Paper Talk - 19 June 2013

Juan Mata: A target for Barcelona

Paper Talk: Barca eye move for Mata

Barcelona believe they can tempt Juan Mata away from Chelsea this summer, while Liverpool have made a £5million bid for Porto's Christian Atsu.

The Times
  • Andy Carroll has failed to push through his £100,000-a-week wage demands despite agreeing a six-year contract with West Ham.
  • Barcelona are monitoring Juan Mata's position at Chelsea and may make a bid for the Spanish midfielder.
  • Gareth Southgate is the odds-on favourite to replace Stuart Pearce as the next England U21 head coach.
The Sun
  • West Ham have smashed their transfer record to capture Andy Carroll in a deal worth £55m.
  • Newcastle have lurched closer to meltdown after Alan Pardew snubbed his new boss Joe Kinnear.
  • Stuart Pearce has been sacked as England U21 boss.
  • Manchester United have emerged as favourites to sign Barcelona's Spanish wonderkid Thiago Alcantara.
  • Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne wants to quit Chelsea for Germany with Borussia Dortmund keen on a move for the Belgian.
  • Cesc Fabregas says Real Madrid would be foolish to bid £100m for Gareth Bale.
  • Shola Ameobi is to be offered the chance to join Birmingham and call time on his 13-year career at Newcastle.
  • Jermaine Pennant has become Mark Hughes' first signing at Stoke.
  • Scott Sinclair is to be given a Manchester City lifeline by new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
  • New Wigan boss Owen Coyle is to make a loan swoop for Manchester United's Nick Powell.
  • Luis Alberto is set to become Liverpool's third signing of the summer after they made a £5m bid for the Sevilla midfielder.
  • QPR are set to land Newcastle's Danny Simpson on a free transfer.
  • Southampton starlet James Ward-Prowse is likely to join Bournemouth on a season-long loan.
  • Fulham, Swansea and Norwich are fighting over Birmingham midfielder Nathan Redmond.
  • Norwich and Crystal Palace are trailing Brighton's Liam Bridcutt.
  • Crystal Palace lead the chase for Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
  • Max Gradel will snub Cardiff to stay at St Etienne.
  • Barcelona's Ibrahim Afellay has put Spurs and Liverpool on alert as he says he fancies the Premier League.
  • Southampton are losing a batttle to sign Joan Verdu from Espanyol.
Daily Mirror
  • Alan Pardew has asked Joe Kinnear to cut out the rants after being told he must report to Newcastle's new director of football.
  • Andy Carroll has texted his West Ham team-mates to tell them he is rejoining them next season.
  • Juan Mata is the shock £30m target for Barcelona because they believe he has fallen out with Jose Mourinho.
  • West Ham are refusing to give up on landing Romelu Lukaku on loan next season.
  • Real Madrid have stepped up ttheir bid to land £85m Gareth Bale by reserving the number 11 shirt for him.
  • Chelsea will hold crunch talks with Napoli in the next 24 hours to try and bring Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge.
  • Fulham want Liverpool's Andre Wisdom on loan next season.
  • Fabio Capello is the shock new favourite for the PSG job.
  • Owen Coyle is lining up old Burnley duo Martin Paterson and Chris McCann as he starts to rebuild Wigan's squad.
Daily Mail
  • Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will not be forced out by the arrival of Joe Kinnear.
  • Everton are to revive their interest in FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer.
  • Leeds are in talks over a season-long loan for Bolton defender Matt Mills.
  • Liverpool have made a £5m bid for Porto forward Christian Atsu.
  • QPR are to sign Newcastle defender Danny Simpson.
  • Andy Carroll has signed for West Ham after completing a stringent medical.
Daily Express
  • Gareth Southgate is favourite to be the new England U21 coach after Stuart Pearce was sacked.
Daily Star
  • Alan Pardew has vowed to win his power struggle with Joe Kinnear at Newcastle.
  • Edinson Cavani is set to snub Manchester City in favour of Real Madrid.
  • Andy Carroll is set to finally wrap up his £15.5m move to West Ham.
  • Fulham are ready to rival Sunderland for Tottenham's £4m-rated Scott Parker.
  • Fernando Torres admits he has been a Chelsea flop.
  • Jermaine Pennant has signed a new one-year contract at Stoke.
  • Nathan Redmond is moving closer to the exit door at Birmingham.
  • Crystal Palace are leading the chase for Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
Daily Telegraph
  • Gareth Southgate and Peter Taylor will both be considered by the FA as potential successors to Stuart Pearce as England U21 head coach.
  • Alan Pardew wants reassurances that Joe Kinnear will not heap further embarrassment on Newcastle.
  • Andre Villas-Boas has turned down the chance to be PSG head coach and will stay at Tottenham.
  • Aston Villa will demand £8m for Darren Bent.
  • Micah Richards will open talks with Manchester City over a new four-year deal.
  • Seville midfielder Luis Alberto is expected to complete a £5m move to Liverpool in the next 48 hours.
  • Andy Carroll's £15m move from Liverpool to West Ham is expected to be confirmed today.
  • Jermaine Pennant has been offered a one-year deal at Stoke by new boss Mark Hughes.

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