There is plenty of speculation today that David Luiz will leave Chelsea for European champs Bayern Munich. New coach Pep Guardiola rates the Brazilian defender highly, with Paris Saint-Germain also said to be interested. Bayern already have a Brazilian in their back line in Dante, and Guardiola is looking to strengthen his defence ahead of the defence of their Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal crowns. David Luiz is 20.00 to join Bayern Munich this summer.
Tottenham have tabled a £17million bid for Spain striker Roberto Soldado, reports suggest. The 28-year-old Valencia forward is under contract until 2017 and has a release clause of £26m, but Spurs are confident they can get him for less given the Spanish club’s financial problems. Soldado scored 31 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season and has jumped to the top of Andre Villas-Boas’s shopping list, with Tottenham having apparently cooled their interest in Internacional striker Leandro Damiao.
The Daily Bale
Here’s a development. For the first time, Gareth Bale himself has fuelled the speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid by claiming he “prefers Spanish football” in an interview with Esquire magazine.
“I probably prefer Spanish football to the others. It's very technical the way they play, they keep the ball well and whenever Spurs have played against Spanish teams in the past they've always made it difficult for us.
“So I'd say that Spanish football is probably the best I've seen. Obviously, I'd like to try other leagues in the future. Every player would like to get as high as they can and try different things. It's something that the future holds and it's something that I'm very interested to try in the least.”
Come and get me
Wigan striker Arouna Kone has hinted that he wants to link up with Roberto Martinez at Everton, Wigan boss Owen Coyle has confirmed. "I'm led to believe through his representative that Everton is the club he wants to join," Coyle told BBC Radio.
"It's not rocket science to say that Arouna Kone will probably leave at some point this week," Coyle said. "There have been a number of offers in for him. There is no problem, he goes with our blessing because I need players who need to be at Wigan. If his heart's elsewhere then he's no good to me."
Edinson Cavani has reportedly agreed a move to Chelsea, with the fee believed to be around £50million, just below the Uruguayan striker’s Napoli buyout clause. Chelsea have been leading the way for Cavani’s signature since Manchester City baulked at Napoli’s valuation for the player, with Real Madrid also cooling their interest. Chelsea reportedly had an offer of €50m (£42.8m) plus Fernando Torres rejected, before upping their bid. Cavani would become Jose Mourinho’s second signing since returning to Stamford Bridge, after capturing the German forward Andre Schurrle last week.
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