Transfer Talk: Rodgers slams Arsenal for lack of class, Rooney wants out and Doyle cleared for move
Brendan Rodgers has made his position clear on Arsenal's transfer dealings this summer, Wayne Rooney wants out and Kevin Doyle has been told he will be allowed to leave
Brendan Rodgers hasn't been biting his tongue when it comes to the Suarez transfer this week, as he branded Arsenal as having a lack of class in their pursuit of the striker. According to The Daily Mirror however, whether Rodgers likes it or not, Suarez wants out and plans to force a move this week. We presume he'll do something totally mad like bite an opponent that would force the club to sell him because of his poor on-field behaviour.
Arsenal aren't finished in the transfer market yet though, as it looks as though they want to sign Omar Abdulrahman from the Oman club Al Ain. The Guardian describe him as the middle-east's biggest football star, and at just 21-years-old he's still a young talent. They're also looking to swoop in and knick a player from under their rivals Spurs' noses by signing 18-year-old Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo, who is thought to prefer the Emirates to White Hart Lane.
For Liverpool's part, they're continuing their interest in Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, with the price now thought to be in the region of €25 million. The player himself is reported to fancy the move, but the Anfield side might not be finished in the market yet, as it seems that Sporting Lisbon have lowered their asking price on Diego Capel, according to Portuguese sports paper A Bola. They'll now accept around €7 million, and given that they apparently had a bid rejected earlier this season, they might nip in again to bring the 25-year-old Spaniard to the Premier Leauge.
Suarez is not the only one looking to force a move out of the club he's currently in either, as it appears that Rooney is set on heading to Chelsea. According to The Sun, a £30 million bid for the England international has already been turned down, so they'll need to up that offer a little bit more if he's going to be wearing blue come the start of the new season. Chelsea are also looking down the barrel of a fight with Barcelona if they want to hang on to David Luiz, with the Catalan club expected to step up their pursuit of the defender this week.
More Gareth Bale news now, as like the cleaning of a house, it never ends. The Times are reporting that the two clubs finally met face to face last night as they looked to break the deadlock over Bale's move to Madrid, but it seems that the Welshman is not being too helpful to his cause. He plans on skipping training on Tuesday to try and force Tottenham's hand, but for their part, Spurs have said they'll fine him if he does that. That's one way of making even more money out of the transfer we suppose...
Kenny Jackett, the new Wolves manager, cleared the way for Celtic to make a much improved bid on the frankly paltry £500,000 they offered for Kevin Doyle apparently last week. Jackett stated that Doyle wasn't going to figure in his plans for the League One side given his high wages, and would be allowed to leave if a suitable offer came in. That price is thought to be about £1.5 million, and Celtic are the main team interested in taking him away from Molineux. According to The Daily Record Lennon has stated he wants to get at least one other striker in, and it's thought that Doyle features on that list.
In other news, Jermaine Defoe may not have to drop down to the Championship yet as West Brom look set to offer him a chance to stay in the Premier League, Crystal Palace now looks to be the new destination for Darren Bent, after Fulham have fallen into second place, Newcastle hope to complete the signing of Loic Remy today, Liverpool and Arsenal are both chasing MK Dons 17-year-old midfielder Dele Alli and Norwich could profit from Juventus having a glut of strikers bu signing Fabio Quagliarella from the Turin club.