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Atletico Madrid set to bid 40m for Luis Suarez

Atletico Madrid ready to test Liverpool's resolve with 40m move for Suarez

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UPDATED:

09:49 GMT, 24 November 2012

Atletico Madrid plan to make a 40million summer swoop for Luis Suarez.

The Spanish club still want to entice the Liverpool striker to La Liga at the end of the season — despite the Kop star insisting he wants to stay at the Premier League club.

Atletico first tried to sign Suarez in January but failed to get the move off the ground.

Summer swoop: Atletico Madrid want to tempt Luis Suarez to join them with a 40m move

Summer swoop: Atletico Madrid want to tempt Luis Suarez to join them with a 40m move

But now a club insider told The Sun: 'We know this is not an easy operation but we do not think it’s impossible.'

Atletico are convinced they are better placed to offer Suarez Champions League football.

But Suarez has said: 'I’m at a club where I’m very happy, my family is happy. I’ve got great team-mates and a manager from whom I’m learning so much.'

Andy Murray beaten by Novak Djokovic in Shanghai Masters final

Murray fails to finish off Djoko as frustration boils over in smashing Shanghai final

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UPDATED:

12:39 GMT, 14 October 2012

Andy Murray wasted five championship points as Novak Djokovic gained revenge for his US Open final defeat with a thrilling triumph at the Shanghai Masters.

The Serbian somehow stayed alive in the second set, breaking when Murray was serving for the match and then winning a remarkable tie-break 13-11.

And the world No 2 broke the Scot's resolve in the decider to claim a 5-7 7-6 (13/11) 6-3 victory in three hours 21 minutes.

Fury: Murray smashes his racket after missing a point against Djokovic in the second set tiebreak

Fury: Murray smashes his racket after missing a point against Djokovic in the second set tiebreak

D'oh: Murray reacts after missing a point in the defeat to his Serbian opponent

D'oh: Murray reacts after missing a point as the match slipped away against his Serbian opponent

It was two-time defending champion Murray's first defeat in Shanghai in 13 matches.

Murray, who beat Djokovic in an epic five-set match to lift the US Open crown last month, came into the final in fine form, having dismantled world No 1 Roger Federer in Saturday's semi-final.

And, despite going a break down early on, he recovered well to win a first set which featured seven breaks of serve.

Losing his cool: Djokovic smashed his racket several times on the court in a fit of frustration

Novak was at it too! Djokovic smashed his racket several times on the court in a fit of frustration

Let it all out: Djokovic of Serbia smashes his racquet in frustration

Frustrated: Djokovic

Angry: Djokovic throws his broken racquet

The crucial break came when he moved 6-5 in front, his opponent responding with a huge display of frustration, smashing his racket on the ground.

Murray duly closed out the set.

And a straight-sets victory looked on the cards when he served for the match at 5-4, his the only break this time.

What a year: But Murray couldn't add the Shanghai Masters crown to his Olympic gold medal and US Open titles

What a year: But Murray couldn't add the Shanghai crown to his Olympic gold medal and US Open titles

Eyes on the prize: Murray hits a backhand against Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday

Eyes on the prize: Murray hits a backhand against Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday

But from 0-30 down and having saved a championship point, the Serbian upped his game and broke back before forcing the tie-break which would change the course of the match.

Murray fell 3-1 behind in the breaker before getting back on terms and carving out two more match points at 6-4.

But Djokovic saved both and then two more at 8-7 and 10-9 before finally levelling the match on his fourth set point.

Moment to savour: Djokovic celebrates after beating Murray in three spectacular sets

Moment to savour: Djokovic celebrates after beating Murray in three spectacular sets

Moment to savour: Djokovic celebrates with his trophy after beating Murray in three spectacular sets

The momentum was now firmly with the five-time Grand Slam winner and be broke in the decider for a 4-3 lead.

Serving to stay in the match at 3-5, Murray saved two championship points, but could not do so a third time as Djokovic ended the Scot's winning run in Shanghai.

Shanghai noon: The world Nos 2 and 3 duel in China in front of a packed house

Shanghai noon: The world Nos 2 and 3 duel in China in front of a packed house

Chelsea set to bid 30m for Marouane Fellaini

Chelsea on alert as Everton declare Fellaini available at a price

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UPDATED:

20:52 GMT, 15 September 2012

Chelsea are set to test Everton's resolve about hanging on to Marouane Fellaini, with a 30million bid for the Belgian.

Fellaini has been chastised by David Moyes for comments made last week about the possibility of him leaving Goodison Park before the start of next season.

But significantly, the Everton manager admitted the player could be vulnerable if the right offer came along.

Looking for a bigger club: Everton's Marouane Fellaini

Looking for a bigger club: Everton's Marouane Fellaini

'I won't say there's no chance in
the next window because everybody is available throughout the world if
the offer is right,' Moyes said.

'But one thing I know is the transfer window is closed so he's not going anywhere right now.'

Chelsea plot new Andre Schurrle bid but Daniel Sturridge could leave

Chelsea plot improved 20m bid for striker Schurrle… but Sturridge could be out

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UPDATED:

09:06 GMT, 11 July 2012

Chelsea are planning a new 20million offer for Germany striker Andre Schurrle.

The European Champions had a 17m bid for the 21-year-old front-man rejected earlier this month by Bayer Leverkusen, who are adamant they want to keep their man.

But the Blues are preparing to test their resolve with another move, which if completed could see Daniel Sturridge leave Chelsea, according to The Telegraph.

On the shopping list: Schurrle is wanted by European champions Chelsea

On the shopping list: Schurrle is wanted by European champions Chelsea

Chelsea have already pulled off another transfer coup by clinching the signature of 25m Brazilian wonderkid Oscar, who can play as a forward, from under the noses of Tottenham.

The arrivals of Oscar and Schurrle would add to those of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin and put Sturridge's place under threat.

The England striker is recovering after contracting viral meningitis – typically considered a mild strain of the disease.

Uncertain future: Daniel Sturridge could find his place under threat

Uncertain future: Daniel Sturridge could find his place under threat

Schurrle joined Leverkusen from Mainz last year and has since established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in the Bundesliga.

He has won 16 caps for Germany and was a member of their Euro 2012 squad where he made two substitute appearance in the victories over Denmark and Greece.

VIDEO: Here's why Chelsea want to splash out on Schurrle

Juventus will bid for Luis Suarez

Juventus remain in hunt for Suarez as Italian champions prepare bid

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 2 July 2012

Juventus are preparing to test Liverpool’s resolve with a bid for Luis Suarez.

The Italian champions are looking to bolster their forward line and have looked at Arsenal’s Robin van Persie and Edin Dzeko of Manchester City.

But Juventus have held a long-standing interest in Suarez, who has been in discussion with Liverpool over extending his current contract.

In demand: Luis Suarez (left) is wanted by Italian champions Juventus

In demand: Luis Suarez (left) is wanted by Italian champions Juventus

However, Suarez – like defender Martin Skrtel, who is wanted by Manchester City and Russian side Anzi Makhachakla and Daniel Agger – is yet to sign a new deal.

It has been mooted in Italy that Juventus could try to prise the Uruguayan away by offering a player plus cash.

Fresh start Suarez had a troubled season at Liverpool

Fresh start Suarez had a troubled season at Liverpool

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group, though, have absolutely no intention of selling Suarez.

Sunderland set to make fresh bid for Kevin Davies

O'Neill ready to test Bolton's resolve with fresh bid for striker Davies

Sunderland will make an improved offer for Kevin Davies after Bolton rejected their initial 250,000 bid.

Sportsmail revealed Sunderland's interest in the 34-year-old last week and manager Martin O'Neill said: 'We have have made an offer to Bolton for him, and that has been rejected at the moment.

Wanted man: Sunderland are ready to make a fresh bid for Kevin Davies

Wanted man: Sunderland are ready to make a fresh bid for Kevin Davies

'We will see where we stand later on. We would have to organise something with Bolton first of all and at the moment, we seem to be apart in those aspects. But perhaps later on, I might have a better idea.'

O'Neill has an interest in Werder Bremen's Hugo Almeida and is considering loan options to cover injuries in defence and midfield.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has been told he can go out on loan.

Loan star Keiren Westwood has been told he can go out on loan

Loan star Keiren Westwood has been told he can go out on loan

Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin is 6m target for Lazio

Lazio ready to make 6m move for Arsenal midfielder Arshavin

Lazio are ready to test Arsenal's resolve with a cut-price 6m bid for Andrey Arshavin.

The 30-year-old Russian has recently been recalled by Arsene Wenger after a spell on the sidelines.

Dilemma: Andrey Arshavin

Dilemma: Andrey Arshavin

But Arshavin only has 18 months left on his current contract and is unlikely to be offered a new deal.

Russian side Zenit St Petersburg are also in the hunt for Arshavin but Arsene Wenger has doubts about allowing him to leave when his squad has been hit by injuries.

Arsenal are trying to tie
down 28-year-old captain Robin van Persie, who also has 18 months
left on his current deal

But Wenger admits it is a different situation with Arshavin

'He is a bit older than Van Persie,'
said the Frenchman. 'Sometimes the visual impression you get from a game
has been frustrating, but he is very efficient. We can all have big
responsibility but we need confidence for what we do.'

Arsenal are confident of having Thomas Vermaelen back from a calf injury to face Manchester United on Sunday but midfielder Mikel Arteta is a major doubt with a calf problem.

West Ham increase bid for Jordan Rhodes

West Ham up their bid for Huddersfield hotshot Rhodes after Scot's five-star show

West Ham are revising their bid for Huddersfield's in-demand striker Jordan Rhodes.

Sportsmail revealed that manager Sam Allardyce had offered 4million for Rhodes, 21, last week, but Huddersfield insist he is not for sale, particularly after his five-goal show against Wycombe attracted more interest from Premier League clubs such as Everton.

However, West Ham think the player wants to join them and will offer 4.5m with more cash up front, to further test Huddersfield’s resolve.

In demand: Jordan Rhodes scored five goals for Huddersfield against Wycombe

In demand: Jordan Rhodes scored five goals for Huddersfield against Wycombe