Arsene Wenger has said he regrets the fact that he didn’t have the money to sign Eden Hazard, when the Belgium ace became available for transfer this summer. The Arsenal manager said that they have been tracking him for two years at Lille; however conceded that when Chelsea and Manchester City entered the bidding there was little chance of the Gunners being able to compete on a financial front, as both clubs fly at a different level in the transfer market.
Elsewhere in the news Martin O’Neill splashes the cash to land Johnson and Fletcher; Fergie doesn’t foresee any more transfer activity at Old Trafford, while Di Matteo sees Moses as the future of Chelsea.
Luis Suarez reveals how Tevez is inspiring him to draw a line under the Evra affair and why he won’t rest until the Reds return to the Champions League – [Mirror]
Neil Warnock says Leeds’ Paddy Kenny has apologised to Tony Fernandes after sending mocking messages to the QPR chairman – [Sky Sports]
The Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said his defender David Luiz is not for sale at any price – [Guardian]
Arsenal have reopened contract talks with Theo Walcott and hope to tie him to a new five-year deal – [Guardian]
André Villas-Boas has admitted that a fourth-placed Premier League finish is the minimum requirement from his debut season at Tottenham Hotspur – [Guardian]
Ki Sung-yueng has become Swansea’s club record signing after passing a medical and completing a switch from SPL champions Celtic – [Sky Sports]
Manchester City show caution in the transfer market after owners call on the club to be commercially sustainable – [Daily Telegraph]
Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Robin van Persie to sharpen Manchester United’s attacking edge as he prepares to hand the £22 million summer signing his first start for the club – [Daily Telegraph]
Willian has begged Shakhtar Donetsk not to block his £20m move to Tottenham – [Daily Mail]
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is considering a move for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge if Andy Carroll leaves Anfield over the next few days – [Daily Mail]
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