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GUARDIAN – Liverpool yet to reach agreement with Barcelona over transfer of Luis Suárez

Talks could hinge on persuading Alexis Sanchez to move Liverpool keen to sign Chilean forward as replacementLiverpools attempts to persuade Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez to move to Anfield mean Luis Surezs transfer to the Nou Camp will not be concluded until next week at the earliest.Reports emerging from Spain claimed a straight cash fee had been agreed which is lower than the buy-out clause, believed to be between 70million and 80million, in the Uruguay internationals contract. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Southampton reject Liverpools offer for Dejan Lovren

Brendan Rodgers keen on signing Croatian defender Initial bid thought to be less than reported £20mLiverpool have seen a bid rejected for Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren, albeit for a fee Press Association Sport understands to be much lower than the reported 20m.Having already acquired Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is now keen to bring yet another Saints player to Anfield, but the club have so far seen interest in Croatia international Lovren rebuffed. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool complete £9.75m move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can

Germany Under-21 international completes Anfield move Comes 48 hours after £25m deal for Adam LallanaLiverpool have completed their second signing of the week by securing the 20-year-old midfielder Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.The move for the Germany Under-21 international, which comes 48 hours after the club secured Southamptons Adam Lallana for 25m, is understood to involve a 9.75m fee. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Barcelona close in on Luis Suárez with £70m cash bid to Liverpool

London meeting described as productive by Liverpool Liverpool request Alexis Sánchez is included in dealLuis Surez is close to sealing his preferred move to Barcelona after the Catalan club held a productive first meeting with Liverpool and offered more than 70m for the controversial forward.Barcelonas determination to clinch a deal for the Uruguayan was confirmed during talks between their director of football management, Raul Sanllehi, and Liverpools chief executive, Ian Ayre, in London on Wednesday. Rather than seek a drastically reduced fee for a player banned for four months for biting the Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, Sanllehis opening bid was in excess of 70m. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Money will write Luis Suárezs future as Barcelona prepare to bare their teeth | Andy Hunter

The Liverpool strikers mooted move to Barcelona would not be a consequence of his most recent biting shameIt is tempting, and a much better tale, to suspect Liverpool are falling foul of an elaborate plot designed to prise Luis Surez from their grasp and into the forgiving embrace of Barcelona. The fiendish plan is enacted with the bite mark on Giorgio Chiellinis left shoulder in the conspiracy world when, in reality, Surezs latest shameful act has little influence on where he performs next season. Cash, not canines, will determine that.The process that has brought Liverpool and Barcelona to a meeting table in London today commenced not with Bite 3 it will never happen again in Natal last Tuesday but Surezs thwarted attempt to leave Anfield 12 months ago. Surez was serving a ban at the time, for biting, but had to get out of England because of unfair vilification by the English media. All very familiar, although the argument was somewhat undermined by a public appeal to be allowed to join Arsenal. It was one example of Surez taking people for a ride. The World Cup, following a stunning season of redemption and apparent maturity for Liverpool, delivered another. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Players union calls for Luis Suárez to receive serious treatment

Fifpro wants striker to get help for off-field issues Union say Suátezs right to work is being infringedThe international players union FifPro has questioned why Luis Surezs four-month ban from all football for biting an opponent does not include serious treatment to help the striker deal with his problem. His attack on Italys Giorgio Chiellini was the third time in four years that he has bitten an opponent.The union is also concerned that Liverpool have been affected by the ban and have said Surezs right to work was also being infringed. Continue reading…

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