Inter Miami spring plan to sign Luis Suarez to partner Lionel Messi despite MLS rules - Paper Round
Man United ban journalists for going 'around our back' - Ten Hag
Inter Miami come up with Suarez plan
“Suarez recently played his final home game for Brazilian club Gremio, bidding an emotional goodbye to their adoring fans. The Uruguayan is closing in on a deal with Inter Miami, although personal terms are yet to be agreed as Gremio conclude the season against Fiuminense this week.
“MLS teams are allowed to sign three players above the salary cap, assigned as Designated Players. However, Messi and another ex Barcelona star Sergio Busquets occupy two spots, while Brazilian midfielder Gregore is the third and final DP.
”Inter Miami are instead expected to use Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to keep Suarez’s salary below the DP threshold. It would mean the striker would take home a salary of around £158,000 per year, which pales in comparison to some of his previous contracts - but Suarez is eager to reunite with Messi, Busquets and Jordi Alba.
“All teams are allowed up to three Designated Players, whose salaries exceed the league’s Maximum Salary Budget Charge ($651,250 in 2023). Clubs also can use their annual TAM allotment to add to their rosters and buy down existing contracts to open space for new high-priced players. In 2024, the TAM amount available is £1.9million.”
“Sancho is searching for an escape route out of Old Trafford following his public fallout with Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag, who has banished him from the group and axed him from first team plans this season.
West Ham ready to let Fornals go
Pablo Fornals has had his contract at West Ham extended by a season, but the club could be willing to sell him if the price is right.
“Fornals had been due to enter the final six months of his deal in the New Year and would therefore have been free to negotiate a summer free transfer with overseas clubs.
“However, the Hammers have activated an option to extend the midfielder’s contract to the end of next season in the hope of recouping a transfer fee for a player who was signed from Villarreal in a £24million deal in 2019.
“The Spaniard has not started a Premier League game since the opening day of the season and has relied on the Europa League for regular action but David Moyes is likely to lean on his first-choice line-up more heavily when the knockout stages start after Christmas.
Juventus may miss out on Phillips
While Juventus are reported above to be reluctant to splash out on Jadon Sancho, they are also sceptical about spending to sign Manchester City's Kalvin Phillips for the same reason - high wages.