Football transfer rumours and news: Thursday, July 5

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Newcastle United, Manchester United, Sunderland, Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool are among the clubs making the news today

Newcastle United will have to play two games in three days at the start of the season after UEFA refused to let them bring forward their first Europa League play-off game – Shields Gazette

Newcastle United are closing in on the signature of Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 26, despite Inter Milan’s attempts to try and hijack the deal – The Metro

Five of Sunderland’s Premier League fixtures have been rearranged for live television coverage – Sunderland Echo

Robin van Persie’s decision not to sign a new contract at Arsenal could pave the way for a £220k-a-week move to Manchester City – Daily Mirror

But Manchester United are also interested in the 28-year-old Dutchman and are hoping they can lure him to Old Trafford – Daily Mail

And Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants to splash out £30million on Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura, 19, who is also a target for Chelsea and Real Madrid – Daily Mirror

Mark Hateley has urged Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, 23, to leave Liverpool and join AC Milan saying he would become a better all-round player if he did – talkSPORT

Italy star Andrea Pirlo has told Mario Balotelli, 21, to join him at Juventus, after revealing he knows exactly how to get the best out of the Manchester City striker – The Metro

Swansea’s new manager Michael Laudrup is planning moves for Genoa centre-back Chico, 25, and Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, 24, with the pair having played under him at Real Mallorca – Daily Star

Former Real Madrid star Guti, 35, is training with West Ham ahead of a potential free transfer – Daily Mail

Benfica are weighing up a move for Manchester United midfielder Anderson, 24, according to reports in Portugal – talkSPORT

Fulham are ready to move for Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, 32, after his move to Turkish club Besiktas stalled – Daily M