Transfer Tracker: Neymar, Robin van Persie, Santi Cazorla, Nuri Sahin
In the transfer market, it's only natural to want what one can't have. That's because, sometimes, the can't becomes can.
In Sunday's B/R Transfer Tracker, we have updates on Robin van Persie's wage demands and Barcelona's reported quest to bring Neymar to Spain as quickly as possible.
For now, neither piece of news sounds entirely realistic. But in the transfer market, any situation can change quickly.
We also have updates on Santi Cazorla, Nuri Sahin, Hugo Lloris and Andy Carroll. Read on for all the details.
Barca Want Neymar This Season?
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Barcelona want Neymar to join the club following Brazil's run at the Olympics, according to quotes attributed to Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu (Goal.com).
We would all like Neymar to come after the Olympics. He is a Santos player [at the moment] but I am sure Neymar will come to Europe in the future, and when that moment arrives we will be attentive so he can sign for Barcelona.
Neymar, 20, scored in Brazil's 3-2 win over Egypt on Thursday.
Previous reports had linked Neymar with a move to Barcelona after the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Neymar's native Brazil.
RvP Wants Rooney Money?
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Robin van Persie wants to be paid the same as Wayne Rooney and prefers a move to Manchester United, according to the Sunday Express.
Van Persie, 28, reportedly turned down Arsenal's offer of £130,000 per week and a £5 million signing bonus. Rooney, 26, makes around £220,000 per week.
Express reports that United will meet Van Persie's demands if United and Arsenal can agree a transfer fee between £15 million and £20 million.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that Manchester City "transfer chief" Brian Marwood is opposed to paying Van Persie more than £150,000 per week. Van Persie turns 29 in August and has a long history of injuries.
Arsenal Closing on Cazorla, Sahin?
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In other Arsenal news, the Daily Mail reports that the Gunners will complete the £15 million signing of Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla from Malaga by Tuesday.
Malaga might be forced to sell in order to settle outstanding debts.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Arsenal have bid £16 million for Cazorla and are chasing Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin in a potential season-long loan move.
Finally, the Daily Mirror reports that Southampton have inquired about the availability of 23-year-old Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott.
Walcott joined Arsenal from Southampton as a 16-year-old in 2006.
Lyon Want to Keep Lloris
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Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has reportedly said goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will not move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer unless Lloris "absolutely wants to go" (ESPNSoccernet).
"Tottenham made contact through [Lloris'] agent but there has been no concrete offer since,'' Aulas said. "I don't think they really want him, but we really want to keep him."
Lloris, 25, serves as captain for France's national team. He has earned 37 caps since his first call-up in 2008.
Newcastle Lead Carroll Chase?
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Newcastle United are the favorites to reacquire England international forward Andy Carroll after reports emerged that Carroll would leave Liverpool only for a team playing European football this season (talkSPORT).
Carroll, 23, joined Liverpool from Newcastle in a £35 million deal in 2011. He is thought to be available after the arrival of new Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that Newcastle will move for Carroll only if the Magpies sell forward Demba Ba.