B/R Gossip Roundup: Luis Suarez Hogs Headlines, Herrera Ideal for Manchester Utd

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B/R Gossip Roundup: Luis Suarez Hogs Headlines, Herrera Ideal for Manchester Utd

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    One man has dominated the World Cup headlines this week, with his name also featuring highly in the transfer speculation stories over the past seven days.

    Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been handed a four-month suspension by FIFA for his bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their respective nations' Group D clash.

    But the Liverpool star has also found himself strongly linked with a move away from Anfield this summer.

    Elsewhere this week, Manchester United unveiled Ander Herrera as their first move of the summer transfer window, while a number of high-profile figures could also be moving on.

    Let's take a closer look at the headlines from the past week.

Luis Suarez Still Headlines Transfer News Despite World Cup Indiscretion

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    The man who commanded widespread attention in last summer’s transfer window looks set to adopt a similar role this year.

    Liverpool held on to Luis Suarez 12 months ago, despite the best attempts of Arsenal to lure him away from Anfield.

    But how will things play out this summer after Suarez took centre stage at the World Cup for completely the wrong reasons?

    His attempts to take a chunk out of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini with his teeth has resulted in a four-month worldwide football ban, meaning it will be winter before Suarez can play again.

    Liverpool are still digesting the FIFA ruling; an appeal could still happen. But irrespective of whether an appeal is made, Suarez is still headline news with regard to his future.

    Barcelona and Real Madrid are keen on the forward, which was confirmed by the Star’s Steve Morgan and Paul Brown prior to Suarez’s World Cup shocker.

    And despite the four-month ban, Sam Wallace of the Independent is convinced Liverpool will not undersell the forward.

    Wallace claims Liverpool will demand £80 million for the Uruguayan forward. The interesting line is that Liverpool are considering a sale, whatever the price.

    They held on to Suarez last summer and were able to persuade the player to pen a bumper new contract. That deal provides Liverpool with a strong bargaining position, regardless of the player’s disgraceful actions in Brazil.

    A four-month ban means it will be November before Suarez can play again, and it is likely to be some time after that before he is anywhere near match sharp. Will that put off the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid? Probably not.

    At 27, Suarez has his peak years ahead of him, so his ban would not have any relevance in the long term.

    With Liverpool seemingly open to a sale, the key is whether Real or Barcelona will take a gamble on the Uruguayan.

    At the moment, he is public enemy No. 1 for many, but that was a similar story when he was banned last season. He shrugged off that controversy to fire Liverpool to within a whisker of the Premier League title.

    Real and Barcelona are likely to take the view that Suarez is too good a player to pass up.

    Believability Meter: Medium to High

    Real and Barcelona were keen on Suarez before the biting incident. Their stance is unlikely to change, so it is set to hinge on whether a deal can be struck.

Ander Herrera Is Perfect First Manchester United Signing for Louis van Gaal

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    Former Manchester United manager David Moyes might be watching Ander Herrera from between his fingers next season.

    The midfielder has joined the Old Trafford club as Louis van Gaal's first transfer, less than one year after Moyes' late move for the player fell flat.

    The swoop for Herrera last year was one which seemed to define Moyes' first transfer window, as Daniel Taylor of The Guardian reported at the time.

    It appeared to be a farce, although United claimed that Moyes had baulked at the £30.5 million buyout clause Bilbao were looking for, as David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reported.

    Van Gaal, though, hasn't hesitated and this is a move which could pay immediate dividends for both club and player.

    Herrera, 24, has signed a four-year deal with the Old Trafford club and represents the ball-playing midfielder United have been crying out for.

    But the midfielder looks comfortable with or without the ball, and will provide an immediate fillip to a United central midfield which looked jaded and shorn of ideas under Moyes last season.

    Van Gaal, too, will have a part to play in the development of the Spaniard, but the wily incoming Old Trafford boss will already know how to get the best out of a player he has just shelled out around £29 million for.

    But perhaps the most encouraging thing for United supporters here is that it is the player himself, who ensured the deal would go ahead after Bilbao rejected the Old Trafford bid on Thursday, as The Guardian reported.

    Instead, according to Jim Daly of the Daily Mirror, Herrera paid his own buyout clause to ensure the move to Old Trafford went through just hours later.

    Bear in mind that United are a team who finished seventh in the Premier League last season and will be without Champions League football for the first time in 19 years next season.

    That is some sign for United supporters.

    Believability Meter: High

    This is obviously a done deal, but Herrera has already endeared himself to United supporters by ensuring the move went through via his own pocket.

    Van Gaal didn't hesitate to make his own move, and that in itself is the sign of a mighty recommendation.

Contract Extension for Seamus Coleman Is Sign of Better Times at Everton

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    The past year has been a great one for Everton supporters. A fifth-place finish in the Premier League and a new breed of attacking football under Roberto Martinez has led to a feeling of optimism around the club.

    And according to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, things are about to become even better, with right-back Seamus Coleman set to sign a contract extension.

    The article proved correct the following day as Coleman committed his future to Everton, as the club's official website reported.

    But the significant factor surrounding Mokbel's article is that the Republic of Ireland international was set to snub Arsenal to remain with the Toffees.

    Not so long ago, young Everton players such as Francis Jeffers and Wayne Rooney were lured away from Goodison Park on the back of promises of Champions League football and the prospect of being in the Premier League top four.

    With Bacary Sagna on his way to Manchester City, the Gunners are in need of a right-back and the attacking style of Coleman would have fitted the vacancy perfectly.

    If Mokbel is correct with his claim that Arsenal were interested, the 25-year-old would have been set for a first-team berth right from the start of life at the Emirates Stadium.

    But these are changed times at Goodison, where there is clearly a belief in what manager Martinez is trying to achieve.

    Everton came close to claiming fourth place from the Gunners last season, with a 3-0 win over Arsene Wenger's team at the start of April putting the Merseysiders in pole position to finish in the top four.

    Ultimately, it wasn't to be, but finishing above big-spending Tottenham Hotspur and an admittedly underwhelming Manchester United was nothing to be sneezed at.

    Martinez committed himself to Everton on a five-year deal last week, and it now seems that his players are following suit.

    The skies are definitely blue over Goodison.

    Believability Meter: High

    This is a genuinely impressive move for Everton. Once viewed as a cash-strapped side where David Moyes was working miracles, the club are now no longer a place for vultures to feast on.

    Keeping Coleman, one of the most coveted right-backs in the Premier League and Europe, is a sure sign that Martinez and Everton are on the right road.

Alvaro Negredo Should Give Manchester City One More Season

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    There was a point last season where Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo seemed unstoppable.

    Before Christmas, the forward had struck 13 goals for Manuel Pellegrini's team, including five in six in the Champions League group stage.

    Nicknamed "the Beast," the Spain international was tearing through Premier League defences with consummate ease as part of a ferocious forward line at the Etihad Stadium.

    Between late-October and the end of January, Negredo had scored 19 times in 20 appearances for City, the impact of which on City clinching the championship trophy cannot be underestimated.

    Negredo ensured that the injured Sergio Aguero not missed severely at that time, and he was being talked about with revered tones.

    However, a shoulder problem began to make its presence felt on Negredo, and his failure to help break down a resilient Chelsea at the start of February appeared to drain his confidence.

    Sure enough the forward did not score again for City beyond that loss to Jose Mourinho's team.

    This week, Simon Jones of the Daily Mail has claimed that Atletico Madrid are monitoring the 28-year-old.

    Atletico head coach Diego Simeone enjoyed a phenomenal season at the Vicente Calderon, but with Diego Costa seemingly heading towards Chelsea, he is looking for reinforcements.

    According to Jones, Negredo is considering a return to La Liga after failing to settle in England, though it might have something to do with the lack of goals in the final third of the campaign.

    But there is an uncomfortable truth for Negredo, which is closer to the mark, is his position in the City pecking order behind Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko.

    Negredo will have a part to play for either City or Atletico next season, with both involved in the Champions League and a heavy domestic programme.

    But a return to Spain now might not be the best move for the former Sevilla man, who still has a point to prove in England.

    Believability Meter: Medium

    Switching between two title-winning teams might, ostensibly, seem like a fair judgement call, but Negredo has shown enough talent to prove his worth to Manchester City.

    Leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer might not be the sensible course of action. Not yet, anyway.

World Cup Star Joel Campbell Is Not Yet the Answer for Arsenal Striking Issues

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    Arsenal supporters will have followed the name of Joel Campbell with interest during the World Cup so far.

    The young Costa Rica forward burst on to the stage at the tournament with a goal and an assist in his country's 3-1 win over Uruguay in the opening game of Group D, before telling Gunners fans he would be returning to the Emirates Stadium this summer, as Sky Sports reported.

    Campbell was quoted as saying:

    Of course I have to go back, because I have a contract with Arsenal.

    The most important thing just now is my country and the World Cup.

    The 22-year-old came under even greater focus on Tuesday as Costa Rica ended their section matches with a 0-0 draw against England.

    Campbell has proved during the World Cup that he has pace, dribbling ability and strength, and three seasons on loan with Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos have earned him valuable experience.

    Arsenal have a well-documented issue up front, with only Olivier Giroud operating as an out-and-out striker.

    But despite his form in Brazil, Campbell is not the answer to alleviate the strain on the France international. Not yet, anyway.

    His goalscoring form has improved on previous loans at Olympiacos last season, including one against Manchester United in the Champions League last 16.

    Campbell seems to be on course to make a name for himself with the Gunners, but he may prove to be more of an impact player for Arsene Wenger next season.

    Whatever next season holds for Campbell, the future is bright, but he still needs some further experience before he can be considered the next big thing for the Gunners.

    Believability Meter: High

    Campbell has announced himself on the biggest stage of all, earning plaudits for his displays with the World Cup surprise package, Costa Rica.

    But his best chance of making his name for Arsenal will come from the bench in a supporting role next season.

    However, Campbell has time on his side and the Gunners have a genuine talent on their hands.

Galatasaray Role Would Be Smart Move for David Moyes to Rebuild Reputation

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    While Friday's news was dominated by Manchester United signing Luke Shaw the day after completing the transfer of Ander Herrera, one former Old Trafford employee was eyeing up a new role.

    According to Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror, former United manager David Moyes has been in discussions with Galatasaray over the possibility of succeeding Roberto Mancini at the Turkish club.

    Prenderville cites the Press Association as reporting that Moyes and the Istanbul side had an "exchange over ideas" in talks on Friday.

    Moyes' reputation suffered a fearful battering last season after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at United.

    United missed out on the Champions League and European football altogether after Moyes was axed from his role in April following, ironically, a defeat to his former club Everton at Goodison Park.

    His eight-month reign at Old Trafford had been a catalogue of embarrassment, from the failure in the summer transfer window a year ago through to some fans hiring a plane to pass over the ground with a banner proclaiming: "Moyes Out."

    The former Celtic defender had been a rising star in management before his switch to United after successful spells with Preston North End and Everton.

    But his career lies in tatters following his time at United.

    Therefore, Galatasaray could be the ideal place for Moyes to rebuild his managerial career.

    Gala missed out on a third successive Super Lig title last season as Fenerbahce claimed the Turkish championship, but Moyes would still be moving back into the Champions League if he were to succeed Roberto Mancini.

    That in itself should be reason enough to be tempted by the opportunity, with Gala entering UEFA's elite tournament at the group stage at the expense of Fenerbahce, who are serving a ban from European competition, as BBC Sport reported last year.

    According to Prenderville's article, Moyes is not the first-choice candidate for Galatasaray, with a club spokesman reported as saying:

    The president said that we just spoke with David Moyes and he said that he can come to Galatasaray, but he is not one of the main targets for us.

    They just spoke to each other, exchanging ideas, that it is it. It is true the president talked with David Moyes.

    We are not in a rush, we are waiting for the end of the World Cup. The first two targets are [Joachim] Low or [Jurgen] Klinsmann.

    That seems a strange thing to say, especially with both German coaches still involved in the World Cup, but it could be a handy smokescreen.

    Galatasaray would be foolish not to consider the virtues of Moyes and vice versa, with the Scot able to re-establish his credentials away from the glare of the Premier League.

    Believability Meter: High

    This would be a good move for both parties. Moyes needs to distance himself from the Premier League for his next move before making a return after his ill-fated spell at Old Trafford.

    And for Galatasaray, they would be getting a manager desperate to restore his pride and reputation.

United Could Land Vidal, but Surely Not for £30M

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    Manchester United have been big players in the transfer market this week after sealing deals for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

    The rebuilding programme is unlikely to stop there, with new manager Louis van Gaal likely to add to his crop before the summer transfer window slams shut.

    With the signings of Shaw and Herrera, he has added a quality left-back and excellent attacking option.

    Last season demonstrated that United were short in a number of areas, with central midfield an issue. Michael Carrick carried the weight, but if the Red Devils are to prosper, they will require added spark in the centre of midfield.

    The Mail’s Adam Crafton believes Van Gaal has earmarked a central-midfield option in the shape of Arturo Vidal.

    In his piece, Crafton wrote:

    The Chilean international is an authoritative central midfield player and Sportsmail understands that United have made tentative enquiries to establish whether a move will be feasible this summer. Vidal is on the books of Juventus, but Crafton feels a bid of £30 million could tempt the Serie A side into parting ways with the Chile international.

    The midfielder is the type of player United need. He is dominant in the tackle, has huge stamina and an eye for goal.

    Such players are hard to come by and do not come cheap. Crafton’s suggestion that £30 million could tempt Juventus into selling is likely to be wide of the mark.

    Juventus do not have a pressing need to sell and are eager to make a mark in the Champions League, and selling Vidal would weaken them dramatically.

    Having said that, they do have Paul Pogba and parting ways with Vidal could be enough to balance the books and keep Pogba in Turin.

    Believability Meter: Medium

    If Van Gaal is not a fan of Vidal, then he should be. We feel he is, and given the holes in United’s midfield, the Chilean would be a fine addition.

    The stumbling block with regard to Crafton’s piece is the valuation. The £30 million fee does not seem enough to prise the player from Juventus. If United up that bid, then they could get their man.