The big news of the day is Neymar being ruled out of the World Cup with a broken back, but the severity of his fractured vertebrae came too late for most of the British national newspapers to shoehorn into the back pages of their sports pages. Never mind. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic also feature prominently after reaching the Wimbeldon final, but there continues to be plenty of scope for some transfer gossip.
The Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is a figure who has plenty to chew on with only a price apparently needing to be agreed by Liverpool and Barcelona to smooth his transfer to the Liga giants. A figure of £63 million is being strongly touted. He could soon be seeing plenty of Neymar with both ready to be Barcelona team-mates. Goodness knows when they will play together. One is now injured, and the other is suspended and self-harming.
Liverpool agree £63 million deal to sell Suarez Despite his four-month worldwide ban from the game, Suarez has apparently agreed a five-year contract worth £9.5 million-a-year. Or £185,000 per week at the Camp Nou.
He will become the fourth highest paid player at Barca behind Lionel Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta. But the deal is also set to include a "bite clause" which will see the player hammered with financial penalties if he steps out of line. Liverpool apparently wanted £80m, but the Daily Star says they have reduced their demands to get him off the book after the latest biting scandal. Alexis Sanchez was touted with a move as part of the deal, but is apparently keen on a move to join Arsenal in London, leaving a straight cash agreement the likelier transfer.
Paper Round's view We are not sure Liverpool won't hold out for £80m. It seems unlikely that they would be willing to settle for £63m. The only reason why they would accept such money for the striker is if nobdy else comes in for him. The adverse publicity surrounding Suarez has probably strengthened Barcelona's position, but £17 millon short of what they really want seems unlikely for the Anfield club who probably can command a heavier free.
City slap £25 million price tag on Alvaro Negredo The English champions are willing to allow Alvaro Negredo leave if any club can match his £25 million price tag, according to The Sun. Atletico Madrid are linked with a move for the Spanish forward as a possible replacement for £32 million Chelsea new boy Diego Costa
Paper Round's view City insist the player is not for sale, but will listen to offers for a forward who scored 23 times in his first 33 matches for City.
City move for Barkley According to the Mirror, the Premier League champions are chasing England youngster Ross Barkley. They are apparently keen to get a deal done for around £25 million for the midfielder, and will throw in Jack Rodwell as they look to increase their portfolio of English talent.
Paper Round's view Not sure what to make of this. We are in the middle of the silly season. But Everton will surely be tempted if City came calling with £25 million, and Rodwell thrown in. Who wouldn't?
Arsenal close to landing Debuchy Mathieu Debuchy is set to leave Newcastle for Arsenal after the France right-back favourited a tweet saying that he hopes to join the Gunners soon. Debuchy has also apparently removed mentions of Newcastle from his personal bio as he moves closer to the exit door.
Paper Round's view We know how much Arsene Wenger likes his French players. Being from that part of the world himself, it would not be ridiculous to see Debuchy appear at the Emirates next season. With Bacary Sagna off to Manchester City, this one has been touted for a while. A deal of £7.9 million is said to have been agreed which could rise to £12m in bonuses. Expect to see this one done and dusted early next week.
Petr Čech's agent says the Chelsea keeper could quit for another leading club if he is not assured the number one spot.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has edged closer to signing Feyenoord striker Graziano Pelle and FC Twente midfielder Dusan Tadic, according to the Southern Daily Echo.
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