Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Mario Gomez, David Villa, Luis Suarez

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJuly 8, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Mario Gomez, David Villa, Luis Suarez

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    As the new week begins, some big names in world football are on the move for some not-so-big prices.

    Germany's Mario Gomez and Spain's David Villa, two feared international strikers, are set for reasonably priced moves, and the news of their destinations leads this Monday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup.

    Inside, we also have updates on Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain, Edinson Cavani and more. Keep reading for all the details.

Mario Gomez Heading to Fiorentina

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    Bayern Munich and Fiorentina have agreed to terms for the transfer of striker Mario Gomez to the Italian club, per FCBayern.de.

    “It was Mario Gomez’s desire to leave Bayern and join Fiorentina. We've now accommodated his wishes," said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

    The contract will be finalized in the coming days, according to the report.

    The transfer will cost Fiorentina €20 million, according to German tabloid Bild. According to NBC Pro Soccer Talk's translation of the Bild article, Bayern will receive €16 million up front.

    Gomez, 27, joined Bayern from Stuttgart in 2009. He scored 113 goals in 174 games for Bayern, per Goal.com, but lost his place to Mario Mandzukic last season. 

David Villa to Atletico Madrid

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    Barcelona have sold striker David Villa to Atletico Madrid, per FCBarcelona.com. The deal is reportedly worth a maximum of €5.1 million.

    Villa, 31, joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2010 and scored 10 league goals last season in 28 appearances. He missed eight months in 2011 and 2012 after breaking his tibia. 

    Previously, Villa had also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, with the Daily Mirror reporting this week that Villa and Spurs had agreed to personal terms.

Arsenal Bid for Luis Suarez? Plus, Latest on Gonzalo Higuain

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    Liverpool last week rejected a £30 million bid from Arsenal for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, according to Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph.

    Suarez, 26, scored 23 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season but drew a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

    Suarez has indicated he is open to leaving Liverpool after receiving what he considers poor treatment from the English media. Real Madrid lead the chase for his signature, per the Telegraph report.

    Meanwhile, The Sun reports that Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain's future is still unresolved. The Guardian reported last week that Higuain was "on the verge of" a £23 million transfer to Arsenal. According to The Sun, however, new Real manager Carlo Ancelotti wants Higuain to be part of his team. 

Edinson Cavani Latest

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    Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc says signing Napoli's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani would send a "big signal" to PSG's rivals in France and Europe, per L'Equipe (h/t ESPN).

    Cavani, 26, scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A appearances last season—the most in Italy's top flight.

    “We’re not the only ones chasing him," Blanc said. "If we could hit the jackpot it would be, number 1, a great coup in sporting terms and, number 2, a big signal sent to PSG’s potential rivals, in France and in Europe.”

    PSG sporting director Leonardo has confirmed the club is in negotiations with Napoli over Cavani, per Sky Sports. Cavani's release clause is €63 million, and Napoli reportedly won't accept any less for a transfer.

    According to Le Parisien, the deal is already complete. Neither club has confirmed anything, though.

AC Milan Reject Bid for Stephan El Shaarawy

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    AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has told television network 7 Gold (h/t Goal.com) that Milan have turned down a bid of more than €30 million for Italy international forward Stephan El Shaarawy.

    El Shaarawy, 20, joined Milan from Genoa in 2011 and scored 16 league goals in 37 appearances last season. He has earned 10 senior caps with Italy.

    Galliani said he would not reveal the club that made the bid:

    It is a very important club (that made the bid), though. I informed the player's agent and as soon as he returned from the Confederations Cup, I spoke to Stephan. We did not want to sell him, so we simply informed the lad and his family that this proposal had arrived for him. I asked him what he wanted to do.

    He said the money he had was more than sufficient, that he is a Milan fan and [that he] did not want to leave. I kissed him on the cheek and that was that. We were not tempted by the offer, but we couldn't exactly hide it from him. He saw the figures, but did not want to budge. How big was the offer? More than €30m.

Quick Kicks

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    Brazil international midfielder Luiz Gustavo (pictured) wants to remain with Bayern Munich despite losing playing time after the arrival of Javi Martinez last summer, per Sky Sports.

    United Arab Emirates club Al Shabab have passed on the chance to sign Brazil international Ronaldinho, citing the player's attitude, per Sky Sports.

    CSKA Moscow are willing to sell Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda for a "reasonable offer," per the Japan Daily Press.

    Borussia Dortmund have confirmed they have agreed to sign Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk, per Goal.com