Sunday’s transfer rumor roundup: Pep wants Suarez; Benzema to City?
The transfer rumors doing the rounds this Sunday are not messing around, with the like of Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, Andriy Yarmolenko and Marcelo Brozovic all being linked with moves during either the upcoming January or summer transfer windows.
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Up first, the Daily Star is reporting that current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, who himself will be heading elsewhere in the summer, will demand his new employer make Barcelona striker Luis Suarez the centerpiece of his first transfer window in charge. How much would Suarez cost the still-unknown club? Perhaps as much as $150 million. We’ll see.
As for La Liga’s other giant, Real Madrid, they’re also said to be losing a top striker in the coming months, according to the Mirror. Where’s Karim Benzema heading, you ask? Manchester City, supposedly. Man City is an obvious candidate to this summer land Guardiola, whom was just linked with Suarez. Suarez and Benzema in the same summer? Get your rumors straight here, guys.
Arsenal are said to be in the market for a bit of midfield depth, with 22-year-old Inter Milan man Marcelo Brozovic a top target, according to the Metro. Brozovic, who’s already a regular for the Croatian national team, is currently on loan from Dinamo Zagreb. The Metro reckons Inter would sell him on for about $18 million.
It feels as if Andriy Yarmolenko has been linked with the Premier League’s big boys for practically a decade now, yet he’s still a Dynamo Kyiv player to this day. The Sun believes that might not be the case much longer with Everton lining up a reported bid of $30 million to sign the 26-year-old Ukrainian attacker.
Manchester United are reportedly interested in 22-year-old Lille winger Sofiane Boufal. In the Telegraph is a report linking bottom Premier League side Aston Villa to Everton’s Steven Naismith in $10-million move. Jamie Vardy has reportedly been told by England boss Roy Hodgson that he should stay at Leicester City rather than move during the January window.