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No Suarez for Juventus as Liverpool striker pens new long-term deal

Liverpool have moved quickly to end all uncertainty surrounding their star striker's future as the Reds announced that Luis Suarez had signed a new long-term deal with the club. The Uruguayan still had four full years left in his previous deal but he has been continually linked with an exit from Anfield, with Juventus huge admirers of the hitman. The striker's involvement in the racism row with Patrice Evra had also fuelled speculation but Liverpool were never likely to offload the man they splashed £22m for 18 months ago.

Brendan Rodgers might be less than enamoured with fellow striker Andy Carroll Brendan Rodgers has always maintained that the 25 year old is central to his plans at Liverpool and the new contract emphasizes that sentiment. The manager said this to the club's website: “"There were certainly a few clubs who were interested in him but over the off-season he and I communicated well  - and he's committed himself for the long term here now.”

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Barca prepare £15 million opening bid for Arsenal midfielder Song

Spanish giants Barcelona are planning to make an official move for Arsenal defensive midfielder Alex Song and their first offer may be in the region of £15 million pounds, revealed Spanish newspaper Deportivo Mundo. Arsene Wenger is, however, understood to be heavily against selling the Cameroonian star.

Song began his career at French club Bastia and after a year-long loan spell with the Gunners, the Cameroon international moved permanently to the Emirates in 2006. After a rather slow start at the club, which even saw him make a short loan move to Charlton Athletic, the African superstar has established himself as one of the key midfield players at Arsenal.

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Marseille confirm Chelsea bid for Azpilicueta

Olympique Marseille have admitted that Champions League winners Chelsea have approached the Ligue 1 side enquiring about the availability of defender Cesar Azpilicueta, revealed ESPN Soccernet. Although the right-back did express his delight at returning to training at Stade Velodrome, the Blues have not abandoned their chase for the 22 year-old Spaniard's signature.

Chelsea have already made quite a few signings this summer including Marko Marin, Oscar and Belgian brothers Eden and Thorgan Hazard. But Di Matteo is still watching the market for another strike option as well as an able replacement for Jose Bosingwa at right-back.

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Liverpool and Arsenal left hanging after Afellay's agent backtracks on loan possibility

Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool were put on high alert when Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay's agent revealed the possibility of his availability for a loan spell next season. However, his agent has now ruled out the chances and claimed that the Dutchman is happy at the Camp Nou, reported ESPN Soccernet.

The 26 year-old joined Barcelona from boyhood club PSV Eindhoven in January 2011. The former PSV skipper went straight into the first team at Barca making 29 appearances in the 2010-11 season. However, due to a seven month hiatus owing to a cruciate ligament injury, the Dutch international managed just 6 appearances for the Catalans last season.

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Liverpool and Spurs target Ramirez available for £16 million, say Bologna

Serie A side Bologna have named a £15.9 million asking price for 21-year old starlet Gaston Ramirez, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur believed to be chasing the Uruguayan.

Both Premier League clubs had scouts follow the youngster during the Olympics, and were not left disappointed by what they saw, as the playmaker was one of the shining lights in what was an otherwise disappointing campaign for the South Americans.

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Galatasaray table £4 million bid for Arshavin, Arsenal want £7 million

The Sun reports that Turkish giants Galatasaray have made a £4 million bid for Arsenal's forgotten midfielder Andrei Arshavin. The Russian endured a torrid time at Emirates last season and has been widely tipped to leave the club this summer.

The 31-year old Russian however wasn't always a failure. In fact, Arshavin's start as a Gunner was quite explosive to say the least. He became a fan favourite very early and was seen taking on and beating defenders on a regular basis at the Emirates. However, he has endured a dip in form similar to Fernando Torres' fall into oblivion, and was subsequently shipped off to Zenit St. Petersburg for the second half of last season on loan so that he could get some regular playing time ahead of the European Championships.

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Liverpool rekindle interest in Barcelona youngster Tello

Liverpool are back in the running for Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello, as rumours abound linking the young winger with a move away from the Camp Nou. The Merseyside club had previously expressed their interest in the youngster under legendary manager Kenny Dalglish, and now Brendan Rodgers is following suit and looking to snap up the impressive Spaniard.

The Welsh manager has been hired to instill an attacking style of play with the Reds, a task which he accomplished with flying colours at his previous club, Swansea. And he believes that Tello would fit perfectly into his system having watched him play in a possession centric attack-minded Barcelona team.

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