Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Luis Suarez, Stevan Jovetic, Bruma
Luis Suarez and Liverpool can't seem to get along. At least that's how it might seem to the reader of the average football tabloid story.
But according to fresh reports from Merseyside, Suarez and his superiors have been in touch all summer. That story leads this Friday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup, which also includes updates on Manchester City's search for another striker, Real Madrid's big-money midfield signing and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool Remain in Communication
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the club has maintained communication with Luis Suarez "nearly every day" this summer.
Suarez, the 26-year-old Uruguay international striker, has been linked with a transfer after saying in May that he wanted to leave the club. He has also been quoted as saying he would find it "difficult" to turn down Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Liverpool have rejected Arsenal's £30 million bid, per The Telegraph.
Suarez is currently serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. In June, he claimed harsh treatment by the British media was driving him out of the country.
Through it all, though, Rodgers has said Liverpool and Suarez have remained in contact.
“We’re communicating in some way with him nearly every day—either through text or conversation—and I hope he stays," Rodgers told the Echo. "I really do."
Over the course of the last few months and towards the end of last season there was a lot of speculation about Luis because of his situation and what happened, but the fact is we value the player—he had a terrific season for us and showed his qualities.
Suarez scored 23 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season and was short-listed for the PFA Player of the Year award.
Manchester City Hoping to Seal Another Deal This Week?
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted that City could sign a new player as they continue their preseason tour.
City are scheduled to play a friendly in South Africa on Sunday before flying to China for another match. Pellegrini said a move could be completed before the squad leaves South Africa.
"I don't know if, before we finish here in South Africa, other names will arrive to our squad," he said. "Maybe in the next few days we can have fresh news but at the moment I cannot tell you what you ask."
According to the Evening News, City are interested in Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic. Citing a source, ESPN reports that Negredo tops City's transfer wish list.
Juventus out of Race for Stevan Jovetic?
Italian champions Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign forward Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina, per the Daily Mail.
Jovetic, 23, scored 13 goals in 31 Serie A appearances last season for Fiorentina. The Montenegro international recently told La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia) that Juventus manager Antonio Conte could help him grow as a player.
According to Conte, though, Jovetic's price tag is too high for Juventus.
"Jovetic has a high price tag, but it's justified," Conte told reporters on Thursday. "He's a top player and he could be worth even more than 30 million euros in the future."
Conte added: "He's going to go to a club who have this kind of money, and that's not in Italy. Other clubs in Europe are better off than us."
According to The Times (subscription required), Manchester City are close to a £30 million deal for Jovetic.
Real Madrid Announce Signing of Asier Illarramendi
Real Madrid have announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad via RealMadrid.com.
Illarramendi, 23, started four matches during Spain's run to the Euro Under-21 title this summer. He made 32 La Liga appearances last season for Real Sociedad.
According to The Guardian, the deal cost Real Madrid €39 million. Illarramendi, who is seen as a long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso, is reportedly tied to Real Madrid for the next six seasons.
"I talked it through with my inner circle and I reached the conclusion that it was a unique proposal and opportunity and an offer I couldn’t refuse," Illarramendi said of the deal, per Diario AS. "It’s been difficult to make this decision but I think it’s the right one."
Chelsea, Galatasaray Bid for Bruma
The agent of Sporting Lisbon winger Bruma has told Antena 1 (h/t Goal.com) that Chelsea and Galatasaray have submitted bids for his client.
Bruma, 18, scored five goals in four matches with Portugal at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup this summer. He made 13 league appearances with Sporting last season, scoring once.
Said agent Catio Balde:
There are offers from foreign clubs, from Chelsea and from Galatasaray, worth €8m, that could reach €12m (£10.3m). From this moment on, considering that he is a highly coveted player, it is possible that more offers will arrive, because I know that several clubs were waiting for the best moment to make a move.
Balde added: "Right now, Bruma's mind is not on Sporting."
According to the Daily Mail, angry Sporting fans recently attempted to kidnap Bruma because of his desire to leave the club.
AC Milan have completed the signing of Italy international midfielder Andrea Poli (pictured) from Sampdoria in a co-ownership deal, per Goal.com.
Wayne Rooney, who left Manchester United's preseason tour on Thursday with a hamstring injury, wants to quit Manchester United, according to the Daily Star. Chelsea are favorites to complete a £25 million deal, according to the report.
Arsenal have revived their interest in Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, per the Daily Mail.
Real Madrid have bid £36 million for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, according to Italian reports cited by talkSPORT.
Juventus are interested in Swansea City midfielder Michu, according to Italian reports cited by talkSPORT.