Skrtel Takes Decision Regarding City’s Interest

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has underlined his desire to continue playing for them after being linked with a move away from Merseyside in recent weeks.

The 27 year old won his first silverware at the club lasts season since moving from Zenit in 2008 when Liverpool defeated Cardiff on penalties to lift the Carling Cup. Premier League champions Manchester City are in the lookout for a new defender and are believed to be keen on Skrtel but the player has come out to reject any advances.

The player’s agent had recently expressed his concern for Liverpool’s current state of affairs yet reassured his commitment towards the club. New manager Brendan Rodgers considers the player as a key figure in the coming season and wants to tie him down to a long term contract.

I will be leaving for Liverpool on July 6. I am very excited about new season,’ Skrtel told his personal website.

‘I hope we will be ready and this time it will be much better than in the last one.

‘There is also speculation about my exit from Liverpool but I can say that there was no offer on the table yet and we didn’t hold talks with any club.’

Liverpool have been linked to a host of players this summer but are yet to make any signing yet.

Chelsea Close To Snatch Maicon?

Talented Brazilian right back Maicon becomes the latest to be linked with a move to big spenders Chelsea this summer as they continue their search for Jose Bosingwa’s replacement.

The European Champions have released Bosingwa this summer and are exploring all possible replacement options. Ajax defender Gregory Van der Wiel , Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek and Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy have all been mooted as successors to the departing Portuguese at the Stamford Bridge.  But the latest addition to this ever growing list seems to be Inter defender Maicon who has previously been on the radar of the Londoners.

The 30 year old is however, according to many, past his prime and failed to reproduce his 2010-11 form last season. But with Maicon believed to be wanting out from San Siro, Chelsea have taken a note of that and are monitoring the situation keenly.

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti is also interested in the player and could rival the English club for his signature. Ancelotti has closely followed the defender since his Milan days and remains a strong admirer till date. Chelsea have already signed Eden Hazard from Lille and Marko Marin from Werder Bremen for a cumulative sum of £40m.

 

Liverpool Eye Arsenal Target As First Season Transfer

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is mulling over a move for French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the wake of Pepe Reina’s imminent departure to AC Milan this summer.

Reina moved to Anfield back in 2005 and has since been one of the pillars of the Liverpool side which failed to qualify for European competitions next season. The Spanish goalkeeper has repeatedly pledged his future to Liverpool but the chance of playing in the Champions League in a Milan shirt might be difficult to turn down.

The Rossoneri coach Massimo Allegri is intending to get themselves a new goalkeeper as he tries to replace the ageing Christian Abbiati. This has opened the door for Hugo Lloris to move to the Premier League and join Liverpool. The 25 year old had earlier expressed his desire to play in England and could be tempted at the prospect of joining the Merseyside club. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is also a keen admirer of the Lyon custodian and it could well be an uphill task for Liverpool to sign the highly rated player if the Gunners show interest in him.

 

Arshavin To Stay At Arsenal?

Andrei Arshavin’s proposed move to Zenit St. Petersburg this summer could be in jeopardy following the midfielder’s outburst against the Russian fans after their surprise exit from the Euros.

The 31 year old moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2008 but has since failed to live up to the expectations of the fans. The Russian has consistently struggled to adapt to the more physical English game and Arsene Wenger has chosen to offload him this summer as he attempts to reshuffle the squad. Arshavin spent the second half of the season at Zenit and although failed to impress during his brief stint, the club are keen to have him back.

But the recent outburst has forced Zenit to rethink their decision as Russians fans are demanding Arshavin be stripped of captaincy and forced to retire from national duties immediately. Arsenal, who are also interested in Alan Dzagoev, are asking for a fee in the region of £8m but the Russian club still remain undecided.

Arshavin has offers from other clubs as well and is believed to be weighing his options. There are reports that the little Russian could move to a club in Serie A.

Hulk Waits For Chelsea Move

Porto star Hulk has chosen to play down the chances of his expected departure from  the club following intense media attention over the last few weeks.

The Brazilian forward has refuted claims that he is trying to push through a deal and move to Chelsea this summer. The highly rated 25 year old has been strongly linked with a move away from the Estadio do Dragao this summer with Chelsea and PSG playing tug of war to land the player. But the club has rejected reports that a deal has been agreed already after the news of a possible agreement with the European champions Chelsea flooded the internet.

Hulk maintains that he is dedicated to Porto’s cause and would continue to give his best no matter where he ends up after August.

“I’m not obsessed to leave Porto,” he told Brazilian daily Globo Esporte. “I like the Portuguese fans a lot and I have always done the right thing regarding that club.

“Now if the negotiations advance and some European club reach an agreement with Porto, I’ll leave.

“But we still have time to discuss this. The transfer window only closes in August.”

Asked what club he will be at by the end of August, Hulk added: “I honestly don’t know about my future. I only know that other clubs besides those two (Chelsea and PSG) are interested in signing me.”