According to latest reports Manchester United have had a £30m bid rejected by Porto for their talented midfielder James Rodriguez.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson have been following the 20 year old Porto winger very keenly and have reportedly made a move for him only for the Primeira League side to turn it down. The Reds made a £30m offer for Rodriguez but Porto are looking for a fee in excess of £40m if they are to be convinced to let the player leave.
Rodriguez recently agreed to incorporate a £40m buy-out clause in his current contract and with 4 years still remaining contract that he signed with the Portuguese club last summer, Porto won’t be rushed into selling the Colombian international.
Following the impasse over Nani’s contract extension, Fergie had made Rodriguez as one of his top targets this summer. But with the enormous transfer money being demanded, the Scot is expected to cool off his interest in the highly talented player. Anderson, who has failed to make a mark at old Trafford ever since he moved there, could be used in the player plus cash deal. However, it’s not likely that Porto would be interested in the Brazilian midfielder given his exploits for the Premier League side for the last couple of seasons.
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has attracted interest from top clubs across Europe which include Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City, and La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona but the club has reiterated their stand that the player is not for sale.
The former Porto ace was signed last summer by Atletico following the departure of Sergio Aguero to Manchester City and has since been one of the top performers for the Spanish side. The Columbian international guided his club to their second UEFA Cup triumph in three years and has since been the center of attraction of many clubs in Europe. The 26 year old notched up 24 goals in his first season at the Vicente Calderon even European champions Chelsea have been linked with a big money move for the prolific striker.
But the Sporting Director at Atletico Jose Luis Caminero told AS: “The club has very clear ideas on this.”
“Falcao will remain at Atletico Madrid and any talk of an exit is misplaced.
“The striker will remain with us next season and we are not considering any other possibility.”
The club had to shell out an enormous fee to sign the former Porto striker and are determined not to lose him this summer.
Arsenal’s season long transfer target Olivier Giroud has finally signed with the Gunners, and he has already showed us how the jersey fits him and told us what his plans are.
“I think I have the weapons to do well here,” Giroud told Arsenal Player. “I will need some time to adapt of course, but I’m not worried about that. I think I will adapt well.
“I’m a player who likes to play, who likes to participate in the game. That’s why I think the way Arsenal play will suit me. I like scoring goals and Arsenal create a lot of chances, so if I do well, then we will do well.
“Of course, there are big strikers here, it is a big club and there will be a lot of competition for places. But it’s up to me to win my place.”
“For me it’s the best league in the world among the five big countries. That’s why I chose Arsenal and that’s why I dreamt about playing here,” the 6ft 3in striker said.
“Also the environment appeals to me – the fans, the full stadiums, the different mentality here. So I’m happy to be able to discover this league.
“It’s about the fervour around football here. The [supporters] come as a family, they’re very passionate, it’s in their blood. They live football, eat football and sleep football. It’s different to France.
“There is a nice sporting challenge as well at Arsenal, and I will play to create history and enjoy myself and give pleasure to the fans. I think that the Premier League corresponds well with me.”
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Brazilian coach Mano Menezes has justified his decision to omit Arsenal defender Andre Santos citing the player’s ‘tactical irresponsibility’ as the primary reason behind his decision.
The 29 year Santos has not turned out for the national side since last year’s Copa America and their coach doesn’t see a reason why that should change. The Arsenal full back was used more as a squad player last season as he showed lack of defensive discipline in his game, leading Arsene Wenger to persist with lesser experienced players in Kieran Gibbs and young star Coquelin.
Menezes, who also managed the player while at Corinthians, was merciless in his criticism.
“The issue surrounding Andre Santos is a tactical one,” Menezes told ESPN Brazil.
“He made my remaining hair become grey when we were at Corinthians. Why? Because he is tactically irresponsible.
“We can’t afford that kind of tactical risk in the national team.”
Arsene Wenger would hardly differ from what the Samba coach had to speak of Santos. Should Santos be offloaded in the summer?
Serie A side Roma have thwarted interest from Liverpool to secure complete ownership of Italian striker Fabio Borini.
The former Chelsea youth player spent the winter of 2011 at Swansea City where he had the chance to work with current Liverpool Brendan Rodgers and helped them secure promotion to the Premier League. It was being widely reported that Rodgers wanted to reunite with the 21 year old striker but Roma have outbid them in a blind auction and have won the remaining 50% rights of the player from Parma.
The bid from Roma is said to be around £3.95m for Borini who is currently now in Poland-Ukraine for the European championships. It was during his spell at Roma that Italy boss Cesare Prandelli called him up and gave him his first national cap. Borini scored 9 goals during the 2011-12 season for Roma and surely has the making of a very striker.