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Man Utd Transfer News: Red Devils Want Samuel Eto’o?

9 Jun

Samuel Eto'o

Chelsea target Samuel Eto’o is also on Manchester United’s radar this summer, according to sources close to the striker and a report in the Mirror.

The 32-year-old had been lined up by Blues manager Jose Mourinho as a possible alternative for Wayne Rooney, following United’s insistence that the England star, who played in last night’s friendly win over Scotland, is not for sale.

Eto’o wants out of Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachakla after the club’s billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov stopped ploughing money into the club.

And the Cameroonian’s representatives have claimed that along with Chelsea, Napoli and Inter Milan, a fourth club are also interested in signing the forward.

And sources close to Eto’o claim the last bidder is United.

Eto’o’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, had previously insisted that talks with Chelsea over a move in recent days had been positive but that the striker was willing to speak to any potential employer.

And that could leave the door open for United who may be in the market for a new goalscorer this summer.

Along with the ongoing Rooney issue, the Premier League champions also have concerns over Danny Welbeck, who, despite scoring in last night’s 3-2 win over Scotland, has not netted for United since last October.

Eto’o, despite his age, managed to score 21 times in 44 appearances for Anzhi last season.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Miss Out On Luiz Gustavo To Wolfsburg

9 Jun

Luis Gustavo

Arsenal have missed out on Luiz Gustavo after Wolfsburg agreed a 17 million deal with Bayern Munich for the defensive midfielder, according to the Guardian.

Gunner’s manager Arsene Wenger said last weekend that he was interested in the Brazil international and has been looking for an able, defence-minded midfielder ever since last summer’s departure of Alexander Song to Barcelona.

Arsenal valued the 26-year-old at 14 million but appear to have been unwilling to budge on that figure, allowing Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg to usurp them for the player.

The German club have been long-term admirers of Gustavo.

And this latest set-back in the summer transfer market is one that only serves to pile the pressure on Wenger to make an eye-catching signing before the window closes on September 2.

The French boss tried to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender earlier this summer but had an 18.5 million inquiry rejected.

He was also interested in bringing in Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, who is instead set to join North London rivals Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Wenger has also been foiled so far in his efforts to sign a new striker.

Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain was at one point poised for a move to Emirates Stadium but opted for Napoli.

And landing Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is also proving to be difficult, with the Gunner’s having had two bids for the Uruguayan rejected – including one bid of 1 over 40 million.

Arsenal’s chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, claimed at the start of the summer that funds would be available for Wenger to spend on new recruits ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.

But so far, France youth international striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from Auxerre remains the only piece of business the London club have completed thus far.

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Liverpool Transfer News: Luis Suarez Demands Arsenal Talks

10 May

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has asked for permission to hold talks with Arsenal over a summer move to the Emirates, according to the BBC.

The unsettled Uruguayan believed the Gunner’s offer last night of 40,000,001 triggers the release clause inserted in his contract at Anfield, allowing him to speak to his suitors.

Liverpool however see things differently, and rejected Arsenal’s offer outright, though Suarez will inform manager Brendan Rodgers that he intends to speak with the Londoners.

The Reds have now turned down two bids from Arsenal, who made an opening offer of 30 million on July 8.

The Gunner’s resolve to sign Suarez comes as one-time target Gonzalo Higuain edges toward a move from Real Madrid to Napoli, and Arsene Wenger will now invest all his efforts in capturing the Liverpool marksman instead.

Real also retain an interest in Suarez, but have thus far stopped short of making an offer.

Following Arsenal’s most recent approach for the forward, Liverpool owner John Henry’s Twitter page read: “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”

It is unclear if the American was referring to the Gunner’s attempts to sign Suarez or their valuation of the player. Red’s manager Brendan Rodgers recently suggested he values Suarez closer to the 55 million mark.

Should Arsenal persist and have an improved offer for Suarez accepted, it would come close to trebling the club’s transfer record – the 15 million paid to Zenit Saint Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin in January 2009.

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Liverpool Transfer News: Real Madrid ‘Convinced’ They Will Sign Luis Suarez

12 Feb

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Real Madrid are ‘convinced’ Luis Suarez will be their player next season after making the Liverpool striker their number one transfer target, according to the Evening Standard.

Suarez’s four-goal heroics against Norwich in the Premier League last night exemplified exactly why he is currently one of the hottest prospects in European football and why Real want him so badly.

Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and president Florentino Perez have agreed that signing the Uruguayan should be their top priority in the transfer market amid doubts over the future of Karim Benzema.

The Spanish giants are also wary of a fresh approach from Arsenal, who bid 1 over 40 million for Suarez over the summer, and will do what it takes to beat Arsene Wenger’s side to the 26-year-old’s signature.

Ancelotti believes a front three consisting of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Suarez would be an unstoppable combination and, as they did with Bale, Real are prepared to pay what it takes to make that happen.

It would likely take a bid of up to 45 million in order for the dream triumvirate to come to fruition, though high-ranking Bernabeu officials have started talking openly at how convinced they are Suarez will eventually swap Merseyside for Madrid.

The La Liga club haven’t ruled out a January bid, though a summer move is considered more likely, and the Spaniards are becoming increasingly more confident Suarez will be theirs by next season.

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Chelsea Transfer News: £40 Million For Paul Pogba In January?

9 Dec

Paul Pogba

Chelsea have been told by Juventus that they must pay 40 million if they want to sign Paul Pogba, according to the Express.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen on signing the former Manchester United starlet when the transfer window reopens in January, as he looks to add yet another midfielder to his squad.

He already has the likes of Frank Lampard, Oscar, Ramires and Willian in his side but there are doubts over the future of Juan Mata while new signing Marco van Ginkel will miss the rest of the season.

And Mourinho has identified the 20-year-old as the ideal target as he looks to bring in a defensive midfielder this winter.

The self-styled ‘Special One’ had been hoping to do business at 25 million but has been told by the Italian champions to stump up almost double that amount.

Juventus could be willing to do business in January however as they look to fund a 15 million move for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.

But the Blues are likely to face stiff competition with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Real Madrid all showing an interest in the Frenchman in the past.

Pogba has two-and-a-half years left on his contract at Juventus Stadium but has refused to commit to the new deal his club have recently offered him.

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Newcastle Transfer News: Magpies To Make January Bid For Alfreo Finnbogason

3 Nov

Alfreo Finnbogason

Newcastle United are set to make a January bid for Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason, according to The Journal.

The 24-year-old emerged as a target for the Magpies earlier in the summer but failed to arrive at St James’ Park after a frustrating transfer window of inactivity for manager Alan Pardew and director of football Joe Kinnear.

French striker Loic Remy, who has joined the club on loan from Queens Park Rangers, was the duo’s only signing after recruitment efforts at the North East club fell by the wayside.

Since the closure of the window last Monday, Pardew’s only public utterance has been a club-sanctioned statement last week while Kinnear is thought to be out of the country as the dust settles on a summer of frustration.

Both will be hoping for better luck when the window re-opens in January, with Newcastle expected to renew their interests in Finnbogason.

The striker was offered to the Magpies by Dutch outfit Heerenveen earlier this summer for a fee of around 5 million.

Instead, the Toon club opted to look elsewhere but, having missed out on their desired targets, are prepared to go back in for Finnbogason, who has something of a prolific strike rate.

The Icelandic international has hit 30 goals in 35 appearances for Heerenveen since signing from Lokeren last year.

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Chelsea Transfer News: Samuel Eto’o Deal Agreed

24 Sep

Samuel Eto'o

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Anzhi Makhachkala for striker Samuel Eto’o as part of their 30 million negotiations to sign Willian, according to the Telegraph.

The double signing could be announced later this week, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho hoping to keep Eto’o inclusion as part of the deal to sign Willian a secret until after tonight’s clash with Manchester United.

Chelsea, who have been trying to sign Wayne Rooney all summer and have failed with two bids for the England striker, were hoping to unsettle the champions ahead of the clash and were expected to make a new offer at some point after the game.

Rooney had hoped to join the Londoners but has now resigned himself to staying at Old Trafford, and is prepared to run down his contract and either leave in January or, more likely, next summer.

The purchase of Eto’o, the former Real Madrid and Barcelona star, is seen as a stop-gap tactic until United are prepared to sell Rooney next year, at which point Red Devil’s manager David Moyes’s resolve to hang on to the star may have softened.

The fee for Eto’o is believed to have been 2 million.

The Cameroon international is Anzhi’s highest-paid player while the Russians are looking to cut costs.

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