Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Thiago Alcantara, Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain
After his hat-trick for Spain on Tuesday in the Euro Under-21 Championships final, Thiago Alcantara is a wanted man—except, it seems, by his current team.
Manchester United reportedly lead the chase for the Barcelona midfielder, who could be available for as little as £15 million. So will he go?
That story leads this Thursday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup, which also includes updates on Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
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Chelsea have joined Manchester United in trying to sign midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona, ESPN reports.
Thiago, 22, scored a hat-trick in Spain's 4-2 victory over Italy in this week's Euro Under-21 Championships final. He started 15 league matches with Barcelona last season, recording two goals and five assists.
Thiago is available for €18 million, according to ESPN's report. United are thought to be the favorites to sign him if he leaves Barcelona.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail is reporting that United will turn to Thiago if they fail in their bid to sign Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. According to the report, Thiago's release clause dropped from £77 million to £15 million after he did not receive a certain amount of playing time.
As the Daily Mirror reports, the United and Spain Under-21 keeper signed a ball for Thiago saying "See you in Manchester." Meanwhile, El Mundo Deportivo (via Goal.com) quoted De Gea as saying, "hopefully I will have a Spanish team-mate at United next season. I, and every other Manchester United player, would like him to join the club."
Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani
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According to the Daily Mirror, new Napoli manager Rafael Benitez wants to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as a replacement for Edinson Cavani, whom he expects to lose in the transfer market this summer.
Benitez, 53, managed Liverpool to the 2005 UEFA Champions League title and most recently guided Chelsea to the 2013 Europa League crown. Suarez, 26, is serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. He scored 23 goals in 33 league appearances last season.
Cavani, 26, scored 29 goals in 34 league appearances with Napoli last season. He recently told Sky Sports that Real Madrid is a "beautiful team," and his father was quoted by the Guardian as saying Cavani wants to play for Real.
Benitez is reportedly "resigned" to losing Cavani, who would cost around £50 million. According to the report, Suarez is also interested in joining Real.
Cavani and Suarez are international teammates with Uruguay.
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Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has agreed to move to Arsenal after agreeing to a contract worth £130,000 per week, according to the Daily Mirror. The transfer would cost Arsenal a club-record £22 million.
Higuain, a 25-year-old Argentina international, scored 16 league goals in 28 appearances last season while competing for playing time with Karim Benzema. If he signs the deal, he will be Arsenal's highest-paid player.
According to the London Evening Standard, Real rejected Juventus' bid of £18.7 million.
Aleksandar Kolarov, Carlos Tevez
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The Daily Mail reports that Juventus are interested in Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov and Carlos Tevez.
Kolarov, 27, made 20 league appearances for City last season, scoring once. The Serb can play as a defender or midfielder on the left side.
Tevez, 27, scored 11 goals with eight assists in 34 league appearances last season. Juventus value the Argentine forward at £9 million, according to the Mail.
According to Mediaset (in Italian), Kolarov is valued at €10 million.
Meanwhile, the Daily Star reports that AC Milan are interested in Tevez for £10 million.
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (pictured) will face tax-evasion charges in Spanish court in September, per Diario AS.
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel says he will leave the club for Galatasaray this summer, according to Sky Sports.
Arsenal forward Gervinho is flattered by interest from Marseille, according to Sky Sports.
Lazio have no intention of selling midfielder Hernanes, according to talkSPORT.