Afternoon Football Report: July 9

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Manchester United have given Robin van Persie an extended break ahead of the new season and he will miss part of the Old Trafford club’s pre-season tour.

New manager David Moyes has allowed last season’s Golden Boot winner to take an extra week off due to him representing Holland in Indonesia and China already this summer, before meeting up with the squad in Sydney next week.

Jose Mourinho has vowed to wow Stamford Bridge crowds next season and intends to have Chelsea playing attractive football.

Mourinho’s previous Chelsea team were often accused of being overly physical and lacking in flair, but the Portuguese insisted there would be no mistaking the quality of their football for his second spell in charge.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be on the look out for defensive cover after reports suggested captain Thomas Vermaelen has been struck down with injury.

It is a blow for the Belgian as he tries to get back into the starting XI after being dropped last season, as the lower back injury will keep him out of Arsenal’s pre-season tour to Asia and possibly the start of the coming season.

Tottenham Hotspur will struggle to qualify for the Champions League if they sell Gareth Bale, according to striker Jermain Defoe.

The England international admitted Bale was the reason Spurs were so close last season and said selling him would only reduce their chances.

Barcelona are ready to make a €30million bid for Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, as they look for a striker to replace David Villa.

Atletico Madrid announced the signing of Villa on Monday and reports in Spain claim Barcelona are keen to recruit a new ‘No.9’, with City star Aguero top of their list of preferred choices.

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