RVP: City Losing Ground
Press speculation claims that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has had a ‘major bust-up’ with members of the City board after the club slipped behind Manchester United and Juventus in the race to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. The news comes as Juve prepare to make an increased bid for the 28-year-old.
City looked favourites to secure the Dutchman’s signature just a couple of weeks ago but their failure to sell one of their forwards means Mancini cannot bid for van Persie, according to the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Mail claims the Italian is worried that his club have ‘lost the initiative’ in the race for van Persie.
The ‘revelation’ is hardly new. Mancini said at the beginning of last month that he would only recruit a new forward if one of his current strikers moves on. Emmanuel Adebayor is looking to head to Spurs but as he hasn’t been in the City boss’s plans for a season-and-a-half he hardly counts. AC Milan are looking to move for Carlos Tevez, according to reports from Italy, while Edin Dzeko has also been linked with the Serie A side. However, both have salary demands greater than Milan are willing to pay.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph quotes sources in Italy which claim that Juventus are getting ready to make a second bid for van Persie. The Italian champions have already bid around £8million and are ready to substantially increase that bid to something to close to the £20million minimum which Arsenal will accept for the Dutchman. The Arsenal board will accept a bid of around that level although Arsene Wenger wants to hold out for £30million. Juve are ready to offer van Persie around £190,000 a week to move to Turin which will make him the club’s highest-paid player.
Cazorla ‘Wants Arsenal Move’
Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla has returned to training with the La Liga side as rumours intensify over a move to Arsenal. The Spain international returned to the club’s training facilities yesterday along with a small number of team-mates, the rest of the first-team squad having travelled to Venezuela for an eight-day tour. Cazorla was given extra time off after he was part of Spain’s squad at Euro 2012.
However, rumours have intensified with Arsenal said to be close to a 20million euro £15.6million deal to sign Cazorla, who is at the centre of a cash dispute involving Malaga and his former club, Villareal. Malaga are said to have failed to pay over 3.5million euro in VAT as part of the 20million euro deal which took place last year. There are also reports of players’ wages being unpaid while Osasuna last night denounced Malaga for missing a 1million euro payment for Nacho Monreal which was due on 15 July. The club could be forced to give up its Champions League as a result of the Cazorla non-payment.
According to The Guardian, Cazorla has told Arsenal that he wants to join them and the paper adds that negotiations have already taken place between the two clubs. The impetus initially came from Cazorla’s agent who approached a number of clubs, including Arsenal and Spurs, offering Cazorla to them after he wasn’t paid in June.
Wenger gave a wry smile at a press conference in Malaysia when asked about Cazorla. “I have never heard of him,” he said despite Arsenal having shown a keen interest in the player prior to his move to Malaga.
Ganso Pledges Future To Santos
Arsenal target Ganso has pledged his immediate future to Brazilian side Santos. The 22-year-old had been linked with a move away from the club after a dispute over his contract.
Ganso was linked with interest from Santos’s Brazilian rivals Internacional, but only on a one-year deal before his agent plans to move him to Europe in 2013. The contractual dispute appeared to have brought that forward but Ganso says he is looking to see out his current deal with Santos which expires in three years’ time.
“I heard a lot of things that were not correct,” Ganso said during a press conference at the Brazilian Olympic football team’s training base.
“Today, my future is at Santos. I have a contract until 2015, and right now I am focused on winning the gold at the Olympic Games for the Selecao”
It was claimed last weekend that Arsenal were interested and that Ganso had been informed of their interest.
Bendtner In Talks With Two Clubs
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is in talks with two clubs over a move away from the Emirates. Reports from Italy claim that AC Milan are ready with a 10million euro (£7.8million) bid for Bendtner who spent last season on loan at Sunderland. The Serie A giants see him as a cut-price replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who moved last week to Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Turkish side Galatasaray are also in the race for Bendtner’s signature while their fierce local rivals Fenerbahce are also keen, according to Metro, although they have yet to show their hand.
No Besiktas Bid for Chamakh
Besiktas have denied reports linking them with Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh. The Turkish club were linked at the weekend with a move for the Morocco international but coach Samet Aybaba said: “We are not looking to sign Marouane Chamakh.”
The 28-year old has scored 12 times in 61 games for Arsenal in his two seasons at the club.
Meanwhile, Andrei Arshavin is said to be in talks with two clubs over a move to the Middle East.