Liverpool have finally managed to make their first signing this summer after completing a long term deal with Roma striker Fabio Borini for a fee of £7.9m.
The 21 year old had an impressive last season with Roma making 26 appearances and scoring 10 goals in the process. It was his exploits for the Rome club that saw him earn his first national cap for Italy and eventually sneak into their squad for the Euros.
Reports of Rodgers’ reported interest in the former Chelsea youth player had been doing the rounds for a few weeks. Rodgers’ wanted to reunite with Borini after having had worked with him during his Swansea days. But Roma thwarted Liverpool’s attempts to sign the player by securing complete ownership in a blind auction after buying the remainder of the 50% rights of the Italian striker from Parma.
A statement at the club’s official website carried the news saying: Liverpool have today confirmed they have completed the signing of AS Roma forward Fabio Borini.
“The Italy international has put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Reds after agreeing terms and passing a medical at Melwood.”
Manchester United center back and captain Nemanja Vidic gave Sir Alex Ferguson a major boost ahead of the pre-season tour as he joined training for the first time since December.
The big Serbian damaged his anterior cruciate ligaments in a Champions League fixture against FC Basel back in December last year and subsequently was ruled out for the remainder of the season. The 30 year old was sorely missed by his team last season as Manchester City fought off stiff competition from the Red Devils to clinch the Premier League title. Ferguson had cited Vidic’s absence as one of the reasons why United eventually lost out on the greatest title contest for the Premiership.
However, Vidic seems to be in line to return for the start of next season as he joined training with United’s new recruit Shinji Kagawa along with Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov. Kagawa became United’s first signing of the summer when he joined them from Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of £17m. Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that Kagawa could be a very potent weapon for United as he attempts to wrestle back the title from city rivals.
Meanwhile, Berbatov’s future remains shrouded with doubts after Ferguson insisted that the player wouldn’t be let go of until clubs meet the asking price of £10m. PSG and Malaga are both believed to be assessing the situation and could make a move for the Bulgarian striker sooner than later.
Arsenal officials are still optimistic about a possible change of heart for their star striker Robin Van Persie after the Dutchman declined to sign a new contract with the club.
The club along with their manager Arsene Wenger held a closed door meeting with the 28 year old earlier this month but failed to convince the striker of their intentions to compete for silverware next season. The prolific striker moved to release a statement in his personal website announcing his decision to not resign with the club.
The Golden Boot winner of the last edition of Premier League has a year left on his contract and is set to leave the Emirates this summer unless Wenger manages to persuade Van Persie to stay when he joins up for training next week. According to Daily Mail, a well placed Arsenal insider has claimed that the club is still ‘very hopeful’ of securing the long term services of their talismanic captain.
Arsenal chief scout Giles Grimandi had suggested earlier this week that new signing Olivier Giroud was brought in 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. “
The Dutchman who has spent eight years at the London club was offered a contract worth £130k a week and a loyalty bonus of £5m.
Santos star Paulo Henrique Ganso is being tipped to join Arsenal this summer after the club stepped up on their pursuit of the highly rated playmaker.
We had earlier reported that the Gunners were monitoring the midfielder after Arsene Wenger had shortlisted him as one of the transfer targets this summer. After Moroccan playmaker snubbed the Londoners to commit his immediate future to Montpellier, Wenger has now turned to the Brazilian international and could lodge a bid anytime soon.
Ganso’s current contract with Santos runs till February 2015 but has refused to sign another extension after the club offered him an improved deal worth £112k a week. It is understood that the talebted playmaker would push forth a deal if Arsenal do formally declare their interest in him.
According to Sportsmail, the Gunners were also in the race for Chelsea bound Oscar but eventually lost out to the Blues’ spending power as they wrapped up a £25m deal for the teen wonderkid. However with United concentrating on their interest in Lucas Moura and Chelsea cooling off their interest in Ganso, Arsenal are now the frontrunners to land the Brazilian who has been capped eight times for his country.
It seems like English minnows Brighton have edged Barcelona’s B team in the chase for Arsenal’s young center-back Ignasi Miquel as they have already opened negotiations with the Gunners regarding a loan deal for the defender.
The Spaniard impressed last season for Arsenal, as he featured on nine occasions for the first-team at the age of 19. With a bright future ahead of him, many expect him to soon break into Arsenal’s first-team squad and become a starting 11 regular, though for now he is way down the pecking order behind the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
With the path for the first-team blocked heavily, Arsenal feel that its in Miquel and Arsenal’s best interest that a loan deal is arranged for the teenager which will provide him the opportunity to earn some valuable playing time.
Barcelona, the club whose academy he passed out from, wish to bring him back to Spain for a second stint too, however they might have to return empty handed as Arsenal and Brighton are already in advanced talks regarding the loan deal.
Will this loan deal benefit Brighton, Arsenal, and most importantly, Miquel himself?