Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Isco
Even when he's not in England, Luis Suarez still makes news in the British press.
Suarez, the controversial Liverpool striker who is currently serving a 10-match ban for biting an opponent, has been linked with a transfer since the season ended. But if the latest reports are correct, he overlooked an important procedural detail.
That story leads this Tuesday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup. Inside, we also have stories on Fernando Torres, Isco, Edinson Cavani and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Liverpool Want Written Luis Suarez Transfer Request?
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Liverpool will require Luis Suarez to submit a written transfer request if he wants to leave the club, according to the Daily Mail.
Suarez, 26, has spoken in interviews recently about his desire to leave Liverpool. Last month the striker told a radio station (cited by Diario AS) in his native Uruguay that "it would be difficult to say no to Real Madrid." Marca and The Guardian have published further comments from Suarez about his future away from Anfield.
Suarez is serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic near the end of last season. He is under contract with Liverpool until 2017, according to ESPN.
According to the Mail's report, Liverpool are still planning for next season as if Suarez will stay. Club officials, however, reportedly realize he might leave.
Liverpool reportedly want about £50 million for Suarez, who scored 23 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season. Real Madrid have not bid on him yet.
Fernando Torres Wants Talks with Jose Mourinho?
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Said Torres, who is currently with Spain on Confederations Cup duty:
I look forward to talking with Mourinho and to know what plans he has for me. The first thing I am aware of is he will expect much more from me. I expect more from me. Now I have pressure Mourinho adds and that's a challenge for a player.
Torres, 29, scored eight goals in 36 Premier League appearances last season. He joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50 million in 2011.
Isco to Choose Manchester City over Real Madrid?
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The Telegraph is reporting that Spain Under-21 midfielder Isco, who is set to leave Malaga this summer, will choose Manchester City over Real Madrid because he fears he would not receive enough playing time at Real.
Earlier this week, Isco confirmed in an interview with Diario AS that he is considering offers from both City and Real. According to The Telegraph, Isco would face competition from Mesut Ozil and Kaka if he were to move to Madrid.
City recently hired Manuel Pellegrini to replace Roberto Mancini as manager. Pellegrini previously managed Isco at Malaga.
Isco, 21, is currently on international duty with Spain at the Under-21 European Championship. Last season, he scored nine goals in 37 La Liga appearances.
Edinson Cavani: Real Madrid 'a Beautiful Team'
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Speaking to El Partido de la 12, Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has called Real Madrid "a beautiful team." Sky Sports has the English version here.
Cavani, 26, is currently on international duty with Uruguay at the Confederations Cup. The Press Association (via The Guardian) recently quoted his father as saying Cavani wants to play for Real.
The younger Cavani is quoted as saying:
I am very calm. Real Madrid are a beautiful team, every player dreams of playing there when he is a child. Those are things that they are talking from behind, as it will soon be seen. But officially nobody has talked with me.
Cavani scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A appearances last season.
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Borussia Dortmund general manager Michael Zorc has denied reports that a deal to bring Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen (pictured) to the club is nearly complete, per ESPN.
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman, who is a target for Manchester United, wants a transfer to the English Premier League, according to The Guardian.
England forward Andy Carroll is expected to complete his permanent move from Liverpool to West Ham on Tuesday following a medical, according to The Telegraph. Carroll spent last season on loan with the Hammers.
Chelsea will have to pay Benfica £38 million to bring Nemanja Matic back to the club, according to the Daily Star.
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to undergo a medical ahead of a transfer to Liverpool, according to the Daily Mirror.
In addition to Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal are interested in signing Real Sociedad defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi, who is valued at £10 million.
Meanwhile, The Sun reports that Arsenal center-back Laurent Koscielny will stay with the club despite interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Juventus have completed the permanent transfer of left-back Federico Peluso from Atalanta for €4.8 million, per Goal.com.
New Aston Villa signing Jores Okore says he fell asleep during his medical, according to the Birmingham Mail.