Liverpool boss denies Milan contact for Carroll

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists that there has not been any contact from Serie A heavyweights AC Milan for their English striker Andy Carroll.


Rodgers, who took over the Anfield job recently after quitting Swansea duties, has cleared the air over the former Magpies striker’s future. Carroll moved to the Merseyside club in the winter of 2011 following the departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea and has since struggled to live upto the expectations. The striker, who cost them £35m, made 47 appearances for the Reds last season but managed to score only nine times.

“He is a very good young player and he will be linked with clubs with them because he is such a good player,” said Rodgers.

“It is something I have spoken to him about [while he is still] on his holidays so he knows exactly where he stands.

“I haven’t had anything from AC Milan at all.”

Liverpool have been pretty quiet in the transfer market but are likely to make their first move this week by signing Roma striker Franco Borini.

Barca join Arsenal in Capoue chase

Catalan giants Barcelona are set to go head to head with Arsenal over French U 21 midfielder Etienne Capoue according to the latest reports.

Earlier it was reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shifted his attention to the Toulouse midfielder after cooling his interest in Rennes star Yann M’Vila. M’Vila was involved in an altercation with former French coach Laurent Blanc after their Euro exit and is currently being investigated by the French FA. The indiscipline of the 21 year old proved to be a major concern for Le Professor and he gave up on his pursuit.

Tito Vilanova is also in search of a midfield marshal after Seydou Keita followed Pep Guardiola on his way out of Nou Camp to join Chinese side Dalian Aerbin. The Catalans have signed highly rated Valencia full back Jordi Alba and are now interested in the hard tackling Capoue to finish off their transfer shopping. The 21 year old is set to cost them £9.5m which is affordable for both the teams and it would largely depend on the player to decide the destination where he wants to head for.

Wilshere Suffers Another Blow

Arsenal youngstar Jack Wilshere has received an official warning from the UEFA disciplinary committee after he was found guilty of betting on his team mate Emmanuel Frimpong.

UEFA rules forbid players from betting money on matches which involve their own teams. The 20 year old has received a warning from the UEFA chiefs after he was found to have breached the code by betting money on his Arsenal compatriot Emmanuel Frimpong to score against Olimpiacos in December. The England international however, denied the allegation and said he was goofing around.

A UEFA spokesman said: ‘We confirm that the player has received a warning by UEFA’s control and disciplinary body.’

The Arsenal midfielder, who missed the entire last season due to a persistent injury, tweeted that Frimpong was ‘worth a cheeky £10’ to be the one to open the scoring in the match against Olympiakos. He followed that up with another tweet,’ Frimmy nearly won me some money there!’

The player however, insisted that he was having fun and he is fully aware of the UEFA sanctions. ‘I didn’t actually bet on the game. I know we’re not allowed to! I was only messing just to be clear.’



Napoli join Juve in race for Arsenal defender

Out of favor Arsenal defender Johan Djorou is under the radar of Serie A side Napoli and the clubs are said to have opened talks over a possible transfer.

The 25 year old Swiss center half, who joined the Gunners as a teenager back in 2003, has found himself further down in the pecking order last season with Arsene Wenger opting for Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastian Squillaci ahead of him. After spending large parts of the last season on the sidelines and occasionally filling in for the injured Bacary Sagna at right back, the player is keen to move in search of regular football.

Swiss national team coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has advised Djorou to secure a move elsewhere to boost his chances in international football. Juventus were earlier rumored to be interested in him but according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, it is Napoli who have established first contact. The clubs are currently negotiating over the price with the Gunners looking for a fee close to £6.3m.


Schurrle Heading To Chelsea?

Bayer Leverkusen chief executive has revealed that Chelsea have had an offer in excess of £16m rejected for their German striker Andre Schurrle.

The 21 year old has established himself as one of the most exciting talents in Germany after securing his move to Leverkusen at the end of last season from Mainz. The young star also featured in Joachim Loew’s squad for the Euros 2012 and started against Greece in the quarter finals. Schurrle has already been capped 17 times for Germany and has scored 7 times for the Mannschaft.

Chelsea have been interested in the German striker for a long time and tried to sign him in the summer of 2011 as well. Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser was quoted as saying by German news agency SID: “We were presented with a very concrete offer from Chelsea for Andre of beyond the 20 million euro mark. The sum was pushed back and forth between the two clubs. We ultimately chose Andre.

“Andre is very valuable for us. He has also made it clear he would like to stay with us.”

Schurrle’s current contract runs till 2016 and it is believed that the Blues would have to pay in excess of £23.5m if they are to lure away the talented striker to Stamford Bridge.