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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says Neymar, 22, feared he was paralysed when the Barcelona forward sustained the back injury that ended his World Cup. Guardianexternal-link

Chelsea winger Willian, 25, believes he can fill the void left by Neymar's absence and help Brazil to World Cup success. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, 30, says he is tired of people criticising him after he admitted diving during the last-16 win against Mexico. Daily Mailexternal-link

Netherlands keeper Tim Krul came on specifically for his country's penalty shootout win over Costa Rica and his former Newcastle manager - Glenn Roeder - says the 26-year-old is not averse to taking a spot-kick as well as saving them. Daily Expressexternal-link

Krul came on for 25-year-old Jasper Cillessen, who says he was not told about Dutch coach Louis van Gaal's decision to replace him for the penalty shootout and was "angry" at the decision. Daily Telegraphexternal-link


Manchester United and Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, is determined to stay at the club and prove his worth to Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, who will take over at Old Trafford following his country's World Cup campaign. Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

West Brom are weighing up whether to try to sign right-back Alan Hutton, 29, from Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen
Thomas Vermaelen could be playing under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford next season

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, says he does not know where he will be playing next season. Evening Standard external-link

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is planning talks with midfielder Moussa Sissoko following rumours of the 24-year-old France international leaving the Tyneside club. Newcastle Chronicleexternal-link

Sunderland are keen to sign Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell on a season-long loan, but face competition from the 23-year-old's former club Everton. Sunderland Echoexternal-link

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Arsenal have renewed their interest in Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, 25, with boss Arsene Wenger also closing in on the signings of Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez, 25, and Newcastle full-back Mathieu Debuchy, 28. Daily Telegraphexternal-link

The Gunners have agreed a £34m fee for Sanchez, but Barcelona are waiting to see if Italian club Juventus can match the offer. Liverpool are also interested in the forward but he is not keen on joining the Reds. Daily Mailexternal-link

Manchester United have been told they must increase their offer for Feyenoord defender Daryl Janmaat, 24. Metroexternal-link

Meanwhile, Red Devils winger Nani, 27, could play a key role in the club's pursuit of 27-year-old Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

Southampton are set to make an £8m offer for Cardiff City's 29-year-old goalkeeper David Marshall. Daily Mailexternal-link

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says captain Steven Caulker, 22, will decide if he wants to join Queens Park Rangers after the clubs agreed a fee. Daily Expressexternal-link

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez does not appear keen on a move to Liverpool

West Bromwich Albion could complete their third summer signing in the coming days with defender Chris Baird, 32, in advanced talks. Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman plans to replace left-back Luke Shaw, who has joined Manchester United, with Colombia's 27-year-old Pablo Armero. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Hull City are expected to beat Crystal Palace, QPR and West Ham to the £4m signing of Tottenham defender Michael Dawson. Sun (subscription required)external-link


Louis van Gaal plans to bring his Netherlands World Cup tactics to Manchester United by playing 3-4-3 next season. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, says he has a decision to make about his future at Chelsea this summer. Guardianexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Monaco are interested in Newcastle's 24-year-old French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who is also being chased by Liverpool. L'Equipe (in French)external-link

Arsenal, Tottenham, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund are the top contenders for Southampton's 24-year-old French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. L'Equipeexternal-link

Liverpool are eager to sell Daniel Agger and have offered the 29-year-old defender to Spanish giants Barcelona. Mundodeportivo (in Spanish)external-link

Manchester United and Paris St-Germain are willing to pay £47m for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria. AS.com (in Spanish)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini had a difficult time at Manchester United last season

Italian side Fiorentina could target Manchester United's 26-year-old Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini. Lefigaro (in French)external-link

Manchester City's high asking price for striker Alvaro Negredo, 28, has prompted Atletico Madrid to look elsewhere and the Spanish club have made a £14m offer for Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic, 28. Marca (in Spanish)external-link

Monaco have asked Real Madrid to pay £63m if they want to sign Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez, 22. As.comexternal-link

Veteran Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, 43, has announced his retirement from football after his country's exit from the World Cup. Bild (in German)external-link

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is concerned he will not get the right price for Arsenal target Mario Balotelli following the 23-year-old Italian striker's lacklustre performance at the World Cup. Bildexternal-link

Former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, who has recently taken over at Qatari club Lekhwiya, wants to sign Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez, 34. Marcaexternal-link


Striker Lukas Podolski, 29, has tweeted a picture of him and some of his Germany team-mates ahead of Tuesday's World Cup semi-final against Brazil. He wrote: "On the way to Belo Horizonte. Just one day left till the 1/2 final!"

Lukas Podolski (left) and some of his Germany team-mates on their way to Belo Horizonte to play Brazil
Lukas Podolski's Germany face Brazil in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final

Podolski's Germany and Arsenal team-mate, centre-back Per Mertesacker, 29, writes on Facebook: "On the way to Belo Horizonte! The mission of this trip is clear without any doubts."

Belgium striker Divock Origi, 19, believes he will take away some important lessons from Brazil, tweeting:external-link "Proud to be able to represent my country at the World Cup. It was a great learning experience! Thanks."

Brazil defender Dante, 30, is looking forward to the World Cup semi-final against Germany, tweeting:external-link "We trained hard today to play Germany in the Fifa World Cup. We will be ready on Tuesday!"


Colombia celebrated their return home from the World Cup in the same memorable style as they did most of their goals in Brazil. Metroexternal-link

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