Liverpool will resurrect interest in Mario Suarez, Southampton won’t sell Sadio Mane for less than £40million, while Chelsea want Jonathan Calleri, say Saturday’s papers.
LIVERPOOL TARGET SUAREZ SWOOP
No, not that Suarez Liverpool fans, but it’s Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez that the Reds are reportedly chasing, according to reports in Italy.
The Reds were chasing him in the summer but lost out to La Viola. But now the Spanish star is unhappy at starting only two matches in Serie A this season, and could be ready to move on already, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
The defensive midfielder – capped three times by Spain – has reportedly instructed his agent to find him a new club in January after warming the bench during his time so far in Florence.
Liverpool were expected to sign Suarez during the summer with former manager Brendan Rodgers interested in his services and it is thought his successor, Jurgen Klopp, could ressurrect a deal in the former Atletico Madrid star.
UNITED MUST DOUBLE BID TO LAND MANE
Manchester United have to double their summer offer for Sadio Mane to have any chance of buying him next year following the Southampton forward’s outstanding start to the season, claims the Daily Telegraph.
Southampton officials made it clear in August that Mane would not be sold this year after an enquiry from United, who had indicated a willingness to pay around £20 million for the 23-year-old Senegal international.
United eventually spent an initial £36million on Anthony Martial – potentially rising to £58million – and the sense at Southampton is that Mane is performing to a similar level as the France forward and would already have a comparable valuation in the £35-40million bracket.
The lack of available strikers globally as well as the start next year of the new Premier League television deal may only push prices up further and, while Southampton hope to keep Mane and potentially extend his contract, he will be regarded as more valuable than any of the players that were sold to Liverpool and Manchester United over the past 18 months.
The issue was raised this week with both manager Ronald Koeman and executive director Les Reed at a forum of 500 fans, with one supporter advising the pair to tell United “to get stuffed” unless they pay £5million.
Reed replied by joking “only £50million?” for a player Southampton bought for £11.8 million from Red Bull Salzburg last year and who was especially influential in the 3-1 win against Chelsea.
Southampton face Liverpool on Sunday, with Koeman also hinting this week that he could be persuaded to extend a contract that expires in 2017.
Asked what it would take for him to stay, he said: “Be happy as I am now, and that means to work with a great club, to work with good people, to develop the team and to still have the belief between the technical staff and the players that we can go on. The ambition [is] to win a title.”
CHELSEA IN THE HUNT FOR CALLERI
Chelsea are considering a move for Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri in the January transfer window.
The Blues appear likely to let on-loan striker Radamel Falcao leave Stamford Bridge in January, which would probably see them enter the January market for a replacement.
And according to the Daily Express, themselves quoting Tuttomercatoweb, the Blues have sent scouts to monitor the player’s progress in Argentina.
Boca are believed to be reluctant to lose the 22-year-old but could consider selling him if a big offer comes in.
AND THE REST
– Juventus are becoming increasingly confident that they will be able to sign Chelsea’s Colombian international Juan Cuadrado on a permanent deal (Daily Mirror)
– Barcelona and Arsenal target Nolito has ruled out leaving current club Celta Vigo in the January transfer window. “God will decide my future. I’m not leaving in January. I’m happy in Vigo,” he said. (Radio Marca)
– Pep Guardiola is ready to leave Bayern Munich this summer with his eye on Arsenal or Chelsea (Daily Express)
– Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes is hoping to move to a rival Premier League club in January, according to his agent Gines Carvaja (Daily Express)
– Tony Pulis has revealed he has had secret bonding sessions with Saido Berahino to stop him from leaving West Brom (Daily Express)
– Chelsea are confident of deflecting interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain to sign Red Star Belgrade and Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic (The Guardian)
– Jose Mourinho is unhappy with Belgium boss Marc Wilmots for suggesting his midfielder Eden Hazard should join Real Madrid (The Sun)
– Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is keen on residing in London and is set to look for new employers in the Premier League at the end of the season if he does not sign a new deal to stay at the German club (Daily Mail)