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Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Neymar, Wesley Sneijder, Jesus Navas

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJune 4, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Neymar, Wesley Sneijder, Jesus Navas

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    Neymar's much-anticipated transfer to Europe is finally finished. Now that he's a Barcelona player, the gossip pages can move on, right?

    Right?

    Actually, no. With Neymar having signed his deal, now we find out how much Barca paid and how long he will stick around the Camp Nou.

    That story leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup. Inside, we also have rumors about Wesley Sneijder, Christian Benteke, Jesus Navas and more.

    Keep reading for all the details.

Neymar Transfer Details

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    According to Moises Llorens of AS, Barcelona officials have said Neymar's transfer cost €57 million, which will be split among his former club Santos and three other companies. Barca have set Neymar's release clause at €190 million.

    Neymar, a 21-year-old Brazil international forward, was presented to the media as a Barcelona signing Monday following his transfer from Santos, as Enis Koylu of Goal.com noted.

    According to the AS report, Neymar has signed a five-year deal, with Barcelona retaining his economic rights.

Jose Mourinho, Wesley Sneijder

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    Returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will try to sign Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, according to Turkish reports cited by Rob Beasley of The Sun.

    Chelsea announced Monday on the team's official website that Mourinho, 50, is returning to manage the club he previously led from 2004-07.

    Sneijder, 28, joined Galatasaray from Inter Milan for £7 million in January.

    The two previously worked together at Inter, winning the treble—Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League titles—in 2010.

    Meanwhile, Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail is reporting that Mourinho will target Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic, Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho.

    According to the report, Romelu Lukaku will not go out on loan again. Lukaku scored 17 goals last season on loan with West Brom.

Christian Benteke

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    Christian Benteke would make a "great signing" for Atletico Madrid, Benteke's international teammate Thibaut Courtois has told Jorge Garcia of Diario AS. Dermot Corrigan of ESPN has an English version of the report here.

    Benteke, a 22-year-old Belgian international striker, scored 19 Premier League goals this past season, his first with Aston Villa. Courtois, a 21-year-old goalkeeper, has spent the past two seasons on loan with Atletico from Chelsea.

    Said Courtois:

    [Benteke] is a very strong centre-forward, tall, but very good technically and skilful with the ball at his feet. I believe he would be a great signing for Atletico. During these days with the national team I am going to ask him about his future. There is talk of various teams interested in him, and maybe he will stay in England.

    Villa rate Benteke at €30 million, according to AS.

Jesus Navas

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    Manchester City have closed a €20 million deal to sign winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla, according to Fede Quintero of Marca. The deal is not official, according to the report, but will be announced shortly.

    The fee could rise to €25.5 million based on bonuses. Navas will reportedly earn €2.5 million per season for five years.

    Navas, 27, made 37 La Liga appearances for Sevilla this past season, recording six assists, according to WhoScored?. He has been capped 23 times by Spain.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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    Liverpool have targeted Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a transfer, according to Andy Hunter of The Guardian. The Reds are reportedly "undeterred" by Mkhitaryan's £22 million price tag.

    Mkhitaryan, 24, scored 25 goals for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League last season and reportedly drew interest from Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Quick Kicks

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    Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal are considering a move for Michu (pictured), who scored 18 Premier League goals in his debut season for Swansea City.

    Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is wanted by Bayern Munich for £15 million, according Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun.

    Schalke are closing on a deal for highly rated 18-year-old Bochum midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to German reports cited by Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN.

    Midfielder Siem De Jong is considering a move away from Ajax this summer, according to Dutch sources cited by ESPN.

    Tottenham Hotspur have bid £25 million for Porto forward Jackson Martinez, according to Daniel Jones of Metro.

    Outgoing Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has told Sky Sports he will not manage any club next season. He had been linked with Real Madrid.

     

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