Juventus could be a possible destination for Manchester United winger Nani if he chooses to leave the club this summer after talks over a contract extension broke down.
The Portuguese winger is reportedly being offered a £130k a week contract which is significantly higher than what he is paid at the present moment. The 25 year old is apparently demanding more and it is still unclear if United would be willing to meet his requirements. Earlier, Nani spoke of the deadlock situation between the club and his agent over the contract before leaving for the Euros. He refused to rule out the possibility of a move and even hinted at joining Serie A champions when he said that there are plenty of clubs beyond Premier League and La Liga.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte has recently been given another year of contract and the club is keen to add to their squad to mount a serious challenge in the Champions League next season. They are likely to re-sign Giovinco and are also reportedly in the mix to sign Robin Van Persie. However, with two years still remaining on his current contract at Old Trafford it would take a sum of over £20m to prize the talented winger away from United.
Arsene Wenger could be left cursing himself for leaving the deal involving Yann M’Vila for later as Barcelona have surprisingly developed an interest in the player and could emerge as the favorites to land the Rennes star.
Ever since the transfer window opened, it has been widely reported that M’Vila would be on top of Wenger’s wishlist , but the midfielder who sustained an injury in a friendly prior to the Euros seemed to deal a heavy blow to the prospects of the transfer. With Wenger taking his time ascertaining the true degree of the injury, Barcelona have evolved as a genuine contender to land the 21 year old.
One of the most promising stars of Ligue 1, M’Vila, has refused to comment on his future until after the Euros. It is believed that the promise of first team action and presence of French compatriots in the Gunner camp could mean that Arsenal can still sign the talented midfielder.
With Tito Vilanova’s interested in him after having given up on Thiago Silva, there could be a major transfer battle between the two interested parties after the Euros.
Arsenal are close to signing Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud according to latest reports, a move that will only fuel further speculation over Robin Van Persie’s future.
The French striker has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates this summer and it seems that Arsenal officials have managed to wrap up the deal. The player is right now away in Ukraine and part of the French national team competing in the Euro championships. It is believed that once he returns from the Euros, the personal terms will be sorted out and the transfer will be made official.
The prolific striker who netted 25 goals last season in Ligue 1 and was one of the key players in Montpellier’s title winning squad, becomes the second signing for Arsenal this summer after Lukas Podolski joined from FC Cologne. This transfer could possibly signal the departure of Van Persie although it is exactly not clear if the 26 year old is viewed as a replacement for the Dutchman. If the Gunners manage to hold on to their captain, who is wanted by Manchester City and Juventus among other clubs, they will have an envious striker force in the coming season.
The deal involving the Frenchman is set to cost £15m although the figure could get higher.
French full back Mathieu Debuchy becomes the latest to join a list of players to be linked with a move to North London as coach Arsene Wenger prepares to bring adequate reinforcements to Arsenal.
The Lille defender is filling in for the injured Bacary Sagna who suffered a broken leg for the second time in seven months during the final stages of last season which ruled him out of the Euros. Sagna could have been Blanc’s first choice at right back but the 26-year-old Debuchy impressed many during their opening Group D fixture against England.
Arsene Wenger is in a fix as to persist with young star Jenkinson or bring in a better back-up to the Emirates. Sagna is set to miss the pre-season tour to the Far East and Nigeria as well as the early weeks of the next season as he keeps recuperating from the horrible injury he suffered. After giving up on Gregory Van der Wiel, Wenger has turned to Debuchy as the Lille star could come in cheaper in comparison to the Dutchman.
Should Wenger sign another defender or keep faith in young star Carl Jenkinson?
Stuart Pearce has finally had a change of heart as he omits injured English midfielder Jack Wilshere from his 35 man squad for the London summer Olympics.
The 20 year old Arsenal midfielder suffered an ankle stress fracture injury during the pre-season of 2011-12 and had to undergo surgery, which inevitably ruled him out for five months. The talented midfielder had a few setbacks to that ankle problem this January and had to sit out for the remainder of the season as well as the Euro finals.
Arsene Wenger has been adamant on not letting Wilshere participate in the Olympics stating that the player needed ample rest during the summer to fully recover from the ankle injury. The decision sparked off a verbal duel between Wenger and Pearce, the latter even threatened to move court if Wilshere is not released by the club. According to FIFA rules, if any under 23 player is selected for the Olympics their club is bound to release them.
However, after naming the England international in the 80-man list it seems Pearce has finally had a major climbdown in his stance by leaving out the player in his latest 35 man squad. This will come as great news for Arsene Wenger who has insisted that the player needs rest to be fully fit for the start of next season.
Meanwhile, David Beckham is set to feature in the Olympic squad after the LA Galaxy star was named in the 35 man list by Pearce. The final squad for the Olympics will be announced on July 6th.