Liverpool were so unhappy with the Gunners’ £40m + £1 bid for Luis Suarez in 2013 that they appear to have taken revenge in the terms of the Brazilian forward’s deal
Roberto Firmino has a €98 million release clause that can be triggered by any club except Arsenal, according to the latest Football Leaks releases in Le Soir.
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The Gunners upset Liverpool officials in 2013 by bidding £40m + £1 for Luis Suarez in the belief it would trigger a buy-out clause in the striker’s contract, with Reds owner John W. Henry tweeting in response: “What do you think they’re smoking over there at the Emirates?”
And Liverpool appear to have taken retributive action by specifying in Firmino’s deal that he can be bought for €98m (£82m) “if the interested club is not Arsenal”.
Firmino signed for Liverpool from Hoffenheim in June 2015, with the Brazilian forward agreeing a “long-term” contract at Anfield.
After scoring 10 goals in 31 games in his debut season in the Premier League, he has established himself as one of the division’s top attacking players in 2016-17 by scoring five goals and assisting three more in 13 matches.
That form – and his combination play with his compatriot Philippe Coutinho – has helped to boost Liverpool into third place in the English top flight.
The disclosure regarding his contract comes as part of the latest series of releases by Football Leaks, who have exposed substantial amounts of information in the contracts of top players and clubs over the past year.
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Whistleblower website Football Leaks, cited by French outlet Le Soir, claims the centre-back can leave White Hart Lane for just £25 million
Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld has a release clause of just €30 million (£25.4m), according to leaked documents.
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Whistleblower website Football Leaks, cited by French outlet Le Soir, claims the centre-back can leave White Hart Lane if the clause in his contract is triggered.
Alderweireld moved to Tottenham from Atletico Madrid in 2015 following a successful loan spell with Southampton, arriving for a fee believed to be around £11.5m.
The Belgian quickly established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League, alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen in the centre of defence.
Le Soir have printed an extract of the player’s contract stating the clause, while reports continue to circle claiming Tottenham are keen to tie Alderweireld down to an improved deal.
Vertonghen signed a new contract at Tottenham this past week, days after star striker Harry Kane penned new terms.
The pair are the latest in a growing list of Spurs players to recommit to the cause at White Hart Lane following last season’s third-placed finish.
Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier and Danny Rose have all also extended this season.
Louis van Gaal was keen to lure the defender to Old Trafford two years ago, according to the Germany international
Mats Hummels says he was “very close” to joining Manchester United when Louis van Gaal was manager in 2014.
The Germany international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford while he was still at Borussia Dortmund, but a move to the Premier League failed to materialise.
Any chance of Hummels swapping Germany for England was ended for the time being in the close-season when the defender opted to leave Dortmund for fierce Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
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Hummels claims there was also interest from La Liga powerhouses Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, but the most concrete proposal came from United two years ago.
“Yes, [a deal was close],” Hummels told the Daily Mail. “Yes, yes, yes. It was close. Very close.
“There were talks, several times in the last few years. They were the offers. I had England or one of the three big Spanish clubs.
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“The Spanish interest was loose, loose offers. I don’t like it that way. Nothing got close like the one from England.
“Van Gaal wanted me but he wasn’t the only one. It is getting difficult for me now to play in England. I’m 28 next month and I’ve signed here for five years.”
Part of Hummels’ reasoning for staying at Dortmund was out of loyalty to former coach Jurgen Klopp.
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Under Klopp’s stewardship, Dortmund secured back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012 and also won the DFB-Pokal.
Hummels believes that no other coach could have achieved the same feat and is rooting for Klopp to be a success in England with Liverpool.
“We wouldn’t have had that success with another coach in Dortmund, no way. He is very emotional. All the time, on the training pitch. He can’t settle down,” he added.
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“How intense? Every day? 100 per cent! The important thing is that when he thinks he made [a mistake], he can really apologise to a player – whether that is alone or in front of the whole team. If he says something inappropriate, he realises it afterwards.
“He doesn’t take things personally. We had two big opinions, two big egos. Sometimes you can get into a fight but you know everything the next day will be okay. We could always talk about it.
“He was never like ‘I will never forgive you for this!’ The relationship I had with him was really important.
“I can’t say I am a Liverpool fan. I don’t have a club in England. I just want Klopp to win. If he was coach of another team, I would support them. I cheer for Klopp.”
The Serie A outfit are prepared to discuss loan or permanent deals in January, with the midfielder one of five players to have seen the San Siro exit door opened
Liverpool target Geoffrey Kondogbia is one of five players Inter are prepared to part with during the January transfer window, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 23-year-old midfielder has struggled for form in Serie A this season and could form part of a San Siro clearout alongside Jonathan Biabiany, Felipe Melo, Stevan Jovetic, Rodrigo Palacio and Davide Santon.
English eyes are likely to fall on many members of that quintet, but it is Kondogbia who is attracting the strongest Premier league interest at present.
Jurgen Klopp is reported to be in the market for further midfield steel and could make a move now that the path has been cleared, although any deal will cost around €22 million (£18.6m) – either as an upfront sum or as a commitment to buy in a loan agreement.
Roberto Assis, the Brazilian’s brother and agent, admits the ex-Barcelona and AC Milan forward has various options to consider at a career crossroads
Ronaldinho’s brother and agent, Roberto Assis, has revealed that an emotional switch to Chapecoense is just one avenue for the former World Player of the Year to explore, with there offers on the table from South America, Europe, the United States and China.
The ex-Barcelona and AC Milan forward is currently without a club, having last turned out for Fluminense in 2015.
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He is, however, yet to hang up his boots and at the age of 36 could still have plenty to offer the right project.
It has been suggested that Ronaldinho could be among those to offer their services to Chapecoense following the recent tragedy that saw 19 members of their playing staff killed in a plane crash.
— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) December 3, 2016
Assis admits that all options are being considered but has also been quick to point out that, despite the clamour for his brother to make such a move, nothing has been discussed formally during a difficult period for the Brazilian club.
He told Goal: “About Chapecoense, I think we should treat this issue with the greatest respect for the families and the club.
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“We are ready to help in some way, I do not know how.
“Just like the Brazilian people and the whole world, we are still very much sad. We had a relationship with many people on that flight, I feel very sad and I hope that peace and serenity will help these families to pass this difficult time.”
Ronaldinho is likely to resume his playing career somewhere in the near future, though, with Assis admitting that clubs from across the globe have expressed an interest in acquiring his services.
He said: “I have been approached by some Brazilian clubs and also by two South Americans clubs for a Libertadores project, and I also have proposals from clubs in the United States, China and Europe.”
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Ronaldinho has made over 720 club appearances to date, with his career taking him from Gremio to Fluminense via Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro and Queretaro.
Named the best player on the planet in 2004 and 2005, the talented playmaker also has 97 caps for Brazil to his name and helped them to World Cup glory in 2002.