Arsenal buckle over Guaita price

Gunners’ chief negotiator Dick Law travelled to Spain on Tuesday for talks over the 26-year-old goalkeeper, but the Londoners have been deterred by Valencia’s €20m valuation

By Ben Hayward

Arsenal have ended talks with Valencia over the possible signing of Vicente Guaita after being put off by the Spanish side’s €20 million valuation of the goalkeeper.

Gunners’ chief negotiator Dick Law flew to Spain on Tuesday to discuss a move for the 26-year-old shot-stopper, but talks broke down over the fee late last night and Law will return to London on Wednesday.

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo had claimed earlier on Tuesday that any side keen on signing Guaita would have to pay the keeper’s release clause of €30 million, although the Costa Blanca club were willing to sell for a price of €20m after the 26-year-old’s representatives disclosed their player’s intention to quit Mestalla.

Arsenal, however, were only prepared to pay around €15m for the goalkeeper, who was left on the bench for Valencia’s 1-0 over Malaga on Saturday as coach Miroslav Djukic opted instead for Brazilian Diego Alves.

That decision infuriated Guaita and the goalkeeper set his sights on a move to north London, but he will now be forced to fight for his place at Mestalla unless a cut-price deal can be agreed later on in the window.

Arsenal and Valencia closed the talks in an amicable fashion and agreed to remain in contact over Guaita, whose current contract expires in 2015.

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Inter complete Taider deal

The Algeria international had caught the attention of a number of clubs with his fine performances, yet will continue his career at the Giuseppe Meazza side

Inter have announced on their official website that they have secured the services of Saphir Taider from Bologna in a co-ownership deal.

The Nerazzurri have reportedly paid €5.5 million for 50 per cent of the midfielder’s registration, with the 21-year-old signing a four-year deal with Inter.

Head coach Walter Mazzarri was keen to add some fresh blood to his midfielder ahead of the start of the 2013-14 Serie A campaign and he has now gotten his desired reinforcement in Taider.

“What does Inter mean to me? A great team who have won everything. I’m happy,” the Algeria international international commented on his move.

Taider is a product of the Grenoble youth academy and made the move to Serie A in 2011 when he joined Bologna.

He had since developed into a key player at Bologna, earning himself a transfer to Inter with his fine performances at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

Tottenham yet to agree Bale deal with Real Madrid

Both clubs have moved to quash reports that a €109 million fee has been agreed for the Welsh attacking midfielder, despite Spurs’ huge spending spree this summer

By Greg Stobart

Tottenham and Real Madrid have yet to reach a formal agreement over Gareth Bale’s proposed record-breaking move to the Spanish giants – despite the London club’s huge summer spending.

Sources from both clubs have moved to quash reports that a €109 million fee had been accepted by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who is holding out for €117m from the Santiago Bernabeu outfit.

Tottenham are closing in on a €70m double swoop for Roma star Erik Lamela and Anzhi attacker Willian as they anticipate Bale’s departure for a world-record fee.

Yet Spurs sources insist that the Welshman will stay at White Hart Lane if the Spanish giants refuse to increase the value and structure of their existing offer, believed to be worth around €100m.

Bale has privately told senior Spurs officials of his desire to move to Madrid, where, he believes, he can fulfill his potential and pursue silverware after having spent six years in north London.

The PFA and FWA player of the year feels that the time is right to move on this summer after Tottenham failed to qualify for the Champions League last season and Levy accepts that a bid approaching the nine-figure mark would be too good to turn down.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is set to step up his efforts to sign Bale in the coming days, with the 24-year-old forward not expected to play in August, having missed much of pre-season with minor injury complaints.

Tottenham are trying to sign unsettled Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao for around €17.5m but claim that negotiations over the Portugal international are independent to any discussions over Bale.

Real and Bale’s camp are both confident that a move will go through before the transfer window closes but know that the final decision rests with Levy, who is set to break the £100m barrier for the club’s summer spending.

The Spurs chairman, a notoriously fierce negotiator, is determined to build a squad capable of qualifying for the Champions League and even competing for the Premier League title – regardless of Bale’s future.

The Londoners have already spent heavily this summer to sign Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli, with Willian’s arrival from Anzhi Makhachkala for around €35m expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

Spurs are also confident of agreeing a deal for Lamela following a meeting in London on Tuesday between their technical director, Franco Baldini, and Roma chief Walter Sabatini, who values the Argentine at £29.9m.

Baldini knows Lamela well from his time at Roma and the 21-year-old was a major point of discussion when the Italian met his former colleague Sabatini, the sporting director of Roma, in London earlier in August.

Spurs are also thought to have registered an interest in Roma’s Miralem Pjanic but the Italian outfit are only willing to offload one of the pair after selling Pablo Osvaldo to Southampton in a deal worth up to €17.2m £15m.

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Anzhi exodus continues as Diarra joins Lokomotiv

The energetic midfielder has become the latest big name to leave the Makhachkala outfit and will continue his career in the Russian capital

Lassana Diarra has become the sixth player to leave Anzhi Makhachkala within the space of two weeks, completing a move to Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

The Frenchman, 28, had moved to Dagestan from Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 and helped them to third spot in the table last term. However, the holding midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements following the Russian side’s change of policy and will now continue this career with Lokomotiv.

Diarra has signed a three-year deal with the Moscow outfit.

Players such as Oleg Shatov (Zenit), Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Denisov, Aleksandr Kokorin (all Dinamo Moscow) and Mbark Boussoufa (Lokomotiv) previously left Anzhi following the club’s changed policy.

Attacking midfielder Willian is widely expected to leave the club as well in the coming days after undergoing a medical with Tottenham this week, while Samuel Eto’o has been linked with clubs such as Roma, Chelsea and Inter.

Anzhi secured the services of a number of high-profile names in the past few years, but they now aim to build a new team consisting mainly of homegrown youngsters as they felt their big investments were not paying off.

Ziegler leaves Juventus for Sassuolo

The Switzerland international has been farmed out on loan for the fourth time since his arrival in Turin in 2011

Juventus have announced on their official website that Reto Ziegler has left the club for Sassuolo on a one-year loan deal.

The newly promoted side were keen to add some more experience to their squad ahead of the 2013-14 campaign and had earmarked Ziegler as the ideal addition.

The 27-year-old joined Juventus from Sampdoria on a free transfer in the summer of 2011, but failed to make an impact at the reigning Serie A champions ever since as he was quickly deemed surplus to requirements by head coach Antonio Conte.

Ziegler spent the past two seasons on loan at Fenerbahce, Lokomotiv Moscow and again Fenerbahce before returning to Juve this summer.

The left-back previously wore the jerseys of Grasshopper, Tottenham, Hamburg and Wigan and will now be looking to get his career back on track at Sassuolo.