Football: Saturday paper talk

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Stories from the back pages of this morning’s national newspapers
THE SUN
Barcelona are ready to make a shock swoop for Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen.
Manchester United are back in the race for £45m Argentina ace Angel di Maria.
Dejan Lovren will finally complete his £20m switch to Liverpool from Southampton this weekend. St Mary’s boss Ronald Koeman is also battling to keep Jose Fonte after rejecting a second Cardiff bid for the defender.
Leicester are weighing up a third bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney.
Harry Redknapp is mulling a move for French World Cup star Mathieu Valbuena.
Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton will sign a new three-year deal at the club this week.
Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Cardiff striker Frazier Campbell for £900,000.
Nicolas Anelka – sacked last season by West Brom over his quenelle gesture – is in talks with Belgian side Standard Liege.
DAILY MIRROR
Sam Allardyce is on a collision course with West Ham’s owners over new forward Mauro Zarate and midfielder Ravel Morrision. Allardyce did not want the striker, according to the paper, while his stance on England U21 star Morrison is at odds with co-owner David Sullivan’s.
Chelsea have warned World Cup winger Christian Atsu to choose the loan club that gives him the best chance of breaking into their new-look side in 12 months’ time. West Ham, Aston Villa and Everton are keen on the Ghana international, as are Celtic, Espanyol and PSV Eindhoven.
Wolves are locked in a battle with Wigan to sign Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford after his loan spells with Derby and MK Dons.
DAILY STAR
Adam Lallana will miss the start of the season after suffering a knee injury. The £25m summer signing is facing six weeks out – though club medics initially feared he could be sidelined for longer.
Jose Mourinho has kicked off the pre-season mind games by claiming that the big-money signing of Luke Shaw could be the death of Manchester United.
Arsenal have splashed out £12m on Southampton right-back Calum Chambers, who has made just 23 first-team appearances. The Gunners could land AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli this summer, with Costa Rica ace Joel Campbell going the other way, while Arsene Wenger is also considering a move for Manchester United winger Nani.
Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Feyenoord’s Stefan De Vrij and Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen remain at the top of Louis van Gaal’s wishlist at Manchester United.
Liverpool have made a £14.2m bid for Bayern Munich’s Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
Stoke’s move for Oussama Assaidi is close to collapse over the Morocco international’s wage demands.
DAILY EXPRESS
Wojciech Szczesny will keep his place as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper despite the arrival of Colombia’s David Ospina from Nice.
Everton hope to complete the £18m signing of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku after 36-year-old Didier Drogba’s return to Stamford Bridge.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes is keen on Norwich’s Nathan Redmond as he looks to boost his attacking options.
DAILY MAIL
Contrary to reports in other papers this morning, Arsenal’s interest in Mario Balotelli looks to have been dealt a killer blow, after AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani claimed the controversial striker would be staying with the Italian club.
Sunderland have agreed a deal to take Patrick van Aanholt on loan from Chelsea. Black Cats boss Gus Poyet is also keen on Atletico Madrid winger Cristian Rodriguez.
Everton are showing an interest in AIK’s highly-rated Sweden winger Nabil Bahoui.Manchester United misfit Bebe has finalised a move to Benfica. He played just seven games after arriving in 2010 but impressed on loan at Pacos de Ferreira last season.
QPR want Uruguay striker Kevin Mendez as well as Marseille’s France international Mathieu Valbuena. Harry Redknapp is also keen on Norwich’s Leroy Fer.
THE GUARDIAN
Southampton want to keep hold of France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and will tell Tottenham and Arsenal they need to pay in excess of £27m if they want him.
THE TIMES
Everton are exploring the possibility of re-signing Monaco forward Lacina Traore on loan.

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