Luis Suarez Prepared to Submit Transfer Request: Soccer RoundupBob Bensch
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Luis Suarez is prepared to submit a written transfer request by the end of the week if Liverpool continues to block a move to Arsenal, the Guardian said.
Suarez says he has little alternative after Liverpool failed to fulfill a promise it made last year to let him leave if it failed to qualify for the Champions League, the Guardian said. He maintains a clause in his contract allows him to leave if someone offers more than 40 million pounds ($61 million), with Arsenal having bid 40 million plus one pound, the newspaper said.
“Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go,” Suarez told the Guardian. “I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish. Now all I want is for Liverpool to honor our agreement.”
Liverpool denies that the clause forces the Reds to sell to any club that offers more than 40 million pounds, the newspaper added.
Liverpool owner John W. Henry told a supporter group in Norway that Suarez is not going anywhere, the Mirror said.
“We have no intention of selling one of the best players in the world to one of our rivals,” Henry told the fans ahead of the Reds’ preseason game in Oslo. “Luis Suarez is very much a Liverpool player and there is no real value in discussing it unless someone comes close to the valuation.”
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy will meet with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez in Miami to discuss Gareth Bale’s transfer to the Spanish club, the Daily Mail said.
Spurs are trying to get as much as they can for the winger, with the fee rising to 105 million pounds, the Mail said. Real wants to only pay 100 million pounds, which would eclipse the world-record 80 million pounds it paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, the newspaper said.
Manchester United will turn its attention to Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini after it failed in a move for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, the Mirror said.
New United manager David Moyes will return to his former club as Fellaini has a 23.5 million-pound buyout clause that allows him to move a club in the Champions League, the Mirror said. United’s valuation of the Belgian isn’t that high so the club may face a battle to land him, according to the newspaper.
Wayne Rooney will look to go a move abroad if he can’t move to Chelsea from Manchester United, the Daily Mail said.
The England striker is expected to submit a formal transfer request in a bid to facilitate a 30 million-pound transfer to Chelsea, the Mail said. United has already rejected two bids from the Blues and is maintaining its stance of not selling Rooney to a Premier League title rival, the newspaper reported.