On this day: Strootman focused on England move, Arsenal close on Nani and Higuain

Kevin Strootman playing for PSV, Jonathan Reis for Vitesse

Stories about Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United feature.

The first round of World Cup group games is nearly complete with Belgium due to play later today.

There have been some surprising results so far in Brazil, which set up some mouth watering second group games and it’ll be fascinating to see how some good sides go about trying to stay in the competition.

The rumour mill is also spinning round rapidly creating some interesting links between top clubs and players who could be available after the World Cup.

We’ve taken a look back at some of the stories making the headlines on this day last year.

‘Strootman keen on Premier League move’

Current Manchester United target Kevin Strootman was intent on a move to England according to his agent.

The midfielder went on to join Roma from PSV in the Netherlands but could secure a move to Manchester United this summer.

“He is focused on England because that would suit his style. He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it,” said his agent Chiel Dekker.

‘Arsenal close on double attacking signing’

Arsenal were being linked with moves for Manchester United winger Nani and Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Arsene Wenger went on to sign neither, but he did pull off a deadline day deal for Mesut Ozil from Los Blancos.

The Higuain links were lingering until a move to Barcelona was confirmed for the Argentine.

‘Mourinho and FFP’

Jose Mourinho had been sworn in as Chelsea boss for the second time and he said he’d be sticking to financial regulations with the transfer market.

Paris Saint-Germain were penalised last season for working outside the regulations but Mourinho said the restrictions are motivational rather than a hindrance.

“It's very motivational and demands more from you - Every wrong move you make has an influence on the future. You need to work more closely with the board in the financial area,” Mourinho told the club’s website.

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