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Barcelona to bid for Luis Suarez THIS WEEK, Man United linked with Carvalho and Vidal and more...

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And we know it's THIS WEEK because the Daily Mail helpfully write THIS WEEK in their headline just after the words 'Barcelona to bid for £80m Luis Suarez'.

According to the Mail, 'Club intermediaries believe they already have an accord in principle with the player and his representatives but Barca must now match Liverpool's £80m valuation.' Real Madrid are credited with retaining an interest in Suarez but they are also pursuing Radamel Falcao of Monaco.

As for incomings at Liverpool, they 'are pressing ahead with deals for Southampton's Adam Lallana, Benfica's Lazar Markovic and Lille's Divock Origi', but Alexis Sanchez is said to prefer another year fighting for his place at Barcelona.

Elsewhere - in Portuguese newspaper Record, to be exact - Liverpool are being linked with a £7.5m move for Uruguay international Maxi Pereira, who you may recall was red-carded during their defeat to Costa Rica in the opening game of the World Cup. And Spanish newspaper AS say that they have been put off signing Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain by his £36m release clause.

Defensive midfield is obviously a priority for Manchester United this summer and, according to O Jogo, officials of the Old Trafford club have travelled to Portugal to try and persuade Sporting Lisbon to accept less than their £37.5m asking price for William Carvalho, who started Portugal's final group game against Ghana last week.

An even more expensive option will be Arturo Vidal, with Italian newspaper Tuttosport reporting that the Chilean wants to move to Old Trafford rather than Real Madrid if he leaves Juventus this summer. The fee? A cool £48m.

You will have read by now that Tottenham are apparently close to signing Swansea left-back Ben Davies for a bargain £8m, but add another name to the mix with a claim that Tottenham have 'opened talks' about a move for Wilfried Bony, valued at £20m by the Welsh club. Even at £20m, he's still considerably cheaper than Romelu Lukaku.

According to this particular report: 'Pochettino wants to assess the squad in pre-season before making sweeping changes, but he has told the club he wants to sign a central defender, left-back and striker as priorities.'

Dejan Lovren still appears to be his first choice for the final part of that triumvirate.

As for exits from Tottenham, Mousa Dembele is - according to Corriere dello Sport at least - a target for Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

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