If reports from the Spanish media are to be believed, Arsenal are in ‘advanced talks’ with the representatives of Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez ahead of a potential move in January. The Spanish international is said to be unhappy over his limited opportunities at the Nou Camp and is understood to be willing to quit the club in order to secure first-team football.
It may be that Wayne Rooney stays where he is this summer, but if he was to leave then Arsenal were rumoured to near the front of the queue of clubs hoping to sign him. There are only a few clubs that could meet the conditions of the England striker, including transfer fee, wage demands and being in the Champions League. The fact that Rooney would not have to adjust to a new country and new league should also be an advantage for the Gunners.
Arsenal to raid Barcelona? by Stefan
Two weeks ago Marseille declared interest in Arsenal “deadwood” winger Gervinho who has failed to win the love of Arsenal fans in his two year career at Arsenal. Most fans would happily see the back of him at this point and if they do I believe Arsenal can capitalize on a situation in Spain.
Every football fan in the world knows at this point that Brazilian ace Neymar has sealed a move to Barcelona and Barcelona’s wingers/forwards will be struggling for game time considering how many of them there are. That is why Arsenal should make a move for one of their wingers before anybody else swoops in and takes him. Here is a list of players that play in that position.
It might be just as well that Arsenal are currently being linked with every footballer and his dog as the rumour mill really gets underway for this summer’s transfer window dealings. Two of the reported long term transfer targets for the Gunners have given Arsene Wenger some bad news after suggesting that they may be staying where they are.
Arda Turan, the talented left winger, has apparently been tracked all season by Arsenal and Chelsea has declared that he is happy to stay with his current club. After enjoying another excellent season with Atletico Madrid, which saw them win the Spanish FA cup or Copa Del Rey. Diego Simeone also finally managed to get them into the Champions League, and by finishing third they will not have a play-off game like Arsenal.
Arsenal should get Villa from Barcelona by SS
Brazilian Star Neymar finally sealed a move to European football in the last few days after years of holding off a move in favour of his boyhood club Santos. At some point in Neymar’s career he has been linked with nearly every top club in Europe but in the end it came down to Real Madrid and Barcelona, he chose Barcelona so he could fulfil his dream of forming a partnership with Lionel Messi.
There have been reports linking Arsenal with a number of strikers around Europe, and it seems clear that the club’s scouts are working overtime to draw up a list of transfer targets for the summer. Arsene Wenger is believed to have around £70 million available to splash out on some quality for the team, but that does not mean that he will not still try to sniff out a bargain or two.
The Spanish international striker and Arsenal transfer target David Villa is not having much luck this season at Barcelona. After finally returning from a serious leg break which kept him out of the team for almost a year, Villa found himself struggling to force his way into the starting line up due to the progress of Tello, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez along with the super scoring form of Lionel Messi. After a number of substitute appearances and some good cameo performances, he had proved his fitness and was getting a run in the Spanish cup when he tweaked his thigh.
The young Brazilian star Neymar might wish he had not suggested that England were a one man team, after Jack Wilshere put in a Man of the Match performance as England beat Brazil. His Arsenal team mate Theo Walcott was also a real thorn in the side of the South Americans.
Roy Hodgson played with Walcott on the right with the same formation he often plays for Arsenal. Theo did not disappoint, causing Brazil real problems after a nervous start by the whole team. Wilshere was a bit unlucky to give away an early penalty, but after Hart had saved from Ronaldinho, Wilshere took the game by the scruff of the neck.
Arsenal have spoken to Barcelona and tried to persuade them to sell David Villa this January, and the Spanish international is keen on the move, but the Barcelona president has squashed the transfer and told the media so in no uncertain terms. Sandro Rosell has made his mind up and told the Catalan radio station RAC.
“I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market.
“He is ours and we need him and there is a lot of the season left.”
Barcelona have been trying to get Cristian Tello to sign a new contract since last summer, apparently, but the 21-year old has still not signed. The situation has come to the attention of Arsenal and Liverpool who are now thinking about the January transfer window when Tello will be free to negotiate with other clubs before his current contract runs out next summer.
Tello spent six years in the youth system at Barcelona before his contract expired and he was signed by Espanyol in 2008. He soon returned to the B team at Barcelona and has now broken through into the first team with some impressive performances. He is lightning fast and plays as a striker coming in from the wings, and could be seen as a replacement for Theo Walcott.
Just imagine what the transfer savvy Arsene Wenger could do with £50 million in January. Hopefully we will get the chance to find out, after last season’s financial results are expected to reveal a profit for the Gunners of around that much. He could go completely mad and spend it all on one world class player, and if so who would it be? Radamel Falcao from Athletico Madrid or Neymar from Santos in Brazil would be nice.
Arsenal are considering a bid for 22-year old Brazilian midfield star Ganso. ESPN reports that Santos have been contacted by a number of clubs about the player after it became known that he would not be signing an extension to his current contract. Arsenal were specifically mentioned as one of these clubs.
Ganso, real name Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima, still has two years to run on his deal with Santos, but the club are ready to cash in as they know that his transfer fee could drop as his contract runs down. There is a buy out clause of 50 million euros in his contract, but the situation means that Santos will listen to offers much lower than that.