Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Cesc Fabregas, Luis Suarez, Bernard
Manchester United won't be deterred in their attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas. That's according to the latest news in this Monday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup.
Having been turned down in their initial bid for Cesc, United are back with an improved offer. Will it be enough? Only time will tell.
For now, keep reading to stay up to date with the latest gossip, including news on Luis Suarez, Bernard, Stephan El Shaarawy, Wayne Rooney and more.
Manchester United Increase Bid for Cesc Fabregas
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Manchester United have made an improved bid for Barcelona's Spanish international midfielder Cesc Fabregas, as confirmed by manager David Moyes.
Speaking at a press conference in Yokohama, Japan, Moyes said United's new offer was £30 million plus add-ons, per BBC Sport. Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is conducting United's negotiations.
"When you're interested in good players, you want to give it every opportunity to materialise—and I'll do that," Moyes said. "I hope things can continue and move forward. At this moment in time, I can only tell you that Ed is working hard trying to make the deals happen. We can only hope that some of them fall into place shortly."
United placed an opening bid of £25 million for Fabregas last week despite reports that Arsenal have first refusal on their former player should he leave Barcelona.
Barcelona have rejected the new offer, according to Sport.es (in Spanish).
Fabregas, 26, joined Barcelona from Arsenal in 2011. He scored 11 goals and recorded 11 assists in 32 La Liga matches last season.
Luis Suarez Latest
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he expects Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez to play for the club Wednesday in a preseason friendly against Melbourne Victory, per The Guardian.
"Unless there's any sort of offer that comes in anywhere near his value then there's nothing to consider," Rodgers said Monday. "He's an integral part of our squad and we'll chat at some stage ... He's in great spirits. He'll join training today."
Suarez, 26, has been linked with a move away from Anfield all summer. Liverpool rejected Arsenal's £30 million bid this month. He did not play in the first match of Liverpool's preseason tour, on Saturday in Indonesia, but he's since joined up with the team.
Last season, Suarez scored 23 goals in 33 Premier League appearances. He is currently serving a 10-match domestic ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a match last season.
Bernard Bound for Arsenal?
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Brazilian winger Bernard is set to undergo a medical Friday in London ahead of a move to Arsenal, according to L'Equipe (in French).
Meanwhile, the London Evening Standard's Simon Johnson cites "sources in France" in reporting that Arsenal and Atletico Mineiro are in "advanced negotiations" over a £21 million transfer. The fee would be an Arsenal record.
According to the Standard, Bernard has agreed to a five-year deal worth £50,000 per week.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied the story, per Yahoo! Eurosport, telling reporters in Japan: "That report is not true."
Bernard, 20, made two appearances for Brazil at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. He has scored 21 goals in 97 appearances for Atletico, according to the Standard.
Stephan El Shaarawy Turned Down Premier League Offer?
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As quoted by ESPN's Ben Gladwell, AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has said that Stephan El Shaarawy has declined an offer from an unspecified Premier League club.
According to the Express' James Dickenson, Manchester City and Chelsea have targeted El Shaarawy, a 20-year-old Italian international striker. Per ESPN, an unnamed Premier League club bid €30 million.
"We received a huge offer for Stephan and he said the money he earns at Milan is enough for him," Galliani said, per Gladwell's report. "He's a fan of this club and he is more than happy here. I'm convinced he will play a great season."
El Shaarawy scored 16 league goals in 37 appearances last season.
Chelsea Confident of Signing Wayne Rooney?
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Chelsea believe England international forward Wayne Rooney will join the club from Manchester United in a "matter of time," according to Martin Lipton of Mirror Football.
United rejected Chelsea's bid for Rooney last week, per Ben Smith of BBC Sport. According to Mirror Football, Chelsea believe United will sell for £30 million.
Rooney, 27, joined United from Everton in 2004. He scored 12 league goals in 27 appearances last season.
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who formerly coached Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured) at Real Madrid, has said he thinks Ronaldo will remain with Real instead of joining Manchester United, per Matt Barlow of Daily Mail.
Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is holding out for an improved offer from Arsenal, according to AS.
An injury to defender Laurent Koscielny could mean Arsenal renew their interest in Swansea's Ashley Williams, according to Metro.
Liverpool have joined Tottenham in the race to sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, according to the Daily Star's Paul Brown.
Hamburg are preparing a £6 million bid for Everton forward Nikica Jelavic, according to Daily Mail.
With Napoli reportedly interested, Lazio have insisted midfielder Antonio Candreva is not for sale, per Goal.com.