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"Spurs have sold Elvis and bought The Beatles" - remember that quote doing the rounds last summer? Well, things didn't exactly go according to plan for Tottenham. Their expensive replacements with the Gareth Bale money struggled to adapt to Premier League life, so why won't the same happen with Liverpool when Luis Suarez leaves? I'll allow Greg Stobart to explain...
Post-Suarez Liverpool can thrive
The BBC reports that Patrice Evra has told Manchester United he wants to leave the club but has not handed in a transfer request. The 33-year-old only signed a new deal at Old Trafford in May but is closing in on a move to Serie A champions Juventus.
Transfer Talk: Evra tells Man Utd he wants to leave
It's certainly a new era ahead for Barcelona. Victor Valdes and Cesc Fabregas have gone, with Alexis Sanchez set to follow, while Xavi is yet to make a decision on his future. AS reports that they're not done there and have told Cristian Tello, Isaac Cuenca, Bojan Krkic, Oier, Ibrahim Afellay and Alex Song that they can all leave.
Transfer Talk: Six players can leave Barca
Speaking of Samir Nasri, the midfielder was joined by Alvaro Negredo and Micah Richards as Manchester City flew to Scotland last night to begin their pre-season tour. Negredo has been linked with a move away from City after struggling for a starting spot in the second half of last season, while Micah Richards can leave this summer despite having a year left on his contract.
It's been in the works all summer, and the Daily Mirror now reports that Samir Nasri's new contract at Manchester City is expected to be announced imminently after a four-year deal was agreed. The 27-year-old Frenchman will reportedly earn a whopping £175,000-a-week. Sacre Bleu!
Transfer Talk: Nasri set for new deal
Goal understands Barcelona are closing in on Luis Suarez after a deal worth just over £70 million was finalised on Wednesday night with Liverpool. The two clubs have been in negotiations over the last week and the player is finally set to complete his move, possibly in the next 24 hours, after Barca agreed to meet his release clause.
Done deal: Suarez to Barca finalised at £70m
Despite the imminent arrival of Mathieu Debuchy as a replacement for Bacary Sagna, Arsenal are reportedly targeting another right-back. The Daily Express claims Atletico Madrid's Javi Manquillo has pulled out of a loan move to Marseille amid interest from the Gunners. What does that mean for Carl Jenkinson?
Transfer Talk: Arsenal target Manquillo
Not Miroslav Klose, but Thomas Muller. Goal's Greg Stobart argues that the Bayern Munich forward has shown that Germany DO have a star player as he closes in on his second successive Golden Boot. The 24-year-old needs just one more goal to match James Rodriguez on six for the tournament.
Muller proves Germany have a star
...but not everyone's happy about it. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said to Yahoo: "Hats off to Klose. I highly respect the numbers he has achieved but the truth is that a player who I consider the best after Maradona lost a record. I believe that Ronaldo was the best player of the last two decades - at least he doesn't lose the title of being the best of the past 20 years."
Mourinho: Klose is no Ronaldo
According to The Times, Fiorentina want to sign Mikel Arteta and are willing to spend £3.2 million on the Spaniard. Arsenal are prepared to let the midfielder, who has a year left on his contract, leave this summer but are holding out for £6m.
Transfer Talk: Arsenal want £6m for Arteta
The defining moment of Iago Aspas' Liverpool career so far? Not being able to take a corner against Chelsea. That rather sums up his first 12 months at Anfield. Estadio Deportivo reports that Sevilla are interested in ending the forward's Anfield nightmare but it will cost £5 million to sign him.
Transfer Talk: Liverpool want £5m for Aspas
Big player leaving + money to spend = rumours galore. Antoine Griezmann has rejected a new contract at Real Sociedad and, if AS is to be believed, is another player Liverpool have their eyes on this summer. The Reds are apparently set to lodge a £20 million bid for the Frenchman.
Transfer Talk: Liverpool keen on Griezmann
Is Filipe Luis finally set to join Chelsea? According to The Sun, yes... yes, he is. Atletico Madrid have been holding out for his release clause, believed to be around £19-20 million, to be paid in full all summer and the Blues have reportedly given in and agreed to match it.
Transfer Talk: Chelsea to pay release clause
Romelu Lukaku said earlier this week he wants to be at a club where he can play his best football and hopefully win titles. Could he do that at Wolfsburg? German newspaper Kicker claims the Bundesliga side are in talks with Chelsea over a permanent move for the Belgian striker.
Transfer Talk: Wolfsburg in Lukaku negotiations
I repeat: is anyone NOT linked with Liverpool this summer? According to the Metro, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is a target for the Reds and they are prepared to pay £40 million to sign the Frenchman as a replacement for Luis Suarez.
Transfer Talk: Benzema wanted by Liverpool
Louis van Gaal is a busy, busy man. The Netherlands boss only has a few days after the World Cup before he begins work as Manchester United manager. Richard Jolly writes how the REAL challenge now starts for the Dutchman. Check it out below.
Now the real challenge starts for Van Gaal
To recap, Louis van Gaal confirmed after the game that he would have brought on Tim Krul for Jasper Cillessen again if he had not already made three changes. And I think it's fair to say he won't be getting a Christmas card from Mr and Mrs Third And Fourth Place Playoff. Van Gaal added: "I think this should never be played. I've said it for 10 years but we will still play and we have one less day to prepare, which is not fair."
Van Gaal: I would have thrown on Krul again
For those that missed it (or fell asleep during extra time and penalties #WhyAlwaysMe), here's how the drama panned out. Ron Vlaar was forced to begin the shootout after LVG's preferred takers refused to step up first. Yowzers.
After helping Argentina reach their first World Cup final for 24 years, we've taken a look back at Javier Mascherano's semi-final performance against Netherlands, which club he would be best suited to and what the future holds for the Barcelona midfielder. Check it.
World Cup Scouting Report: Javier Mascherano