The German local daily Wolfsburger Allgemeine is reporting that Manchester United have made a bid for Swiss international left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.
The 21-year-old impressed significantly at this summer’s World Cup, forming an integral part of a side that managed to emerge from their group and reach the round of 16. Rodriguez has previously been linked to Liverpool, but it now looks as though the Old Trafford club have stolen a march on their rivals for the signature of the incredibly talented defender.
Manchester United are looking to rebuild this summer after the failure of last season, in which newly appointed manager David Moyes steered the previous season’s champions to a seventh place finish. He was later sacked, before being replaced on a temporary basis by Ryan Giggs. Louis van Gaal has since taken charge at the club.
The Dutch coach has already signed a left-back since taking the role, former Southmapton man Luke Shaw. He now seems keen to add further reinforcements in that role.
Football journalist Simon Austin, who has been a primary source of information throughout Massimo Cellino’s takeover of Leeds, has reported that Leeds are close to securing a deal for Italian duo Tomasso Bianchi and Marco Silvestri.
Silvestri, who is a former Italian Under-21 international, has been linked to the club consistently. The young goalkeeper is expected to become the new number one for Leeds next season. Stuart Taylor was recently signed by Leeds, although he is expected to perform primarily as a backup goalkeeper next season. He spent the tail-end of last season on loan with Cellino’s Cagliari.
Tomasso Bianchi, on the other hand, is a midfielder, with ability to craft and create.
Leeds’s squad are currently in Italy for pre-season training, although they travelled without captain Ross McCormack, who has handed in a transfer request to the club. His future is uncertain, with recently relegated Fulham holding a keen interest in the Scotland international.
A series of other targets for Leeds from Italy was recently revealed, although those deals were nowhere near completion.
AS are reporting that journalist Xavi Torres has heard that an agreement has been reached between Barcelona and Liverpool for Luis Suarez, with the Catalan club paying the Reds €79.2 million to bring him to the Camp Nou.
Suarez looks increasingly likely to leave Liverpool this summer, with Barcelona seemingly the only likely destination. His form for Liverpool last year attracted a series of suitors (such as Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid) as the season ended, but with his infamous bite incident involving Giorgio Chiellini, it seems as though Barcelona are the only club willing to pay the significant fee required to capture him.
Suarez has been banned from all football related activities by FIFA for four months as a result of the bite, but this has not stopped Barcelona.
The Uruguayan hit-man missed out on his side’s elimination from the World Cup as a result of the ban, with Colombia knocking out their South American rivals. James Rodriguez of AS Monaco scored one of the goals of the tournament in the process.
Suarez scored 31 goals in the league for Liverpool last season, a sensational record given the fact that he missed the first month of the season due to suspension. Liverpool finished second, qualifying for the Champions League in the process.