Arsene Wenger has rubbished rumors linking Robin Van Persie with a move away from the Emirates and has laughed off reports of the striker’s willingness to leave Arsenal.
The 28 year old Arsenal captain has a year left on his current contract and there have been speculations over his future at the club. Van Persie was offered a new contract with a club record wage of £130k per week, which he turned down prior to leaving for the Euro championships. It was reported that the player had become disillusioned with Wenger’s transfer policies and urged the manager to sign some quality players in order to contest for silverware next season.
Plenty of clubs have been linked to the Dutch striker most notable ones being Manchester City and Juventus. City boss Roberto Mancini declared his interest publicly only for Van Persie senior to rule out any possible move to a direct competitor of Arsenal. The striker’s family is said to be very well settled in London and that could well be the deciding factor for his future.
Speaking to the La Repubblica, Wenger said, “He will stay at Arsenal.”
“There is no reason why a top player, a big champion would want a move to Serie A – in terms of the prestige of the league, the level of play or financial considerations.
“If he moves there, I will buy you a caramello.”
This news will come as a great relief for the Gunner fans as losing their talismanic captain would have been a real knock out blow to their chances of competing for the league title next season.
Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong has iterated his desire to stay at the Eastlands, but admits that he might move on in search of more football.
The Dutch enforcer moved to the city of Manchester in 2009 and has formed the core of their midfield until last season when Roberto Mancini opted for a more attacking formation with Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry in the middle of the park. The lack of first team chances has made the 27-year-old reconsider his future at the club and with other clubs in the mix to sign him, he could very well head out of City this summer.
“I do not know… my contract runs for another year, I’m in a good position,” said the former Hamburg player.
“I would like to continue, I’m enjoying myself there, been there for over three years. I have won the two biggest prizes in England: FA Cup and league title.
“That I sometimes sit on the bench, is part of it. There is a rotation system. Ideally I play all the time but eventually I became champion, so it was worth it.”
De Jong, who is returning to England after a disastrous Euro campaign, has a year left in his current contract and would be available for cheap. It was reported widely that Arsenal are considering a move for the strong defensive midfielder. With Alex Song being groomed into a more attacking role, De Jong could be ideal to slip into that defensive midfield role.
Big spenders PSG are set to rival Chelsea for the signature of Porto winger Hulk after the Blues reached a deadlock with the Portuguese club over a possible transfer involving the player.
PSG, owned by the Qatar Investment Authority and managed by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, are believed to be willing to match Porto’s asking fee of £40m for the player and could steal him from right under the nose of the European champions. The Londoners’ interest in the Brazilian star is well documented but Porto’s evaluation of the player at £40m is said to have put off the deal. The Blues have already spent close to £40m this summer over two players Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, the former joining them from Lille for an astonishing £32m.
Roman Abramovich is attempting to build his squad around Fernando Torres and get some quality young players this summer. With Financial Fair Play due to be introduced shortly, the Russian billionaire is skeptical about meeting Porto’s demands. Although the 25 year old is keen on a move to the Stamford Bridge, the deal is nowhere near completion as many would imagine it to be.
Chelsea have now turned to Polish defender Lukasz Piszcsek to fill in the vacancy left by the departing Jose Bosingwa after losing interest in Gregory Van der Wiel and facing tough competition for Mathieu Debuchy.
Chelsea continue their transfer activity in a desperate attempt to reshape an old and aging squad and are considering Piszcsek as an option for the right back slot. Bosingwa was released following their Champions league win and their Serbian defender Ivanovic is keen on playing in his more preferred central defensive role in the coming season. After a host of names have been linked, the Dortmund defender looks the most viable option for the Blues.
Poland coach Franciszek Smuda had earlier mentioned a possible deal involving the talented defender to Real Madrid although the club played it down. With reported interest from the Spanish champions, it is going to be interesting to see if Chelsea can compete with Madrid’s spending power. Their Russian owner has already shelled out £40m this summer over two players, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin and the possibility of a £40m deal involving Porto striker Hulk is still doing the rounds.
Will the Blues be able to prize away the 27 year old from Dortmund?
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is likely to be at the center of a three way tug of war after Napoli entered the race against United and Liverpool to sign him this summer.
The 23 year old was expected to pen down a new contract at his club which would include a higher buyout clause but the talks ended in a deadlock. The player’s agent Louis Laros had earlier confirmed the interest of plenty of clubs in Europe and it was believed the Premier League duo of Manchester United and Liverpool are heading the race.
The highly rated Dutch young star netted 6 goals in 13 appearances for the Lions in the Europa Cup last season and caught the eye of plenty. Napoli, who are set to lose their talismanic midfielder Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG, are keen to fill in the vacancy left by the Argentinian with the Sporting striker. Although it won’t be a like for like replacement, Napoli officials have faith in his versatility and are confident that he would be able to adapt into an attacking midfielder’s role.
The contract situation can only prove advantageous for the clubs in question but it is going to interesting to see if Napoli manage to steal a march on the English duo.