Fresh off scoring an absolute lash of a volley in Uruguay’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay in Friday’s World Cup Qualifier, Luis Suarez has raised concerns among Liverpool fans with news that his agent is none other than Pep Guardiola’s brother, Pere Guardiola.
The connection will add anxieties at the Kop where rumors have swirled that Bayern Munich are preparing to provide Guardiola, who is set to take over for manager Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season, with a $365 million transfer kitty for summer purchases of his choosing.
Matters took another turn for the worse while giving an interview on international duty four days ago when Suarez admitted that clubs with prospects of competing in next year’s Champions League are “very welcome” to make an approach for the man many consider to be top of the list for Premier League player of the year.
Liverpool, obviously keen on keeping the striker they re-signed last summer to wages of more than $152,000 per week, are adamant the 26 year old will stay at the club. The club also claims that the comments Suarez made on international duty were merely lost in translation. Piggybacking this sentiment is the fact that Suarez has previously stated his intention to remain at Liverpool. But if the past is any indicator, players tend to say a lot of things in their native language that get chalked up to being ‘lost in translation,’ only to come back and ring true.
In addition to Munich, Suarez is rumored to be sought after by Juventus and Manchester City. His potential transfer value is believed to be in the range of $45-$90 million, a fee that City and Munich should have no issue covering. While Liverpool will fight tooth-and-nail to hold on to their star, the old addage ‘money talks‘, remains the name of the game in world football.
With news of Suarez’ link to Pep’s brother and the fact that must clubs prefer not to sell players to another club in the same league (although it worked out OK for Liverpool in the Fernando Torres deal), Bayern feels like Suarez’ likely resting place come next fall.
What do you think? Does the link to Pere Guardiola make a Suarez departure more likely? If he is sold, how much will Liverpool pocket on the transfer fee?
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.