'Nothing' in Song Barcelona talk, insists Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted on Monday that there has been no enquiry from Barcelona regarding the availability of midfielder Alex Song.


The Cameroon international is reportedly a target of new Blaugrana boss Tito Vilanova, but Wenger has moved to quash the speculation surrounding his future.

The French boss insisted that no contact had been made between the two clubs and hit out at reports in the Spanish media.

“There’s nothing going on with Song,” Wenger is quoted as saying by The Sun. “There’s nothing in that.

“Song has three years [on his] contract, he’s not in the same situation as Robin van Persie.

“In Spain the newspapers are not really serious. We’ve had the experience of that. We’ve never had any contact with anybody from Barcelona.”

Song had earlier admitted to Sky Sports that there was “interest” from a club which he described as “the best team in the world” but declared himself happy at the Emirates Stadium.

Bologna star Ramirez rejects Tottenham

Bologna attacker Gaston Ramirez has rejected an approach from Tottenham after the being offered unsatisfactory wages, the player’s agent has confirmed.

According to the Uruguay international’s representative, Spurs are the only side to have made a concrete offer, although he did acknowledge that there have been talks with Liverpool.

Despite Ramirez’s decision to turn down a move to north London, Oscar Betancourt did keep the door open for a future switch, suggesting that the sale of Real Madrid target Luka Modric could fund a move.

“The only solid offer is the one from Tottenham, who offered €16 million [£12.6m],” Betancourt told Calciomercato. “But the deal didn’t go through because Spurs offered too low a wage to the player and if the wage difference is minimal he would stay at Bologna.

“Tottenham could raise their offer if they sell Modric and in that case the deal could be done, otherwise Ramirez will stay another year at Bologna. We also talked with Liverpool but nothing more.

“Inter? They are interested in the player, but can’t afford a cash offer similar to the English clubs.

“The Nerazzurri would wish to include some players in the deal, but Bologna only want cash, also because of the arrangement with Penarol [Ramirez’s former club] who receive a percentage if the player is sold.”

Gabriel Heinze delighted with Newell’s homecoming


Gabriel Heinze has revealed his delight at securing a return to Newell’s Old Boys, the club with which his career began over fifteen years ago.

The 34-year-old, who made just a handful of appearances for La Lepra before packing his bags for Valladolid in Spain as a teenager, joins the club from Roma after agreeing his release from the Italian club.

“It has been so many years since I was here, it’s all changed,” Heinze told reporters. “I feel like someone who has come home after fifteen years.”

The Argentinian international went on to pay tribute to his new coach, revealing Gerardo Martino was a key factor in his decision to return to Rosario.

“I decided to come because I talked to the right person, Martino,” he said, before speaking of his fondness for the club.

“Maxi [Rodriguez] and I are here because we wanted to come, and that speaks of the affection one can have for these colours.”

“The truth is that I have been thinking about coming back for quite some time,” he added. “It has given me a tremendous joy, because I have come home… I’ve made the decision and I hope to God that is a good [one], and if I am wrong, I will not care because it is one I took [with my] heart.”

Bendtner reiterates desire to leave Arsenal amid offers from Italy, Spain and Germany

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has confirmed that he wants to leave the club and revealed he has received offers from European clubs.

The 22-year-old has previously stated that he would not play for the Gunners again due to a lack of first-team opportunities, and was farmed out on loan to Sunderland on transfer deadline day last summer.

And, after putting himself in the shop window with an impressive showing at Euro 2012 with Denmark, Bendtner has again stated his intention to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.

He told Sporten.dk: “It is not an option to stay at Arsenal. It’s not something I want or Arsenal.

“I expect that there will be a clarification on my club situation before the transfer window closes. There are concrete talks.”

When asked if he had rejected any offers, Bendtner was reluctant to state which clubs were interested in securing his signature.

However, he claimed to have had approaches from Italy, Spain and Germany, adding: “Yes, I have [rejected offers], and it may be, for various reasons. I have some requirements to be fulfilled and they have not been so, it becomes a no.”

Reports this week have suggested that the Gunners are prepared to use Bendtner as makeweight in a deal that would see AC Milan defender Phillipe Mexes make the switch to north London.

Agger: I'd prefer Liverpool stay but they may want to sell me

Daniel Agger has claimed he would like the opportunity to stay at Liverpool, but admits the club may have no choice but to sell him if the offer is too good to refuse.

The 27-year-old, who arrived from Brondby back in 2006 for £6 million, has cemented his position as a key member of the Reds’ squad in recent seasons despite lingering injury problems.

As Goal.com revealed last week, Manchester City are preparing a £20m bid and £100,000-per-week deal for the defender, and he has conceded that he may not have any say in where his future lies.

When asked about possible interest from other clubs, Agger told Ekstra Bladet: “No, I haven’t heard anything. That is how the club wants to do it. I would prefer to stay.

“I can’t imagine playing for other clubs in England. But, you never know if the club prefers to sell me.”

The heavily-tattooed defender recently had ‘YNWA’ [standing for ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’] imprinted on his knuckles, fuelling speculation that he could stay at Anfield for the remainder of his career.

However, Agger dismissed suggestions that the tattoo had anything to do with his current situation at the club.

He added: “It is a gesture towards the Kop, towards Liverpool and towards the people around the club.”