Hebei Fortune are ready to live up to their name by making a Barcelona star the world’s best-paid player, while Arsenal could miss out on a top transfer target, according to Saturday’s European papers.
HEBEI FORTUNE MAKE UNBELIEVABLE SUAREZ APPROACH
Luis Suarez could become the world’s best-paid player if he accepts the reported offer on the table from Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune.
The CSL side have initiated contact with the agent of the former Liverpool man, with Don Balon claiming they will pay the Uruguayan a staggering €150million in wages over three seasons – which equates to an unbelievable £839,000 a week.
In addition, it’s claimed the aptly-titled Fortune will also pay Barca their €90m asking price to secure the player’s signature – and beat the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City out of the water, with the Premier League duo also reported to be keen on the striker.
Now 31, Suarez has clocked up an impressive 152 goals and 84 assists in 198 appearances for Barcelona. While the player is happy at the Nou Camp, Don Balon claims he would find the lure of China impossible to resist given the astronomical wages on offer.
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KOVACIC WANTS OUT
Liverpool, Man Utd and Juventus target Mateo Kovacic says he wants to leave Real Madrid to get more game time.
The 24-year-old has started just 37 La Liga games in three years and he has confirmed he wants out of the Bernabeu.
Kovacic, who has a €50m release clause, told Marca: “I want to play more and the best thing is to leave Madrid.
“I love football and being on the pitch. I want the opportunity to be a starter on another team. If I do not play, I’m not happy.”
Earlier this year Italian outlet Tuttosport claimed both Inter and Milan were in the race to sign Kovacic this summer. While Don Balon suggested he was a target for Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham made a bid for the player last summer, and Liverpool were linked with Kovacic as long ago as last summer via Diario Gol.
Croatia international Kovacic joined Madrid for around €35million in 2015 from Inter Milan.
AND THE REST
Hirving Lozano’s father has confirmed that Barcelona have made ‘approaches’ for the Mexico star. The PSV star has regularly been linked with Arsenal in the past (ESPN)
Valencia defender Joao Cancelo will complete his €38m move to Italian champion Juventus next week (Sky Italia)
Real Betis and Sevilla have been in contact over the transfer of Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker (Estadio Deportivo)
Man Utd and Chelsea target Elseid Hysaj is “indispensable” at Napoli, says Carlo Ancelotti and will not leave the club this summer (Il Mattino)
Chelsea have not made contact with Napoli over Maurizio Sarri, who is still under contract at the Serie A side (various)
Arsenal keeper David Ospina has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce (Turkish-Football)
Juventus are preparing for the departures of Daniele Rugani and Mehdi Benatia by preparing transfers for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Ajax’s Matthijs De Ligt (Tuttosport)
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng (SportBild)
Liverpool have made a €180million bid to sign Real Madrid star Marco Asensio (Mundo Deportivo)
UEFA will ban AC Milan from the Europa League and fine them €30million after a breach of FFP (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona are lining up a shock swoop for Manchester United star Juan Mata (Bleacher Report)
Juventus are interested in signing Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian who wants to make return in Serie A (Fabrizio Romano)
Marek Hamsik has performed a U-turn and wants to stay with Napoli (Sky Sport)