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Arsenal's Samir Nasri remains Manchester United target


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Samir Nasri dribbles the ball for Arsenal Nasri has only 12 months left on his contract with Arsenal

Manchester United remain hopeful of signing Samir Nasri
after making a near-£20m bid for Arsenal's French international midfielder.

BBC Sport can confirm reports that United made an official offer for the
24-year-old within the last fortnight, and that the bid remains on the

Nasri has so far refused to extend his Arsenal contract, which has only 12
months to run.

He is expected to meet Arsene Wenger for talks within the next 24 hours.

Wenger is already facing the prospect of losing captain Cesc Fabregas to
Barcelona, having sold Gael Clichy to Manchester City on Monday.

The Arsenal manager is determined not to sell Nasri to United but knows the
player could leave for nothing if he sits out the last year of his deal.

Chelsea and Manchester City have also been strongly linked with Nasri, and
Wenger is reluctant to see one of his key performers, and a player he would like
as a cornerstone of a rebuilt Arsenal team, move to one of his Premier League

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, however, is determined to
strengthen his midfield after the retirement of Paul Scholes and with Ryan Giggs
coming to the end of his career.

Tottenham's Luka Modric and Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder have been touted as
possible Ferguson targets, but the fact that United have made a firm offer for
Nasri suggests they are optimistic that a deal can be done, despite Wenger's
determination not to sell - and especially to Old Trafford.

Arsenal have offered Nasri an improved, long-term deal at the Emirates and
were confident he would sign towards the end of last season, but doubts have
grown throughout the summer and suitors are encouraged they can now prise him
away from Arsenal.


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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas close to £35 million move to European champions Barcelona

Barcelona and Arsenal were locked in talks on Wednesday over Cesc Fabregas,   with the European champions increasingly confident they can agree a deal   worth around £35 million, while Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy could both be   heading out of the Emirates up to Manchester.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas subject of new £35 million bid from Barcelona
Transfer saga: Cesc Fabregas has been linked with Barca for last two years Photo: AFP

Although a new Fabregas   bid was not formally tabled, Barcelona were back in contact with Arsenal   following their rejection last week of a £27 million offer. The talks on   Wedneday were understood to be productive and, while there remains some   difference in the valuations, there is a mounting sense that this most   protracted transfer saga is finally nearing an end. Barcelona have increased   their valuation of Fabregas to almost £35 million, with Arsenal believed to   be holding out for a deal that, with add-ons, they can present to their fans   as more like £40 million.

Significantly, Arsenal have adopted a very different strategy with Barcelona   to last summer, when they would not entertain any form of talks. They also   quickly issued a public statement to make it clear that their captain was   not for sale. Arsenal’s engagement in private correspondence this summer   suggests an acceptance that they will not block Fabregas’s departure as long   as there is an acceptable offer. From a PR perspective, it would also be   helpful for them to clinch one or more of their own transfer targets — they   have made significant progress on Gervinho, Gary Cahill and Ricardo Alvarez   — before any announcement on Fabregas.

Fabregas is currently in Spain and said he was “calm” when asked on Wedneday   about his future. “If a player is on the market it is because a club doesn’t   want you”, he said

Nasri and Clichy could also be following Fabregas out of the Emirates. Manchester   United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that a £20 million bid   could be enough to lure Nasri. Despite Arsène Wenger’s insistence earlier   this month that, “one thing’s for sure: we’re not selling him [Nasri] to   Manchester United”, Ferguson has become encouraged by his chances of landing   the French international.

With the player refusing to commit to a new contract, Arsenal risk losing the   24 year-old for nothing when his deal expires next summer. United have been   informed that Nasri is prepared to leave for Old Trafford. Yet Wenger’s   resistance to selling one of his best players to United, particularly if it   coincides with the loss of Fabregas, is likely to provide a formidable   obstacle to Ferguson.

Talks involving third parties linked to United and Nasri took place earlier   this month and senior figures at Old Trafford believe the economics of the   deal, with Arsenal standing to receive a substantial fee for a player   entering the final year of his contract, will ultimately prove decisive in   their favour.

Manchester City are monitoring Nasri’s situation, with the player listed as a   secondary target, but are ready to bid £7 million for defender Clichy .

United have taken their summer spending to £49.8 million by completing the   £18.3 million signing of Atlético Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea. He is set   to make his debut against Seattle Sounders on July 20.

United chief executive David Gill has claimed that the punishment meted out to   Ferguson and Wayne Rooney by the Football Association last season has added   to the belief at Old Trafford that United are victims of disciplinary double   standards.

“I genuinely believe there have been some poorish decisions that, in my   opinion, wouldn’t necessarily have hit other clubs,” said Gill. “What better   way to demonstrate the authorities are being tough than by hitting one of   the biggest clubs the hardest?”


Barcelona have made an improved £34m offer for Arsenal midfielder Cesc
Fabregas and are also hoping to recruit Samir Nasri for £20m.

story: Daily Mirror


Barca plot shock Lu raid


BARCELONA are ready to make a shock £27.5million raid for Chelsea defender  David Luiz - just five months after he joined the Blues for £21.3m.

The Brazilian, signed from Benfica, has indicated he might listen to an offer  from Barca, but only if Chelsea give their blessing.

Luiz, 24, has made a big impression in his 12 Premier League outings, scoring  twice as he helped the Stamford Bridge club finish runners-up.

Barca boss Pep Guardiola is desperate for a new central defender as  33-year-old skipper Carles Puyol is struggling with a long-term left knee  problem.

Guardiola has asked sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta to follow up on a  meeting between Barca president Sandro Rosell and Luiz's agent Giuliano  Bertolucci in Brazil.

Luiz joined Chelsea at the same time as £50m flop Fernando Torres and has  already formed a promising partnership with England skipper John Terry.

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  • Chelsea blow as Neymar agrees Real Madrid move

    Neymar is set to snub Chelsea and join Real Madrid

    Neymar is set to snub Chelsea in favour of a move to Real Madrid - who will agree a fee with Santos in the next week.

    New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has pinpointed the Brazilian starlet as a priority target but sources in Spain have revealed that Neymar is now set for La Liga.

    It has been reported the 19-year-old is ready to pen a six-year deal worth around £26.75m with Madrid as soon as the two sides can agree a fee.

    Santos have insisted they will not discuss the deal until after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores against Penarol tonight but will demand £40m from Madrid when they open talks.

    But it is still not clear whether the La Liga side are prepared to pay so much for a relatively unproven teenager, leaving Chelsea with a glimmer of hope of still completing a deal.

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Comment by rampantlionposted Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 21:12

Neymar could have made a big impact on England, but Santos have priced him out of the market. It’s unlikely that Real Madrid will pay more than Chelsea, they don't have the same spending power. Which means that if Chelsea don't make Neymar another offer, he is likely to remain in Brazil. But where will that leave him? Will he get a better price next year? No way. Unfortunately for Neymar, his career could end where he is now. He could end up being just another Brazilian statistic.

Comment by Mac-Dposted Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 16:43

YESS !!! I'm so happy he is not coming to Chelsea our fans have gotten crazy over this Robinho slim jim clone. Wait and see not getting him will prove to be a blessing. Just bring in Falcao and maybe Moutiho get rid of Aneilka and we will be good. Hell Lukaku can come as well and replace Maluda or Kalou


Ashley Young joins Manchester United's £80m transfer masterplan

Manchester United have pushed their summer spending past the £30million mark with the capture of Ashley  Young, and they’re not stopping there as Sir Alex  Ferguson is gearing up to break the £80million barrier.

Aston Villa's Ashley YoungAshley's off: Villa star  Young set to sign for United (AFP/Getty Images)

Aston Villa winger Young underwent a medical with the Premier League  champions on Wednesday, and completed his £15million switch to Old Trafford this  afternoon.

But the Red Devils, who have also snapped up Phil  Jones from Blackburn for £16million, are almost certain to smash their  previous summer transfer record with at least two more big-name signings.

Goalkeeper David De Gea is understood to be arriving from Atletico Madrid in  a £19million deal, and Ferguson still needs to plug the creative gap in his  midfield vacated by Paul Scholes’ retirement.

Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder are two names who have been heavily linked  with a switch to United, and both would comfortably set Fergie back in excess of £30million.

Ferguson's rumoured targets is also likely to see United eclipse the transfer  spending of 'noisy neighbours' City, whose money-spinning summers have turned  heads for the past two years.

The previous transfer spending record for one summer at Old Trafford was set  in 2001, when United splashed out £50million on Ruud Van Nistlerooy (£19m), Juan  Sebastian Veron (£28m), and Laurent Blanc (£2m).

Man City hold the overall Premier League record for total spending in a  single transfer window - they paid out £125.5million for new recruits in the  summer of 2009.

But despite being linked with big-name stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka,  Lionel Messi, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Roberto Mancini is yet to open his  chequebook.

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Ricardo Alvarez is already an Arsenal player, says Palermo president

Arsenal have already agreed a deal for Velez Sarsfield star  Ricardo Alvarez, according to Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini.

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Ricardo Alvarez of Velez SarsfieldGunner sign: Ricardo  Alvarez seems to be bound for the Emirates (Getty Images)

The Gunners appear to have beaten off competition from the Rosanero,  as well as Roma, for £12million-rated Alvarez, who has recently led his side to  the Argentinian league title.

Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss,  Zamparini revealed Palermo were originally the ones in the driving seat for the  23-year-old midfielder, until their dallying let Arsene Wenger’s side steal  in.

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‘We did have a concrete bid for Alvarez and had him in our grasp back in  January,’ said the Rosanero chief.

‘Unfortunately, we didn’t complete the move in time, so we lost him to  Arsenal.

‘At this moment he has already signed for the Gunners.’

The Argentine ace is represented by the same agent as Palermo playmaker  Javier Pastore, who is being chased by Chelsea.

But Zamparini says the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge may  have scuppered the chance of the highly-rated 22-year-old moving to the Blues.

‘Pastore is absolutely a top player and there are three or four clubs  tracking him,’ added Zaparini.

‘Chelsea are among them, but we have to see what their new coach Andre  Villas-Boas has to say.’

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