Premier League Transfer News: Latest Gossip and Rumours for Week of July 15
If you've been hoping for some sizzling rumours and major deals on the horizon, well, you are going to love this week's edition of the Premier League news and gossip round-up.
A few major targets from this window could be headed to England this week, one major star could be switching Premier League sides and an old face could be in a new place if a major bid goes through.
Seriously, this slideshow is loaded with juicy stuff. What are you waiting for—get gossiping!
Manchester United Not Giving Up Pursuit of Cesc Fabregas
The big news of the day comes from Manchester United, as the club has reportedly made another offer for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas.
From Ben Smith of BBC Sport:
Manchester United have bid £25m for Barcelona's former ex-Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
United's offer is currently being considered but is understood to be below the Spanish club's valuation of the player.
While Fabregas is not pushing for a move, it is believed he is open to a return to England.
There are a few things holding this up. For one, it sounds as though Barca will want to earn a bigger transfer fee than that if Fabregas is moved. And would the Catalans really sell Fabregas after already losing Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich?
Plus, don't forget that Arsenal have rights of first refusal, which means they could join this party and look to bring back Fabregas. Things could get very, very interesting on the Fabregas front, folks.
Arsenal Still Chasing Luis Suarez
If you thought the Gunners' initial offer for Luis Suarez was a joke, think again. According to David Hytner of The Guardian, the club have approached Liverpool with a new offer:
Arsene Wenger is determined to test Liverpool's resolve over Luis Suarez with an improved £35m bid. The Arsenal manager has lined up a deal for Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuaín, with the Argentina striker having agreed personal terms in principle on a move to the Emirates Stadium. But the delay in signing Higuaín has come as Wenger explores the possibility of pulling off a coup by landing Suárez.
Arsenal have been in contact with Liverpool to indicate a readiness to pay £30m for the Uruguayan only to be told that the figure was too low. Only something much closer to £40m may make Liverpool reconsider, even though they will fight to keep their star player. Wenger is keen to give them a decision to make and Manchester City have also expressed an interest.
This certainly makes the team's rumoured interest in Gonzalo Higuain all the more interesting. Have Arsenal started chasing Suarez to increase their leverage in Higuain negotiations with Real Madrid? Would Liverpool actually move Suarez to another Premier League team?
And would Arsenal really fork out that level of cash for a player who has had his share of behavior issues at Liverpool?
Hey, like money, goals talk. Arsenal may only be pursuing Suarez to entice Real Madrid to sell Higuain for a more reasonable figure so Los Blancos can land Suarez, but this has certainly become an interesting development in the transfer window.
And seeing as Suarez is now reportedly willing to stay in the Premier League, per Sky Sports, it's a development that should continue to evolve.
Chelsea and Liverpool Entering Gonzalo Higuain Chase?
Speaking of Gonzalo Higuain, it looks like the Real Madrid striker will have more suitors than just Arsenal in the Premier League.
Tancredi Palmeri of CNN passes along the following Higuain rumours:
Higuain price requested by Real Madrid is 40m €, not 30m €, according to Sky Italy. Napoli have contacted the player, but no development— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 15, 2013
Liverpool should receive an offer from Real Madrid in the next days, for a swap Higuain+small cash for Suarez— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 15, 2013
Chelsea also have contacted Real Madrid for Higuain, according to Sky Italy— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 15, 2013
Arsenal fans may not be happy to see these rumours, as any additional interest in Higuain could drive up his price. On the other hand, Real Madrid could be floating these rumours to leverage more money from Arsenal while the Gunners (at least pretend to) pursue Luis Suarez.
Around and around those two clubs go. It is going to be very interesting to see where Higuain ends up this summer.
Manchester City Linked to Stevan Jovetic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alvaro Negredo
Of course Manchester City are linked to three strikers. Of course.
We start with the Mirror, which notes City are being linked to Stevan Jovetic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
Last season's Premier League runners-up want a replacement for Argentina forward Carlos Tevez who has joined Juventus, and they have been linked with moves for Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris St Germain.
"We are aware that we need two or three more players," Pellegrini said.
"It's important to have a very good squad. I said before we came to South Africa that we need two players for each position and that's what we are looking for and I'm sure we will get them.
"It's difficult to say exactly which day but before the end of the month we will have a new attacker."
But wait—Martin Blackburn of The Sun says the team is close to adding Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo:
The Sky Blues are closing in on Seville’s Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina in deals totaling more than £40 million.
Boss Manuel Pellegrini hopes to have them in at the Etihad by the end of the month as City look to replace Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.
One constant here seems to be City's interest in Jovetic. And the team is reportedly close to bringing him aboard, as Tancredi Palmeri of CNN passes along:
Manchester City on the verge of signing Jovetic, according to Sky Italy— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 15, 2013
The rich get richer, folks.
Liverpool Could Be Inching Closer to Christian Eriksen
Liverpool may have missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and could be losing Luis Suarez, but the Anfield side could be close to landing superstar-in-the-making Christian Eriksen.
From Sky Sports:
Frank de Boer says he would not stand in Christian Eriksen's way, should the Ajax midfielder choose to join Liverpool.
The Reds are being linked with a £22million double swoop on the Amsterdam club for Denmark attacking midfielder Eriksen and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld.
Eriksen has been coveted by a host of top clubs including Borussia Dortmund, but after last season's UEFA Champions League runners-up brought in Henrikh Mkhitaryan, it is understood that Liverpool and Roma have been left to battle it out for the 21-year-old's services.
The midfielder was excellent for Ajax last year, scoring 11 goals, adding five assists and coming in with a WhoScored.com match rating of 7.25 in Champions League play.
His arrival would likely push last year's breakthrough player, Philippe Coutinho, out wide and give Liverpool a new element of creativity in the attack.
Tottenham Ready to Make a Move for Christian Benteke?
While Spurs have been plenty active this transfer period, the one area they have not addressed is arguably their biggest need: striker. But it appears the team is ready to remedy that position and has made Christian Benteke its primary target.
Tottenham are set to get serious and table an opening bid this week for Christian Benteke—as Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert prepares for life without the striker.
Benteke wants to play for Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane after slapping in a transfer request. And Lambert is reluctantly resigned to selling the Belgium international.
But Villa are holding out for £25million and are eager for a quick deal to avoid disrupting their campaign.
Benteke was one of the Premier League's breakthrough stars last season, scoring 19 league goals for Aston Villa. Capable of scoring in multiple ways, Benteke would give Spurs an excellent option to lead the line next season.
Paris Saint-Germain Chasing Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic
Chelsea will find themselves needing to fend off Paris Saint-Germain, as the wealthy French club have their sights set on Branislav Ivanovic.
From John Cross of the Mirror:
Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain want Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Boss Laurent Blanc has identified Blues star Ivanovic as the man to replace Gregory van der Wiel, who looks set to join Inter.
The French club are ready to pay £8million plus add-ons and offer Ivanovic a four-year contract and a huge pay hike—and they like the fact he can play right-back and centre-half.
It's hard to imagine Chelsea giving up on Ivanovic, as he was one of the Blues' most consistent performers last season and offers very good versatility defensively. Still, if the money is right, the club could be tempted to sell, and likewise Ivanovic could be tempted to take the pay hike.
Romelu Lukaku Doesn't Want to Be Sent on Loan Again
For any teams out there looking for a one-year fix at striker, affix your gaze elsewhere, as Romelu Lukaku is set on remaining at Chelsea this year.
The Belgian international has revealed he has held talks with Jose Mourinho about his future at Stamford Bridge and he is determined to establish himself in the Portuguese's first-team plans.
"Yeah we spoke and I want to keep it private because when you have confidential talks with the manager, it has to stay between you and him," Lukaku told Sky Sports News. "We had a good talk and now it's up to me."
Asked if he would consider another loan move this season, Lukakau said: "No, not at the moment.
Lukaku was excellent for West Brom last season, scoring 17 goals in just 20 stars (35 total league appearances). This is a big year for the young striker, however, as he'll want to be in top form for next year's World Cup if he hopes to win a starting gig for Belgium.
And that's far from guaranteed, as Christian Benteke is also making his case to man that position. Still, Lukaku could save Chelsea some money on the market if the Blues are convinced he can continue to improve and seize a starting role this season.