Luis Suarez to Manchester United… come on. I know this is silly season, but that is ridiculous. Anyway, according to the Daily Mail Suarez has placed Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal on “red alert” as his dream move to Barcelona is already starting to turn a little sour.
Suarez, 27, has scored just three goals in 12 appearances since switching Anfield for the Nou Camp over the summer and with Barcelona’s boardroom in meltdown as a new presidential election is on the way and other influential members fired over the transfer ban on the club until 2016, Suarez may want out. Of course, who can afford to pay Barca $128 million for his services? Would they settle for $100 million?
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Suarez’s replacement at Liverpool, Mario Balotelli, has been linked with a move to French giant Paris Saint-Germain by the Daily Express. Balotelli, 25, has scored just one Premier League goal for the Reds since his $26 million signing from AC Milan this summer. With Edinson Cavani and Ezeiquel Lavezzi fined for returning to Les Parisiens late after the winter break, PSG’s head coach Laurent Blanc is said to be looking for reinforcements up top to ease the load on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Things have not worked out for Balotelli at Liverpool so far. Are the Reds about to give up on Super Mario?
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Next up in your ‘daily update of current and former Liverpool strikers…’ Rickie Lambert could be heading for the exit door just six-months into his Anfield career. Lambert, 32, arrived from Southampton for $7 million in the summer but with just one PL goal to his name so far, a reunion with his old boss Alan Pardew could be on the cards. Pardew signed Lambert for $1.6 million back in 2009 for Southampton and, according to the Guardian, he could ask Lambert to spearhead Palace’s survival charge this season.
In non-Liverpool news, Sunderland are weighing up a deal to sign Celtic’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk according to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
While Aston Villa are rumored to be in the hunt for Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair. The Villains could nab Sinclair, 25, on loan for the rest of the season as the former Swansea City winger struggles to get anywhere near the first team at the Eithad Stadium. Villa’s manager Paul Lambert is coy on that deal, but Sky Sports seem convinced it is going to happen.