World Football Gossip Roundup: Luis Suarez, Mario Balotelli, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Depending on which paper you read, the striker situation at Manchester City is looking rather messy.
One says the Blues are after a big name and will sell another big name to finance the move.
Another says the second big name is going nowhere.
Who do we believe?
We'll let you decide in this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Read on for all the details, along with updates on Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Neymar and Hugo Lloris.
Manchester City to Move for Luis Suarez?
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Manchester City are assessing a January move for Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail speculates that City manager Roberto Mancini reportedly would sell Italian forward Mario Balotelli to fund the move, which would cost up to £50 million.
Suarez, 25, joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2011. He signed a new contract with Liverpool in August (via The Guardian).
Mario Balotelli Does Not Want to Leave Manchester City?
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Italian forward Mario Balotelli does not want to leave Manchester City, according to the player's agent and Italy manager Cesare Prandelli (via Metro).
Balotelli, 22, did not play in City's victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. According to Metro, Balotelli is unhappy about being left out.
His agent, however, is quoted as saying: "His relationship with Mancini is like that of husband and wife. They argue but love and respect each other. Mario will be a City player for at least another two and a half years."
Prandelli seemed to echo that sentiment, saying: "Clearly he’s not satisfied with what he’s been doing, but Mario has to show that he deserves his place every day in training. He’ll get his chance to prove him wrong."
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Deciding About Premier League?
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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is sorting offers from England, Italy, Spain and Germany, according to The Sun.
Huntelaar, a 29-year-old Dutch forward, scored 48 goals in all competitions last season for Bundesliga side Schalke. His contract expires at the end of the season.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are thought to be among the interested English clubs. Huntelaar is valued around £7 million.
Neymar Eyes "Dream" European Move
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Neymar has been quoted as saying it is his dream to move to Europe for his club football one day (via Goal.com).
Neymar, 20, currently plays for Santos in Brazil. The Brazil international has already become one of the world's most sought-after forwards.
"I do dream about playing in Europe, but there's nothing concrete at this time," he said. "Maybe in the future."
Neymar is one of the 10 nominees for the FIFA Puskas Award (via FIFA.com), which honors the best goal in the world in the calendar year. He won the award last year.
Hugo Lloris Hints at Tottenham Exit
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Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hinted that he could leave Tottenham Hotspur over a lack of playing time (via Metro).
Lloris, 25, joined Spurs from Lyon in the summer. He has made six appearances this season while struggling to take over the starting role from 41-year-old American Brad Friedel.
Everything's possible. It's a difficult time and hard to accept. I'm trying to stay professional. I feel good at Tottenham. I've been well received by players, fans and people at club. As for questions (regarding the no.1 spot) you have to ask the coach.
Metro speculates that Arsenal could revive their interest in Lloris if he leaves Tottenham. The Gunners were thought to be interested in the keeper over the summer.