Borussia Dortmund refuse to give up in chase to sign Chelsea midfielder De Bruyne

The German club’s sporting director Michael Zorc says the Champions League runners-up have not given up on signing the Belgium international despite his commitment to the Blues

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says the Bundesliga outfit will continue their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

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The Belgium international, who spent last season on loan with Werder Bremen, is seen as an ideal replacement for Bayern Munich-bound Mario Gotze.

And despite new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s insistence that both De Bruyne and fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku have a future at the club, Dortmund remain determined to try and sign him.

“We respect his contract at Chelsea but we will keep trying him,” Zorc told Kicker.

Earlier this week Zorc revealed that De Bruyne reciprocated Dortmund’s interest, while also playing down speculation linking the club with a move for Ajax’s Christian Eriksen.

“The player [De Bruyne] wants to join us,” the 50-year-old told Ruhr Nachrichten.

De Bruyne joined Chelsea for €8 million in January 2012 and has yet to make a first team appearance for the club, but scored 10 goals in 33 league appearance on loan with Bremen.

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Parlour urges Wenger to spend €116m on Rooney, Higuain & Fellaini

The Gunners legend believes his former side can be a threat next year with the right additions as the club look to close in on London rivals Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs

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By Tom Marshall-BaileyRay Parlour has encouraged Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to splash the cash this summer in order to ensure his former club challenge for major honours next season.

Goal revealed earlier this month how the Gunners are finally ready to flex their financial muscle by activating the release clause in Marouane Fellaini’s Everton contract.

Arsenal are also exploring the possibility of moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney as Wenger looks to bridge the gap between the north London outfit and the Manchester powerhouses.

Parlour feels such stellar names would get pulses racing around the Emirates, but stressed it may take significant spending to address the flaws in the squad.

Parlour, who was speaking at the launch of the 2013-2014 Barclays Premier League fixtures, told Goal: “They need to go out and spend money now, reports are saying there’s €82m available at the moment. If I was Arsene Wenger, I’d say go out and spend €116m and get the right players to have a real go of it next season.

“The whole point in moving stadium was to try to compete with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona but now they are trying to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, who will probably get stronger next season.

“That’s the most important thing for the fans, but now the club are in such a good state of mind with the stadium – they paid off a lot of money on that – and financially, they are in a very good situation.

“The players that work for him on a regular basis would be very excited to have the likes of Rooney in the side, Higuain, who is a very good player at Real Madrid, and Fellaini, who has had a great few seasons at Everton.

“That’s the big question now, whether they can attract this sort of players to the club.”

Parlour does not believe the Gunners’ squad is in need of major surgery but concedes his former club need to add world-class reinforcements in key positions during the close season.

He added: “When you look at the side they’ve got, they’ve got very good players but they have to strengthen down the spine of the team.

“Striker-wise I know Higuain has been mentioned and Rooney would be a fantastic signing for Arsenal.

“They maybe need another midfielder who can win the ball back as well. I think [Mikel] Arteta was fantastic last year but another player who can slot into that role just in front of the back four, which is so important in today’s football, would be ideal.

“I definitely think they need another central defender too. [Thomas] Vermaelen was obviously in and out of the team last year and didn’t really play a lot of football and we don’t know what’s going to happen to him this summer.

“And maybe a goalkeeper, when you look at the lack of competition at the moment for [Wojciech] Szczesny. [Lukasz] Fabianski did really well when he came back into the side, but I don’t know if that’s the answer or not.

“If they can get the right players, they will definitely be a force next season.”

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all had to replace outgoing managers this summer, and with Wenger now the longest-serving boss in the league, Parlour feels the club can use that stability to their advantage in the upcoming campaign.

“I think it will be the most exciting Barclays Premier League season next year, with new managers coming in and out,” he continued.

“You don’t know how [Manuel] Pellegrini will settle in but I’m sure he will do a great job at Manchester City, David Moyes has got his chance at Manchester United, and obviously with Jose Mourinho coming back to Chelsea it is going to be interesting.

“So it may be an opportunity for Arsenal to say: ‘Okay we’ve got the stability in the manager at the moment, can we get the right players now?’

“Top quality players want to play in the Champions League and that’s why it was so important that we pipped Spurs to fourth place.”

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Ray Parlour was speaking at the launch of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League fixtures. To hear Phil Neville, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Ray Parlour and John Hartson preview the new fixtures, download the exclusive podcast by clicking here.

Liverpool can't keep an unhappy Suarez, warns Carragher

The Reds have so far been steadfast in their public assertion that the Uruguayan will stay, but the club legend says forcing him to remain at Anfield might do more harm than good

Jamie Carragher has warned that Liverpool cannot keep Luis Suarez if the Uruguayan is determined to force a summer exit from Anfield.

Suarez has not been shy in voicing his discontent with life in England in recent weeks, and has repeatedly spoken of his desire to one day play for Real Madrid.

Liverpool have so far remained steadfast in their public determination to keep their unsettled star, but Carragher believes forcing him to stay could do more harm than good.

“The thing about keeping unhappy players is an issue because we had that experience with Torres, and keeping him definitely wasn’t the right thing to do,” he told Sky Sports.

“Torres wasn’t the same player for about 18 months. He gave the impression of having downed tools – and that’s certainly what you don’t want.

“I do believe that Suarez is a slightly different character to Fernando Torres.

“There were times, I believe, Torres wasn’t giving his best on the pitch for Liverpool and that is why it was a mistake to keep him.

“I don’t think that will happen with Suarez, simply because of the player he is. But it is something you must be aware of.”

Suarez’s desire to join Real Madrid appears to be reciprocated by the Spanish giants, and Carragher is unsurprised that the Uruguayan is attracting such illustrious suitors.

“Luis is one of the best players in the world and, when Real Madrid come calling, it will obviously turn a player’s head – he’s obviously had his head turned, but which player wouldn’t?” added Carragher.

“Liverpool would have known they were always going to be in this situation, with other clubs calling for Luis Suarez this summer.

“If you were honest, Luis Suarez is playing in a team that finished seventh in the Premier League, but he is one of the best players in the world.

“Liverpool just can’t roll over and accept Luis Suarez will leave, but if he goes, they must get top dollar for him.

“If he was to be sold, it would be up to the club to make sure that the money was spent in the right way, after maybe not doing that after Torres went.

“They have to be decisive. They either wait for a bid they think is acceptable or they decide to keep him because he is Liverpool’s best player and they want to build a team around him.

“Whichever way, they need to act. If you lose a player late, it’s very hard to replace him at that stage of the window.”

West Brom lead chase for Benayoun amid interest from Spain and Germany

The former West Ham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder has been a free agent since the end of last season, and is currently mulling over an offer from the Baggies

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By Ed Aarons

West Bromwich Albion are set to offer free agent Yossi Benayoun a one-year deal but face a fight to land the former Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham midfielder, Goal.com can reveal.

Benayoun’s €105,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge expired at the end of last season and the Israel international has since been weighing up his options. He would prefer to extend his stay in the Premier League into a ninth season, although he has also attracted interest from La Liga, the Bundesliga and the MLS.

Championship side Reading have made signing the 33-year-old a priority as they bid to bounce straight back to the top flight after relegation and Benayoun’s agent, Ronen Katzev, has admitted his client will make a decision over his future in the next fortnight.

“West Brom have registered their interest and now we are just waiting to see what other options are available,” he told Goal.

“We have been negotiating with another club in the Premier League and clubs in Germany and Spain so Yossi will have to make a decision very soon. He has been playing in England for a long time now so it has become like a second home to him.”

Benayoun joined West Ham from Racing Santander in 2005 for €2.9 million and moved to Liverpool two seasons later. He spent three years at Anfield before making the move to Chelsea in 2010, but he has struggled to earn a starting berth at Stamford Bridge and has been loaned to Arsenal and the Hammers in recent seasons.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke is on the lookout for attacking players to add to his squad this summer, with Peter Odemwingie expected to leave, Jerome Thomas having turned down a new contract in favour of a deal with Premier League new boys Crystal Palace, and Romelu Lukaku likely to return to Chelsea.

Juventus announce Immobile & Boakye deals

The Bianconeri have confirmed a host of co-ownership deals to follow the outright signing of Kwadwo Asamoah from Udinese

Juventus have confirmed new 50-50 co-ownership deals for young duo Richmond Boakye and Italy Under-21 international Ciro Immobile.

Boakye, who has spent time on loan at Genoa, shone with Serie B outfit Sassuolo last season, while Immobile scored five goals in 33 games with Genoa last season.

Juventus also went on to confirm another five co-ownership deals, including three with Siena, with Andrea Schiavone, who represented the Old Lady’s Primavera team last season, Marcel Buchel, fresh from a loan spell at Cremonese and Leonardo Spinazzola all renewing their terms with the club.

They have also acquired co-ownership rights with Filippo Boniperti and Alberto Gallinetta on a 50-50 basis from Parma, with Yussif Raman Chibsah moving to the Ennio Tardini.

Finally, the Turin giants have renewed their co-ownership agreement with James Troisi of Atalanta, bought the rights to Luca Del Papa from Pescara outright and sold Riccardo Maniero to the Stadio Adriatico.

Meanwhile, Juve have announced the full signing of Kwadwo Assamoah from Udinese after a successful first season at the club.