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Gonzalo Higuain’s Arsenal move is close says his agent

By Stefano on June 26th, 2013

The marathon race that is Gonzalo Higuain’s move from Real to Arsenal inched closer to the finishing line today with a quote from his brother who is also his agent.

Nicolas Higuain told Tutto Mercato Web: “Now that Tevez is signing for Juve, does that mean Higuain is closer to Arsenal? I think so.

“Juventus is a great club, but Gonzalo is too expensive for them. Napoli? They’re a strong team and a club that means a lot to Argentines.

“But having said that, I can’t deny that Gonzalo is now close to Arsenal.”

So is that a done deal now? Gunners fans are you starting to worry that all the energy that’s being invested into securing this deal has meant that others are slipping past?



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Arsenal update: Fellaini pressure grows, Higuain and the Tevez signing

By Stefano on June 26th, 2013

It must feel like Groundhog Day if you are an Arsenal fan at the moment. Each morning brings the promise of fresh transfers news, but with the season already weeks behind us the Gunners have only really signed one player Yaya Sanogo.

Yet there is slightly more positive news coming out of Italy today today.  And that revolves around Juve’s possible signing of Carlos Tevez. If it does get confirmed it will mean that the club have two high profile new-ish strikers in Fernando Llorente and the Argentinian. That will mean less money, or less requirement at least to spend on Arsenal targets Higuain and maybe even Jovetic.

Tezez transfers have a habit of going awry at the moment you think they are done though, so watch this space.

There’s also no real update on the future of Everton’s Belgian star Marouane Fellaini. The Daily Mail has a story on how the player is keen to come to Arsenal and that the club are willing to meet his £22 million release clause. The sticking point appears to be his wages with Fellaini after £100k a week plus to put him on the same level as Podolski and Walcott. If it is down to wages then surely a deal can be thrashed out.

The Bleacher Report has a story on why it thinks that the Belgian would be the perfect summer signing for the club. I’d be surprised if many Arsenal fans felt differently.

 



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Arsenal update: Real after Cazorla, Higuain news and Benjamin Mendy details

By Stefano on June 25th, 2013

Well we thought this was the summer it wasn’t going to happen, but it seems that several clubs are sniffing around some of Arsenal’s most high profile players. Like Laurent Koscielny who seems to be hinting that he is staying at The Emirates in spite of interest from a number of clubs.

But he isn’t only one. The Daily Star says that Real are planning a surprise move for Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla. The little Spaniard, who has at times been breathtaking this season, doesn’t sound however as if he is going anywhere.

He said

“In football you have to live in the moment,”

“I have three years left on my contract and I have not thought of anything like that. My plan is to continue at the club.

“Arsenal are treating me very well and I want to win a title with them. In football, you cannot predict the future at any time.”

The Higuain saga rumbles on, though the confirmation of Carlo Ancelotti as new manager of Real ought in theory to hurry up the player’s exit. A lot of sites, including SportstDirectNews, are predicting that the player will announce his move, almost certainly to Arsenal by the end of the week.

Finally HITC has the lowdown on French teenager Benjamin Mendy who The Gunners are allegedly trying to tempt away from Le Havre. Although he has been billed as a left back – which is odd given the prowess of the two left backs on Arsenal’s books – Mendy can play on the left side of the centre. Given that he is 6 foot 1 inch, this could well be why Wenger is targeting him, maybe as a Vermaelen replacement? Arsenal are reported to have bid £2.5 million for the player which Le Havre obviously don’t feel is anything like enough.



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Could Arsenal complete Gonzalo Higuain deal today? Rumours of a medical

By Stefano on June 24th, 2013

Well that is what The Daily Star is saying.

The paper has the words of a source from Madrid who says

“I am convinced that today the ex-River Plate striker will have a medical.”

It has been widely reported that the 25-year-old Real Madrid striker has agreed personal terms with the Gunners and also that representatives from the north London club have been thrashing out a transfer fee with the team at Madrid. The sticking point was supposed to be that there is currently no manager at Real to sanction the deal.

So while this is unlikely it is not beyond the realms of possibility. What do you think?



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Arsenal update: Higuain deal close, Payet buzz, Villa off to Spurs?

By Stefano on June 24th, 2013

There is still no hard news coming out of Madrid this morning, which means that several news sites are running with ‘Gonzalo Higuain deal gets even closer’ type stories. At least a couple of sites have claimed that an Arsenal entourage are in Madrid and that Wenger may be jetting out to join them soon.

Goal also says that Higuain’s father has confirmed that talks between Real Madrid and potential suitors Arsenal and Juventus are at an “advanced stage” regarding the striker’s transfer.

Gunners officials have travelled to Madrid in order to finalise a move for the 25-year-old with Arsene Wenger’s side looking to tie up a deal for just over €20 million, while the Spanish club are looking for a figure of over €25m. The Premier League club have already agreed a contract with Higuain that will start with a wage of €115,000-a-week.

The reason why the deal hasn’t go through is largely believed to be because Real Madrid are without a manager at the moment. So it may take a week more before it all gets finalised.

Meanwhile Touchlinetalk has the lowdown on another key Arsenal target Florent Dimitri Payet. The site runs through the career history of the Frenchman who can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder. Payet is said to be a selfless player on the pitch and notched up a very impressive 18 assists at Lile this eason. He can however have his immature moments too highlighted by his altercation with former teammate Blaise Matuidi and failing to turn up to training. It will be interesting to see how this on pans out.

Finally it seems that Arsenal’s interest in Barcelona’s David Villa has dwindled away to nothing. According to a report in El Mundo Deportivo on Monday morning Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has instructed new director of football Franco Baldini to close a deal for Villa.

The disappointment for Villa is that Spurs can’t offer the player Champions League football, this season anyhow. Arsenal can give the player that platform but seem to have lost interest in signing the prolific Barca striker.



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Arsenal update: Marouane Fellaini deal in the balance

By Stefano on June 21st, 2013

So is the Higuain deal in the bag? In spite of the rumours about a late bid from Juve the London Evening Standard seems to think so. It says

All parties are confident Higuain will soon be joining the Gunners from Real Madrid.

Interestingly it also suggests that Arsene Wenger might be about to make a move for Arsenal’s other key summer target Marouane Fellaini.

According to the Standard

Arsene Wenger is prepared to break Arsenal’s club record transfer fee for the second time in a matter of days to sign Marouane Fellaini.

The Arsenal manager is considering activating Fellaini’s £23m release clause at Everton.

Once again the paper reiterates the sticking point is the price with Everton clinging on to their £23 million valuations and Wenger not sure if he wants to meet that fee.

The issue for Arsenal is that if the club wants Marouane Fellaini to be settled and ready for the new season they need to do the deal very soon. Admittedly Mikkel Arteta fitted in very quickly after his move from Everton two years ago in the central midfield berth. However this time round Wenger has some tricky Premiership games and the Champions League qualifier to factor in. So a fast move would make a lot of sense.



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Higuain to Arsenal? Juventus are still in the hunt says their general director

By Stefano on June 21st, 2013

Just when it seemed that it was done deal and that Arsenal fans would be getting the marquee striker signing they crave comes the news that Juventus haven’t given up hope of signing Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain.

In spite of rumours that the player has signed a £130,000-a-week contract to join the north London club and that Arsenal and Real were finalising the fee, Juve’s general director has said that he thinks the striker could still be bound for Italy.

Giuseppe Marotta told Italian television station Sky Sport Italia, which has been reported by The Star.

“Higuain? I do not want to say anything because there is still so much time left for things to happen.”

If the rumours are to be believed then time is the last thing that Morotta and Juve have.

So Arsenal fans is this going to be yet another player that slips through Arsene Wenger’s grasp?



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Arsenal update: Rooney, Jedvaj, Williams and more

By Stefano on June 21st, 2013

The Wayne Rooney to Arsenal story simply won’t go away. Even though the player is on holiday and has apparently hasn’t talked about his situation with Man United manager David Moyes there is lots of speculation today as top what is going through his mind.

One one hand the Daily Mail thinks that Rooney is coming to London but to the blue bit.

Sportsmail understands that Chelsea remain Rooney’s preferred destination should the unsettled England striker decide to leave United after nine years.

He believes he is more likely to fulfill his ambitions with the Europa League winners, while Chelsea are also more capable of matching his £250,000-a-week wages.

Rooney told United he wanted to go before the end of last season and is unlikely to change his mind despite the appointment of his old Everton manager David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement.

Meanwhile the Express has minority Arsenal shareholder, and richest man in Britain no less, Alisher Usmanov urging Wenger to buy the United star.

Usmanov – who holds almost 30 per cent of Arsenal’s shares said: “He is a great player and joining the club would be great for Rooney and Arsenal too.”

Meanwhile the Gunners seemed to have cooled on their chase of Swansea’s centre back Ashley Williams. The Sun thinks that Wenger is still keen but won’t pay the £10 million that the Swans are asking for the 28 year old. The paper says that Arsenal might now turn their attention to Dinamo Zagreb’s Croatian wonder kid Tin Jedvaj.

The Arsenal boss is keen to pounce after Italian giants Roma failed with a £5m bid for the Dinamo Zagreb defender just days ago.

Jedvaj, 17, has already trained with the Croatian national team and is being courted by Serie A clubs. He would apparently cost the Gunners in the region of £6 million.

Finally footballfriendsonline runs the rule over Arsenal target Asier Illarramendi with a video that shows just how effective he was recently at the European Under 21 championship.



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Arsenal update: Higuain deal gets closer, Rooney keen, Carroll miss

By Stefano on June 20th, 2013

Some very good news for Arsenal fans. The Telegraph is reporting that Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has agreed person terms with the London club. He will apparently earn £130,00 a week making him the highest paid player at the club.

Arsenal are expected to pay around £22 million for the player too which will also make him the club’s record signing.

So Arsenal fans? How exited are you about this one? Is Higuain the marque signing you were hoping for?

Or maybe you are more excited about Wayne Rooney? The Star is reporting that the Gunners are now favourites to land the England striker.

It says

A month ago bookmakers were offering a price of 50-1 on Rooney – who told Sir Alex Ferguson he wanted to leave United – signing for the Gunners.

But it’s been backed in ever since and it’s now just 6-4 with BetVictor for the England ace to link up with Arsene Wenger.

The paper also says that Rooney would favour a move to Arsenal over possible suitors PSG and Chelsea.

So does the Higuain signing make the Rooney move less or more likely? Well the jury is out on that one. Rooney is alleged to have been monitoring the players coming in to measure Arsenal’s ambition. But would Wenger then spend on two strikers especially after Rooney has made it clear that he wants to start up front and not behind a striker as he did this season at United?

On the slightly more bizarre note the Star is claiming that Arsenal attempted to make a last minute grab for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll. The paper reports that the Gunners were eventually put off by the cost of landing the player which it says would have been in excess of £60 million.



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Podolski encourages Lewandowski to join him at Arsenal

By Stefano on June 19th, 2013

There have been a few stories circulating over the last month or to that Arsenal’s German forward slash winger Lukas Podolski would be leaving The Emirates.

Well that rumour has gone quiet and Podolski has been encouraging other players to come and join him in north London. Cheif among these is Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.

Podolski told Polish newspaper Polska The Times, which is reported by the Star: “He would fit ideally into our team.”

In spite of the Gunners’ alleged £70 million kitty it would be something of a coup to land the lanky Polish goalscorer. He might not be heading for Bayern Munich but Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea have also expressed an interest in singing him.

Also with the Higuain deal now looking very likely it seems a long shot that Arsene Wenger would invest in two marquee strikers. But then again you never know…



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Arsenal update: Ruben Garcia, Gonzalo Higuain and Asier Illarramendi rumours

By Stefano on June 18th, 2013

Well it is all going on in Spain. After plundering the country for Fabregas, Cazorla, Monreal, and in a roundabout way Arteta, Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be injecting some more La Liga blood into his Arsenal team.

The latest in the Higuain saga has been documented elsewhere with one Italian paper even picturing him wearing an Arsenal shirt. Might he be the first big Arsenal transfer announcement of the summer?

Or maybe that might be Levante’s Ruben Garcia? According to the Spanish daily Marca, Arsenal have made an enquiry regarding the player who has already admitted that he wouldn’t be averse to a move to North London.

The 19 year old is coming off the back of a great season in La Liga, but with Yaya Sanogo seemingly a cert to arrive at the Emirates might two young strikers be pushing it? He could cost up to 10m million Euros too. And besides there’s also Joel Campbell too.

The Daily Mail is suggesting that Arsene Wenger is also mulling over a move for Real Sociedad’s defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi. The paper does say though that Arsenal might find themselves facing some serious comeptiion to secure the services of the 23 year-old with Barcelona and Real Madrid also set to pounce.

Illarramendi is currently on duty at the Under-21 European Championships, where a good performance could hike his price up a few more million.



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Arsenal update: Higuain and Nani looking good, Payet on radar

By Stefano on June 17th, 2013

After a quite few days there’s bit of an avalanche of Arsenal related news this morning most of which revolves around Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain.

After it seemed as if Juve were odds on to land the striker Arsenal now appear to have assumed pole position with several papers suggesting that the club have tabled a £20 million bid which apparently is a few million more than Juve were offering.

It now seems that Juve will spend the cash on previous Arsenal target Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, and possibly even Man City’s Carlos Tevez.

The Standard does report though that the main problem with the deal has been the managerial situation at the Bernabeu with Real not yet in a position to confirm as replacement for Jose Mourinhio.

The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and would command a fee of no more than £10m should talks with new boss Manuel Pellegrini conclude with his departure.

The online debate about whether Arsenal should be interested in Man United erratic winger Luis Nani is a likely to shift up a gear today with reports that the player and the club are on the verge of agreeing a deal which will see the Portuguese star move to North London for £8 million. The Metro says that Turkish club Galatasary who were also tracking the player have been priced out of the deal leaving the path clear for Arsene Wenger to take a gamble on a talented the controversial winger.

There may be more chance for Nani at The Emirates if Gervinho makes the move to Marseille which has been reported on by many sources this weekend.

But then again he may be competing for a place in the side with Lille winger Dimitri Payet who is reportedly to be keen to move to a club that can offer him Champions League football. The 26-year-old scored 12 times and provided an impressive 13 assists in 38 Ligue 1 appearances last season.



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Stephan El Shaarawy would cost Arsenal or Man City 35 million Euros says Berlusconi

By Stefano on June 14th, 2013

With rumours that Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy could be heading for a new club Silvio Berlusconi (sure I have heard that name before) has said that the player won’t go cheaply.

Berlusconi is saying that the player should have a price tag of 35 million Euros, a fee that first emerged in Tuttosport and has reverberating around the Italian press today.

There’s an implication too that Milan wouldn’t want to sell the player to another Serie A club which would rule out the likes of Napoli who may soon be looking to replace the irrepressible Edinson Cavani.

Meanwhile the player’s agent has put the dampeners on any move to Man City.

Roberto La Florio told SportItalia (reported here).

“Although we can say that the market is a bit crazy and anything can happen, that is indisputable. The boy is doing well at Milan and for us nothing has changed.

“Offers from City? Nobody has called me regarding this. He is Milan through and through and looks great with the Rossoneri.”



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Arsenal update: Update on Williams, Villa and Gervinho

By Stefano on June 14th, 2013

Well we must be nearing the transfer deadline window proper – it opens on July 1st – as a lot of those apparent ‘done deals’ are now looking very wobbly, which in my book equates to selling clubs holding out for more money.

The one that saddens is me a little is the news coming from Swansea that Arsenal and the Welsh club have failed to get anywhere on the possible transfer of centre back Ashley Williams. I think a lot of Arsenal fans believe that the player would be a solid addition to the Arsenal defence especially if Thomas Vermaelen heads off. Sadly Swansea want £10 million and Arsenal are reputed to have only offered around £8 million. I wonder if this will be another Cahill with someone else sneaking in quickly and nabbing the player.

Williams is quoted as saying

“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 (Arsenal rumours) 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.”

Another player who also apparently won’t be joining Arsenal this summer is David Villa. Barca’s Sandro Rosell has moved to squash speculation that the Spanish striker will be leaving the club by saying.

“Until is otherwise the case, David Villa remains a Barca player and our desire is that he will remain so until next year.”

Villa’s contract runs out in summer 2014, so he could in theory stay on at the club until he is a few moths shy of his 33rd birthday.

I wonder too if valuations from Arsenal and Spurs have fallen well short of what the Catalan club were hoping.

Finally this morning there has been a lot of speculation over the future of Arsenal winger Gervinho. After a hit and miss season – well a couple in fact – the player is being linked with a return to France with Marseilles keen to secure his services.

This is a profile that interests us, yes. We want flank players, with dribbling, passing and scoring and Gervinho has this profile,” Marseille assistant coach Franck Passi yesterday.

Arsenal fans are you bothered if the Ivorain goes. He hasn’t exactly set the Premiership alight but there have been glimpses of his huge potential too.



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Higuain too! Chelsea now chasing the same strikers as Arsenal and Real

By Stefano on June 13th, 2013

Here’s an interesting snippet coming out of Spain tonight. It seems that new Chelsea boss (that really doesn’t sound quite right) José Mourinho really might have it in for both Juventus and Arsenal. After rumours that he might be ready to pounce on want-away Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic (s target for both Juve and Arsenal) it now appears that he is also thinking about a move for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain! So Arsenal, Juve and now Chelsea are chasing the same pair of forwards!

The news comes from a Spanish radio station Cadena Cope and was reported on an Italian site here and loads of others too.

It might be quite credible as José Mourinho obviously worked with Higuain at Real and he is expected to sign a high profile striker this summer to compete with new signing Andre Schurrle as well as Torres and Ba.




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