Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain, Roberto Soldado
As the Luis Suarez saga slogs on and on with seemingly no end in sight, Gonzalo Higuain looks set to finally leave Real Madrid after a protracted drama of his own.
But in the case of the latter, he won't be heading where the former reportedly wants to go. Got all that?
If not, don't worry. We've got all the updates in this Wednesday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup.
Keep reading for all the clarifying details.
Luis Suarez Latest
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Luis Suarez wants to hold talks with Arsenal following the revelation that Liverpool have rejected Arsenal's latest bid for the Uruguayan striker, per David Ornstein and Ben Smith of BBC Sport.
It is the second time Liverpool have rejected an Arsenal bid for Suarez. Earlier this month, the Reds turned down a £30 million offer.
According to Mark Ogden of The Telegraph, Arsenal's latest bid was £40,000,001, which is one pound more than a clause in Suarez's contract that says Liverpool must inform him of the offer. The clause does not require Liverpool to sell.
Suarez, 26, scored 23 league goals in 33 appearances last season. He joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2011.
Gonzalo Higuain Latest
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UPDATE, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 2:50 p.m. ET
The medicals are done, and Higuain and Reina will be unveiled as Napoli players Monday, per The Guardian.
END OF UPDATE
Napoli have agreed to a €37 million fee for the transfer of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, according to Wayne Veysey of Goal.com.
Higuain, 25, has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid all summer, with Arsenal reportedly showing interest, via Simon Johnson of The Independent. The Argentine scored 16 league goals last season in 28 appearances.
According to Veysey, the final, unresolved issue in the deal is Higuain's personal image rights. In another article for Goal.com, Veysey reported that Higuain will earn £140,000 per week in a five-year deal.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports is reporting that both Higuain and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina are set to undergo medicals ahead of joining Napoli.
On Tuesday, Sergio Gomez of the Spanish paper Diario AS reported similar figures, claiming an announcement was expected soon.
Roberto Soldado Latest
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Valencia president Amadeo Salvo said Tuesday at a press conference, via Lucas Brown of Sky Sports, that Spanish striker Roberto Soldado could leave the club—but only for €30 million. Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed Spurs' interest in Soldado, per Sky's report.
Soldado can go if he wants—for €30million and under our conditions.
Valencia never had any intention of selling Soldado. If he goes then it is because the €30million figure has been met, not a cent less or a cent more.
The buying club will also have to accept Valencia's conditions of payment also.
The same article quotes Villas-Boas as saying Soldado is "just one of the players we are interested in."
Soldado, 28, scored 24 league goals in 35 appearances last season. He has been capped 11 times by Spain.
Kevin Gameiro Set for Sevilla Switch?
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Gameiro, a 26-year-old France international with eight caps, struggled to hold down a first-team place at PSG last season. The arrival of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli has increased competition for places.
Last season, Gameiro scored eight league goals in 25 appearances, 18 of which were as a substitute. He joined PSG from Lorient in 2011.
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Atletico Mineiro winger Bernard has declined to confirm that he is set to have a medical with Arsenal, per Paulo Freitas of Sky Sports.
Villarreal have signed goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid with an option to make the move permanent, according to ESPN.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney would consider a move to Arsenal if a rumored move to Chelsea falls through, according to Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail.