Chelsea’s summer shopping isn’t done yet as the latest to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge is Newcastle United’s quick footed Hatem Ben Arfa.
Chelsea have already managed to acquire the services of Marko Marin and Eden Hazard this summer for a cumulative sum of £40m. With Hulk’s impending move to Chelsea still in the balance, the Londoners could very well end up spending close to £100m this summer transfer window. It is believed that Porto’s strong stance over the Brazilian’s value has possibly put off the deal and Abramovich has now turned to a cheaper alternative.
The French winger is right now playing for his country at the Euros and it is still not clear if he would be keen on this move given the competition he would have to face to make it into the starting team. Newcastle are genuinely eager to build on their successful last season and their manager Alan Pardew is desperate to hold on to his stars. An offer in excess of £25m for the former Marseille player could be too good to turn down for the club officials.
Chelsea value the Toon star somewhere near £18m which would likely prove to be insufficient to prize him away from St. George’s this summer. Who is next in line for a Chelsea move?
Alan Dzagoev has played down talks of a supposed move to Arsenal this summer and is completely focused on the Euro championships going on.
The CSKA midfielder has been recently linked with a move to Arsenal but the he pleads ignorance and refuses to be drawn into this until the Euros are over. The 21 year old expressed his desire to try his skills in other top European leagues, but insists that there is nothing he is concerned about at the present moment.
“Of course, I have the desire to try myself in other clubs in Europe,” said Dzagoev.
“But I’ll think about it only after the tournament. Now I’m doing my own job here.”
The young star has already scored three goals in the Euros so far and Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has really developed a liking for him. CSKA are willing to let him leave if the Londoners meet their valuation of £13m, which can however be bargained down to under £10m since Dzagoev’s current contract expires at the end of this year. Is the Russian star good enough to become an important player for a club like Arsenal, after coming to London from a small club like CSKA?
Arsene Wenger continues to explore all possible options as he tries to bolster his attacking department this summer with Real Madrid youth striker Joselu.
The 22 year old is highly rated at the Bernabeu but with the artillery at Mourinho’s disposal, the young striker hasn’t yet got the call up to the senior team. The young star is therefore pressing for a move away from Real Madrid in search of first team action, and Arsene Wenger who has immense faith in his scouting system could provide Joselu with an attractive escape route.
Wenger is ready to offload Nicklas Bendtner this summer and there are still serious doubts hanging over Robin Van Persie’s future at the club, while Park might also be on his way from the Emirates this summer after he failed to impress. With the club officials still in the process of negotiating with Montpellier over Olivier Giroud, Wenger could really do with someone like Joselu who can definitely add depth to their squad.
The Spanish U 21 international has an enviable goal scoring rate for Real Madrid B side and scored his first goal for the senior side in his first ever appearance.
Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has confirmed that Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar could be available this summer for a sum of £17m.
The Dutchman has been in terrific form for the Bundesliga side last season and has been able to resurrect a downhill career. The striker has been on the radar of Manchester United for a long time and Sir Alex Ferguson even tried to sign him a couple of seasons back when he was at Real Madrid. Huntelaar banged in 29 goals last season and ended as the second highest goal scorer in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez.
Arsenal are also believed to be monitoring the situation of the 28 year old after Heldt revealed that the player has a buy out clause of £17m in his contract. With Robin Van Persie’s future still uncertain, Wenger is expected to buy him from Schalke this summer.
“Huntelaar does have a €20 million buyout clause, and the rich club can afford it,” Heldt told Bild.
“But, Klaas Jan has always stressed that he wants to be a champion. This he can be only with Real or Barcelona in Spain.
“I do not think he wants to go there. What would he do there? Since nothing more than the weather is better.”
In spite of inviting the La Liga heavyweights to prize away the prolific striker from Germany, it is believed Premier League duo of United and Arsenal are the top contenders to get this man. Dimitar Berbatov could very well be leaving this summer, as he was linked to PSG and Sir Alex could replace the big Bulgarian with Huntelaar. Wenger meanwhile continues his search for the right replacement for Van Persie in case the player chooses not to renew his contract. Huntelaar could prove to be a quality signing for either clubs as he is believed to succeed in the physical football of England.
Napoli have emerged as the primary contender for the signature of Italian side Udinese’s Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia.
The 25 year old is being monitored by London clubs Chelsea and Arsenal, but it seems that Serie A side Napoli have edged past them in the race to land the defender. It is believed that Napoli have already contacted Udinese and the talks are said to be in an advanced stage, and that it’s only a matter of time until the defender will leave Udinese.
The Moroccan is highly rated after an excellent season, and could be a real bargain for any club given that Udinese value him at just £8. With the departure of Johan Djorou on the cards, Wenger is keen to bring a suitable replacement to restore the balance and depth of the side, especially given the fact that the Frenchman is targeting the league title next season, and that he has rendered up quite a large list of possible transfer candidates. Chelsea meanwhile are on a summer spending spree and new manager Roberto Di Matteo is interested in signing Benatia in order to replace some of his outgoings, and in the same time make sure that he will be covered if the likes of Cole or Terry start showing their age
Napoli have been pretty active in the transfer market this summer and look to be the likeliest to sign the talented defender.