Chelsea’s pursuit of Napoli’s giant striker Edinson Cavani could possibly be over as the player is set to demand the London club a massive weekly wage of £150,000 which will make him the joint top-earner of Chelsea alongside others.
The European champions have been searching long and hard in the Transfer window for a top striker, and have been linked with the likes of Hulk, Ramadel Falcao and Gonzalo Higuain, however nothing has materialized yet.
Chelsea now have set their sights on Uruguayan Cavani, who has been in prime form for his club since the past few seasons. After already losing Argentinian Ezequiel Lavezzi, the Italian club are bracing themselves of yet another departure in the form of Cavani.
The striker’s agent is set to meet the representatives of Chelsea to discuss a possible switch to Stamford Bridge, and the agent will reportedly ask a huge weekly wage of £150,000 which would make him the joint-top scorer alongside veterans Frank Lampard and John Terry, along with Fernando Torres.
Will Chelsea baulk at the massive demand, or will they splash their cash on the Napoli hitman?
Arsenal and England teenage winger Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is excited to join the pre season training and can’t wait for the new season to get started.
The 18 year old joined the Gunners at the beginning of last season from Southampton and notched up 26 appearances scoring 4 goals in the process. The young star was not a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euros and impressed with his performances for the Three Lions. Chamberlain will join his Arsenal team mates later this week for training before flying off to Asia for the club’s pre season tour.
‘To get back into training, see the boys and play football again – I just can’t wait for it,’ Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
‘I spoke to the boss and Colin [Lewin] the physio and they said I am in on Thursday, but I asked if I could come in earlier! I just can’t wait to get started again and get cracking with the new season.’
Chamberlain is hopeful that his stint with the national team in the Euros will help him perform better as he enters the second season at the Emirates.
He added: ‘I enjoyed every minute of it, it was amazing for me.
‘I have come such a long way – from last season’s pre-season to going away with England in a massive tournament this year.
‘I learnt so much from going away to the Euros and it makes you want to strive for more.
‘The next tournament coming up is Brazil in 2014 but first and foremost I need to concentrate on Arsenal. But on the international stage I need to keep impressing the manager.’
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is set to test Fulham’s resolve by putting in a £5m bid for their American midfielder Clint Dempsey.
The Reds made their first signing of the summer last week when Roma striker Fabio Borini completed his impending move to Anfield. Now Rodgers is considering making the move for the 29 year old Fulham star who had a tremendous last season scoring 23 goals for the Cottagers.
Dempsey was linked to their city rivals Arsenal earlier this year but the Gunners cooled off their interest in the prolific midfielder most likely due to his age. However, the officials at Anfield are convinced about the impact Dempsey would have had at the club given his experience in the Premier League and recent form in front of goal.
Fulham manager Martin Jol is desperate to keep hold of the American but with just a year to go in his current contract, the club might be forced to cash in on the player. With the departure of Andy Carroll imminent, Liverpool could start the season with a new look strike force comprising of Luis Suarez, Fabio Borini and Clint Dempsey.
English Premier League side Arsenal, along with Newcastle United and West Ham United, have been left behind by a shock bumper offer by little known Saudi side Al-Hilal for French club Rennes’ defender Abdou Kader Mangane.
The Senegal international, who has just a year left on his contract, is widely expected to leave the Ligue 1 outfit this summer, as Rennes look to cash in on their player, rather than risk losing him for free at the end of next season.
The English trio of Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham have been credited with an interest, with West Ham reportedly coming close to signing the giant center-back after agreeing a £4 million deal. However, that deal has now broken down as Al-Hilal have jumped to the front of the queue for Mangane’s signature as they are willing to offer him a major pay rise, believed to be £70,000-a-week to quit the French club and join the unknown territories of football in Saudi.
It was widely believed that Mangane was set for a switch to England in the summer, but now this mega offer has turned his head.. Or has it?
As Napoli are bracing themselves for a possible departure of star striker Edinson Cavani, and they have already started to search for replacements and have targeted young Dutch striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, who is on the radar of English sides Manchester United and Liverpool.
Napoli’s Uruguayan striker Cavani is being courted by the likes of free-spending sides Chelsea and Manchester City, who are both looking to bolster their front line. Even though Napoli are aware that the dream chance for Cavani of joining one of Europe’s elite would be very hard to turn down, they are hoping that the giant striker would stay in Italy next season.
Van Wolfswinkel, the 21-year old striker from Sporting Lisbon, got off to a flying start to his career at Lisbon, as he had a stellar debut season which saw him score 25 goals in all competitions.
The youngster has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, who are both eying the striker from close distance.
Now Napoli have joined the race for the highly rated star, and we can expect a very intense battle between these sides for the signature of Van Wolfswinkel.