Inter Milan and FC Barcelona are in battle for Javier Mascherano, but now, Robinho is another target. Barcelona already tried to buy him, but without the success.
Yesterday, Robinho said that he won’t join Fenerbahce, or any other Turkish side, and said that the only countries where he would go are Italy and Spain.
Inter Milan is looking for a player simular to him, they have sent the offer for Dirk Kuyt, but may offer €25m for Robinho which would be enough for Manchester City.
Inter Milan have sent their final offer for Liverpool’s duo Masch-Kuyt. According to our sources, they offered €30m plus Sulley Ali Muntari for Javier Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt.
Massimo Moratti said last night that they can wait, as Barcelona is also interested in Argentinian midfielder. And today, our sources have find out that Hodgson refused Catalonian’s offer for Masch, which was far away from their expectations – €20m in cash.
We can now only wait and see if Hodgson will accept Benitez’s offer.
* Juventus looking to bring Karim Benzema to their club on loan.
As we already mentioned, Sebastien Squillaci will be a new Arsenal FC player until the end of this week. He has expressed his desire to play for Wenger’s team.
This weekend, he will undergo medical exams in London, and then sign officialy contract with English club.
* Sergio Aguero is about to extend his contract with Atletico Madrid which will bring on him release clause of €90m.
Leo Messi spoked about Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez:
“The Premier League have not seen it yet but Jonas is one of the best players in the league. I know you guys have Rooney, Fabregas, Torres and many more stars – but Jonas is as good as any of them. I am backing him to show it this season. Maradona calls him one of the three most important players in the Argentina squad and I think he is right – that is how good he is.
“It takes time for a player to adjust to a new country and he has now been there long enough to show his true form. By the end of the season I would expect the very best teams in Europe to be trying to sign him. But he told me during the World Cup that, as long as Newcastle stay in the top-flight, he would like to finish his career there.”
“I would expect the Spider-Man mask to be out quite a few times this season but his real talent comes in creating goals. He is a fantastic winger, can beat players with ease and is a fantastic crosser of the ball. If Newcastle have one or two good target men, I think they can have a really good season because Jonas will create a lot of chances for the strikers.
“He can fire Newcastle to a top-six finish and win the player of the season award above names like Rooney.”
Stephen Ireland said a lot about Roberto Mancini, and Milner:
“I did feel unwanted at Manchester City. I was banging my head against a brick wall despite what I had done in training. I just went with the reserves, worked hard in the gym and kept as active as possible.”
“Without a shadow of doubt the situation I found myself in will happen a lot at Manchester City with all the high-profile players they have at the club. At Manchester City sitting on the bench I didn’t feel part of the team. I was neither happy nor sad if we lost. He must think the grass is greener on the other side but he’ll get a shook soon because it’s definitely not that way. I’ve really landed on my feet here.”
“James Milner sees the attraction of going to City, he obviously sees the players going there and he wants to be one of those so-called superstars and nail down his place in the England team, become more established and play 90 minutes for England. I can understand why he has gone there but I can tell him that I’m very happy to leave there and come here. Some people have used the phrase that I’ve been forced out; I couldn’t be happier to be forced to come here.”
“I don’t think loyalty is much in anyone’s mind at Manchester City. I felt like I would be next [to leave]. A lot of players felt like that as well – the homegrown guys. Mancini doesn’t really build relationships with players. He has everybody a bit on edge. He brought Patrick Vieira in and when I spoke to him [Vieira] about his relationship [with Mancini], he said he doesn’t really have one, and he’s worked for him for years. I think that’s the way he is.”
“I think that was really unfair, all the players know I was the first player into training and the last to leave. I worked the hardest. With all the heart-rate monitors and tests, I was always No.1, far ahead of everyone. You see the performance in training and I was practically always the best player in training. If [Mancini’s] standing there watching that, I don’t know how he doesn’t see that.”
“Richard Dunne is a good example of what can happen after leaving Manchester City to join Villa. A year on I can see how happy he is at Villa and I’m hoping that I will be as happy in a year’s time. Richard was a huge part of Manchester City and it was a great shock to see him leave. It was as big a shock to him as everyone else but he could not have come to a better club as he proved with his performances last season.”
“For me this is a positive, as this is exactly how I want it to be. I’m still young and hopefully Villa will get the best of me and I am now looking forward to the season.”