Schuerrle on Atleti radar: Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are weighing up an ambitious offer for Chelsea star Andre Schuerrle, according to a report in the Telegraph. Last year's La Liga winners are still in the market for new players after offloading Diego Costa and Filipe Luis to Chelsea and with Javier Manquillo on the verge of moving to Liverpool. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the Germany international, but Atleti hope to capitalise on the Blues' need to offload one of their foreign players to meet Premier League and Champions League home-grown quota rules.
Paper Round's view: Given their sales this summer, Atleti are the current go-to club in terms of transfer rumours - it's obvious they need to fill holes in their squad and every man and his dog is being linked to them at the moment. But this seems to be a particularly out there rumour - there's no way Mourinho will allow Schuerrle to leave Stamford Bridge, especially after his star performances at the World Cup for Germany. His stock has never been higher, and there are plenty of other foreign players who Chelsea would prefer to get rid of before him. Still, you can't blame Atleti for trying, if that is indeed the case.
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Barca admit to tapping up Suarez: The Daily Mirror's back page informs us that Barcelona have admitted to persuading Luis Suarez to leave Liverpool before the World Cup finals this summer. Suarez always denied he would leave Anfield, saying before the tournament in Brazil: “Don’t worry, nothing is going to happen to me. I’m very happy here and my family is happy here." But Barca president Josep Bartomeu has now revealed that he always knew Suarez would sign. “When we approached Suarez, it was before the World Cup," he said.
Paper Round's view: It's hardly surprising - Barca were openly courting Suarez after his bite on Giorgio Chiellini in Brazil, so to find out the two parties had been in contact before the World Cup is far from a bombshell. The thing is, Liverpool did very well out of the deal, considering the controversy in Brazil, and it would be difficult to get upset at the manner in which the deal was done. There's even an argument to be made that the negotiations went smoothly due to the groundwork having already been laid down, pre-World Cup, negotiations that Liverpool benefitted from in terms of the £75m they cashed from the sale of Suarez.
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Rooney and Van Gaal in United love-in: Wayne Rooney thinks Louis van Gaal has already fixed 'broken' Manchester United, while the Dutch manager has dropped a huge hint that the England striker will be his captain. The Sun's back page carries an eye-catching headline after Rooney spoke to the media about the impact Van Gaal has already had on the club ("he’s been great since he came in") while Van Gaal said he preferred an Englishman to lead his side (“You have to choose, when it is possible, the English style. Rooney is a man who is always a winner").
Paper Round's view: This will be music to United fans' ears. There was a fear when the Robin van Persie-loving coach arrived at Old Trafford, it would all be about his fellow Dutchman, and sooner or later Rooney would get fed up and be on his way. But increasingly, certainly after the win over Liverpool, it appears that Rooney is Van Gaal's main man and that he will be a prominent feature of Van Gaal's rejigged United outfit. Rooney is already thriving under Van Gaal - he scored five on United's unbeaten tour of the US - and has done everything possible to impress his new boss. Whether that is enough to claim the captaincy ahead of Van Persie remains to be seen, but either way, it's encouraging for United ahead of the new campaign.
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Cleverley out to silence critics: Meanwhile, Tom Cleverley has vowed to prove the doubters wrong by reclaiming his place for United and England. The midfielder became the scapegoat for much of United's travails last season and was the subject of an online campaign to oust him from the England side ahead of the World Cup. But he has revealed he is determined to stay at United and fight for his place, despite interest from Everton and Van Gaal wanting to clear out his squad of any dead wood.
Paper Round's view: Classic 'I've learned a few things, become a dad, am a better person for it all' stuff from Cleverley, who did not become a bad player overnight last season. And with Van Gaal having handed him the captain's armband for a match on the club's tour of the US, it's clear the Dutchman rates him. Certainly, a move elsewhere appears unlikely at this point in time.
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Mikel set to stay at Chelsea: The Sun reports that John Obi Mikel has been handed a lifeline by the club's decision to loan out Oriol Romeu to Stuttgart for the season. Mikel had been set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, but Inter Milan's interest cooled and now the Nigerian will stay put and fight with Nemanja Matic, Ramires, Marco van Ginkel and Cesc Fabregas for a place in Jose Mourinho's midfield.
Paper Round's view: You'd have thought that Mikel may still be in danger of being offloaded, given the Blues' need to get rid of a foreign player - with Matic, Ramires, Van Ginkel and Fabregas, they seem well stocked in the central midfield department. If an offer were to come in for him, surely Mourinho would prefer to cash in on a player who is on the fringes of the team at best.
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