Thursday Gossip: Liverpool to let Suarez go, Man City plot quadruple transfer
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will let Luis Suarez join Bayern Munich for around £50 million providing he gets Arjen Robben in exchange.
The Northern Irishman is resigned to the fact Suarez, who scored 30 goals in all competitions last season, will leave Anfield this summer and is ready to sanction his sale for a club record fee to save the Reds from the anguish of a long, drawn out transfer saga.
Rodgers’ new stance has alerted both Bayern and Real Madrid to Suarez’s availability with both clubs reported to be preferred destinations for the controversial Uruguayan striker. The 26-year-old wants to leave England for a “change of environment” after becoming disillusioned with the perceived negative treatment from the media.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho are also interested in acquiring Suarez but Rodgers is reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival meaning a move abroad is the more likely possibility. Munich are the current frontrunners for his signature as they are willing to pay cash plus Robben to obtain the former Ajax forward.
And with Andy Carroll set to follow Suarez out of Merseyside before the start of the new campaign Rodgers is on the lookout for fresh attacking talent. According to a Squeaky Bum Time source Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo is the man the 40-year-old wants to lead the line next season.
Negredo was the subject of a £14.5m bid from West Ham earlier this week that was immediately rebuffed by Los Rojiblancos but Liverpool are confident they can persuade the La Liga side to sell their captain and 31-goal top scorer after losing Jesus Navas to Manchester City.
After meekly surrendering their Premier League title to local rivals Manchester United the Citizens are plotting for a busy summer of incomings at the Etihad Stadium. Firstly they will ratify purchase of Navas for £17m (rising to £24m) before finally confirming the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as Roberto Mancini’s replacement.
The Chilean’s first order of business will be to raid his former club Malaga for playmaker Isco. The 21-year-old emerged as one of the brightest talents in Europe last season and Pelligrini intends to make him an important cog in his City revolution, as he was at the La Rosaleda.
But the 59-year-old won’t stop there and has his eyes set on making a huge statement of intent to City’s domestic rivals by making an eye-catching bid to land Real Madrid defender Pepe to partner captain Vincent Kompany.
The Portuguese centre back’s future has been the subject of speculation recently and its rumoured he is being tempted to the Etihad by the promise of a salary increase that would take his weekly earnings to the £125,000-a-week mark.
As well as conducting business in Spain there are plans to raid the Russian market with Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Fernandinho. Negotiations to sign the Brazil international have progressed significantly and the City hierarchy is ready to finalise a £34m after the 28-year-old made it clear that he wished to join the club