Chelsea are yet to make any official contact with Porto for the transfer of defender Alvaro Pereira according to the player’s agent.
The 26 year old has returned to the Estadio do Dragao for the pre season training and remains committed to the Primeira Liga champions. The Uruguayan international had earlier insisted that he wishes to stay in at Porto and denied having been contacted by the Blues.
The versatile South American who can also play in midfield had been touted as a possible successor to Jose Bosingwa after he was released from Stamfod Bridge this summer. However, Porto aren’t willing to let the player leave unless the clubs interested are willing to buy him out of his contract for £25m. Chelsea, who reportedly have already had a bid of £20m rejected by Porto, aren’t willing to meet the contract termination fee of the player.
The player’s agent Alejandro Savich insists that the player isn’t thinking of quitting Porto and any decision regarding the player’s future would be taken by the club. He however, denied having been contacted by the Londoners for Pereira.
“His contract is with Porto and he will stay there unless there is a proposal that is acceptable to the club,” he said. “So far there is nothing at all.”
Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder has urged his club to sign Bracelona winger and Dutch compatriot Ibrahim Afellay as Arsenal and Lille keep monitoring the situation.
Earlier we had reported that the Dutchman was ready to spurn the advances of Ligue 1 side Lille so as to secure a move to the Emirates this summer. However, Dutch captain and star player Wesley Sneijder has requested Inter officials tom act in haste and seal the transfer of the Barcelona reject.
Inter are themselves in rebuilding mode and have already offloaded their ageing duo of Lucio and Diego Forlan. Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Serbian midfielder Dejan Stankovic are also expecetd to leave San Siro this summer with Massimo Morratti looking to add fresh faces to the squad.
Afellay spent most of last season recovering from a knee surgery, and with the Catalan club looking to strengthen their squad; they have decided to offload Afellay who is deemed surplus to their requirements at Camp Nou. He is deemed surplus tlo requirements at Camp Nou and could be a steal for a price of £6m.
Arsenal were considered to be the overwhelming favorites to sign the 26 year old this summer but with Inter in the fray the battle for Afellay could become interesting.
Chelsea are closing on a deal for highly rated Brazilian wonderkid Oscar and are expected to wrap it up in the next 24 hours but the formal unveiling of the player will have to wait till the end of Olympics.
The Blues have been hot in heels of the 20 year old attacking midfielder and aim to complete the deal in the next couple of days after their Russian owner sanctioned the purchase of the £25m rated youngstar. London rivals Tottenham Hotspur were also keen on the talented South American but the European Champions have managed to beat them to his siganture. The Internacional star is currently with the Brazilian national team for the Olympics and will not be able to finalize the deal until after it.
Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo however, remained coy when asked about the club’s interest in the player but was full of praise for their reported latest signing.
‘I can tell you that he’s not a Chelsea player so it’s difficult for me to talk about a player that doesn’t belong to us,’ the Italian told the club’s official website.
‘I know there has been speculation we are interested in this player and in due course if there is anything to announce we will do.
‘All I would say is that he is a very young talented midfield player.’
Arsenal have reportedly set aside £6 million for 17-year old striker M’Baye Niang, but they face domestic competition from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs, along with Italian giants AC Milan.
The youngster, who spent last week on trial with the Gunners, impressed manager Arsene Wenger, who sees him as a long-term attacking prospect, and wishes to take him under his wing at an early age and mould him into a superstar.
The striker is allowed to quit his current club, French outfit Caen as they got relegated from Ligue 1. Though Arsenal are the front-runners for his signature, City and Tottenham have now entered the frame, with City ready to go up to £10 million for a 17-year old striker who obviously does not have a proven track record of scoring goals.
It is widely believed that the Gunners are ready to pay £6 million for the striker, as they look to strengthen their future attacking prospects with the capture of Niang.
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The English duo of Arsenal and Manchester United have been given an indirect hint from Borussia Dortmund’s striker Robert Lewandowski, who has praised the English league while admitting his desire to one day grace the English Premier League.
The Polish frontman, who had a stellar league campaign for Dortmund last term, fired 30 goals in all competitions to clinch the league and cup double for Dortmund. Being heavily linked to Arsenal and United earlier in the summer, the speculations fizzled out in recent weeks.
With Arsenal’s captain Robin van Persie’s still unclear, the Gunners are on the hunt for a top striker, and have been watching 23-year Lewandowski. United too, are keen to bolster their attacking personnel and have been impressed with the Poland international’s abilities in front of goal.
Lewandowski spoke to Polish television station TVP where he admitted, ”This (the Premier League) is a league that I would like to play in, and I hope it happens sometime. Although I am happy at Dortmund I always like to aspire to greater heights.”
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