Quote of the day: “An agreement has been reached with Manchester City Football Club for the permanent sale of the player Stevan Jovetic.” – Fiorentina club statement.
Runner-up: “There has been lots of speculation about Luis moving to another club but, as I said, he is very much a Liverpool player. We had an offer that was nowhere near what we value him at. He’s one of the top strikers in the world.” – Brendan Rodgers.
Man United To Keep Rooney
Manchester United intent on keeping Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford (Jamie Jackson, Guardian) Manchester United will not sell Wayne Rooney, even if the unsettled striker hands in a transfer request – a prospect the club are prepared for – or Chelsea return with a higher bid than the £20m which was rejected earlier this week… Rooney, who flew home on the opening day of United’s three-week tour of Asia with a hamstring injury, is understood to be back in training at Carrington and able to use the exercise bicycle and the manager, David Moyes, hopes to play him in United’s friendly against Sweden’s AIK Fotboll on 6 August.
Roo can stick your transfer request (Neil Custis, Sun) Manchester United will refuse to sell Wayne Rooney — even if he hands in a transfer request.
Manchester United seek Wayne Rooney clear-the-air talks (Ian Herbert, Independent) Manchester United, who are baffled by how Wayne Rooney could have interpreted recent comments by manager David Moyes as a slight upon him, will seek talks with the player’s agent Paul Stretford in an attempt to discover if the complaint is a mere fabrication, designed to manufacture his departure from Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney has only himself to blame as departure from Manchester United to Chelsea seems inevitable (Paul Hayward, Telegraph) The saga now enveloping the career of Wayne Rooney is a lot less complicated than it might look. At its heart is a beautifully simple truth which England’s leading footballer cannot dodge. Without performance there is no power… A severance between the two sides now looks as inevitable as it is desirable. United’s fans will never fully embrace him again. Rooney himself appears alienated and needs to start again. But United will not place his private needs before their own, especially after this latest clumsy PR move (the “angry and confused” approach).
By Jove! City Get Their Man
Man City agree terms with Fiorentina for £26m Jovetic as spending nears £100m (Mail) Manchester City have agreed a deal with Fiorentina for striker Stevan Jovetic worth £25.8 million. It is understood that City will pay an initial fee of £22.4m and it could rise through bonus payments… Jovetic is the fourth player bought by City this summer, following Fernandinho (£30m), Jesus Navas (£15m) and Alvaro Negredo (£20.6m) into the Etihad, meaning their summer spend is closing in on £100m.
Manchester City set to continue spending spree after €30m bid for Benfica star Eduardo Salvio (Ian Herbert, Independent) Manchester City appeared to be continuing their ambitious summer acquisition programme last night, with Benfica’s Argentinian right winger Eduardo Salvio the subject of a €30m (£25.8m) bid from the club, according to several respected sources in Portugal. City have not yet responded to inquiries about the bid but Benfica are already understood to have begun the task of replacing the 23-year-old. The Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira Ferreira is understood to be asking €40m (£34.4m) though a compromise would appear likely.
Liverpool Raise Suarez Price On Arsenal
Now Kop want £55m for Luis (Mark Irwin, Sun) Arsene Wenger last night finally agreed to make a £40million offer for Luis Suarez — only to be told Liverpool now want £55m.
Arsenal confident of Luis Suarez transfer after Arsene Wenger is given green light for £40m bid (John Cross, Mirror) Arsene Wenger has been given the go-ahead to spend £40million on Luis Suarez… Liverpool insist that Suarez is not for sale and have already knocked back one approach for Arsenal after claiming their valuation of a £35m package was not enough. Suarez has a £40m clause in his contract which his advisers believe entitles him to leave if any club matches the price.
Stoke Eye United Failure Diouf
Hughes closes in on £6m ex-Man United flop Diouf as he aims to bolster Stoke’s squad (Simon Jones, Mail) Stoke manager Mark Hughes is close to sealing a surprise £6million move for ex-Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf… The 25-year-old has scored 18 goals in 38 games for the German team and now Hughes wants to bring him back to the Premier League where he also played on loan for Blackburn.
Brazil 2014: It’s Gonna Cost!
England fans could be forced to pay through the nose at World Cup (Stuart James, Guardian) Valcke, who cited logistical reasons for Fifa’s delay, vowed there will not be a “big difference” from the cost of watching games in South Africa, where seats ranged from £14 (for local residents only) to £630… Package tours are the alternative for those who would prefer not to travel independently, although the comfort provided by a company taking a lot of the stress out of organising the trip has to be balanced against the cost. Thomson Sport’s cheapest deal, which includes return flights and 13 nights B&B in four-star hotels during England’s three group matches (assuming they get there), is £4,495.