Transfer Talk: Barca want Suarez and Arsenal do not want Balotelli
Luis Suarez dominates the press headlines at the moment for his indiscretion in Brazil, but that hasn't put off Barcelona...
The Daily Mirror are reporting that Catalan behemoths Barcelona still like the cut of Suarez's jib... as opposed to the cut of his incisors. They are saying an £80m player plus cash deal could be on the cards with Alexis Sanchez and Pedro both heading to Liverpool in exchange. Real Madrid are said to have cooled their interest in the Uruguayan vampire and are said to be "absolutely mortified for his Ma."
Barcelona, under new coach, Luis Enrique (pic above) are having a bit of a clear-out and seem determined to wrestle back their Spanish dominance from the Madrid clubs. They see Suarez, teeth and all, as the striker who could bolster their toothless attack. La Liga centre-halves are all requesting transfers from their clubs as we speak.
Mario Balotelli has been linked heavily with a move to Arsenal but, as you know, these stories and rumours are the stuff of fantasy and magic. The Daily Mail are reporting of Arsene Wenger (pic below) denying any interest in the nut-job from Milan.
Wenger was a guest on a World Cup TV show and when asked about Balotelli by Ruud Gullit, his response was "No. No, that’s pure invention. We cannot believe absolutely everything that is on internet or is in newspapers. Sometimes it’s created by agents or by press who needs news. But in that case, it’s not true."
Expect Balotelli to sign from Milan in a £40m deal any day soon so.
Meanwhile, back at Old Trafford, the Daily Express are telling us that Javier Hernandez (pic above) is dropping massive hints about leaving Manchester United. What's all this talk about hints? Why can't players be direct? Is he in Brazil with Mexico holding press conferences with the media using the medium of charades? Spurs and Arsenal are linked, as are Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Tottenham are said to be interested in bringing Southampton's Croatian defender, Dejan Lovren (pic below) to White Hart Lane. Liverpool have been linked with the player, but the Mirror is now reporting that Mauricio Pochettino misses the Croatian so much, he's prepared to pay his former club £15m to secure his services.
Liverpool are said to be standing there saying "Eh....hello? We were here first!"
To which Pochettino allegedly replied "Aha! I am the great Mauricio! I can do what I want!" and then ran off down a dark alley swishing a cape pretty dramatically.
Both The Express and The Star are reporting that West Brom are paying Monaco £6m for a manual river. In what is surely the most bizarre transfer bid of the entire year... oh, wait... it's their striker Emannuel Riviere. The French under-21 international has only been in Casino-land for about a year, but hasn't seen much action. He fancies action and West Brom have told them that they possess lots of action.
We're off for a game of charades with Chicharito.