Football Update: 18 July
Big news about in Europe has been of the Italian Serie A Clubs lack of ability to muster any sort of resolve to keep their best players. Already a widely known fact; the country is in a midst of a financial crisis. This week sees the departure of two of its brightest stars. PSG have apparently secured the signatures of Thiago Sliva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Elsewhere with most clubs commencing pre season training, Arsenal have confirmed that they will not sell their skipper Robin Van Persie even with the potential loss of millions of pounds, not to mention going against the wishes of their talismanic leader who earlier indicated his desire to leave.
Real Madrid have apparently made themselves the forerunners for the signature of Luka Modric, with President Florentino Perez claiming there is not other place the player would play next season.
Lots of fluffing around, little concrete deals have been completed. Time is still on the side of most clubs. Most movers and shakers have predictability come from the English Premier League.
Here’s our wrap of the rest of the juicy gossip:
- Manchester United’s pursuit of Lucas Moura, 19, hit another financial snag when it emerged that Sao Paulo’s asking price could soon increase to £34m.
- Arsene Wenger showing some ambition by offering £9m to sign goalscoring midfielder Paulinho, 23, from Brazilian club Corinthians.
- Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini accepts that transfer speculation will swirl when a window is open, but has offered no indication that he is prepared to part with any of his striking quartet – with Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko still part of his plans.
- West Ham may be in for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, 31, who’s frustrated with the lack of first-team games at Old Trafford
- Chelsea’s attempts to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani for £35m are being held up by the striker’s £150,000-a-week wage demands.
- Liverpool want to recoup at least £20m from the sale of Andy Carroll this summer, tough chance I say.
- Arsenal striker Robin van Persie returned to training with the club yesterday for the first time since announcing he would not be signing a new contract only to find he was not included in their online catalogue.
- Gonzalo Higuain is hoping Real Madrid can wrap up a deal for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric but says he will not be moving.
- Christian Eriksen’s agent admits many potential suitors but revealed the player link with Manchester United may ultimately stay at Ajax
- Robert Lewandowski continues to fuel speculation that he could soon be on his way to England, with the striker reiterating his Premier League ambition. The Borussia Dortmund striker has been linked with a move to Manchester United.