Suarez accepts Liverpool stance on Arsenal bids, says Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that Luis Suarez understands the club’s rejection of bids for the Uruguayan, reports Sky Sports. The future of the 26-year-old striker has been under severe uncertainty all summer, with Suarez expressing a wish to leave Anfield. Arsenal have made two formal offers for the forward, the latest a well-publicised £40m plus £1 bid, ensuring Suarez had to be informed of the offer in an attempt to trigger a sale clause. Liverpool are refusing to loosen their grip on Suarez, with the transfer period set to…

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Tottenham would consider Madrid offer of record fee plus Modric for Bale

Tottenham Hotspur have told Real Madrid it will take a world record transfer fee and the return of Luka Modric for them to consider selling Gareth Bale, the Daily Mirror has reported. The newspaper adds that even the demands of including the £33m Modric – who moved to Madrid from Spurs last summer for that amount – on top of a fee greater than the £80m record Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo represents a concession from chairman Daniel Levy, who had previously refused to countenance selling Bale under…

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Newcastle Transfer Focus – More twists in Newcastle transfer turmoil

With Newcastle seemingly linked with numerous strikers a lack of activity is starting to frustrate the St James’ Park faithful. This comes after the club look to have missed out on another target in Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon as talks appear to have broken down. The Daily Telegraph and Daily Express, among others, report that the Tyneside club’s chances of a deal for the France international are becoming increasingly unlikely, meaning yet another target has slipped through the fingers of director of football Joe Kinnear. In particular it is another…

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Man Utd Transfer Focus – Final Fabregas offer expected as Moyes struggles in transfer market

Manchester United are expected to make a third and final bid of £36m for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, although it seems unlikely that the Catalan outfit will countenance the sale of the former Arsenal man. It has been something of a struggle for new boss David Moyes during his first transfer window at Old Trafford. The Premier League champions have already had bids of £26m and £30m rejected by Barcelona, and the Daily Mail believes they will raise the stakes one last time in the hope that they can secure…

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Moyes has handled Rooney poorly at Man Utd says Souness

Graeme Souness believes David Moyes has made mistakes in his handling of Wayne Rooney since becoming Manchester United manager, ESPN has reported. Souness added that he feels the reason Rooney is unsettled at Old Trafford is that some of Moyes’ comments have left the England international feeling underappreciated – “second fiddle to Robin van Persie” as Souness put it. Moyes appeared to suggest Rooney was primarily there to back-up van Persie, although the quotes were misinterpreted. Rooney however was said to be unhappy with the words of his manager, and…

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Liverpool revive interest in Papadopoulos as Skrtel nears Napoli loan

Liverpool are considering another bid for Schalke defender Kryiakos Papadopoulos as Martin Skrtel nears a loan move to Rafael Benitez’s Napoli, the Daily Mail has reported. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has monitored Papadopoulos before but backed away from the Greece international after he suffered a serious knee injury, with Rodgers concerned the centre-back would not be able to pass a medical if he pushed through with the transfer. But Rodgers could revive the £13m deal as Papadopoulos nears fitness – but the medical would be especially stringent to ensure the…

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Cardiff make big offer for Caulker but Tottenham want more

Premier League new boys Cardiff City have made a substantial offer for Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker, the Daily Mail has reported, but Spurs have insisted the Welsh club up the bid for the England international. Cardiff tabled an approach worth £8m but have been told by Tottenham to come back with a bid of £12m if they want to sign the centre-back, the newspaper claims. The Bluebirds are considering using add-ons and instalments in an effort to come to terms with Tottenham’s demands. Caulker has also attracted interest from…

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Valencia want to replace Soldado with Chelsea striker Torres

Fernando Torres will be offered the chance to end his Chelsea tenure and return to Spain with Valencia if the La Liga club sell Roberto Soldado to Tottenham Hotspur, ESPN has reported. Soldado is expected to move to the Premier League in a £26m deal and Valencia are lining up replacements for the striker, with Torres considered a prime choice at the Mestalla. Torres, a £50m signing by Chelsea in January 2011, would be the subject of a bid worth around half that amount should Valencia make their interest formal.…

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Tottenham could turn to Suarez if Bale moves to Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur could replace Gareth Bale with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez if the Wales international moves to Real Madrid, the Daily Mail has reported. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has insisted that Bale is not for sale but could be tempted by an offer in the region of £100m, substantially higher than the fee Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. Levy would then use that money to pay Liverpool’s £55m asking price for Suarez, in an effort to prove Tottenham are not a selling club and signal his…

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Kagawa turned down Dortmund return in favour of Man Utd stay

Borussia Dortmund Coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he offered Shinji Kagawa the chance to return to the Bundesliga this summer, ESPN has reported, but the Japan international wanted to prove himself in the Premier League with Manchester United. Klopp was seeking a replacement for Mario Gotze, who joined Bayern Munich, and turned to Kagawa even though he expected to be rejected. “It was clear relatively quickly, Shinji wants to prevail this year at Manchester United,” Klopp said. “I did not expect a different answer, you just have to ask even…

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Barton approaches Everton and offers to halve his pay for Toffees move

Joey Barton – a childhood Everton supporter – has approach Roberto Martinez about moving to Goodison Park this summer, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the Queens Park Rangers midfielder willing to halve his wages to push through the transfer. Barton spent last season on loan with Marseille but his salary of £70,000 per week has thus far proved a stumbling block in any chance of making a permanent move to Ligue 1. There had been talk of QPR releasing Barton with a large pay-off but that appears unlikely to…

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Suarez accepts no Liverpool exit clause as Arsenal weigh up bigger fee

Luis Suarez has accepted that the clause in his Liverpool contract does not mean he can leave Anfield for £40m, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the Reds now demanding Arsenal pay £55m for the want-away Uruguay forward. Arsene Wenger’s offer of £1 over the £40m fee stipulated in Suarez’s deal was intended to trigger the release clause and allow the Gunners to swoop for Suarez – but Liverpool claimed that the clause only said the club had to inform Suarez of the offer, not accept it automatically. It was…

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Buttner not worried by Man Utd link with Baines

Manchester United’s Dutch defender Alexander Buttner says that he is not perturbed by speculation over David Moyes’ interest in bringing Leighton Baines to Old Trafford, reports Sky Sports. The 23-year-old was signed for United by Sir Alex Ferguson from Dutch club Vitesse for just over €3m in 2012. As understudy to left-back Patrice Evra, Buttner made 13 appearances for the Red Devils last season in their title winning campaign. Moyes has been heavily reported to be interested in bringing Everton left-back Leighton Baines with him to Manchester, despite the Toffees’…

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Cisse focused on Newcastle after putting shirt row to bed

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse says that he is now ready to focus “100% on football” and put the recent rift surrounding his reluctance to wear the Wonga logo on the club’s shirt behind him, according to BBC Sport reports. The Muslim striker had stated that he was unprepared promote the money lending company. But Cisse will now wear the logo and says that the matter is resolved, with the forward set to play in a pre-season friendly at St Mirren on Tuesday. Cisse joined the Magpies in 2011 and…

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Juventus offer strikers to Premier League trio

Juventus are seeking to trim their jam-packed squad with the club’s general manager Beppe Marotta citing that they have too many forwards, according to ESPN. And the news could spark interest from several Premier League sides currently looking to strengthen their forward ranks, including Everton, Liverpool and Norwich. The Serie A giants, who have already snapped up Manchester City castaway Carlos Tevez and Spanish international Fernando Llorente for the upcoming season, already had four regular forwards in the squad. With Alessandro Matri, Fabio Quagliarella, Mirko Vucinic and Sebastiano Giovinco all…

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England will continue to struggle without Premier League winter break, says Capello

Former England manager Fabio Capello has said that the national team will continue to falter at major tournaments as long as there is no winter break for Premier League clubs, ESPN has reported. Unlike most other European leagues the Premier League continues its programme throughout the Christmas and New Year period, and the absence of a break and tiredness as a result is often a given reason for England’s failure to challenge at major international tournaments. Those against a winter break have cited fixture congestion and the possibility of adverse…

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Mascherano expects Fabregas to reject Man Utd interest

Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano has said that he expects his fellow midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, to remain at the Nou Camp beyond this summer, Sky Sports has reported, despite Manchester United making attempts to bring the 26-year-old back to the Premier League. So far David Moyes’ side have seen two bids rejected for Fabregas, and the Catalans have insisted that he is not for sale at any price. Fabregas has scored 29 goals in 96 games for Barcelona since arriving from Arsenal in the summer of 2011, also impressing regularly for the…

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Chelsea refuse to sell Luiz to Bayern

After rumours began to circulate that Bayern Munich were lining up a £34.5m bid for defender David Luiz, Chelsea have insisted that the Brazilian is not for sale at any price this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph. Blues manager Jose Mourinho said two weeks ago that there was ‘no chance’ of Luiz leaving the club after his future was the subject of speculation. There have been rumours this summer of Luiz being involved in Chelsea’s bid to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, but they were denied. Despite the…

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Charity game announced for former Newcastle keeper Harper

Ex-Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper’s 20 years of service for the club will be celebrated in a charity match at St. James’ Park in September, Sky Sports has reported, with several legends of the game confirmed to be taking part. The match will take place on September 11, with a Newcastle team comprising the likes of record scorer Alan Shearer, and fellow striker Les Ferdinand, taking on an Milan side which will include Paulo Maldini and Andriy Shevchenko, among others. The proceeds will go to three different charities, the Great…

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Man Utd can compete in transfer market, insists Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes has stated his firm belief that the club is not afraid of big money transfers despite a difficult summer transfer period, reports ESPN. The 50-year-old Scot has returned to England ahead of his first season at Old Trafford following United’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia. And, despite Guillermo Varela being his only signing so far, Moyes is not concerned over the club’s ability to compete in the increasingly competitive big money market. Bids for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines from Moyes’ former club…

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Tottenham target Ljajic could leave Fiorentina

Fiorentina midfielder Adem Ljajic has indicated that he wants to move, alerting Tottenham Hotspur, who are reportedly targeting the 21-year-old Serb, according to ESPN. Discussions between Ljajic and Fiorentina over a new contract are ongoing, but with widespread interest from across Europe, he appears to be struggling to come to a decision over his future. Other than Spurs, Milan, Atletico Madrid, and Lyon are all monitoring Ljajic’s situation and may step in should he not agree a new deal with the Florence club, who have already sold star striker Stevan…

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Liverpool legend Barnes says Suarez should go

Former Liverpool winger John Barnes has said that Luis Suarez should be sold ‘sooner rather than later’, the Daily Mail is reporting, with the Reds unwilling to sell the Uruguayan striker for less than £50m. Arsenal and Real Madrid are the favourites to land Suarez should he leave Anfield this summer, with the Gunners already having two large bids rejected for falling below Liverpool’s valuation. Earlier this summer Suarez said that he would like to join Real, although after he was informed of Arsenal’s bid he expressed his desire to…

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Every Man Utd player must prove himself to Moyes – Nani

Manchester United winger Luis Nani has told of his belief that every player at the club will need to ‘prove himself’ again under new manager David Moyes, Sky Sports has reported, as the Red Devils look ahead to their first season after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes arrives after Ferguson’s enormously successful 26 year reign, and Nani, who fell slightly out-of-favour last season, has acknowledged the change that the former Everton boss has brought to the club. He told Sky Sports News: “Of course it’s a bit different…

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Everton Transfer Focus – Martinez putting faith in young diamond Barkley

Roberto Martinez may have made four signings as Everton manager but one area the new boss has not added is midfield. That could be due to the continued presence of Marouane Fellaini but another contributory factor might be the potential the Spaniard sees in Ross Barkley. The 19-year-old has featured regularly in pre-season, often playing behind a lone striker, having featured sporadically under David Moyes last season. And Martinez has liked what he has seen so far, telling the Liverpool Echo: “He is something special. In football when you describe…

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