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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 – Michael Nyman on his Hillsborough Memorial: ‘It can only have an emotional purpose’

The uncompromising composer talks about how his popular success means he is still an outsider, and how the 1989 Liverpool football tragedy made him feel personally guiltyMichael Nyman, sipping dumpling soup in a Japanese cafe around the corner from the museums of South Kensington in London, offers a delightful and unlikely image from when he became music critic of the Spectator in 1968 and his mother first realised he might make something out of all those wasted years studying music. “She would buy the Spectator,” he says in his dry monotone, “and cut out my reviews and carry them around in her handbag to show to her friends.”It’s like something out of Monty Python: Mrs Nyman sitting in the Lyons’ Corner House with her circle, asking: “Have you seen what our Michael’s got to say about Cornelius Cardew and his prepared piano this week?” It also fits nicely into Nyman’s self-definition as the outsider of British contemporary music: the composer always ignored by the opera houses, scorned by his peers for doing all the vulgar things having a large audience, writing film soundtracks, making money that aren’t done by those he calls “real composers”. It’s reached the point where he feels there’s “something heroic” about his rejections from ENO and the ROH, “but it pisses me off, because I’m a very good opera composer, and I read with a combination of envy and joy when an opera that’s been commissioned from my colleagues is given two stars by the Guardian. I know I could write an opera that’s equally as bad, but I won’t get a chance.” 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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