Barcelona midfield marshal Sergio Busquets has welcomed the Catalan club’s idea to lure Arsenal star Alexander Song to Camp Nou this summer.
The Cameroon international established himself as one of the key players in the Gunners’ squad last season and has subsequently attracted attention from the Spanish heavyweights. Song has a couple of years remaining on his current contract and the strong tackling defensive midfielder wants a pay hike in the new deal.
Barcelona, who lost out the La Liga to arch rivals Real Madrid last term, are desperate to win it back and want to bring in reinforcements. After conceding defeat in signing Javi Martinez from Atheltic Bilbao, Tito Vilanova has now sought board approval for the purchase of the Arsenal star. Busquets was all praise for Song and was quoted as saying: ‘Song is a very good player – young, a hard worker, with lots of physical power.’
The Spain international, who was a regular for his country during their Euro quest, believes that he is ready to fight it out with Song for the midfield slot. The player is certain that after the departure of Seydou Keita, the club needs to bring in a good replacement to add to the squad depth.
‘Barca lose a lot without Keita, both on and off the pitch,’ he added. ‘He was a much-loved player who gave us a lot of physical power.
‘Another player in my position would be welcome, but either way I will keep working hard to win a place in the starting team.’
Chelsea are set to face stiff competition from Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg for the signature of Porto star Hulk according to recent reports in Russia and Portugal.
The Porto winger is currently with the Brazilian national team for the Olympics in London and doubts still linger over his future. The South American has been pursued by the Blues for a few months and a move to the Stamford Bridge is considered by many as long overdue. The Samba international has a release clause of £80m in his current contract but the Primeira Liga champions are looking for a sum of around £40m which the Londoners are not willing to match.
However, recent reports emanating from Russia and Portugal speak of a possible deal between Porto and Zenit for the 25 year old. But Record and protransfers.ru report that former Porto center half Bruno Alves would be part of the player plus cash deal. The Portuguese defender, who impressed during the Euros ’12, spent nine years in the Estadio do Dragao before sealing his move to Russia and could once again be on his way to his native country.
Arsenal are set to be face stiff competition from AC Milan and Inter for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin according to reports in the Italian media.
Sahin, 23, moved to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and has since then struggled to make his way into the starting line up for Real Madrid. The Turkish international managed 10 appearances for the Los Blancos and with the mooted arrival of Luka Modric, he could find himself further down the pecking order.
Arsenal were reported to have arranged a temporary deal for the young star but Arsene Wenger too little time to thrash down all rumors. But sports website Calciomercato.com reports that Milan heavyweights have also joined in the race and AC Milan seemingly stand the best chance to get him. After the sales of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for big money to PSG, the Italian giants have a big purse to spend this summer.
Arsenal could once again have to pay the penalty of dilly dallying over transfers after failing to secure the services of Yann M’Vila fast enough. Unless Arsene Wenger sanctions a purchase of the young Madrid star, he would be left to rue this later.
According to FIFA agent Fabio Parisi, Arsenal’s rebel striker Robin Van Persie has already put pen to paper with Juventus.
Parisi, who currently lives in Milan, believes that the contract between the wantaway Gunner captain and the Turin club has been signed some time back and has been kept under wraps by both the parties. He referred to the agreement being ‘locked away’ in a desk for reasons unknown.
The Dutchman has been in the wish list of the two Manchester clubs as well but according to Parisi, the Bianconeri may well have stolen a march over them to get the prized signature of last season’s top scorer.
‘I think Juventus have had a signed contract with Van Persie for some time locked away in a notary’s desk,’ he told Italian TV.
‘It is just my opinion, but I think there’s an eight out of ten chance the Dutchman will join the Bianconeri.’
Reigning Serie A champions Juventus are ready to splash the cash in the transfer market this summer in order to compete for the Champions League next season. They have been linked with the likes of Luis Suarez and Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, but Parisi is confident that Van Persie is the right man for the club.
‘I don’t think Edin Dzeko is the right player for the Bianconeri.’
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seems to be making the most out of the cash-strapped Spanish football by making some shrewd business this summer.
Arsenal have been recently rumored to have completed the deals involving Santi Cazorla from Malaga and Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid. Malaga are facing a severe financial crisis presently and are likely to undergo a change in ownership. Facing debts upto £40m, the La Liga side would be tempted into selling their star midfielder to Arsenal for a fee less than the reported £17m.
Meanwhile, Madrid are also looking to clear the deadwoods to make more funds available for the signing of Luka Modric which is expected to cost them close to £30m. Nuri Sahin, after managing just 10 appearances in the last season for Los Blancos, is destined to leave the Bernabeu after Jose Mourinho urged the player to consider his options.
The Turkish young star is expected to come for cheap although Arsene Wenger is looking at a loan arrangement with the reigning Spanish champions. Le Professor’s knack to invest wisely and never overspend is clearly evident from his latest targets as he has been targeting players who could be bargained into a sum which would be steal as far as the Gunners’ are concerned.