Porto winger Hulk maintains that he has not signed any deal with Chelsea and has left his future ‘in God’s hands’ as rumor mills continue to churn out stories linking him to Stamford Bridge.
The 25 year old has been at the center of a draw out transfer saga as Chelsea keep their interest in the attacker alive despite Porto’s rigid stance over the fee. Porto President values the Brazilian star at £40m while the Londoners refuse to pay anything beyond £30m. Hulk, who is currently training with the national squad for the Olympics, has repeatedly expressed his desire to play for the Blues.
Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham are also believed to be interested in the highly rated attacker but the player remains inclined towards a move to the European champions. Speaking ahead of the London Games, Hulk says that he is no longer thinking about his future and is focused on winning the gold for his country.
“My future is in God’s hands. Regarding transfers, I let my agent handle it. I’m focused on the national team,” he told Lancenet.
Hulk is excited ahead of the Olympics and sounded determined to change Brazil’s unimpressive record at the showpiece event.
“Who doesn’t want to be Olympic champions? We know Brazil’s Olympic history, it would be our first title,” he added.
“We have a very united squad, we won’t fail, and we are all focused.
“I want to bring that medal not only to my city of Campina Grande but also to the state of Paraiba.”
As one of the summer’s top transfer stories was set to be concluded, we have an anti-climax of sorts as Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Moura’s agent has dropped a bombshell at Old Trafford by publicly stating that the deal is officially off.
English giants Manchester United were set to seal the deal on Lucas after chasing him for nearly the entire summer, as manager Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to add a marquee signing this summer, and had earmarked Lucas as the perfect candidate to lead his midfield attack next season alongside new recruit, Japanese Shinji Kagawa.
Lucas’ club back in Brazil, Sao Paulo had made it clear that they would only consider selling their prized asset if a bumper offer came their way as they were looking at a fees in the region of above £30 million. The Red Devils made an official bid which did not meet Sao Paulo’s valuation, and was hence rejected as the Brazilian outfit were holding out for more.
With United reconsidering spending that huge amount on a 19-year old, Lucas’ agent Wagner Ribeiro believes that United’s second thoughts have cost him the midfield superstar. Speaking to UOL, Ribeiro said, ”They have reached their limit,”
Lucas Moura won’t leave. He is happy at Sao Paulo. We have to forget this subject. There is no possibility he leaves now.
Manchester United made an offer, which was rejected and they won’t make another one as they have reached their limit.”
From being the answers to Arsenal’s prayers for a mercurial striker, to being a benchwarmer for nearly the entire of last season, Arsenal’s out-of-favor striker Marouane Chamakh’s career has seen a paradigm shift in the last two years. The Moroccan has now become a shadow of the man who tormented defenses at the start of the 2010-2011 season. The question is though, what next for Chamakh?
The striker got off to a flying start to his career as a Gunner after his free transfer from Bordeaux. He came at a time when Arsenal needed a striker to lead them in attack, given the recurring injuries to their first choice, Robin van Persie. Chamakh scored 10 goals in his first 21 games.
Fast forwarding to this season, Chamakh made 19 appearances last term where he scored just once as van Persie stole the limelight and had the best season of his career. Not many can blame Chamakh to be upset as he was thrived of playing time. Pondering over his future, Chamakh said, “I need to concentrate and have a good season,”
I will try to give my maximum but I am waiting. I don’t know what I will be doing.
I have not spoken with the manager but I will soon. If I am staying here with Arsenal, I will do my best for the team and the maximum.
Last season was difficult. We were playing with just one striker and that striker was the best player in Europe. There was not a lot I could do.
I was upset because I still think I could have played more but football is like that. Sometimes you do not have a chance. I hope this season I will play more.”
In a dramatic turnaround Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has no intentions to sign his supposed summer target Yann M’Vila.
The Rennes star has been repeatedly linked with the Gunners this transfer window and was believed to be gradually inching close to a move. The 22 year old has been involved in a verbal row with former French manager Laurent Blanc and the incident apparently has forced Wenger to cool off his interest in him.
The disciplinary issues which the midfielder has managed to get involved in recently purportedly forced Arsenal thinktank to change their decision. However, Wenger left a window of hope for the Frenchman after conceding that he might consider buying if youngstars Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby do not get fit in time for the start of season.
“No [I am not interested in M’Vila]. We wait on Diaby and Wilshere,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “When you look we have Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Diaby.
“In defensive midfielders and box-to-box players we are not short if they are all coming back.
“If we have setbacks in pre-season it could be different.”
German outfit Bayer Leverkusen’s striker Andre Schurrle has revealed that European champions Chelsea made a bid for his services, and has admitted that a move to the London club sounded very tempting.
The English club made a bid for the attacker, thought to be £16million which was turned down by Bayer. Though this has not upset Schurrle, who claims that he totally understands and accepts his club’s decision of turning down the lucrative offer and keeping hold of their prized asset.
Speaking to Kicker magazine, the German international disclosed, ”I don’t think you would find any player in the Bundesliga who would say that they would not at all be interested,”
Chelsea would have been very interesting for me. You don’t get a chance like that very often in your life.”
(Director of sport) Rudi Voller has explained the reasoning to me several times. They could not find a suitable replacement and I am too important to Bayer.”
I can imagine the fans will see me with different eyes now,” he said.
If I play two or three bad games, then it could be difficult for me.”