Saturday’s LFC Transfer Rumours: David Villa, a £50m price tag and Rafa’s knocking

It’s the first day of June and the football season’s still not over in some places. La Liga concludes today and the German DFB Pokal final is played tonight.

That probably means that if you haven’t already been blown over by the amount of transfer rumours flying around, get ready for a second influx when the European papers start getting involved.

This week has been all about the start of what could be a long and dragged out Luis Suarez transfer saga – but one I’m sure Liverpool Football Club and fans want sorting as quickly as possible.


Saturday morning’s papers are unanimous in deciding that Liverpool have named their price for Suarez, and want in excess of £50million for the striker (Guardian / Metro).

The Mirror meanwhile suggest Liverpool are furious with Suarez after a number of his comments in his homeland this week have suggested he is looking for a way out of English football.

They slam the 26-year-old with the tagline: Star rewards club for standing by him through racism and bite bans by blaming media and claiming move is “understandable”.

In a statement yesterday, Liverpool responded to the mounting speculation over Suarez’s future saying that him wanting out is the first they’ve heard of it.

A statement from the club reads:

“Luis Suarez is not for sale. Neither Luis or his representatives have communicated these feelings directly to Liverpool.

“The club remains supportive of Luis and expect him to honour his contract. The club will not be making any further comment at this stage.”

Anyway, Suarez is in action this weekend for his country in an international friendly against France, so hopefully that means the Rumour Mill can have a little rest from the quotes and mistranslations flying about.

Report: Liverpool move for Barcelona’s David Villa

Back closer to home, the Mirror and the Guardian report that Liverpool are in a race with Arsenal and Tottenham to sign Barcelona ace David Villa who is “definitely” moving to the Premier League.

You can read the full story Liverpool move for Barcelona’s David Villa here.

skrtel_aggerMeanwhile over in Italy, newly appointed Napoli boss Rafa Benitez has his eye on Liverpool’s central defensive partnership of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, according to Football Italia.

But before that news worries you, we also had the Metro reporting last week that Benitez wants to steal Lucas from under Liverpool’s noses as well as targeting former Reds midfielder Javier Mascherano.

So it sounds more like journalists jumping to assumptions. But isn’t everything nowadays…

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