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?
Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.
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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.
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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:
- A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B
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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.
The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?
With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.
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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.
Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.
Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.
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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.
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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.
Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).