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Mid-Day Ticker: Liverpool lands Suarez, Pazzini joins Inter and more

 Luis Suarez (Getty Images)

Amid rumors that Fernando Torres is interested in joining Chelsea comes word that Liverpool has, in fact, added a star rather than lost one.

Liverpool has completed the acquisition of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Ajax for a reported €26.5 million euros. After a lengthy and public negotiations, Liverpool finally offered a total that Ajax deemed reasonable for one of the stars (and villains) of the 2010 World Cup.

Here are some other stories to keep your Friday going:

Chelsea's Luiz bid fails

Chelsea's quest to land highly-rated Brazilian centerback David Luiz has fallen short.

Benfica alerted stockholders on Friday that talks with Chelsea about a Luiz transfer had been ended, leaving the Blues to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements as they look to catch Manchester United, and stay in the top four in the Premier League.

Inter buys Pazzini

Inter Milan received a boost to its chase for retain the Scudetto with the acquisition of Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini for a fee of 13 million euros.

Park retires from South Korea

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung has been a hero for the South Korean national team for the better part of a decade, but he has played his final game for South Korea after announcing his international retirement.

Park emerged at the 2002 as a standout, with his goal against Portugal helping the United States advance to the second round of the tournament. Most recently, Park helped South Korea reach the Asian Cup semifinal before losing in penalties to Japan.


What do you think of these stories? Think Liverpool can crack the Top Four now? Believe Chelsea can challenge for the EPL title without Luiz? Surprised Inter was able to pry away Pazzini from Sampdoria? Shed a tear for Park Ji-Sung's international retirement?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. No matter how you cut it, Turkish league is a big step down from Bundesliga. Financial considerations aside, it is not a good move for a player who was a regular starter in Bundesliga.

  2. I think Suarez seriously changes the offensive dynamic for Liverpool. Lots more creativity and quality shots. Now they just need some wingers and a holding mid. lol

  3. Liverpool crack the Top Four? Not this season. I’m hoping they can eventually challenge Sunderland for sixth. Liverpool need to qualify for the Europa League or risk losing their best players over the summer.

  4. Great signing for Liverpool – finally someone young and dynamic. Hopefully, this spells the end of both Paulsen and Lucas starting – you only need one marginally talented defensive midfielder with no creative skills.

    Torres and Suarez can play off each other, with Gerrard the playmaker for both. They still won’t have any width, but whatever.

  5. Mixed feelings there – not sure Turkey is a place for him to develop… New language, new playing style, new league, new team — may see the rest of the season as a dip in form for him.

    Wonder what Papa thinks of this…

  6. I think that’s a giving, but just hasn’t been done already due to Ajax threatening Lpool with tampering charges earlier in the negotiations.

  7. a bit of tediousness, but the acquisition of suarez isn’t complete. he still needs to agree personal terms and that is never guaranteed.


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