Wednesday Kickoff: Atletico Madrid consider Suarez swoop; Madrid linked with Cavani; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Since receiving a ten-match ban, Luis Suarez has been the center of numerous transfer rumors.

The latest team considered to be in the running for the Uruguayan’s services is Atletico Madrid, whose manager Diego Simeone said he believes that Suarez is an “extraordinary player.” With there being a good likelihood that top forward Radamel Falcao is on his way out of the Vicente Calderon, reports out of Spain and England have Suarez as the top choice replacement for the club.

The reports state that it’s going to take a pretty hefty bid to pry Suarez from Liverpool, upwards of €40 million for the transfer fee and a contract of more than €6 million per season. After negotiating a new sponsorship deal with the country of Azerbaijan, it’s thought that Atletico will ask them to help pay for the deal.

Suarez had one of his most successful seasons this year for Liverpool, scoring 30 goals in all competitions for the club, including 23 in the Premier League, good for second best at the moment.

Here are some more stories to get your Wednesday started:

CAVANI’S BROTHER CLAIMS REAL MADRID INTERESTED

Edinson Cavani’s goal scoring touch has continued this season for Napoli, scoring a hat trick last Sunday against Inter to bring his total to 26 Serie A goals this year.

Many of the top sides around the world have sent scouts to Naples to watch the South American forward play and according to reports out of Italy, Real Madrid are one of those sides. Speaking to an Italian radio station, Cavani’s brother reportedly said that the Madrid side are interested in signing Cavani, but the players release clause is too high.

The player’s brother also stated that the 26-year-old is very happy to be a Napoli player. Previous reports have put the release clause for Cavani at upwards of $82 million.

THIAGO SILVA, LEONARDO SUSPENDED FOR LYON MATCH

Paris Saint-Germain have been handed a blow ahead of a potentially title-clinching match this Sunday against Lyon.

Defender Thiago Silva’s red card from last Sunday was upheld by the Ligue 1 Disciplinary Committee, forcing him out of PSG’s next match against Lyon, where a win would give them their first league title since 1994. In addition, the Committee decided that PSG sporting director Leonardo would be banned for one match as well, after getting into an altercation with the match official following the game.

The Brazilian defender Thiago Silva was sent off in the 43rd minute of his side’s recent home match against Valenciennes, when he put his hands on the referee after the referee blew for a foul.

GERRARD TO MISS END OF THE SEASON

What began as a season where the captain hadn’t missed a minute of action, has finished with Steven Gerrard sitting on the sidelines.

Gerrard will have surgery to repair a damaged shoulder by the end of this week, ending his 15th Premier League season prematurely. The surgery will also knock the 32-year-old out of England’s two friendlies this summer, though Gerrard is expected back by the start of next season.

The England international had started all 36 Premier League matches for Liverpool this season, going the full 90 in all but the recent match against Newcastle, where Liverpool won 6-0.

QUICK KICKS

Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic is set to have talks over his future with the club once the season ends, alerting numerous teams abroad of his potential availability. (REPORT)

Arsenal have signed a new kit deal with Puma for £30 million a season. (REPORT)

Manchester City midfielder Scott Sinclair had surgery to remove a blood clot in his shoulder. (REPORT)

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is being rumored as the potential replacement for Victor Valdes, but no offer has been made by Barcelona. (REPORT)

Boca Juniors midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme has said that he will be fit in time for his club’s second-leg Copa Libertadores match with Corinthians. (REPORT)

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What do you make of these reports? Do you see Suarez moving on to Atletico Madrid? Do you believe Madrid can afford Cavani’s release clause? Do you agree with the Thiago Silva suspension?

Share your thoughts below.

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22 Responses to Wednesday Kickoff: Atletico Madrid consider Suarez swoop; Madrid linked with Cavani; and more

  1. Monty says:

    They replaced Torres with Aguero, they replaced Aguero with Falcao so Suarez would be a decent replacement for Falcao.

    • Sly says:

      Theyve always managed to upgrade dont think Liverpool will sell for 40 million pounds though. Theyd have to have a replacement waiting in the wings for less than 40 and noone comes to mind. Who hasnt already been linked to 20 other teams,

  2. fischy says:

    Atletico Madrid wil be sponsored by the country of Azerbaijan? Is that a first?

    It’s an interesting model. Maybe DC United could work out a natural sponsorship with Colombia? One that would send top Colombian players to the District of Columbia?

    • RK says:

      How strange…but things like that have happened before. You’ve got the Qatari “Foundation” at Barca, and cycling teams sponsored by a Kazahk gas company.

      • 1234 says:

        explain further

        • Cremmo says:

          Astana is a professional road bicycle racing team sponsored by the Astana group, a coalition of state-owned companies from Kazakhstan and named after its capital city Astana.

  3. Rory says:

    Scot Sinclair… man I love seeing player’s names that I only know because they used to a young player on FIFA that turns into a beast in the future. Wish him the best of luck treating the injury.

    • Jamie Z. says:

      Scott Sinclair isn’t exactly a well-kept secret. He broke out at Swansea a couple years ago and was purchased by City for nearly ten million dollars.

      • wides says:

        Where he promptly rode the bench for basically the whole year. 2 starts … 9 substitute league appearances (all of those after 70th minute, 7 after the 80th) …

        What a stupid transfer …

        I guess he gets to collect a nice paycheck though.

        • Jamie Z. says:

          I didn’t comment on his ability, I merely stated he’s hardly a player that only Rory knows about.

  4. Rory says:

    Gerrard with a season-ending injury, huh?

    • 45 says:

      out the remaining 2 games so yes

    • wides says:

      He had played every minute of every premier league game this year until the Newcastle United game… as of last month there was only 2 other players in the league who could say the same. Leighton Baines and Matthew Lowton. Now there’s only Baines.

      Still … unbelievable of Gerrard to play that much and that injury free this year, considering the numerous injuries he’s had in the last few years.

  5. Brett Bates says:

    Man City should make a move for Saurez. He is to good of a player to him leave the EPL. BUT 40m is a pretty nice reason to let him leave.

    • Eurosnob says:

      “He is too good of a player to him leave the EPL.” Don’t forget that he would be leaving for a stronger league in a country with better climate and no language barrier. Christiano Ronaldo left for the same league and it was at the time when EPL was the dominant league. This year there was not a single EPL team among the top eight in the Champions league, although one could argue that ManUtd was a bit unlucky not to make it. Both La Liga and Bundesliga were stronger leagues than EPL this year. EPL has a big edge in marketing, particularly in North America, but from purely footballing prospective both La Liga and Bundesliga are better.

  6. SoCalCJ says:

    Jerseys by Puma? I’m not excited by that prospect, but okay

    • Scott says:

      As long as they get rid of the awful yellow ones ill be happy

    • nic d "the tx 2 stepper" says:

      So long as they leave the Red body and White sleeves alone I won’t fuss.

      Plus I can finally have matching shirt to go with my Power Cats.

  7. 1234 says:

    best striker in the world?

    Cavani? Falcao? Lewandowski? Suarez? RVP?

    • nic d "the tx 2 stepper" says:

      Ibra? Drogba? Eto’o? Yilmaz? Aguero? Tevez? Rooney?

    • Sly says:

      Still Falcao, Messi, Ibra, Cavani, Suarez, Lewandowski, Aguero, RVP. Then a whole bunch who can do well enough if you can get them for cheap enough.9

  8. inkedAG says:

    Considering I don’t care for Puma shoes or clothes, it stinks that they’ll be Arsenal’s kit maker.