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Marco Tardelli says Juventus will have to break the bank for Luis Suarez

Splash out, Old Lady: Juve should break the bank for Suarez, says legend Tardelli

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Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

12:09 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:56 GMT, 4 March 2013

Juventus legend Marco Tardelli believes that Liverpool star Luis Suarez could be the missing piece of the jigsaw for the Italian champions and solve their attacking problems.

Juve are six points clear of Napoli in
Serie A and on course to retain their title but they are desperately
seeking a big-name striker to add to their squad.

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Prolific: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick at Wigan on Saturday to take his Premier League tally this season to 21

Prolific: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick at Wigan on Saturday to take his Premier League tally this season to 21

Hero: Luis Suarez celebrates his hat-trick goal during Liverpool's dominant win

Suarez's outstanding season continued at Wigan on Saturday as he netted a hat-trick in Liverpool's 4-0 win.

Tardelli admitted, though, that luring Liverpool's prized asset to Turin could be a step too far and Juve have been linked with moves for Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez and Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic.

Tardelli told Tuttosport: 'It's obvious that a striker who scores 20 goals a season would be a good addition for any team. Good players are not cheap, though.'

'Suarez would be ideal due to his power, technique and directness, but I'd say signing him could be a complicated matter. (Gonzalo) Higuain could be a more realistic option.'

Juventus host Celtic in the second leg of their Champions League tie this week having won the first leg 3-0 in Glasgow.

Tardelli added: 'Teams like Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have something extra, but the Champions League is a strange competition.

'If Barcelona and Real Madrid are eliminated in this round, things are different for the other teams. And at that stage, Juventus could go far with their great organisation.'

Suarez's three-goal haul on Saturday took him to 21 Premier League goals for the season as he leapfrogged Robin van Persie in the race for the Golden Boot.

VIDEO: Watch match highlights and Suarez's stunning hat-trick…

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Arsenal to launch 15m raid for Spain striker Adrian Lopez

Arsenal boss Wenger to launch 15m raid for striker Lopez

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 18 October 2012

Arsenal will make a 15million offer for Spain striker
Adrian Lopez when the transfer window re-opens.

As revealed by Sportsmail last week Arsene Wenger wants to
sign a new centre-forward in January after accepting he has not managed to fill the void left by former skipper Robin van Persie, who departed for Manchester United for 24m
during the summer.

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Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

Target man: Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

Wenger will dispatch one of his scouts to watch the Atletico Madrid forward play against Real
Sociedad on Sunday.

Hot shot: Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

The Gunners boss knows he must strengthen his attacking options after
privately admitting Olivier Giroud and Gervinho are not the answer to his
central-striking quandary.

Wenger has 35million to spend during the next
transfer window and is willing to use a hefty slice for that budget to bring a
top-level striker to north London.

Lopez's
international team-mate Fernando Llorente remains on the radar, while
the Gunners have also checked out Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, who is a
target for Manchester City.

Fiorentina deny pre-arrangement with Manchester City over Stevan Jovetic

He's going nowhere… yet! Fiorentina deny having pre-arrangement with City over Jovetic

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UPDATED:

08:21 GMT, 14 September 2012

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Fiorentina have denied that they have a preliminary agreement with Manchester City over the future of prized striker Stevan Jovetic.

The Montenegro international was linked with a summer switch to the Etihad, with Juventus also keen to acquire the 22-year-old’s services.

But City boss Roberto Mancini was unable to get his man before the transfer window shut, and Jovetic opted to stay in Florence.

Going nowhere: Fiorentina have shrugged of talk that Stevan Jovetic (left) will leave the club in January

Going nowhere: Fiorentina have shrugged of talk that Stevan Jovetic (left) will leave the club in January

Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Prade also rejected speculation that the striker will leave in January.

‘Jovetic’s buy-out clause I want to close this issue once and for all,’ he told La Nazione. ‘What we will do, will be done in a transparent way.

‘So when there will be news about Jovetic’s contract, we will notify it in an official manner.

‘A pre-arrangement with Manchester City The Della Valle family (Fiorentina’s owners) has excellent relations with City but there is no preliminary contracts with anyone.

‘Jo-Jo is our player and he will be at least until the end of the season.’

But Mancini needn’t be too downhearted, as the Viola’s technical director Eduardo Macia conceded that Jovetic will eventually have to be let go.

'It will be very difficult to keep him at Fiorentina, he is a great player, who will eventually play for another club,' he said.

‘For us his situation is similar to that of Steven Gerrard for Liverpool. This summer we decided that Jovetic was not on the market and he understood it perfectly despite Juventus’ offer.’

Last season the highly rated Montenegrin bagged 14 goals in 27 appearances for his club.

In action: Jovetic (right) played for Montenegro in their match against Poland

In action: Jovetic (right) played for Montenegro in their match against Poland

Patience: Roberto Mancini will have to wait if he is to capture Jovetic

Patience: Roberto Mancini will have to wait if he is to capture Jovetic

Manchester City to sign Matija Nastasic

City poised to sign Fiorentina defender Nastasic as chase for Garcia continues

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UPDATED:

21:44 GMT, 27 August 2012

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Manchester City are closing on a deal for Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic.

City had initially wanted the 19-year-old as part of a transfer for the Italian side’s striker Stevan Jovetic but with that part of the deal unlikely they have placed an offer of around 8million for the Serbia centre half.

City may allow Stefan Savic to go the other way as part of the deal.

City bound Serbia's Matija Nastasic (left) is wanted by Manchester City

City bound Serbia's Matija Nastasic (left) is wanted by Manchester City

The 21-year-old Montenegro centre back has failed to make an impression at the Etihad Stadium and was due to go on loan to Wolves but they couldn’t afford the wages.

A deal for Roma’s Daniele De Rossi is still proving problematic but they are continuing to work on Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez and Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia.

Roberto Mancini’s first-team coach Fausto Salsano watched Garcia play in a 5-0 win over Setubal on Sunday.

Wanted man: Benfica's Javi Garcia is also on City's radar

Wanted man: Benfica's Javi Garcia is also on City's radar

Garcia, 25, has a 25m buy-out clause and City are understood to have made enquiries to Garcia’s agent about his availability.

He would represent the cheaper option, with Bilbao wanting 30m for Martinez.

Meanwhile, Malaga have joined clubs showing interest in City striker Roque Santa Cruz.

Roberto Mancini desperate to strengthen Manchester City

Five days to save our season! Mancini desperate to strengthen struggling City squad

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 26 August 2012

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Roberto Mancini has warned that Manchester City’s transfer activity in the next five days will shape the destiny of their defence of the Barclays Premier League.

After a summer of frustration, the City manager – whose side came from behind twice against Liverpool on Sunday to draw 2-2 – is adamant his club must spend.

A 6.2million deal for Swansea winger Scott Sinclair is in place and will be formalised by Tuesday but Mancini is determined to bring in a major name.

In the market: Roberto Mancini expects a busy final week of the window

In the market: Roberto Mancini expects a busy final week of the window

In the market: Roberto Mancini expects a busy final week of the window

He has been pursuing Atletico Bilbao’s Javi Martinez, Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina and Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi and believes City must act if they want to retain their title.

‘We need to bring players in and we have five days in which to do it,’ said Mancini, who has ruled out a move for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, who was the subject of a 20million bid from City earlier this month.

‘We have to work hard in these four or five days. It will be a long week for us. Yes (it will decide how we perform) we have our targets and we will go for them in the next five days.’

Incoming: Winger Scott Sinclair will join City from Swansea this week

Incoming: Winger Scott Sinclair will join City from Swansea this week

Mancini was thankful City’s battling qualities came to the fore at Anfield as they needed to second half goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez to pilfer a point.

The Italian, who rubbished reports that he is planning on quitting City in a year, looked tetchy for much of the game and was embroiled in a touchline row with England midfielder James Milner, who was substituted shortly after gesturing at Mancini.

Mancini said: ‘We wanted to win but we were 1-0 down and then 2-1 down and we did not deserve to lose this game because we played well. In the end, I think this was a good result.

Daniele De Rossi

Wanted: De Rossi

Stevan Jovetic

Target: Jovetic

Javi Martinez

In the market: Martinez

When asked about his altercation with Milner, Mancini added: ‘No all the players played well, including Milner, but when you are down you have to try something different.’

Tevez was City’s brightest spark and he has indicated that he wants to continue at the Etihad Stadium for the foreseeable future.

‘My family is here, my children are here and my wife is happy,’

Tevez, who went on strike and returned to Argentina last season, told Sky. ‘I have two years left on my contract and yes, I could stay longer.

‘The new season is good for me. I have lost seven kilos, so that is good for me and the club.’

Roberto Mancini may quit Manchester City over lack of signings

Raging Mancini may quit champions City over lack of summer signings

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UPDATED:

22:06 GMT, 25 August 2012

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Roberto Mancini could quit as Manchester City boss inside a year if he doesn’t receive the backing he requires.

Sportsmail understands he is unlikely to see out his recently-signed contract if he continues to be left high and dry over new signings.

A source close to Mancini said: ‘He has three targets before the window closes — Daniele De Rossi, Maicon and Stevan Jovetic.

Furious: Roberto Mancini (left) is not happy with City's transfer policy

Furious: Roberto Mancini (left) is not happy with City's transfer policy

Lone signing: Jack Rodwell (left) is the only player to have joined City

Lone signing: Jack Rodwell (left) is the only player to have joined City

'We will see what happens in the next few days. He feels there is no one at the club doing the transfer dealing for him and he has been left with just 19 players for the new season. He is angry, as you can imagine.

‘He is ambitious, he has just won the Premier League and wants to win the Champions League. But he can’t do that without the right support.

Target: Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is wanted by City

Target: Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is wanted by City

England bound Inter Milan's Maicon (right) is also on City's wishlist

England bound Inter Milan's Maicon (right) is also on City's wishlist

‘He isn’t about to walk out on City but if nothing else happens before the transfer window closes this could be his last season at City. I wouldn’t rule out a move elsewhere next season.’

There is still tension between Mancini and City chief executive Brian Marwood.

The Italian will want to see some of his targets realised in the next five days if he is to be pacified.

Dimitar Berbatov transfer: Fiorentina want Manchester United striker

Fiorentina target Berbatov as United continue efforts to release outcast striker

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UPDATED:

08:33 GMT, 21 August 2012

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Fiorentina have targeted Dimitar Berbatov as the Manchester United striker struggles to find a suitable new club.

The Bulgarian has been told he can leave Old Trafford this summer, but he has already discarded several options and is wary of taking a big step down.

The 31-year-old would consider a move to Italy and his agent has been keen to talk to AC Milan.

All smiles: Berbatov jokes with new United striker Van Persie ahead of the match with Everton

All smiles: Berbatov jokes with new United striker Van Persie ahead of the match with Everton

But Fiorentina want to underline their ambition by bringing in a high-profile striker to play alongside Stevan Jovetic.

Manchester City and Chelsea remain interested in Montenegro star Jovetic, but the Florence club insist he will not be sold this summer.

United want 8million for Berbatov, who joined for a club record 30.75m from Tottenham in 2008.

Fiorentina are prepared to pay only around half, but hope the price will fall as the transfer deadline approaches.

There is a new buzz at the Serie A club under Vincenzo Montella, especially after the arrival of Alberto Aquilani, Borja Valero and Matias Fernandez, but they cannot offer Berbatov European competition this season.

Outcast: Berbatov has been sidelined at United but hasn't found a new club

Outcast: Berbatov has been sidelined at United but hasn't found a new club

Sunderland launch 10m bid for Adam Johnson

Sunderland set to pip Spurs and Everton to Johnson after launching 10m bid for City winger

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UPDATED:

22:48 GMT, 19 August 2012

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Sunderland have lodged a 10m bid for Manchester City's Adam Johnson.

The winger is also the subject of interest from Everton and Tottenham, but Sunderland have made the best offer.

City hope to wrap up an 8m deal for Swansea's Scott Sinclair, 23, and are looking at Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, 22.

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Shown the door: Adam Johnson (centre) will be allowed to leave Manchester City

Shown the door: Adam Johnson (centre) will be allowed to leave Manchester City

Such moves could push Johnson, who has also been tracked by Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool, further down the pecking order.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has also enquired about Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov, 31, and is considering a loan move for Tottenham's Danny Rose, 22.

He is also watching Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha, 19.

After Manchester City's 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday, manager Roberto Mancini said that he was willing to let Johnson, 25, find another club before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Hot property: Johnson is being tracked by West Ham, Sunderland and Tottenham

Hot property: Johnson is being tracked by West Ham, Sunderland and Tottenham

'Adam is a young guy,' said Mancini. 'He is a good player and he wants to play. In these 10 days, if we find a good solution for him and he can go to play, maybe it is better.

'I don’t know about a loan. We have two or three situations. We are talking with him about this. But if he stays here I don’t have a problem.'

Juventus to meet Robin van Persie asking price

Juventus to meet Arsenal's 20m valuation for Van Persie.. and chuck in 190k a week too

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UPDATED:

05:53 GMT, 31 July 2012

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Juventus will be the first team to meet Arsenal's asking price for Robin van Persie when they bid 20million for the striker in the coming weeks.

The Italians are locked in a battle with Manchester duo City and United for the wantaway Gunners captain, but believe they hold the advantage due to the player's desire not to play for another club in England.

Van Persie released a statement earlier this month in which he questioned the ambition of his current club, a move which effectively brought an end to seven years in north London, during which time he has won just a solitary FA Cup.

On the way out: Robin van Persie looks almost certain to leave Arsenal

On the way out: Robin van Persie looks almost certain to leave Arsenal

As part of the whopping 20m deal, Juventus, who won the Italian title last season, has told the Premier League top scorer's representatives that they will pay him a staggering 190,000 a week, after tax, according to the Mirror newspaper.

The story comes just days after director Giuseppe Marotta appeared to rule the Italians out of the running.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, he said: 'Talk of our real interest in him seems excessive to me.

'Van Persie is a great player but Arsenal do not intend to lose him. And you cannot indulge in a player if the owners don't want (to sell).

'A top player is not only judged by how much he costs. It can also mean a player who costs less but on the pitch shows an absolute value.'

However after growing frustrated in their pursuit of other targets, namely Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, Juve have reconsidered their stance.

Team-mates: City, United and Juve are all keen to add Van Persie to the ranks

Team-mates: City, United and Juve are all keen to add Van Persie to the ranks

Team-mates: City, United and Juve are all keen to add Van Persie to the ranks

Team-mates: City, United and Juve are all keen to add Van Persie to the ranks

Arsenal remain adamant they will not sell their captain – a year after they did just that when Cesc Fabregas returned to Barcelona for 35m – but know the controversial statement did irreparable damage to the player's reputation among fans.

Van Persie is 29 in August and has just one year left on his contract, meaning those chasing him are yet to make an offer above 15m. All three clubs have had bids rejected.

The Dutch international's questionable fitness record has also been taken into account, with the last 18months the first injury-free period he has enjoyed since moving to Emirates Stadium from Feyenoord in 2004.

Decisions: Boss Arsene Wenger has said the captain won't be sold

Decisions: Boss Arsene Wenger has said the captain won't be sold

City boss Roberto Mancini has grown frustrated by the saga, and spoke out last week against the lack of urgency to get the deal done from within his own club.

And earlier this wee, he said: 'I don't know what will happen with Van Persie because now he is an Arsenal player and I think Arsenal is a top team.

'When you talk about Manchester City, Manchester united and Juventus, it is difficult for a player to choose between these three clubs. If we have a chance to take him, we will try.'

Arsenal look at Robert Lewandowski and Stevan Jovetic as Robin van Persie replacements

Arsenal forced to look at Lewandowski and Jovetic in hunt to replace skipper Van Persie

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 5 July 2012

Arsenal’s scouting team will hold a meeting at the club’s London Colney HQ at the start of next week to discuss the prospect of replacing wantaway skipper Robin van Persie.

Sportsmail understands Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski were both watched by the scouts last season and will be on the agenda.

Van Persie is keen to have his exit finalised by the time the club’s Asia tour kicks off on July 24. It is understood that he would rather not be included in the squad that flies to Malaysia as it would delay his pending move.

RVP replacement Stevan Jovetic

RVP replacement Robert Lewandowski

Can they replace RVP Stevan Jovetic (left) and Robert Lewandowski (right)

But manager Arsene Wenger is unlikely to take a lenient view on him missing the trip.

Wenger has not given up hope of persuading Van Persie to change his mind and is planning a heart-to-heart meeting with the striker when he reports for pre-season training in around 10 days.

But there is a feeling at the Emirates Stadium that Van Persie’s position is untenable after he admitted he does not agree with the club’s direction.

I'm off: Robin van Persie announced he will not be signing a new contract

I'm off: Robin van Persie announced he will not be signing a new contract

As Sportsmail revealed, both Manchester clubs will battle it out for Van Persie’s signature in the coming weeks.

City would prefer to off-load one of their strikers before committing to a move for the 28-year-old — but with talks over Emmanuel Adebayor’s permanent move to Tottenham progressing well, that problem could soon be solved.

Juventus remain in the running to sign Van Persie despite holding talks with Napoli forward Edinson Cavani and remain confident of luring the Holland striker to Italy.

Hitting out: Russian-based billionaire and Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov (L),sat beside Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, has launched an attack on the cluib

Hitting out: Russian-based billionaire and Arsenal shareholder Alisher
Usmanov

On Thursday, Arsenal's turbulent week descended into civil war after the club’s second biggest shareholder launched a withering attack on primary owner Stan Kroenke.

Less than 24 hours after Van Persie revealed his intention to leave the Gunners with a statement questioning the club’s ambition, Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri — who own close to 30 per cent of Arsenal shares through investment vehicle Red and White Holdings — criticised the Kroenke regime.

WHAT USMANOV SAID…

Read the letter in full HERE

In a strongly worded five-page open letter addressed to the Arsenal board, Usmanov and Moshiri claim what they view as Kroenke’s lack of investment has led to:

* the loss of the club’s best players

* Arsenal signing second-rate stars

* the club no longer being able to challenge for trophies

Under pressure: Usmanov's attack has turned up the heat on Stan Kroenke

Under pressure: Usmanov's attack has turned up the heat on Stan Kroenke

An extract from the letter read: ‘As a consequence of this (Mr Kroenke’s) policy, which is dressed up as prudent financial planning, it is down to our manager, and not our shareholders, to have to deal with the club’s tight finances, carry the burden of repaying the stadium debt by selling his best players and having to continue to find cheaper replacements.

ARSENAL SHAREHOLDERS
Kroenke Sports Enterprises UK Ltd – 41,581 shares = 66.83 per cent
Red and White Securities Ltd (Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri)
18,495 shares = 29.72 per cent
Other shareholders = 3.45 per cent

‘This policy is leading to the loss
of our best players, often to our main competitors, and even causes the
players themselves to question their future at the club and the club’s
ambitions.’

The letter continued: ‘It appears a place in the Champions League will be the pinnacle of our ambition again next season.’

Usmanov
and Moshiri’s attack plunges the club into further controversy after
Van Persie confirmed he would not be signing a new contract.

While
Red and White Holdings have no major influence at the club due to the
fact they have not been granted a place on the Arsenal board, the letter
turns up the heat on Kroenke and the club’s hierarchy as the prospect
of another summer of losing their prized asset looms.

Emirates exit Winger Theo Walcott (right) could be the next to leave

Emirates exit Winger Theo Walcott (right) could be the next to leave

Meanwhile, Theo Walcott could become the next big-name player to depart.

Like
Van Persie, the England forward is in the final 12 months of his
contract but the club have yet to call him in for talks over a new deal.

Chelsea are monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation.