anderherrera8 welcome to @ManUtd mate." Midfielder Michael Carrick tweeted: "You will love it at this great club. See you soon boys." Winger Ashley Young wrote on Twitter: "Welcome... to The Biggest Club In The World! Look forward to seeing you boys soon!"

In a Twitter Q&A, former Manchester United defender and BBC World Cup pundit Rio Ferdinand said his former club should re-sign French midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus and buy Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 23.

AND FINALLY

A Dutch aerospace company have promised to give the Netherlands squad a free trip into space if they manage to win the World Cup. NL Times

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has done his best Robin van Persie impression on a beach in Brazil by recreating his astonishing diving header for the Netherlands against Spain during the World Cup.Independent