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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 – Luis Suárez free to undertake a medical for transfer, says Fifa

Liverpool striker is in talks over move to Barcelona Medical not a factor under terms of four-month banLuis Surez would be allowed to have a medical ahead of a transfer under the terms of his four-month ban for biting, Fifas disciplinary chief has confirmed.The Liverpool striker has been banned from all football-related activities including from stadiums, but it will not prevent him moving clubs if a transfer deal is agreed. 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 – 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 – Barcelona chief praises humble Luis Suárez as charm offensive continues

Spanish club not deterred from pursuing Liverpool striker Forward banned for four months ofor biting at World CupBarcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has praised transfer target Luis Suarez for issuing a public apology for his bite on Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, calling the Uruguay and Liverpool forward humble.Suarez is believed to be Barcelonas number one transfer target this summer and the fact the player has been banned from playing football for four months by Fifa for his bite on Chiellini has not deterred the club from pursuing his signature. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Luis Suárez apologises to Giorgio Chiellini for World Cup bite

Uruguayan striker appears to admit to bite for first time Suárez issues statement on official Twitter pageLuis Surez has issued an apology to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family for biting the Italian defender during Uruguays 1-0 World Cup group-stage win over Italy.In a statement posted on his Twitter account, the Liverpool striker said After several days of being home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect about the reality of what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June 2014.My apologies to Chiellini: pic.twitter.com/CvfkkjxzlM 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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GUARDIAN – Adam Lallana in Liverpool for medical ahead of proposed £25m move

Southampton midfielder set for move to Anfield Team-mate Luke Shaw also on verge of transferAdam Lallana looks set to follow Luke Shaw out of Southampton, with a 25m move to Liverpool understood to be close.The teenage left-back Shaw is on the verge of a 25m-plus move to Manchester United he could swiftly be followed out of St Marys by his former captain. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Uruguayan FA defend Luis Suárez claiming bite marks are Photoshopped

Fifa insiders expect six-match ban the punishment Fowler: I wouldnt be surprised if he left Liverpool nowThe Uruguayan Football Association has gone on the offensive in an effort to save Luis Surez from a lengthy ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini, claiming he is the victim of a smear campaign by the Italians, the English media and the Brazilian hosts.As Surez came under pressure from his sponsors, fellow professionals and Fifas disciplinary committee after sinking his teeth into Chiellinis shoulder, the Uruguayan FA attempted to circle the wagons. Continue reading…

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