Arsenal have finally admitted that they signed French striker Olivier Giroud as a replacement for captain Robin van Persie, as they were aware of the fact that van Persie could possibly be plying his trade for another club next season.
Van Persie has a year left on his current contract, and has declared that he would not be signing a contract extension at Arsenal. Many expect him to be sold this summer itself. After having a hectic Deadline Transfer day last August as they lost Cesc Fabregas and then Samir Nasri very late in the Transfer window, the Gunners are desperate to avoid their old mistakes, and have already brought in a replacement for van Persie in the form of French league champions Montepellier’s star striker Olivied Giroud.
Arsenal’s chief scout Gilles Grimandi spoke to le10sport.com where he admitted that Giroud was brought in early in the Transfer window as van Persie’s replacement. He said, “Was the recruitment of Giroud made to compensate for his Van Persie’s departure? Yes, we worked to avoid being cornered.
“We want him to stay home but he is left with one year on his contract so it is complicated.
At Arsenal, there is a healthy atmosphere, he’s been here for eight years and he has a real commitment to the club.”
Italian giants AC Milan’s president Silvio Berlusconi has claimed that he has sanctioned the sale of his club’s arguably two best players, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Brazilian center-back Thiago Silva to French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain.
After failing in their attempts to lure Thiago Silva to the French club a few weeks ago, they have succeeded this time in landing the Brazilian international, along with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as the Ligue 1 outfit intend to have a realistic shot at claiming the elusive UEFA Champions League trophy next season.
The deal for the two stars would cost PSG an estimated €62 million (£49 million). As Milan themselves are undertaking cost-cutting measures, they have let their two big stars leave San Siro.
Milan’s president Berlusconi spoke to the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport where he admitted, ”Yes, I have sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG,”
“We save €150m over two years.”
With a hefty amount soon to be in Milan’s kitty, it shall be interesting to see whether Milan reinvest the money straight into the squad. If yes, then who will the Italian giants pursue?
Russian EURO star Alan Dzagoev has been notified by his owners at CSKA Moscow that he won’t be allowed to leave this summer, despite receiving intense interest from Arsenal.
The 22 year old caught many eyes with his impressive performances during Russia’s Euro misadventure scoring 3 goals in 3 matches. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was reported to be lining up a move for the young star but the Russian club has ruled out the possibility of selling him this summer.
Arsenal forward Andrei Arashavin’s failure to adjust to the English game hasn’t deterred Wenger from developing interest in Dzagoev. Arshavin was expected to join his former employers in Zenit, where he spent the second half of last season on loan, but the deal fell through after the striker’s outlash post Euros.
Dzagoev’s contract with CSKA was expected to expire at the end of this year but the club had talked him into signing an extension prior to the Euros. The club values him at £15m and are determined to keep him till next summer. Tottenham were also reported to be interested in the playmaker and were rumored to have made a £10m bid.
Brazilian star Hulk has rubbished reports which say he has already agreed terms with Chelsea and remains focused on the Olympics.
Chelsea have been interested in the Porto winger since the beginning of the summer but are yet to seal the deal for the Samba ace. The 25 year old is one of the hottest properties in the transfer market this summer with other top clubs including PSG chasing his signature. The Primeira Liga champions value Hulk at £38m while the Blues aren’t willing to pay any sum over 30m.
Hulk’s agent has recently warned the European Champions of facing the risk of losing him to some other club if they don’t act fast. However, with Chelsea securing the signing of Brazil wonderkid Oscar for a whopping £25m it is unlikely they would still be interested in Hulk.
Hulk is one of the three over age players in Brazil squad for the Olympics. And the player insists that he is not carried away by rumors and is concentrated on the London games.
“I have done nothing with Chelsea or any other club,” stated Hulk to Lancenet.
“I have four more years on my contract with Porto and I’m focusing on the national team.
“I haven’t talked to anyone. As everyone knows, I don’t follow negotiations closely as that will make me lose my focus. I let my agent deal with that stuff.”
Chelsea have pulled off another major transfer strike by defeating London rivals Tottenham to the signature of Brazilian wonderkid Oscar.
The Internacional striker shot to prominence with a brilliant hat trick in the U 20 World Cup final in Portugal last summer. The young star has since been followed keenly by top clubs across Europe including Real Madrid but Tottenham were believed to be the frontrunners to land the teen prodigy. However, the European champions have moved quickly to outbid Spurs and foil former Blues boss Andre Villas Boas’ attempt to make his first signing since taking charge at White Hart lane.
Reports in South America are quoting the transfer figure to be around £25m, which could take the Blues’ total spending this summer to a whopping £65m. Chelsea’s Spanish playmaker Juan Mata, who is likely to be rested in the early weeks of the coming season due to his Olympic duties, is likely to face stiff competition from Oscar who is expected to make a deep impact in England next season.
Roman Abramovich has been intent on bringing much needed flair and speed to the side which received strong criticism for playing negative football to win the Champions League. Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar are certain to provide the Stamford Bridge faithful some exciting football to watch.