Quote of the day: “Unless I was speaking double Dutch, I think I’ve said Wayne Rooney is not for sale. People are entitled to talk about good players. I’m getting asked plenty of questions about Wayne and I’m sure Jose has been asked about lots of players as well. But again, I’ll keep repeating myself: Wayne is a Manchester United player and he will remain that.” – David Moyes
Wenger to reject PSG; New contract talks at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger to snub Paris St-Germain and stay at Arsenal following positive contract talks (Jeremy Wilson, Daily Telegraph) Arsène Wenger has revealed that he has already held positive contract talks with Arsenal and confirmed his long-term desire to stay at the club rather than move to Paris St Germain. Telegraph Sport revealed in April that PSG’s Qatari owners want to prise Wenger away from the Premier League but, while acknowledging that he must deliver on-field success, the 63-year-old says his “heart” is only with Arsenal.
Arsène Wenger starts Arsenal contract talks and rejects PSG link (David Hytner, Guardian) Arsène Wenger says he has begun new contract talks with Arsenal and is “committed to staying” at the club beyond next summer, when his current agreement is set to expire. The Frenchman has been a target for Paris St-Germain, whose managerial appointment of Laurent Blanc on a two-year deal has failed to stop speculation that they may move for Wenger at the end of next season, were he not to renew at Arsenal. The prospect of another rumbling contract saga at the Emirates Stadium stands to be unsettling.
Fulham switch owners, bringing in billionaire Shahid Khan
Fulham’s Khan-do attitude (The Sun) NFL tycoon Shahid Khan has tonight sealed a £150million takeover of Fulham. The Pakistan-born car mogul is set to be unveiled tomorrow after buying out former Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed. Khan, who also owns American football side Jacksonville Jaguars, is thought to be worth around £1.7billion. He said: “Fulham is the perfect club at the perfect time for me.
American tycoon Khan completes takeover of Fulham and will be unveiled as new owner on Saturday (David Kent, Daily Mail) Mohamed Al Fayed has confirmed he has sold Fulham to American tycoon Shahid Khan, who already also owns the NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars. The transaction has been approved by the Barclays Premier League. Khan assumes 100 per cent ownership of the club, debt-free. A formal announcement is scheduled to take place at 1pm on Saturday at Craven Cottage. ‘My time of serving as the custodian of Fulham Football Club would one day come to an end, and I feel that time has now arrived,’ Al Fayed said.
Spurs to bid £20m for Benteke
Tottenham Hotspur set to offer Aston Villa £20 million for striker Christian Benteke (John Percy, Daily Telegraph) Tottenham Hotspur are set to table an opening bid of £20 million for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke next week. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is expected to make the first move in his bid to sign the Belgium international by submitting a formal offer, in a clear attempt to test the resolve of Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner. Though Villa are insistent that any bids under £25 million will be instantly rejected, Spurs are confident of completing a deal for Benteke and believe the price tag placed on the 22-year-old is unrealistic.
Spurs ramp up interest in Benteke and will make £20m bid for striker next week (David Kent, Daily Mail) Tottenham will fire the opening salvo in their bid to extract Christian Benteke from Aston Villa next week by lodging their first bid for the striker. It is understood that the north London club will offer £20million for the Belgium international as the battle to prise him out of Villa Park begins. Villa have so far made their stance clear and will reject anything less than £25m for a forward who scored 19 times in the Premier League last term.
Rooney not for sale
Manchester United manager David Moyes stands firm over Wayne Rooney after Jose Mourinho declares interest (Mark Ogden, Daily Telegraph) Jose Mourinho forced David Moyes to insist he is not ‘speaking double Dutch’ with his assertion that Wayne Rooney will not be sold by Manchester United after the Chelsea manager spoke publicly in Bangkok of his admiration of the unsettled forward. Mourinho, who enlivened his arrival press conference in the Thai capital by stumbling onto the dais at the Shangri La Hotel, appeared more sure-footed as he openly admitted to liking Rooney ‘very much’ just two hours before Moyes addressed the media at the city’s Rajamangala National Stadium ahead of his first game in charge of United on Saturday against a Singha All-Star XI.
City show interest in Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Manchester City eye Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he takes a fortnight to fall out with PSG’s new coach (Martin Lipton, Daily Mirror) Volatile superstar who has won the league 10 times in 12 years has nose put out of joint by French club’s pursuit of Cavani. New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to launch a cut-price swoop for Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The volatile Ibrahimovic has ALREADY fallen out with Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc – who was only appointed 18 days ago – and seems set to quit the French champions. Ibrahimovic has refused to return a call from the former France manager, despite being given an extra 10 days off from pre-season training than the majority of the PSG squad.