Transfer Talk: Arsenal to up Suarez ante, Man United eye up Fabregas and Gerrard stays put
This Suarez to Arsenal story won’t go away...
After initially dismissing it as just a one-day wonder the Luis Suarez to Arsenal story has now been around for a fortnight and shows no signs of going away. First seen as a plot to try and light a fire under Real Madrid and free up Gonzalo Higuain, it is now being reported (Mirror) that the Liverpool striker is Arsene Wenger’s ‘No 1 transfer target’.
The rest of papers tend to agree, with most saying Arsenal will offer £35m this week, edging ever closer to the £40m that everyone agrees it will take to take the 26-year-old away from Liverpool. Looks like this week will be full of Luis Suarez yet again then.
Now from one player who might be a Gunner to one who once was. Cesc Fabregas, despite repeated denials by the player that he is going anywhere, is again being linked with a move back to the Premier League. Normally it is to old home Arsenal but today’s Independent says that David Moyes would like to bring the Spanish international to Old Trafford.
With Thiago Alacantara now a done deal to Bayern, the Indo reckons Fabregas is the next target for the Scot to boost his midfield. Meanwhile, the Wayne Rooney saga continues, in two slightly divergent paths. The Guardian, among others, carry these quotes from Moyes that say that the England man is only vital if “we had an injury to Robin Van Persie". Makes Rooney sound like a second-string option to us, and the rest of the world.
Yet the Times today say that United won’t even discuss Rooney’s future until next summer. Hmmm.
Over at Anfield, it’s not all Suarez. Firstly Steven Gerrard has penned a new deal at the club today, keeping him at Liverpool until 2015. And in new face news, Brendan Rodgers has spotted that Bayern Munich have about 85 midfielders so he wants to take one, Xherdan Shaqiri, to Liverpool. That’s a nice bit of business if Rodgers can pull it off.
Elsewhere the Telegraph tells us that Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew are meeting today to discuss landing Darren Bent, PSG fancy taking Branislav Ivanovic off Chelsea’s hands (Mirror) and Julio Cesar will not be at QPR, or Arsenal, next season as he is about to sign up with Rafa Benitez’s Napoli (Metro).
Finally Southampton new boy Victor Wanyama might have broken the ‘I want to return one day’ record by already declaring he wants to return to Celtic ‘one day’ in the Mirror, less than a week after he left the Glasgow club.