Atletico Madrid star Koke 'proud' of Barcelona interest

The 21-year-old midfielder admits he is not surprised to see clubs consider summer moves for the Liga champions’ players but has stressed he is happy at Vicente Calderon

Atletico Madrid star Koke admits he is “proud” to hear of interest from Barcelona, but insists he is “very happy” at the club.

The 21-year-old midfielder was one of the standout performers for Diego Simeone’s side in an extraordinary 2013-14 season, which saw them claim the Spanish title and reach the final of the Champions League.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted he is a huge fan of Koke, who has been linked with Manchester United in recent months, but the Spanish youngster has stressed he is only concerned with earning a place at the World Cup at present.

“I have a long contract, I’m very happy. I’m proud to have important clubs interested in me, but I’m very happy here,” he is quoted as saying by Marca.

“Right now I’m thinking as an Atletico player, I have the World Cup and I’m thinking of the present, not of the future.

“I got up this morning and several friends called me. On Saturday I’ll be with the international coach, I’m not thinking of anything else.

“We had a spectacular season and there are important clubs who have come for our players. [CEO] Miguel Angel [Gil Marin] has already said we don’t need to sell anyone.

“They are going to try to maintain this and to build a beautiful project.”

De Gea wants Iniesta at Manchester United

The keeper has admitted that the Barcelona star would be his No.1 target this summer if the club were able to sign any player as he considers the midfielder among the world’s best

David de Gea has revealed he would love to play with Barcelona star Andres Iniesta at Manchester United, hailing him as “one of the best” in the world.
With Louis van Gaal set to take over at Old Trafford after the World Cup, the 62-year-old has already outlined his transfer targets for the summer window.

And De Gea has admitted that if the club were able to sign any player, it would be the six-time La Liga winner.

“If I had a millions and millions I would buy Iniesta,” he told Movistar.

“He is one of the best players in the world. He has character, quality and goal. He has everything”.

United have long been linked with a move for an attacking midfielder – with Toni Kroos and Kevin Strootman high on Van Gaal’s list of desirables – and broke their transfer record for Juan Mata in January.

De Gea’s praise for Iniesta comes a day after the keeper admitted he was trying to lure Cesc Fabregas, Iniesta’s team-mate at Barcelona, to Old Trafford.

Official: Wenger signs new Arsenal contract

The manager has penned a three-year extension to his current deal, which was set to expire this summer after their FA Cup triumph, to tie him to the club until the 20-year mark

Arsene Wenger has penned a three-year contract extension at Arsenal, the club have confirmed.

The Frenchman agreed an extension in principle in October but, since that time, a two-year deal has become three after the Gunners returned to winning ways with triumph in the FA Cup final.

Wenger turned down a £1 million-per-year pay rise in March in agreeing the broad strokes of the deal.

And, despite the contract remaining unsigned as the season drew to a close, the Frenchman began earnest discussions with chief executive Ivan Gazidis in April about the club’s transfer plans for the summer.

Still, Wenger harboured a private determination to see what Arsenal could achieve before the season closed, with a top-four finish and FA Cup victory thought to be key to his eventual decision on a new deal.

With those goals looking likely to bear fruit towards the end of the campaign, the Frenchman became more and more firm in saying that he would not leave upon the expiry of his current deal this summer.

“We are in very normal circumstances now,” he said after the cup-final win over Hull City earlier in May.

“It was never a question of leaving. It was a question of doing the right job for this club.”

Arsenal have long been confident of their legendary boss, who passed 1000 games in charge of the team this season, prolonging his spell at the Emirates Stadium, with director Lord Harris claiming in May that Wenger was “always staying”.

The Gunners did go on to finish fourth in the Premier League this season, guaranteeing a 17th consecutive year of Champions League football for the club.

Arsenal plan Wenger contract announcement

The Gunners boss is on the verge of finally confirming a three-year extension to his current deal, which was set to expire this summer after their FA Cup triumph

Arsenal are set to announce a new three-year contract for manager Arsene Wenger, Goal understands.

The Frenchman agreed an extension in principle in October but, since that time, a two-year deal has become three after the Gunners returned to winning ways with triumph in the FA Cup final.

Wenger turned down a £1 million-per-year pay rise in March in agreeing the broad strokes of the deal.

And, despite the contract remaining unsigned as the season drew to a close, the Frenchman began earnest discussions with chief executive Ivan Gazidis in April about the club’s transfer plans for the summer.

Still, Wenger harboured a private determination to see what Arsenal could achieve before the season closed, with a top-four finish and FA Cup victory thought to be key to his eventual decision on a new deal.

With those goals looking likely to bear fruit towards the end of the campaign, the Frenchman became more and more firm in saying that he would not leave upon the expiry of his current deal this summer.

“We are in very normal circumstances now,” he said after the cup-final win over Hull City earlier in May.

“It was never a question of leaving. It was a question of doing the right job for this club.”

Wenger’s new deal is now expected to be confirmed on Saturday.

Arsenal have long been confident of their legendary boss, who passed 1000 games in charge of the team this season, prolonging his spell at the Emirates Stadium, with director Lord Harris claiming in May that Wenger was “always staying”.

The Gunners did go on to finish fourth in the Premier League this season, guaranteeing a 17th consecutive year of Champions League football for the club.

Manchester City closing in on Fernando signing

The Premier League champions believe a deal can be completed for the Porto midfielder before the end of the week, with the player expected to fly in to Manchester soon

By Wayne Veysey | UK Correspondent

Manchester City are confident of sealing the €14.8 million signing of Porto midfielder Fernando in the coming week, Goal understands.

Director of football Txiki Begiristain has been in Portugual recently to negotiate a fee for the Brazil-born star, a player the club first registered an interest in in January.

And the Premier League champions believe a deal will be concluded soon, with Fernando expected to fly in to Manchester to complete his move in the coming days.

Fernando signed a new contract with Porto after City failed with a deadline-day bid in the last transfer window to sign the midfielder and his centre-back team-mate Eliaquim Mangala.

However, this was seen largley as a tactic to guarantee Porto a higher transfer fee – and it was agreed by both parties at the time that Fernando could move on this summer if an acceptable offer was made.

There has also been interest in the player from a number of Serie A clubs led by AC Milan but City are confident he wants to join them and of finalising a deal imminently.

The 26-year-old, who was recently denied the opportunity by Fifa to representing Portugal, has been targeted by City for his midfield anchorman qualities. He was a regular for Porto last season, making 36 appearances for the third-placed club.

Fernando and Bacary Sagna are expected to become City’s first two signings of the summer as Manuel Pellegrini and Begiristain begin reshaping the title-winning squad.

As was revealed earlier, Sagna is in advanced talks to join City on a free transfer after rejecting a contract extension at Arsenal.