Suarez’s ‘bite clause’ at Barca: The Mirror report that Luis Suarez’s salary at Barcelona, around £10million per year, contains a clause that will see it automatically reduced by almost a third should he bite a FOURTH opponent while at the Catalan club – a reduction of £3million. Suarez recently agreed a £75million switch to Camp Nou from Liverpool.
Paper Round’s view: Losing £3million a year for repeating a unique and deplorable act of violent conduct seems like a lot. But is it, really? Being ‘punished’ by ‘only’ earning £7million a year instead is hardly incentive for someone who has done this three times and even happily lied in the face of clear evidence about it happening. But then, what else can Barca do? Cancel his contract and watch him light up the pitch for one of their European rivals instead? Many continue to complain about the increasing lengths of Suarez’s suspensions, but they are currently the only way he is truly being punished for such unfathomable behaviour.
Arsenal move step closer to World Cup star: Italian papers claim AC Milan have ended their interest in Croatia full-back Sime Vrsaljko, who had a great first season in Italy with Genoa last term and represented his country in two of Croatia’s three World Cup group stage games. This clears the path for Arsenal, who are also reportedly interested, to make their move.
Paper Round’s view: Any news of an in-form defender making their way to the Emirates will be welcomed by Arsenal fans. Aged 22, there is also plenty of room for Vrsaljko to develop under Arsene Wenger, making him the sort of signing the Gunners have become famous for. That said, not all of them are resounding successes. The jury remains out on Yaya Sanogo. It looks like Jack Wilshere may have competition for ‘most mis-spelled Arsenal surname’ in 2014-15, if the deal happens.
Di Maria snubs Man Utd: Being out of the Champions League for the first time in forever is set to really bite Manchester United, as the Express claim Angel Di Maria will snub the Red Devils despite a contract offer of £150,000 a week in favour of a club competing in Europe’s showcase football competition. This doubles up as good news for both Chelsea and Arsenal, who also like the looks of the Argentine.
Paper Round’s view: This is all understandable, assuming whoever Di Maria ultimately chooses to join has big plans to heavily feature the winger. After all, if Luis Suarez and others at Liverpool proved anything last season, it’s that a year away from the Champions League isn’t always a bad thing – especially if you’re looking for a fresh start or to boost a stagnating profile.
Juventus to bid £20m for Paulinho: He hasn’t had a stellar World Cup, but Paulinho could be heading for Italian champions Juventus, claim the Telegraph. There’s a chance Tottenham will nonetheless hold out for £25million; that’s £5m more than the Turin club are apparently set include in their opening offer.
Paper Round’s view: If this goes through, it will only serve to further fuel two trains of speculation this summer. Firstly, many will feel this could pave the way for Juve star Arturo Vidal to leave for Manchester United. Secondly, it will lead some to believe that more of an exodus at White Hart Lane is on its way, with a large chunk of the huge signings made with the money made from flogging Gareth Bale being swapped out for a new batch.
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