Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Thursday 17 May


Juventus Out Of van Persie Race….

Juventus are out of the race to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. The Italian champions had been linked with interest in the Dutchman but despite reports that Juve were ready to make an investment of 90million euro (£73million) in van Persie’s transfer fee, wages and commissions to his agent, it appears that the very size of that investment – and in particular the amount of money paid to van Persie in wages – is now problem for Juve.

Italian newspaper La Stampa likens the wages Juventus would have paid as “like planting a skyscraper amongst a row of houses – the people who live there were bound to complain” – meaning that while Juventus could afford to pay 7.5million euro a year to van Persie, general manager Beppe Marotta may have found himself fielding demands for pay rises from other members of the Juve squad demanding parity with van Persie.

Juventus will now turn their attentions to a shortlist of three names, all of which will demand around 4-5million euro a year: Luis Suarez of Liverpool, Edinson Cavani of Napoli and Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina.

…..But United Are In?

Both La Stampa and today’s Daily Mirror are claiming that van Persie has told Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger that he wants to leave the club. The Mirror claims van Persie is sick of suffering seven trophy-less seasons and wants to move somewhere with a better chance of silverware.

However, the paper claims that Manchester United will match whatever Manchester City have to offer the 28-year-old. It is believed City will offer van Persie £250,000 a week along with a £25million transfer fee to Arsenal.

Up to now it has always been held that van Persie would prefer to move abroad rather than to another Premier League club, but with Juve out of the race and United in then a move north is looking increasingly likely.

M’Vila Future To Be Decided Soon

Arsenal target Yann M’Vila claims his future will soon be decided and that he may decide to move abroad.

The Rennes defensive midfielder has long been linked with Arsenal but recent rumours about a 22million euro (£17.7million) move to the Emirates was angrily denied by Arsene Wenger last week when he claimed he hadn’t even made an enquiry about the player.

Arsenal are believed to have put in a bid of 20million euro before transfer deadline day at the end of August 2011 (the amount was then worth around £17million) and had offered the 21-year-old M’Vila a pay deal worth £60,000 a week. However, these figures were fed last week to French newspaper Le Parisien, allegedly by M’Vila’s agent, in order to flush out a bid from Paris Saint-Germain.

However, M’Vila claimed on Wednesday that his future will be decided soon after the French season ends this weekend. He told French radio station RMC: “I’ll make my decision after the game with Dijon. It is true that I would progress further if I looked elsewhere. Why not abroad? ”

M’Vila recently spent a night in custody in Rennes following an allegation that he had assaulted a teenage member of his entourage. Later, it emerged that he was in custody when he should have been at the Manchester derby as a guest of Manchester City. The incident is said to have put some doubt in Wenger’s mind about M’Vila’s temperament given that this is the latest in a string of incidents which also includes a verbal altercation with Rennes fans at the club’s training ground, a road rage incident in which a man was allegedly assaulted, and an incident in which M’Vila and a friend were robbed by a prostitute!

Inter Milan are also said to be interested although their transfer budget for this summer has been severely cut back following their failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsenal Linked With United Target

Arsenal are being linked with Borussia Dortmund winger Shinji Kagawa. The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with Manchester United after he rejected the offer of a new deal from Dortmund.

Kagawa flew to Manchester on Tuesday along with his agent Thomas Kroth for talks with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson but Bild newspaper in Germany claims that Arsenal are also interested and that Arsene Wenger thinks highly of Kagawa.

On Monday Kawaga had further talks with Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc in which he re-iterated his desire to leave the club. The Japan international is out of contract at the end of next season and has been offered a new deal with Dortmund which would see his wage double to around 50,000 euro (just over £40,000) a week.

Kagawa joined Dortmund two years ago in a deal worth 350,000 euro (£293.000) from Cerezo Osaka in Japan’s J-League. He scored 17 goals in the German season just ended and also chipped in with 13 assists as Dortmund not only retained their Bundesliga title but added the German Cup to complete an unprecedented double for the club. Dortmund defeated Bayern Munich 5-2 in last Saturday’s Cup Final with Kagawa scoring the opening goal.

Dortmund are expected to demand around 15million euro (£12million) for Kagawa despite the fact that he is in the final year of his contract. United value him at around £7million.



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