Chelsea Set To Transfer Barcelona Starlet

Chelsea are planning to sign Barcelona’s U 21 sensation Sergi Roberto this summer with an eye on the future.

It is believed that Chelsea have already made contact with the Catalan club for the player but the Spanish giants are apparently not interested in selling Roberto. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder who has managed just two appearances for the first team is expected to play a more important role under new coach Tito Vilanova.

Andre Villas Boas, former Chelsea manager, was keen on signing the talented midfielder back in December but any advances from the London club were spurned by Barcelona. But the European champions are once again preparing to bid for the midfielder and this time it could be too good to turn down for Barcelona. The Spaniard is valued at £6.5m and Chelsea are expected to fully meet the evaluation.

Barcelona are likely to let Roberto go with a buy back clause similar to that of Oriol Romeu, who has really impressed the officials at Chelsea in his first season there. Roman Abramovich has already spent close to £80m between their three signings; Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and his attempt of bringing Hulk.

Yilmaz wanted by Arsenal

Arsenal target Burak Yilmaz is reportedly being offered a lucrative deal by his club Trabzonspor in a desperate attempt to keep him at the club.

Arsenal have been monitoring the prolific striker since January and have been linked with a move, but Trabzonspor are leaving no stones unturned in order to keep their prized asset at the club. Yilmaz scored 33 goals in 34 appearances last season for the Turkish side and have been identified as a primary target by the officials at Arsenal, after it seems that they lost out on the Lewandowski deal, who is close to moving to United according to reports..

The 26 year old has a buyout clause of £5m which could be easily met by Arsenal and hence the renewed offer to the striker includes a significant pay raise and a buy out clause of £7m. The player hasn’t yet put pen to paper on the new deal, and the interest from a host of clubs could keep him from doing so.

Recently crowned Europa league champions Atletico Madrid are also said to be in the hunt for the striker. With Robin van Persie’s future still in the dark, Arsene Wenger is desperate to find a replacement for the Dutch ace. Yilmaz is a natural goal scorer and could potentially be a good signing for the club given the low buy out clause in his present contract. Should Wenger fight to bring him to the Emirates Stadium?



Polish Duo Split Between United And Arsenal?

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda has revealed that Borussia Dortmund’s Polish trio could be heading out of Bundesliga this summer.

After drawing their first game against Greece in the Euro 2012 opener, Smuda insisted that there’s no reason to panic and that the Poles could still make it beyond the group stage as he has enough faith in Poland’s Dortmund trio of Lewandowski, Blaszczkowski and Pisczek. Robert Lewandowski improved his reputation as a world class striker as he scored the very first goal of the tournament heading home a brilliant cross from his Dortmund team mate Blaszczykowski. According to the boss, the Dortmund ace could be heading to Manchester United this summer with the Polish captain Blaszczykowski joining another club in the premier league.
‘In my opinion, in a moment they will be gone from Borussia,’ Smuda said. ‘”Lewy” is going to Manchester United, Kuba also somewhere in England, Piszczek to Real (Madrid).’

Manchester United have been heavily linked with the Poland no. 9 and it seems that there has been a breakthrough in the talks between the two clubs. United have already landed Shinji Kagawa and signing Lewandowski would be a real coup for the Reds as they aim to regain the premier league title from their city neighbors.

Arsenal are likely to be the front runners to sign Blaszczykowski after the Londoners seem to have given up on most of their top transfer targets. The north London club has been linked to a host of top players including Lewandowski who was rumored to be involved in a player swap deal this summer but are yet to sign anyone to the growing dismay of their fans. An inconsistent Theo Walcott and lack of options in the right midfield area could tempt Wenger to sign Kuba.

However, with Lewandowski wanting a move to United and Kagawa already gone it is to be seen if Dortmund are willing to let go another of their prized assets. The deal involving Lewandowski who scored 22 goals last season in Bundesliga, is rumored to be around £15m.

Another Arsenal Young Star Leaves. What’s Wenger Thinking?

Arsenal have decided to sell another of their young star players, as Oguzhan Ozyakup will go to Besiktas, a move which the Turkish side has confirmed.

Arsenal have decided to release seven players already once their contracts expire on June 30 and Ozyakup becomes the latest youngster to head out of the London club this summer. Manuel Almunia, George Brislen-Hall, Gavin Hoyte, Sean McDermott, Rhys Murphy, James Campbell and Jeffrey Monakana were not offered a contract extension at the Emirates after the Arsenal manager decided to get rid of the deadwood. Surprisingly though, barring Almunia who has made close 170 appearances for the club the rest of them haven’t had much chance to show their worth in the first team.

Ozyakup made his first team debut during a Carling Cup fixture against Shrewsbury and chipped in with an assist for Yossi Benayoun. He also came on as a substitute during the Gunners’ 8-2 embarrassing defeat to Manchester United last season. According to the deal, Arsenal are going to get sell-on percentage of 20% if the player makes a move from Besiktas in future which is a clear indication that Arsene Wenger does consider him to be a quality player.

The talented 19 year old has apparently decided to move due to lack of first team action at Arsenal. This has been the story at Arsenal for quite a few years now, Wenger signs young players with potential, only to ship them off in a few years time. With so many departures of players from the club this season, Wenger might be considering to reconstruct his wage bill, and perhaps we can see a few top signings coming in. Or will it be another overpriced young talent with a potential good resell value?


Barcelona beat United to land Alba

Manchester United have been beaten to the race to steal the signature of Valencia left back Jordi Alba by La Liga giants Barcelona for a fee in the region of £10m.

Manchester United and Barcelona were both interested in signing the highly rated Spanish full-back, but it seems that the player could be finally heading to Camp Nou. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been looking for a replacement for the aging Patrice Evra and had set his sights on the 23 year old. With Everton demanding an astonishing £20m for their English left back Leighton Baines, the United boss turned his attention to Alba who is right now with the Spanish national team preparing for the Euros.

With Alba preferring to play his trade for Spain, United will have to accept defeat in landing the talented defender who creates a great threat every time he goes forward. This will pave the way for Everton to maintain their strong stance over their valuation of Baines though United are willing to cough up a maximum of £15m as they believe the 27 year old won’t have a resale value.

United have already signed Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa and with Fergie keen on getting a left back for the squad, it remains to be seen what the manager does after having missed out on Alba.