Viola Want Jovetic to Consider Staying
Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle says that he would try and convince star striker Stevan Jovetic to cancel transfer plans and stay with them once he returns from international duty.
The 23-year-old Montenegrin has emerged as the top summer target for Premier League club Arsenal although it is believed that Juventus are the ones leading the chase for his signature at the moment.
With a summer move away from Fiorentina on the cards for the coveted forward, their chief is still hoping that he could keep hold of him.
Talking to the Italian press, Della Valle said: “I’m going to meet him when he comes back from the national team. He has a right to decide where he plays. I hope he can stay with us.”
Sanogo: ‘Arsenal Is My Choice’
Auxerre youngster Yaya Sanogo has confessed that a transfer to Arsenal FC is his preferred career move and is hoping that the Gunners could help him improve his game.
Arsene Wenger recently told the press that he is close to signing the 20-year-old Frenchman and now the player himself has echoed those claims.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Sanogo said: “Arsenal could be a great club for me. I scored nine goals this season with Auxerre and they think I can improve my level in England. I am pleased to be following in the footsteps of Abou Diaby who came through from Auxerre. There are many teams interested in me, but Arsenal is my choice.”
Swans’ Williams Refuses to Speculate on Club Future
Swansea City defender and rumoured Arsenal transfer target Ashley Williams has refused to speculate on his club future and belives that any interest in his services is just paper talk at this point.
The 28-year-old centre-half was one of Swansea’s best performers this season and played a major role in their Capital One Cup triumph too. As a result, he has been linked with summer moves to sides such as Arsenal and Liverpool, both of whom are reportedly in the market for defensive reinforcements.
When asked if there is any possibility of him leaving the Swans in the upcoming transfer window, Williams replied: “As far as I know. I don’t know anything about it, I just read it in the papers like everyone else.I play my football for Swansea City and now I’m just going away and looking forward to a holiday.
“I’ve said before, I’ll take it as a compliment, it means you’re doing your job well. I’ve done that this time, I haven’t looked too far into it The season’s been such that since the cup final we’ve had so much work to do that I haven’t really thought about it.
“If somebody comes in and the club want to do that you have to sit down with the chairman and talk about it. I can’t really think about that at the moment, I play for Swansea City and I would never be disrespectful to the club, the fans and my team-mates. That’s it really, I can’t say any more than that.”
Bendtner Devalues Himself Some More
Juventus’ on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been operated on for a wrist injury which he picked up last weekend on the final day of the Italian Serie A season.
The 25-year-old Dane has scored just eight goals in the past two years and none in his disappointing spell with the Old Lady. He missed a large chunk of the ongoing season due to a serious thigh injury and is now carrying another one, which further complicates the Gunners’ task of offloading him in the summer.
Bendtner’s personal life isn’t short of mishaps either. He is currently serving a three-year driving ban and six-month national team ban for his DUI offense back in March.
Wenger Hints At ‘Spending Spree’
Arsene Wenger wants to use Arsenal’s impressive end to the 2012/13 season as a springboard for future success and has hinted that he will spend money on some good, quality players in the summer.
The Daily Mail have quoted the Gunners boss as saying: “The last three months are a springboard for next season.We have to transfer that belief into the start of next season. We need stability and to strengthen. Is it spending a lot on one player or buying many players?
“We want additions but we want to keep the structure and spirit and quality of the team. Let’s not forget there are many clubs with big money and not enough talent to strengthen all the teams. But we will go out in a proactive way.”
Toulouse admit Arsenal target could be on his way
By Alex Shaw | Friday, May 24, 2013
Toulouse coach Alain Casanova says he will do everything in his power to keep Etienne Capoue at the club - but admits the midfielder could leave.
Arsenal are among numerous suitors across Europe keen on Capoue.
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder is also on the radar of PSG and ambitious Monaco, with Toulouse facing a fight to keep him this summer.
He has a contract until 2015 but Casanova said: "I am going to be selfish and say I wish he could stay and remain with us.
"If he does leave, we would wish him good luck after everything he has given us."
Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been urged by Samuel Eto'o to spurn interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal and join Anzhi Makhachkala.
The 23-year-old was recently named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, having struck 19 league goals for Saint-Etienne, and he is now coveted by clubs across Europe.
Cameroon international Eto'o became the highest-paid player in the world after swapping Inter Milan for Anzhi in 2011, and it is believed he personally phoned Aubameyang to persuade the striker to join him in Russia.
Sources in France claim Anzhi are willing to offer the forward an £8.5m signing-on fee, as well as a £6m-a-year salary.
However, the £13m-rated attacker is not keen to move east and could end up in the Premier League.
He told Le Progres: "I have loads [of options] but I have not made a choice between Germany, England and Italy."
Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg are the two German sides that are thought to be chasing his signature.
ARSENAL are closing in on Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams — and that could see Thomas Vermaelen leaving the Emirates.
The Gunners have moved into pole position, with bidding rivals Liverpool switching their sights to Schalke’s Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
And Wenger is expected to open the bidding at around £8million for Williams, even though the Swans are holding out for closer to £12m.
Williams is said to be keen on a move to Arsenal and a deal is likely to be agreed.
Boss Arsene Wenger wants to strengthen his defence but is prepared to let Vermaelen go.
The Belgian — who is Arsenal's club captain — is attracting interest from Barcelona and Napoli.
Vermaelen lost his place at the heart of the backline to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny over the last couple of months.
The Gunners leaked just five goals in their final 11 matches.
Julio Cesar has confirmed his desire to stay in England following QPR's relegation.
The Brazilian goalkeeper was one of the few Loftus Road players to emerge with credit during the club's dismal campaign.
Cesar, who won a domestic and European treble with Inter Milan in 2010, is expected to leave west London and has suitors in the Premier League and abroad.
He has been tipped to return to Serie A - Roma are thought to be interested in his services - but the 33-year-old is in no hurry to leave London.
He told Calciomercatonews.com: "I have been fine in the Premier League - we were relegated because the season was strange, but London is a beautiful city.
"I want to stay in England, where the football has impressed me, but I do not know what will happen."
Cesar has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger keen to recruit an experienced goalkeeper following Wojciech Szczesny's inconsistent displays in recent months.
Gervinho has declared that he will not be leaving Arsenal this summer and intends to become a regular part of coach Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up next season.
The 26-year-old Ivorian’s wastefulness in front of goal has seen him linked with moves away from Emirates Stadium, but the player has made it clear that he isn’t going anywhere.
Gervinho, who has scored just 11 goals in 63 matches for Arsenal, is quoted by The Sun as saying: “I have a contract until 2015 with Arsenal and I intend to honour it. There is always speculation but I am looking forward to a good holiday and to come back to Arsenal. I want to win my place in the starting line-up week in, week out.”
Gunners to Play Key Role in United’s Fabregas Pursuit
Whether incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes can take Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford depends on Arsenal, according to The Daily Mail.
The publication claims that when the Gunners sold the Spaniard to Barca in 2011, they inserted a first-refusal clause in his sale agreement, according to which they would have to pay a pre-set buy-back fee in the region of £20million to £25million only.
Moreover, the North Londoners are also entitled to receive half of Fabregas’ next transfer fee – in case they don’t exercise the right to re-purchase him – which means that Barca would have to sell Fabregas for a significantly inflated price just to recover the £35million they paid for him and to give Arsenal their 50 per cent share.
The chance to bring the 26-year-old playmaker back to Emirates Stadium at a reduced price would be mouth-watering for some fans, but it is unclear if coach Arsene Wenger is keen to do that especially since he has more than enough creative options in the centre of the field.
Vermaelen Also Hints At Arsenal Stay
Thomas Vermaelen is confident that his Arsenal career is not over and plans to win back his position in the club’s starting line-up next season.
After a disappointing campaign during which the Belgian lost his starting role, speculation is rife that he will be sold and replaced with a more defensively sound player this summer. However, the player’s comments suggest that he is not keen to leave at all and wants to rebuild his career at Emirates Stadium.
Ad.nl have quoted Vermaelen as saying: “I’m happy at Arsenal. I didn’t play much and that was frustrating, but things can turn around quickly. I was on the bench, but I could just as quickly be playing again. I’m working hard to make that happen. These are things that happen in professional football. Arsenal are a great club where there is a lot of competition.”
Gremio Refuse to Buy Santos
It seems that Arsenal fans haven’t seen the last of Andre Santos as the Brazilian defender’s loan club Gremio have refused to buy him.
Santos, 30, joined Gremio on an initial six-month temporary deal in the January transfer window after an extremely underwhelming spell of 18 months with the Gunners. It was believed that the loan deal will be followed by a permanent transfer, but the Serie A outfit says that they will not be pursuing that option due to the player’s high wages.
In an interview with UOL, Gremio’s director of football Marcos Chitolina said: “We signed Andre Santos for Copa Libertadores and his contract expires in July. It would be too expensive for Gremio to renew his contract; he is a very expensive player. We thank him for everything he has done, but we will keep Alex Telles and Fabio Aurelio.”
Laudrup Implicitly Invites Bids for Williams
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has all but invited Arsenal FC to bid for Ashley Williams after admitting that he is fine with losing one player this summer.
Williams, 28, is seen by Arsene Wenger as an ideal candidate to replace out-of-form Gunners captain Thomas Vermaelen. And Laudrup’s comments indicate that he has decided to allow his star centre-half’s summer sale as it would beef up his own transfer kitty.
While addressing the rumours surrounding Williams’ future, the Swans boss said: “There has been a lot of talk and let’s see what happens. He extended his contract not so long ago, like I did. Maybe we have to accept one player will go but not any more.
“We have to strengthen to consolidate because a lot of the teams below us in the table will spend more money. Those sums are above what we pay so we have to do things in different ways. There is a lot of work to do this summer. One thing is to find them and another to then go and sign them.”
Arsenal Target £15m ‘German Fabregas’ as a More Viable Alternative to Re-Signing Barcelona Star
by The Newshound June 3rd, 2013
Emirates Stadium side set sights on talented Midfielder.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly set his sights on young German international Lars Bender as he sets about bringing in central midfielder this summer.
The Daily Mail believes that the 24 year old Bayer Leverkusen star is high up on Wenger’s list of transfer priorities.
Arguably a move for Bender is infinitely more likely to succeed that speculation linking the North London club with attempts to re-sign Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas.
Bender has been a model of consistency over the course of his four seasons in the Bayer Leverkusen first team set-up and the box to box performer was a key member of Sami Hyypia’s side who secured a top three finish in the Bundesliga in 2012/13.
In many ways the German is a very similar type of player to Fabregas, comfortable on the ball, a tireless runner and a player who isn’t afraid to get forward.
Now a regular in Joachim Low’s national team set-up Lars Bender may feel that a high profile move to Arsenal could aid his push for a prominent role in the 2014 World Cup finals.
It may well assist in Wenger’s push for the £15m rated rangy midfielder that his squad includes two of his national team colleagues, namely Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.
By Nick Pearce
10:42AM BST 03 Jun 2013
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger hints at shock moves for Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas
Arsène Wenger has admitted he would not turn down the chance to sign unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney if the opportunity presented itself this summer.
Wenger also made a thinly-veiled offer of sanctuary to former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, who is understood to be unhappy at Barcelona.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Wenger dropped a big hint about his openness to making high-profile moves in the transfer market this summer.
Long-suffering Gunners fans are desperate for Wenger to bolster the squad with world-class additions and the signings of Rooney and Fabregas would certainly satisfy their craving for big-name arrivals.
"Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?" he told Al Jazeera.
"David Moyes' first challenge is to go in to Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney. If that is feasible or not depends on his personality and if Rooney bears a grudge or not, we will see.
"It will be interesting to see how that will be handled."
Fabregas, who has fallen out of favour at the Nou Camp, left Arsenal on bad terms in 2011 but Wenger's comments in the interview with the television network suggest he would open to re-signing the midfielder.
"I think at the moment he's [Fabregas] lacking the confidence of being a regular player," said Wenger. "Recently he has not been that.
"Cesc is such a passionate player, a player of such quality, that it must hurt him not to play in every single game. That's what he misses. When you come in and out you never play with full confidence."
Jordan Wynter: Arsenal youngster joins Bristol City
Bristol City have signed Arsenal youngster Jordan Wynter after the midfielder turned down a contract extension at the Emirates Stadium.
The 19-year-old has agreed a two-year deal, with the prospect of first-team football a key factor in the move.
Wynter was at Arsenal from the age of eight and signed a first professional contract with the Gunners last summer.
"Excited to finally declare I have signed for Bristol City," Wynter said on Twitter.
"Looking forward to the season coming up. Thanking Arsenal for everything."
Wynter is Robins boss Sean O'Driscoll's first summer acquisition as he prepares the club for life in League One next season.
Gazidis Hints At New Wenger Deal
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has refused to offer any real updates regarding coach Arsene Wenger’s future at the club but is confident that the Frenchman’s ‘long-term’ future lies at the Emirates Stadium. (The Evening Standard)
Wenger, 63, only has one more year to run on his current Arsenal contract, and speculation is rife that he might not renew it, so that he could join Paris Saint-Germain next summer.
At a recent meeting with journalists, Gazidis was asked if there is any truth in those rumours, to which he said: “I really don’t want to have a public discussion about Arsene’s contractual position. I don’t even want to say [that we have discussed a new contract]. What I will say is that we think we have got a fantastic manager. We have got a lot of confidence that Arsene is the right person to take the club forward and I think he will want to do that. We hope that he wants to do what he is doing for the long term. I believe he does.
“I think he is still ambitious, still driven and sees the potential of the club as he looks forward and I think he is very excited by that. We have a great relationship and he has a great relationship with the board as well. This is going to happen very quietly behind closed doors, privately and then there will be an announcement when things are all put in place.”
Newcastle’s Steven Taylor Interesting Arsenal
Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor, who was once touted as the next John Terry, has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal FC. (The Daily Mail)
The 27-year-old centre-half has successfully resurrected his career in the Premier League after struggling with fitness and performance-related problems for several years. He featured in 33 matches for the Magpies last season, and his improved performances were rewarded with a place in the England squad earlier this year.
However, the arrival of highly-rated Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at Newcastle in January means that Taylor is not an undisputed starter for Alan Pardew’s side anymore, and therefore, he might be tempted to jump ships this summer.
The Daily Mail believes that he could be a perfect fit for the Gunners if their captain Thomas Vermaelen is sold, and they fail to land their first-choice replacement, Ashley Williams of Swansea City.
Gunners Release Underused Trio
Arsenal FC have announced that the expiring contracts of Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci will not be renewed and all three will be given free transfers on June 30.
The departing trio’s imminent exit doesn’t surprise anyone as they weren’t in the club’s long-term plans and had barely been used by coach Arsene Wenger in the past few seasons.
Fiorentina Insist Jovetic Not For Sale
Arsenal’s pursuit of Fiorentina ace Stevan Jovetic seems all but over after his Serie A employers made it clear that they have no intention of selling him this summer.
The 23-year-old Montenegrin is believed to be the Gunners and Juventus’ top transfer target, but the Viola’s sporting director Daniele Prade has poured cold water on their plans.
In an interview with Lega-Calcio, Prade said: “We have been clear about Jovetic. He is not on the market. There is a word given to the boy by the president: at the end of the season they would talk together, but those are the conditions, otherwise we keep him happy.
“There has been no bid [from Juventus], only a meeting between the president and the agent Cognigni Ramadani. Jovetic did not say he would move. It is a discussion between him and the president.”