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Arsenal’s £30m offer for Luis Suárez rejected & Chelsea to beat Liverpool to Tiago Ilori
Quote of the day: “You have to do well in all competitions — not just the Premier League. When you are at Manchester United my thinking is you have to go for everything, you attempt to win everything. Maybe you miss out sometimes, but you have to try to win all the trophies. I’ve done it everywhere else I’ve been and I’ll certainly do it here because I have a bigger squad, quality players and a club with the tradition of being used to winning things.” – David Moyes.
Arsenal move for Suarez
Arsenal rebuffed after audacious £30m offer for Liverpool striker Luis Suárez (Chris Bascombe, Daily Telegraph) In one of the most audacious moves of the summer so far, Arsenal representatives made a direct approach to the Merseyside club for Suárez last week and were immediately rebuffed. Liverpool insist that the South American is not for sale, and the Arsenal valuation – believed to be less than the £35 million fee Merseyside club paid for Andy Carroll two years ago – has taken many by surprise. Liverpool have been braced for such approaches since the end of last season, although it was expected that Real Madrid would lead the chase particularly given the player’s claims of unhappiness in English football. Arsenal felt suitably encouraged to contact Anfield officials to register their desire to buy the 26-year-old Uruguayan. It has now emerged that it went beyond an inquiry, and although neither club is prepared to comment on the discussions or clarify the precise amount offered it is clear it was unacceptable to Liverpool.
Wenger raises eyebrows with Suarez enquiry as Arsenal desperately look for attacking firepower (David Kent, Daily Mail) Arsenal have raised a few eyebrows after making an ambitious enquiry for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. Manager Arsene Wenger has been rebuffed in a similar enquiry for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and has a bid on the table for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. Bookmakers stopped taking bets on a Suarez moving to Arsenal last week after a flood of activity.
No Arsenal deal for Higuain yet
Higuain’t Gon yet, Gunners (Shaun Custis, Sun) Gonzalo Higuain’s future is still undecided, according to Real Madrid sources. Arsenal are trying to seal a £23million deal for the Argentine striker. And his father Jorge last week indicated talks with the Gunners were at an advanced stage. However, Real continue to stress they are not pushing Higuain — who has three years left on his contract — out of the door and that new boss Carlo Ancelotti might want to keep him. Ancelotti, the former Chelsea manager, plans a sit-down meeting with Higuain to work out his future.
David Villa heading to Spurs
Gareth Bale returns for Tottenham pre-season today and David Villa expecting to join him soon (Darren Lewis, Daily Mirror)Gareth Bale returns to Tottenham for pre-season training today (Monday) – and David Villa could follow as early as this week. The Barcelona striker has reached an agreement in principle with Spurs and it is now down to the two clubs to agree a fee. Tottenham’s offer to Barca, however, has not yet met the £8.6million asking price that the Spanish champions are demanding. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy believes he can drive the price down as Barca want to get Villa off the wage bill now that he has been deemed surplus to requirements. Barca do not want to find themselves committed to paying Villa’s wages next season, around £110,000-a-week, when he would simply allowed to leave on a free when his contract expires next May.
Lewandowski off to Bayern
Man United and Chelsea miss out on striker Lewandowski as Pole agrees to join Bayern (John Drayton, Daily Mail) Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that long-standing Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski will join Bayern Munich next year. Earlier this summer the Polish striker expressed his wish to join Bayern this transfer window, though Dortmund were adamant he would not leave before the start of the season, especially not to their Bundesliga rivals. Manchester United and Chelsea were interested in taking advantage of this and luring him to the Premier League, but Klopp has he will stay this season before moving to the Allianz Arena next year.
Chelsea to beat Liverpool to Tiago Ilori
Jose Mourinho could snatch Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori from Liverpool’s grasp (Darren Lewis) Jose Mourinho is weighing up a move for Liverpool target Tiago Ilori. The Reds have been negotiating with the the central defender’s club, Sporting Lisbon, for several weeks. Liverpool have had two bids rejected for Ilori who is valued by Sporting at around £8.5million. They could now see their efforts hijacked by Chelsea although the player is understood to want regular first-team football which could work in Liverpool’s favour. Talented Ilori has a Portuguese mother and a Nigerian father. Spanish club Valencia have shown interest but the player wants to move to the Premier League.
Swansea close in on Bony
Bony’s a Swan (Sun) Swansea are close to finalising the £12million signing of Wilfried Bony. Vitesse Arnhem’s Ivory Coast striker Bony, 24, is due to become Swans’ record buy today.
- Updated: July 8, 2013