Afternoon Football Report: July 19

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has once more spoken of his admiration for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney - but says the 27-year-old cannot afford to sit on the bench at Old Trafford in a World Cup season.

Rooney is unsettled in Manchester and Chelsea have had a bid for the striker rejected this week, and Mourinho believes the former Everton man won't want to play second fiddle to Robin van Persie next term.

Arsene Wenger has been given the green light to splash £40 million on Liverpool ace Luis Suarez, according to the Metro.

The paper say Arsenal's board have made it clear to the Frenchman that they will back his pursuit of the unsettled Liverpool star.

Stevan Jovetic says he is thrilled to be closing in on a move from Fiorentina to Manchester City.

The Montenegrin is set to complete his £24 million move to the Etihad Stadium in the coming days following the completion of a medical.

Tottenham are said to be working on a deal to land Santos youngster Neilton - dubbed by the press as the new Neymar.

Spurs scouts have been watching the 19-year-old and the north London club are eyeing a £7 million swoop, according to reports.

And finally Barcelona are stepping up their pursuit of a new centre-back and have put together a three-man shortlist of Thiago Silva, David Luiz or Daniel Agger.

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