Transfer Talk: Rooney going nowhere, Suarez's price keeps rising and Reina to join up with Benitez
The transfer rumours are hot off the press, so don't touch them, you'll burn the tips of your fingers and it'll be all sore for the rest of the day
The Sun have opted to go for the headline 'Roo can stick your transfer request' with the news that Manchester United have told wantaway striker Wayne Rooney (who's edging closer to the exit door after being unsettled by Chelsea) that he's going nowhere, even though he handed in a transfer request.
Mourinho has upped his game, telling the England striker that if he wants to make it to the World Cup next summer, then he should join Chelsea, because they never leave their big signings on the bench, isn't that right Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko and Demba Ba?
Anyway, it seems that Arsene Wenger has rooted around in the couch at the Emirates, and found a handy £40 million that he plans to splash on Luis Suarez. However, Liverpool have now decided they want £55 million for the striker according to The Sun. Brendan Rodgers wants to hang on to the Uruguayan despite all his agitating for a move, but we reckon he'll pocket the cash and spend it on more players from the Barcelona B team.
Speaking of Liverpool, net-tender Jose Reina has been possibly replaced already by Simon Mignolet, so it seems that old boss Rafa Benitez is hoping he can lure the ousted Spaniard to Italy. There had been talk of him returning to Barcelona, which would clearly be his first choice, but that all depends on what happens to Victor Valdes in this transfer window.
In more Arsenal news that also involves Chelsea and Manchester United, it seems that their mutual targets Gonzalo Higuain and Cesc Fabregas haven't budged yet. Higuain's price is also rising, and now Madrid want €26 million for him, and Chelsea seem to have entered the race for his signature. Meanwhile Fabrgeas has been branded "untransferable" by Barcelona. We realise that isn't a real word, but it is in Spanish so we're going to just translate it directly and make a new word because it's Friday and it's been a long week.
It's good to see that the lads at Manchester City have had the frighteners put on them by the whole financial fair play carry on, as they're keeping a very close eye on their finances this summer. So far, they've only spent £23 million on Negredo, which was officially confirmed earlier today, they look to have wrapped up the signing of Stevan Jovetic for €30 million and they've lodged a £25.8 million bid for Eduardo, the winger from Benfica. It's going to be a lean Christmas at the Dragon household this year...
According to The Daily Mirror, Manchester United have seemingly been given a very firm 'No' when it comes to sniffing around Gareth Bale, as they were told not to even think about talking about buying the Welshman. So you're saying there's a chance...
In other news, Spurs have thrown a few more quid in Valencia's direction after they upped their offer for Roberto Soldado to £20 million. Darren O'Dea has explained exactly what went on at Toronto, clearing up the strange situation last weekend when he appeared to walk out on the club just hours before a game. It seems the MLS club were looking for him to taka a wage cut, when Metalurh Donetsk of Ukraine arrived on the scene and offered him Europa League football. He states that he's pretty happy there, the club has great facilities, and if nothing else he'll have "some stories to tell" at the end of his career. Too right, Darren.
Sunderland continue their Italian-only policy by making a bid for Cristiano Biraghi from Inter Milan, and Argentina international Gino Peruzzi, who sounds like he's of Italian stock to us, while Manchester United's young gem Guillermo Varela could be sent on loan to Boca Juniors to gain a bit more experience. And finally, Juan Seba Veron has returned to football to play one more season for his beloved Estudiantes in Argentina, with all his wages going to keep the club's youth teams afloat. The word legend barely covers it...