Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Thiago Alcantara, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez
Pep Guardiola is no longer Barcelona's manager, but he could still play a leading role in the Catalan club's transfers this summer.
Guardiola, who now manages Germany's Bayern Munich, is interested in signing midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Barca. According to some reports, the deal could be completed this week.
That story leads this Thursday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup. Inside we also have updates on Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Bayern Want Thiago Alcantara
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed his interest in signing midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona, per the Press Association (h/t The Guardian).
Asked whether Bayern are interested in Thiago, Guardiola said, "Yes."
"I don't know what's going to happen," Guardiola said. "We have to wait. But I know him very well. He is a super, super player. He can play in three, four or five positions."
According to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE (h/t Marca), a deal could be announced Thursday.
Thiago's buyout clause is currently £15 million.
Guardiola managed Barcelona from 2008 to 2012. Thiago's agent is Guardiola's brother, Pere.
UPDATE: Sky Italia is reporting (h/t @TancrediPalmeri) that the deal is done:
Sky Italy confirms Thiago Alcantara has signed for Bayern Munich— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 11, 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo Latest
Manchester City have moved for Cristiano Ronaldo, hoping to convince the Real Madrid forward not to rejoin former club Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.
Per the report, City have told Ronaldo's representative that they will pay more than United. The report thus speculates that City could be willing to pay Ronaldo £300,000 per week in wages.
Elsewhere, The Telegraph reported this week that Real Madrid want to make Ronaldo the world's best-paid player with wages above £330,000 per week.
Ronaldo, 28, joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in a world-record £80 million deal in 2009. Last season, he scored 34 goals in 34 La Liga appearances, adding 12 goals in 12 Champions League matches.
Real Madrid Set for Luis Suarez Bid?
Real Madrid will offer Liverpool £40 million for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, according to British tabloid The Sun.
Suarez, 26, scored 23 Premier League goals last season in 33 appearances. He is serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Meanwhile, the London Evening Standard reports that Arsenal will increase their previous offer of £30 million for Suarez. The Gunners' hopes of signing striker Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid have faded, according to the report.
Cesc Fabregas Back to Arsenal?
Arsenal are planning a move to bring Spain international midfielder and former captain Cesc Fabregas back to the club, according to the Daily Mail.
Fabregas, 26, played for Arsenal from 2003 to 2011 before joining Barcelona in a deal worth up to £35 million, per BBC Sport. Last season, he scored 11 goals and recorded 11 assists in 32 La Liga matches.
Part of the deal included a clause that gave Arsenal the first option to re-sign Fabregas for £25 million, according to the Mail report.
Robinho Staying at AC Milan
Robinho, 29, joined Milan from Manchester City in 2010. He scored twice in 23 league appearances (12 as a substitute) last season.
Santos failed to meet Milan's asking price, according to the report. Robinho started his professional career with Santos and returned to the club in his home country for six months on loan from City in 2010.
A Santos statement read: "The sum of the transaction, including the payment to the Italian club and the athlete's salary remains far from the reality of Brazilian football."
Manchester City are closing on the signing of Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla, according to Express.
Alternately, the Daily Mirror reports that City are closing on a deal with Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.
Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar is close to joining Napoli on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, according to the Daily Star.
Real Madrid have submitted an improved offer of €35 million for Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi, according to Diario AS.