Paper News and Gossip: Luis Suarez £130 Million Clause, Rio Ferdinand to Retire

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterDecember 26, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Luis Suarez £130 Million Clause, Rio Ferdinand to Retire

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    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez signed a new deal with the club last week, but a new buy-out clause has been reported by one newspaper on Thursday.

    The Uruguay international was the subject of a £40,000,001 bid by Arsenal in the summer, but the Anfield club have moved to ensure a far greater offer is needed, claims the report.

    Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could bow out of the game at the end of the season, claims another newspaper report.

    Who else is making the headlines on Boxing Day? Read on to find out more.

New Suarez Deal at Liverpool Has £130 Million Buy-out Clause, Claims Report

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    Liverpool supporters were celebrating on Friday as striker Luis Suarez committed himself to an extended stay at Anfield.

    The Uruguay international was the subject of a £40,000,001 offer by Arsenal in the summer, but the Reds have now inserted a buy-out clause of £130 million for any other Premier League club, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    The new deal also includes a £100 million buy-out clause for non-English clubs, reports Nixon.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool are now looking to tie up the future of manager Brendan Rodgers, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    The current deal for the Anfield boss ends in 18 months' time, and the club will offer a new contract worth £2 million per year to the Northern Irishman, claims Maddock. 

Rio Ferdinand's Manchester United Future in Doubt, as Moyes Eyes Adam Lallana

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    The future of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is unclear, according to reports on Thursday.

    Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph reports that the former England international, 35, could be in his final season at Old Trafford.

    James Ducker of The Times (subscription required) claims that Ferdinand could now call time on his playing career altogether.

    Meanwhile, United manager David Moyes has been linked with a move for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, reports Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.

    Moyes continues to be linked with a move for Atletico Madrid star Koke, as David Maddock of the Daily Mirror reported, too.

    Elsewhere, David Kent of the Daily Mail reports that Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus will cost United £40 million if they want to bring him to Old Trafford.

    Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane will release his own book next year, in which he is expected to hit back at criticism aimed at him by Sir Alex Ferguson in his autobiography earlier this year, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required). 

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Targets £48 Million Move for Gonzalo Higuain

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a £48 million move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, reports Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required).

    The 26-year-old played under Mourinho at Real Madrid before both men left the Bernabeu in the summer, and Dillon claims the Serie A club are ready to do business for the striker.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea stars John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are facing an anxious wait on their futures at the club, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.

    The three England internationals will be free to open talks with other clubs over a move when the transfer window reopens in January, claims the report. 

Arsenal Target Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata as Striker Reinforcements

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has lined up Standard Liege forward Michy Batshuayi and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata to bolster his forward line for the second half of the season, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Batshuayi, 20, would be available for around £20 million, claims the report. Meanwhile, Spain Under-21 international Morata has also been linked with Tottenham, according to Cross.

    Wenger is looking for support for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as he attempts to win a first trophy since 2005 with the Gunners.

    Elsewhere, Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal can have Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye if they offer £22 million.

    Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna will insist on talking to other club before committing himself to a new deal with the Gunners, claims Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail

Bits and Pieces

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    Atletico Madrid are considering a move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, report Simon Jones and Neil Moxley of the Daily Mail.

    The Villa Park star is viewed as an ideal replacement for Diego Costa if the forward leaves the La Liga club.

    Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha could join Cardiff City on loan next month if Malky Mackay remains in charge of the Welsh club, claims Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will not stand for any challenges to his authority by players, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    New Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood has welcomed comparisons with former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, reports the Daily Express