Barca and Liverpool to open talks over Suarez: Liverpool will ask about Alexis Sanchez as a makeweight when Barcelona officials jet into the UK to open talks over Luis Suarez in London today. Most papers have the story on their back pages, with The Sun reporting that the banned Uruguayan’s apology for biting Giorgio Chiellini has now cleared the way for his transfer from Liverpool. Barca are reportedly unwilling to pay more than £60m for Suarez and Sanchez could hold the key to any deal: if the Chile World Cup star agrees to leave the Nou Camp, it would almost halve the amount Barce have to pay.
Paper Round's view: Suarez is inching closer to an exit from Anfield with each passing day, testament to the hard work put in by his agent Pere Guardiola who has amazingly managed to maintain his client's value, despite his most recent biting shame. If Barca offer Sanchez and, say, £50m, Liverpool should bite their hands off (excuse the pun). Not only are they ridding themselves of a serial offender whose future clearly does not lie in England, they will be bringing on board an exciting, young yet experienced replacement. And they'll have a big fat wad of cash to strengthen others areas of the squad. It's a no-brainer, despite Suarez's undoubted quality on the pitch, and today's stories are nothing but encouraging for Liverpool.
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Vidal interested in United move: Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is interested in playing under Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, reports the Daily Mirror. The Dutch coach tried to sign Vidal when he was in charge of Bayern Munich but the Juventus ace is now back on the radar with the new United boss considering a £30m offer. The paper reports that Vidal is settled in Turin, but "would be open to the idea of joining United if they could persuade Juventus to do business". Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with the 27-year-old.
Paper Round's view: It was reported elsewhere earlier in the week that Juve might be tempted to sell up if a club put in a £48m offer, so if Van Gaal is considering a £30m bid, he may have to reconsider. You get the feeling that even if the player himself prefers a move to Old Trafford over London, he won't go on the cheap, considering his status as one of the best players in the world in his position.
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Debuchy nearing Arsenal move: Arsenal are pressing ahead with an £11m move for Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy, reports the Daily Mail. The France right-back has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Bacary Sagna at the Emirates, after his compatriot's contract expired and he moved on to Manchester City. Newcastle are aware of the Gunners' interest in Debuchy and are willing to listen to offer, the paper claims.
Paper Round's view: Another transfer that has already been reported elsewhere, and with no deal likely to be done before the end of the World Cup - or at least until France's involvement ends - this doesn't really add anything to the story.
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Liverpool target Lovren: With a deal for Adam Lallana now sealed, Liverpool will turn their attentions to Dejan Lovrens. The Times reports that Brendan Rodgers is keen to strengthen his defence, with Southampton's Lovrens high on his wish list. Rodgers is also hoping to strike a deal for Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand after Sevilla refused to lower their £20m asking price for Alberto Moreno. Southampton are seeking in excess of £15m for Lovren, the paper reports, while Chelsea understood to value left-back Bertrand at about £8m.
Paper Round's view: Picking up attacking players has not been a problem for Rodgers so far this summer with Rickie Lambert and Lallana signed, and Divock Origi a decent bet to follow suit. But it is not really in the attacking department that Liverpool desperately need reinforcements - it's at the back. Lovrens would certainly help shore up the defence, as would Bertrand, but would Rodgers not be better off waiting to see how the Suarez situation pans out before making any swoops? He may have a bucket load of extra cash to spend soon, meaning he could perhaps aim a little higher than this pair.
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Spurs enter Negredo chase: Tottenham are ready to go head-to-head with Atletico Madrid for the signature of the £20m-rated Alvaro Negredo. The Manchester City striker scored 23 goals in his debut season but lost his place in the Spain squad after making just 21 league starts. New Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to shake up his strike-force for next season and a top-class front man is his priority this summer.
Paper Round's view: With the jury still out on Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor as unpredictable as ever, Pochettino is wise to take a look at Negredo. He may only have started 21 times in the Premier League last season, but that was more to do with circumstance than anything else. He is still a quality player and one who could sharpen up Spurs' attack ahead of the next campaign.
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