Manchester United have turned to Barcelona’s highly rated young star Thiago Alcantara amidst growing speculations over a possible move for Luka Modric to Old Trafford.
United are keen on adding quality to their midfield which has been pretty ordinary last season and the 21 year old Spaniard could be an ideal addition to their squad. With question marks still hanging over Darren Fletcher’s fitness and no concrete return date yet, Sir Alex Ferguson is considering all options. Alcantara who featured on quite a few occasions for the Catalan giants last term, is unsure of his future at the club after Pep Guardiola decided to quit following their ignominious exit from the Champions League.
Paul Scholes has decided to put pen to paper a year’s extension and Fergie is very keen on finding a possible successor this summer so that the new signing could have ample time to adjust to the English game and learn from the likes of Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Brazilian midfielder Anderson is also set to leave the club after failing to make a mark ever since he made his move from Porto. However, Tito Vilanova is believed to be a strong admirer of the young star having worked with him closely at the academy and wouldn’t be interested in letting him leave Camp Nou.
Arsenal have signed Montpellier’s striker Olivier Giroud and will formally announce it as soon as the Euro championship comes to an end.
The left footed Frenchman has long been mooted as a possible successor to Robin Van Persie at Arsenal and the club has finally managed to sign the 25 year old striker. It is still not clear if Van Persie will stay on and sign a new contract at the club but a decision is expected to be taken in the next few days after the player returns from a disappointing Euro campaign.
Giroud was being tracked by other clubs as well but the prolific scorer had no doubts which club he should join. With countrymen Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny at the club, Giroud had little trouble to pick the Gunners ahead of the rest.
The details of the deal are yet unknown but it is believed that the fee agreed is in the region of £12m. What do you think about Arsene Wenger’s newest signing?
Chelsea are set to snatch away French right back Mathieu Debuchy from Arsenal’s grasp after their Russian owner have decided to sign him this summer.
Debuchy has been the first choice right-back for Laurent Blanc in Bacary Sagna’s absence and has impressed everyone with his performance so far in the Euros. Arsene Wenger had zeroed in on the Lille defender as the perfect back up for the injury plagued Sagna who continues his recovery from the broken leg that he suffered months ago (for the second time). With the Gunner manager not confident about young star Carl Jenkinson, Debuchy has been mooted as the ideal back up for the North London side.
But it seems that the blue half of London is set to steal the highly rated defender from right under Wenger’s nose after the club lost interest in Ajax man Gregory Van der Wiel. The Blues continue their rebuilding process to reinstate themselves as the champions of England and Debuchy has been identified as the best replacement for the released Jose Bosingwa.
Chelsea have already splurged £40m this summer on Eden Hazard and Marko Marin and a deal involving Porto star Hulk has recently been put off due to the astonishingly high asking price from Portuguese club. Roman Abramovich is believed to outbid their London neighbors for the 26 year old Debuchy and Arsenal could risk losing him unless the player has other intentions.
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has played down his exit talks in a recent interview stating that he has to respect his contract with the Bundesliga champions.
The Pole has been one of the most keenly watched players in the Euros so far as plenty scouts from across Europe came to Poland to watch him play. Jose Mourinho was even spotted in the stands in Warsaw and is also believed to be a firm admirer of the player. The top suitors of the talented 23 year old have been Premier league duo Manchester United and Arsenal. Polish coach Franciszek Smuda was quoted by the Polish media saying that Lewandowski is en route to United, news that Dortmund vehemently rejected days later.
“My agent has been in demand,” Lewandowski told kicker-Sportmagazin.
“They asked him if he had a meeting with Mourinho because people have seen Mourinho in Warsaw.
“My agent then tried to make a joke, saying that Mourinho would sign me if I scored four times during Euro 2012.
“I do not care what my agent is doing. I am under contract with Borussia Dortmund.”
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has also been closely following the striker and with Robin Van Persie’s future still uncertain at the club, he is likely to compete with United for the signature of the striker. Dortmund have already lost their star playmaker Shinji Kagawa to United and are desperate to hold on to Robert unless some ridiculous offer comes their way.
Rumors speaking about Alan Dzagoev’s possible move to Arsenal are fast gaining momentum as according to the latest reports the London club have already established contact with CSKA Moscow over a possible move involving the striker.
The 21 year old has caught the attention of many with his stunning performance in the Euros despite the fact that Russia eventually lost the knockout stage qualification. Arsene Wenger has taken a strong interest in the attacking midfielder and is determined to gamble on him even after Arshavin’s supposed failure to adapt to the demands of English football.
Arshavin was sent on a loan deal to Zenit this winter and is expected back in the club for the pre-season trip to the Far East and Nigeria. Arsene Wenger is willing to talk with the Russian club over a permanent move for the player. Dzagoev, who is touted as Arshavin’s successor in the Russian football team, is being targeted as the replacement and may arrive at the Emirates shortly now that Russia returned home from the Euros.
The CSKA star is happy at his club and has no immediate plans to leave but with just half a year left on his current contract, Wenger may manage to get him for cheap. CSKA would want a sum in excess of £13m but it’s learnt that they might be forced into accepting a fee around £10m given they could lose the player for free at the end of the year.
What do you think ? Should Wenger take a gamble again with another promising Russian star?