Afternoon Report: June 18

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Manchester United’s outgoing chief executive David Gill will be given power by UEFA to recommend and hand out punishments for breaches of Financial Fair Play.

The long-serving Old Trafford official will chair the committee that decides if big spending clubs, such as Manchester United rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, have broken the rules.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne wants to join the Bundesliga side.

The Belgium winger was expected to be part of the deal that took Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schürrle to Chelsea, but it appears his desire for Dortmund put paid to that aspect of the deal.

Young Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is a target for newly-promoted Crystal Palace as they look to consolidate a place in the Premier League.

The Costa Rica international has spent two years out on loan at Lorient in France and Real Betis in Spain as Arsenal had been unable to secure a work permit for Campbell since completing his transfer from Saprissa.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas will use interest in him from PSG to demand more transfer funds from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Reports this week suggested the Ligue 1 champions were ready to bid big for the likes of Gareth Bale and David Luiz to try and persuade Villas-Boas to ditch White Hart Lane for the Parc des Princes.

Manchester City could be given the chance to land transfer target Angel di Maria from Real Madrid this summer.

The Argentine winger is wanted by new Etihad Stadium boss Manuel Pellegrini, but City’s chances of signing him depend on whether Spurs star Gareth Bale moves to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Barcelona do not need another centre-back, that is according to young defender Marc Bartra.

The Camp Nou club have been linked with the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Thiago Silva, but 22-year-old Bartra believes there is no need for new faces as he is ready to step up.

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