Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Want FC Barcelona Youngster Gerard Deulofeu On Loan

on June 28 2013 3:12 PM

Arsenal want to pluck another young talent from the FC Barcelona academy. Reports in The Daily Star, claim the Gunners want to sign young forward Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Deulofeu. He tried to sign him on a permanent deal two summers ago.

In July, 2011, The Daily Mail reported that Barcelona were resisting Wenger's attempts to snatch Deulofeu in the same way he had Cesc Fabregas.

Eventually the Catalan giants won the fight to keep Deulofeu. Now they appear anxious for him to gain some valuable experience of first-team football in a top league.

He was a star for the Barca B team last season. Deulofeu scored 18 goals and showcased a breathtaking array of skills.

Arsenal Transfer News: Lyon Reject €10 Million Gunners Bid For Clement Grenier

on June 28 2013 9:09 AM
Arsenal Transfer News: Lyon Reject €10 Million Gunners Bid For Clement Grenier

Arsenal have had a bid rejected for Lyon attacking midfielder Clement Grenier. French newspaper Le10 reports that Lyon turned down a €10 million offer from the Gunners.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has previously declared his interest in Grenier, according to ESPN.co.uk. The young midfield schemer is a classic Wenger transfer target.

He is a cerebral and versatile playmaker, and plays with a natural quality and near-flawless technique. Wenger has often indulged his fondness for creative, passing attacking midfielders.

The likes of Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas were major successes in this role. Samir Nasri and Aleksandr Hleb were also key performers, albeit for shorter periods of time.

Wenger still bases Arsenal's style of play on quick and intelligent pass-and-move football. Grenier perfectly fits that style. He can play on the flanks or in the middle, offering the kind of fluidity Wenger demands in midfield.

Manchester United Transfer News: Leighton Baines - Manchester United Have Made A £12m Bid For The Player Today.

on June 27 2013 11:09 AM

It has been confirmed in the last few minutes that David Moyes has made a £12m bid for his former player, Leighton Baines, from Everton. Moyes has been on holiday but has now started to make his moves in the market. He has been partially prompted by interest in Patrice Evra from the two French clubs, PSG and Monaco, both of whom have rich owners. It is understood that Evra is open to a move back to his homeland, especially as his wife has recently aired her views on life in Manchester.

United’s offer will fall short of Everton’s £15m valuation and the Merseyside club will fight hard to keep Baines, who Moyes brought to Goodison from Wigan for £6m in 2007. This also comes only a few days after Baines stated that he was looking forward to working with the new Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, but the lure of working with his old boss at Champions, Manchester United, and playing in the Champions League has proven too much for the loyal Baines to turn down.

Manchester City linked with Lewandowski

on June 27 2013 2:33 AM
Manchester City linked with Lewandowski

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City are interested in signing long-term Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski. 

The ESPN reports that Carlos Tevez's transfer to Juventus "paves the way" for City to table an "irrestible bid" for the Poland international. 

Lewandowski was in breathtaking form last season, scoring 36 goals for Borussia Dortmund in just 48 appearances. His four-goal heroics against Real Madrid in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League intensified the interest of several European clubs, including City.

The 24-year-old was set to join Dortmund's rivals Bayern Munich but his club's chiefs rejected the move.

Now Dortmund risk losing Lewandowski for nothing next summer, when the striker's contract expires. Hence, if City do manage to come up with a decent offer, the former German champions may allow their prized asset to hold talks with the Sky Blues.

Manchester United 'Agree' Fee for Thiago

on June 26 2013 1:51 PM
Manchester United 'Agree' Fee for Thiago

According to SportsDirectNews, Manchester United have agreed a £17 million fee with FC Barcelona for the transfer of Spain international Thiago Alcantara.

Via SportsDirectNews

"United manager David Moyes wants to add quality to his midfielder this summer and can offer the Spaniard the regular starting XI berth he craves and SportsDirect News now understands the two clubs have agreed a fee of £17 million for the player."

The Red Devils had already agreed personal terms with the player in the past week but Barcelona were reluctant to accept their European rivals' transfer bid as they wanted to persuade Thiago to change his mind on leaving the Nou Camp.

However, the latest developments indicate that the Catalans have now given up hope of keeping hold of their prized asset and are willing to delve into the player's demands.

Thiago is keen to secure a place in Spain's 2014 World Cup squad. At Barcelona, he was only afforded limited playing time and the 22-year-old is not fully convinced whether the situation will change next term.