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The winner of this weekend's 'Oh do bloody grow up' award of the weekend goes to the Daily Mail, who opt for the understated headline of 'Luis Suarez could return to England as Manchester City line up £100 MILLION bid for Barcelona striker'. Yes, really.

The Mail start by claiming that 'since joining Barca things have not worked out well for Suarez'. Well he has scored nine goals and contributed ten assists in 20 La Liga and Champions League games. It isn't exactly panic stations.

'City are aware of that and would pay a huge amount to take the player now that they realise that their ambition to sign Lionel Messi is unlikely to ever come to fruition,' the Mail continue. 'The major stumbling block to any deal this summer is that Barca remain under a transfer embargo until 2016.'

Well, that is one of the stumbling blocks, yes - can't imagine that having £100m in their back pocket is that useful if they can't spend it. There is also the question of why Barcelona would want to sell Suarez anyway, why Suarez would want to move back to England after pushing for a move to Spain for so long, how City can afford to spend £100m given FFP constraints, and why they would spend that £100m on a striker after their last big money signing was also a striker.

Put simply, it's all a load of tut.


Stevan Jovetic's departure from Manchester City seems to be a case of 'when' rather than 'if'. The Montenegrin was omitted from Manuel Pellegrini's Champions League squad following the arrival of Wilfried Bony, and just hasn't impressed enough since his arrival for £22m from Fiorentina.

There have been rumours that both Internazionale and Juventus are interested in taking Jovetic back to Serie A, but the Daily Mirror reports that Brendan Rodgers would also quite fancy persuading the forward to remain in England. Liverpool were reportedly keen to sign Jovetic before he joined City.

The Mirror close their article with the rather cryptic line 'Jovetic, though, fits the profile of the type of player Liverpool are looking at.' We think they mean that he's potentially quite good.


The Mail on Sunday claim that Arsene Wenger will react to the shambles against Monaco (and probable Champions League exit) by finally accepting that he must bolster his central midfield options with a top class holding player.

They mention three options: Christoph Kramer, Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin. The first two of those are at Bayer Leverkusen.

Kramer appears to top Arsenal's list, but the 24-year-old did recently sign a new deal at the club, meaning he could cost as much as £20m.

Kramer's is a bizarre career. He is a Bayer Leverkusen player and yet has never appeared for the club in the Bundesliga, instead being loaned to both Bochum and Borussia Monchengladbach, who now sit ahead of his parent club in the league table. He even started in last summer's World Cup final.


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