Afternoon Football Report: July 23

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has called for patience from the club’s fans over the pursuit of Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas.

The Old Trafford club have reportedly had two bids for the former Arsenal captain turned down and Moyes told agitated fans to keep cool as any deal is likely to take some time.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku says he is not worried about the Stamford Bridge club being linked with Wayne Rooney.

In fact, the Belgium international welcomed the prospect of Rooney joining Chelsea, as he feels they can form a dangerous partnership in Jose Mourinho’s attack.

Real Madrid are expecting Arsenal to comeback with an improved bid for forward Gonzalo Higuain, despite reports he was close to joining Napoli.

The Gunners have vowed to spend big this summer and Higuain is one of a number of reported targets, including Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted the club are looking to sign Roberto Soldado, though any deal was not close to being completed.

The Spurs boss was also less bullish on the future of Gareth Bale amid reports of a deal being struck with Real Madrid, saying: “he is a player that we are willing to continue to have”.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has insisted he is not trying to engineer a move away from the Etihad Stadium, but admitted he wanted certain guarantees before signing a new contract.

However, he also insisted he was happy to rotate the right back spot with Pablo Zabaleta and accepted this was the reality at a top club.

Barcelona have confirmed that Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino will be their new manager after signing a two-year deal to succeed Tito Vilanova.

Martino was manager of Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, leading them to the Clausura title before resigning – he will take over at Camp Nou immediately.

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