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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Reportedly Agree Four-Year Deal With Gonzalo Higuain

on June 20 2013 11:43 AM
Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Reportedly Agree Four-Year Deal With Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain's proposed transfer to Arsenal is reportedly back on, just hours after an agent for Real Madrid denied a deal had been reached. Now The Times,(subscription required) citing reports in the Argentinean press, claim Arsenal have agreed a four-year deal to sign Higuain.

Those reports suggest Arsenal will part with a fee of around £22 million and Higuain will be paid £115,000 per week. That supports previous reports in Spanish outlet AS, that quoted that same figure as the Argentina international's proposed wages at Arsenal.

The back-and-forth to this transfer rumor is becoming bizarre. The press in three different countries seem unable to decide if the deal is on or off.

Arsenal Transfer News: Real Madrid Agent Denies Gonzalo Higuain Has Agreed Deal With Gunners

on June 20 2013 10:08 AM
Arsenal Transfer News: Real Madrid Agent Denies Gonzalo Higuain Has Agreed Deal With Gunners

Arsenal's long-running transfer saga with Gonzalo Higuain has taken another turn, as an agent for Real Madrid has refuted reports the Gunners have agreed a deal to sign the Los Blancos forward.

Reports in Spanish publication AS, claimed both a fee and personal terms were agreed to take Higuain to North London. That report was later picked up by most of the UK press, including The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror.

But Higuain's agent, Ernesto Bronzetti, has poured scorn on these promising rumors. Bronzetti told Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.com, that no deal has been completed.

Kevin Strootman Close to Joining Manchester United

on June 20 2013 4:35 AM
Kevin Strootman Close to Joining Manchester United

According to the latest transfer rumors, Manchester United are making substantial progressions in their pursuit of Netherlands international Kevin Strootman.

Although Strootman has a contract with Dutch club PSV till 2016, the player's agent has indicated the desire of his client to move to a bigger club and possibly, the illustrious English Premier League in the summer.

"He (Strootman) is focused on England because that would suit his style," Strootman's agent Chiel Dekker said.

The latter further added, "He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level."

Strootman impressed United's chief scout Jim Lawlor at the recently held U-21 European Championship and the Red Devils are expected to complete the signing of the 23-year-old for a reported sum of £15 million in the next couple of weeks.

Strootman will bring about the much-needed defensive stability to United's midfield and also act as a crucial facilitator to the evergreen Michael Carrick.

Crystal Palace Want Wilfried Zaha Back on Loan

on June 20 2013 4:12 AM
Crystal Palace Want Wilfried Zaha Back on Loan

Crystal Palace chief executive Phil Alexander has stated that the club 'would love' to have Wilfried Zaha back on loan next season.

Alexander, however, also conceded that the chance for any new deal lies is in the hands of Manchester United.

"It's another option, clearly that's up to Manchester United. He's their player now. Will we be asking? We'll probably ask in passing but it's really down to them," he told Sky Sports News.

"Would we love to see Wilfried back? Of course we would but he's got a career at Manchester United and, after a few training sessions up there, I'm not sure they'll be willing to let him out on loan."

United signed Zaha in the January transfer window but loaned him back to Selhurst Park for the remainder of the campaign.

The 20-year-old gained the required experience and orchestrated Palace's comeback to the Premier League.

Although another loan stint can help Zaha adapt to the aggressive nature and pressure of the Premier League, it is unlikely David Moyes will like this idea.

Manchester United: Why Marco Reus is the Ideal Signing for the Red Devils

on June 20 2013 4:00 AM
Manchester United: Why Marco Reus is the Ideal Signing for the Red Devils

According to the Sports Direct News, Manchester United and Manchester City are set to battle it out for the signature of Germany international Marco Reus.

Reus is reportedly valued at £32 million and the two Manchester clubs are the 'front runners' to sign him this summer.

Even though the rumor is unlikely to be true, we look at three reasons why Reus could be a great addition to David Moyes' squad.

Versatility

Reus is an immensely versatile player who can practically play all along the attacking line.                     

His favored position is on the left flank but the German has excelled as a No 10 as well.

With Reus among his ranks, Moyes will be automatically provided with a wide variety of attacking options and optimum fluidity in the final third.

Attributes

Reus has all the skills to flourish in the Premier League- pace, dribbling finesse, passing skills, eye for goal, vision and the ability to beat his marker on a consistent basis.  

At 24, he is yet to enter the prime of his career, but is already regarded as one of the best attackers in Europe.

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