La Liga transfer latest: Barcelona target another striker with Suarez suspended

Radamel Falcao

All the latest summer transfer news from La Liga...

The big transfer news from Spain over the last few days has been the imminent departure of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid to Manchester United. The 26-year-old Argentine has asked to leave the Bernabeu after Carlo Ancelotti's side snapped up Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez from Monaco, and United are poised to complete a £64m deal, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that the winger has flown to Manchester to tie up the transfer.

Many reports believe that Real will use the money from the Di Maria deal to push through a deal for AS Monaco's former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, but the Colombian has played down speculation of a return to Madrid by saying "My future? I’m fine at Monaco, I hope to stay here."

Another team targeting a striker is Barcelona, given that Luis Suarez's appeal against his four month ban has been rejected. Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder has hit 31 goals in his last two seasons in France, and his goalscoring exploits have attracted interest from Barca after the scouted the striker earlier this month, though they may have to fight with Roma to sign the 24-year-old Frenchman.

One player Barcelona missed out on though was former Chelsea defender David Luiz. The Brazilian joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £40m deal earlier this summer, and admitted that he turned down a move to the Camp Nou, saying that he will be happier with PSG.

"I’m sure I’ll be happier in Paris than I would have been in Barca or Munich," said Luiz. "I really think PSG is the club of the future so I’m happy to be here and I think I’ll stay for many years. I talked a lot with Thiago Silva and Laurent Blanc. My decision was made easy by PSG. The great objective is the Champions League, that is the dream."

Finally, Valencia's long-running bid to sign Manchester United target Enzo Perez from Benfica finally appears to be drawing to a close. A deal somewhere between €25m and €30m has been rumoured, with just an agreement over the fee holding up the transfer.

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