When Suarez first talked of his desire to leave Anfield this summer, he cited his rocky relationship with the English media as a main reason. Real Madrid was reported to be his preferred destination, but Los Blancos haven’t expressed a serious interest in the mercurial Uruguayan yet. The only club to do so are Arsenal, who recently made a bid of a pound above 40 million for the controversial forward. It is understood that Suarez is now keen to join the Gunners, who will be able to offer him Champions League football. Arsenal are also said to be ready to offer Suarez a 5 year, 150,000 pounds a week deal, making him easily the highest earner at the Emirates should he join.
Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez has looked more likely to occur by the day. Ever since Arsenal bid a pound above 40 million for the Uruguayan forward, thus activating a key clause in his contract, Liverpool’s stance over the forward has softened. Earlier this summer, Brendan Rodgers spoke about how Suarez was not for sale at any cost. Now, Liverpool have conceded that the mercurial striker could leave Anfield, and are said to let the forward go for a higher offer. A rumoured reason for this is Suarez’s apparent willingness to even hand in a transfer request if need be.
Should the striker move to the Emirates, former Montpellier talisman Olivier Giroud’s position will be under scrutiny. However, the Daily Mirror reports that Giroud is not worried about competition, and in fact is very optimistic about the possible arrival of Suarez. Giroud says that Arsenal need “maybe two or three more players” to “show ambition”.
Fabregas does United u-turn
The Daily Mail believes that Cesc Fabregas has had a change of heart and is considering joining Manchester United after all. Barcelona have maintained that they do not wish to sell the 26 year old midfielder, but the lure of a considerable wage hike and regular first team action might be too good to resist for Fabregas.
Rodgers: Liverpool bigger than Arsenal
Brendan Rodgers has declared a lack of sense on the part of Luis Suarez according to reports in the Daily Telegraph as he believes that Liverpool are a much bigger club than Arsenal and he would be foolish to leave the Reds in favour of the Gunners! (read more)
With Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez keen on a move to Arsenal, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has identified Udinese forward Luis Muriel as a player who could fill the void left by Suarez's departure, Daily Star reports. Suarez, who has been the subject of much transfer speculation this summer following an excellent season for Liverpool, has received a bid of 40 million (plus one) pounds from Arsenal.
Arsenal's bid for the striker triggered a clause in his contract which requires the club to inform him of the bid, which would allow Suarez to hold talks with the club. However, despite Liverpool holding out for a bid in the region of 50 million pounds, they have perhaps resigned to the fact that they are going to lose their star forward. Having signed striker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo, Rodgers recognizes the need for another player to share the goalscoring burden after losing Suarez, who scored a large percentage of Liverpool's goals last season.
Arsenal and Liverpool are tracking the progress of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Sinan Kurt, who has drawn comparisons to Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Marco Reus, German newspaper Express reports. Sinan's impressive displays for the youth academy side has attracted the attention of the aforementioned Premier League clubs and a host of other top clubs across Europe, namely PSG, Valencia and Porto.
Kurt, who plays as a trequartista or a second striker scored an extraordinary 31 goals and provided 21 assists in his 52 appearances for the youth team last season. Although he plays for the German U-17 side, Kurt's family is of Turkish descent - a heritage that he shares with fellow German midfielders Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan. The Turkish champions Galatasaray have reportedly made an offer of 1 million Euros for him in an attempt to snap up the promising youngster before other clubs across Europe step in.
United following Gundogan
Manchester United are reported to be keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan for a possible move this summer, after getting the snub from Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas, according to The Metro. The German International also has had clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona hot on his heels but United are confident of luring him to Old Trafford courtesy of a £20m bid, despite reluctance from Dortmund to sell him. (read more)
Suarez given permission to speak to Arsenal
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has been allowed to hold talks with Arsenal after the club triggered his release clause with a £40m plus £1 bid, according to reports in The Daily Express. However Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to keep the Uruguayan at the club and is looking to stall the deal by asking for a mammoth £55m for him. (read more)
In what could be exciting news for Arsenal fans, the Liverpool management has allowed their star striker Luis Suarez to speak to Arsenal, reports The Daily Express.
The Reds however rejected Arsenal's latest offer of 40 million plus one pound bid, which has caused much furore in the footballing world, saying that the London club would have to meet their valuation of more than 50 million pounds for the Uruguayan. The London club have already had an offer worth 30 million pounds rejected by the Reds.