Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Edinson Cavani, Leandro Damiao, Marquinhos, More
It's a new week, and time for a new roundup of all the latest gossip from around the football world.
Monday sees Paris Saint-Germain cranking into gear and readying a pair of signings from Serie A. It also sees a replacement striker sought for one of those teams interested in Leandro Damiao and the latest on two of the Premier League's most in-demand players, Merseyside-based duo Marouane Fellaini and Luis Suarez.
Read on for your daily fix of news, rumours and gossip from the football world.
PSG to Sign Two More Mega Deals
PSG have no problem spending big, and with the introduction of Monaco to the French top flight, they've been given even more encouragement to sign new players.
L'Equipe (in French) are reporting that Napoli's Edinson Cavani is close to signing, perhaps on Monday or Tuesday, for the Ligue 1 champions. A five-year deal worth €10 million a year for the striker is on the table.
Furthermore, Gazzetta (in Italian, h/t O Estado do Sao Paulo) are indicating that AS Roma defender Marquinhos is also moving to the French capital in a deal worth €35 million.
These would be the first signings of the season for PSG.
Leandro Damiao: The Replacement
With Cavani leaving Napoli, Rafael Benitez would have a big position to fill up front—and plenty of money with which to do it.
AS (in Spanish) are reporting that Napoli's No. 1 choice is Internacional striker Leandro Damiao. An initial offer of €18 million was rejected, but the article states that there is now an agreement of €22 million between the two clubs.
Damiao is 23 years old and has 17 caps for Brazil, scoring three times.
Albert Riera Back to Spain?
Villarreal were, not so long ago, a club challenging in the latter stages of the Champions League, before their untimely demise and relegation to the Segunda. Promoted last season once more, the Yellow Submarine will be looking to strengthen this summer in a bid to rebuild.
With that in mind, Omid Sokout of Marca (in Spanish) reports that they are targeting versatile left-sided player Albert Riera.
Currently at Galatasaray, Riera can play in defence or in midfield, and he would likely be available on a free transfer. The sticking point is his wages—they're rumoured at €60,000 per week, which is unaffordable at this point for Villarreal.
Gonzalo Higuain Latest
All summer, Arsenal have been linked with a move for Gonzalo Higuain, but so far, nothing has materialised for the Argentine striker, who wants out of Real Madrid this year.
Jamie Sanderson of Metro is now reporting that the Gunners are getting fed up waiting for Higuain to decide on his future. They are telling the forward to hurry up and decide if he wants to join them or not, as they have other targets in mind.
A £25 million transfer fee and wages of £150,000 per week are at stake in the deal.
Marouane Fellaini has been linked with a move away from Everton this summer after it was revealed he had a release clause in his contract. However, now it seems there is a deadline on that clause being activated.
Matt Law of Mirror Football reports that the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United only have until August 14 to make the most of the exit clause to sign Fellaini for £23.5 million. After that date, the Toffees are likely to demand upward of £30 million for the Belgian.
Everton have apparently set the date to ensure they still have time to reinvest the funds if the midfielder does depart.
Ivanovic on PSG's Radar
Back to PSG now, and John Cross of Mirror Football is reporting that they are looking for another defender in Chelsea's versatile Serb, Branislav Ivanovic.
Capable of playing at right-back and in the centre, Ivanovic is the subject of an estimated £8 million bid, which would see him sign a four-year deal at PSG if Chelsea allow him to leave.
The report also indicates that there is still uncertainty over the future of fellow defender David Luiz.
Manchester City have told Sevilla they will go up to €23 million for Alvaro Negredo, but club president Jose Maria del Nido still wants a higher bid from them, as per Marca.
Both Roma and Marseille want to sign Arsenal's Gervinho, who is available for around £7 million according to Wayne Veysey at Goal.com.
David Hynter at The Guardian believes Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will up his bid for Luis Suarez to £35 million this week.
Alan Nixon at Mirror Football reports that Manchester City and Liverpool are battling for 15-year-old Feyenoord midfielder Rodney Kongolo.