Arsenal are poised to make their third summer signing, and this time its a midfielder instead of a striker, as they have reportedly sealed the deal on Malaga’s Santi Cazorla.
The Qatari-back Spanish outfit of Malaga find themselves in a financially unstable environment, and also face the risk of relegation from the La Liga if their outstanding debts are not cleared soon. Monitoring the situation very closely, Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger could not have chosen a better time to make a bid for the Spaniard.
If reports are to be believed, Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with the playmaker, and a transfer fee too has been agreed upon by the two clubs, which is thought to be roughly £16 million.
With the futures of Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott looking uncertain, Arsenal have moved quickly in the Transfer window to secure replacements, in case the duo do depart from the Emirates Stadium. They have already signed two strikers in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, and have now almost clinched the signature of Cazorla, who is being tipped as a replacement for Walcott, if the England international does decide to follow van Persie through the exit door.
Will Arsenal’s new recruits strike-up a partnership, the way van Persie and Walcott did?
Chelsea have almost finalized the deal to land young Brazilian playmaker Oscar, the player’s club Internacional’s president has confirmed.
The Blues have been on a massive spending spree this summer and they are the busiest club with the most activities in the Transfer window by a long margin as they have already made four summer signings and have offloaded three players.
Chelsea now are looking at the young Oscar, as they look to make him their fifth summer acquisition after yesterday confirming the transfer of Thorgan Hazard, who is the younger brother of fellow new recruit Eden Hazard.
Chelsea have been linked with Oscar in the last few weeks as they look to bring in youth and quality in their creative midfield area, and Oscar ticks all the boxes. Currently away with his national team for the Olympics being held in London itself, it is widely believed that a medical has already been passed, and the official announcement will be done at the conclusion of the Olympics.
The deal might have a small stumbling block, as Internacional’s president Giovanni Luigi spoke to Brazilian website www.terra.com.br and said, “The situation is very advanced, but not finalized yet.
“Oscar has to get his work permit. He needs to have a certain amount of caps to play in England, but I don’t believe that will be a problem.”
Arsenal’s English winger Theo Walcott has revealed that a new contract is being negotiated between Arsenal and his representatives, and that reports which are suggesting that the wideman will quit Arsenal are baseless.
Much of the media glare at Arsenal was regarding the future of captain Robin van Persie. Not many shed light on the contract situation of Walcott, who along with van Persie, also has just a single year to go. As van Persie has made his intentions clear of quitting Arsenal at the end of next season, the focus has shifted on Walcott, as every Arsenal fan pleads the pacy attacker to commit his future to the Gunners.
Walcott is remarkably calm regarding this matter, as he spoke to Sky Sports News and said, ”It was always going to be (a case of) hold back until the end of the Euros,”
“We continue to talk and we’ll just see where it goes.”
“I’m an honest guy. I like to get on with my job. I’ve got to work on pre-season, I don’t want any distractions.
“Like I say, my agent and the club will continue to talk and when there’s something to know I’ll get involved.”
Chelsea have confirmed the capture of Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of their summer recruit Eden Hazard.
The London club signed the 19-year old from Ligue 2 outfit Lens and made him their fourth summer signing after Marko Marin, Kevin de Bruyne and Thorgan’s elder brother Eden Hazard, who joined for a reported £32 million from French club Lille.
The young winger has only featured 11 times for Lens until Chelsea saw the teenager and snapped him up early, and are now poised to unite the two Hazard’s at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are currently away on their pre-season tour, where they are set to play Italian giants AC Milan after their 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain.
Thorgan Hazard’s transfer surely is good news for the Blues, as they have further strengthened their wide play, however many expect Chelsea to loan out Thorgan immediately.
“He will now join our Under-21 squad, managed by Dermot Drummy, to continue his pre-season training and a loan move is being considered to continue his development,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
English club Chelsea, along with their London rivals Arsenal will have to face-off against Italian giants AC Milan for the signature of Benfica’s highly sought-after striker Oscar Cardozo after reports emerging from Portugal claim that Milan are eyeing the hitman.
After the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to French free-spending outfit Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan are in the market for a prolific goal-scorer who can fill the void left by the Swede. They have put down a few names, and Cardozo’s name is included in their shortlist.
European champions Chelsea too have been eyeing the 29-year old as their hunt for a top-class striker continues after the Hulk deal has supposedly fallen apart. Arsenal too have been credited with an interest in the attacker as they prepare themselves for a likely departure of their captain Robin van Persie.
It seems like the English duo will have to fend off this new interest from the Serie A outfit, as Portugese newspaper Record claim that Milan are keen on Cardozo’s signature, for a fee of £16.5 million being deemed sufficient.