Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Luis Suarez, Paulinho, Gonzalo Higuain
London is the destination of choice in this Friday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup.
Luis Suarez, Paulinho and Gonzalo Higuain are three names that should be familiar to regular readers of this space, and all three are being linked heavily with moves to clubs that call London home.
Where are they going? Find out inside, where we also have updates on Asier Illarramendi, Edinson Cavani and more.
Luis Suarez to Chelsea?
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is "on the verge" of joining Chelsea in a €40 million move, according to Diario AS.
Suarez, 26, scored 23 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season. The Uruguay international drew a 10-match suspension near the end of the season for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. According to the AS report, Suarez and Ivanovic have "made their peace."
Suarez would make €5.5 million per year at Chelsea. Real Madrid are also interested in Suarez, according to the AS report.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror is reporting that Liverpool have told Suarez to decide his future by July 22.
Paulinho to Spurs Almost Done?
Brazil international midfielder Paulinho is set to undergo a medical in London ahead of a £17 million transfer from Corinthians to Tottenham Hotspur, per BBC Sport.
Paulinho, a 24-year-old defensive midfielder, scored twice in four matches during Brazil's run to the FIFA Confederations Cup title last month. He has scored five goals in 17 international caps.
The transfer could be announced later on Friday, with Paulinho signing either a four- or five-year contract, according to the report.
Asier Illarramendi to Real Madrid?
Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi could complete a transfer to Real Madrid within 72 hours, according to Diario AS.
Illarramendi, 23, played 32 league matches last season for Sociedad. The midfielder has been capped at various youth levels for Spain.
Sociedad are holding out for Illarramendi's full release clause of €30 million, per AS. Illarramendi has reportedly requested that the deal be completed before he is scheduled to return to training on July 11.
Speaking to Marca, Sociedad captain Xabi Prieto said: "It's true that Real seems to be very interested in signing him. We'll have to wait and see what happens."
Cavani, Ibra Would Make 'Great Duo'
The agent of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been quoted as saying Ibrahimovic and Napoli's Edinson Cavani (pictured) would make a "great duo," per La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian, h/t ESPN).
Cavani, 26, led Serie A with 29 goals for Napoli in 34 games. L'Equipe has linked the Uruguay international with a summer transfer to PSG.
Agent Mino Raiola, however, said Cavani's release clause of €63 million could be a problem.
"Certainly, Cavani and Ibra would form a great duo, although even I could play with Zlatan—he's the best,” Raiola said. “For me, Cavani to PSG looks difficult. There is a serious problem because of the clause."
Meanwhile, La Repubblica (h/t Football Italia) reported this week that PSG could offer Napoli €40 million plus Ibrahimovic for Cavani.
Gonzalo Higuain Latest
Arsenal were concluding negotiations with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain on Thursday night ahead of a £22 million transfer, according to The Telegraph.
Higuain, 25, scored 16 league goals in 28 appearances last season with Real Madrid. The Argentina international joined Real from River Plate in December 2006 and scored 106 goals in 188 games for the top-level La Liga club.
According to the report, Higuain will earn £130,000 per week.
On Thursday, The Guardian's Sid Lowe reported that Higuain was set to join Arsenal in a £23 million deal and would sign a three-year contract worth £100,000 per week.
Napoli have shown interest in Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna (pictured), who is also a Juventus target, per Tuttosport (h/t Football Italia).
Striker Demba Ba and midfielder John Obi Mikel could leave Chelsea as part of manager Jose Mourinho's restructuring of the squad, per The Times (subscription required).
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur continue to monitor Brazil international forward Hulk, according to the Daily Express.
Manchester City have targeted Real Madrid defender Pepe, according to The Independent.