Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “Fabregas is torn between Barcelona, where he grew up, and Arsenal, where he has been educated. Itâ€™s not financial. Nasri is the same: they both love the club and are very happy with us. Hopefully we can keep them both happy here.” – Arsene Wenger.
Runner-up:Â â€œAll of us want to win. Maybe we had a different way but now we have a good relationship. Maybe because I think this way and Garry another way [over transfer targets] but this is normal when you work with other people. We have all the same targets â€“ we want to win and we work for this.Â For me itâ€™s difficult because I have only been here for 18 months or so. Maybe I need to have more control of the team and the other situations. For a manager thatâ€™s very important.” – RobertoÂ Mancini.
Today’s overview: The backpages are particularly thin this Saturday as the world of transfer gossip dominates the football landscape.
It’s same shit, different day for Arsenal as Nasri and Fabregas’ departures are again thumbed over. Manchester City are still looking to swell their strike-force, while Chelsea are being strong-armed into looking at British targets because the club’s foreign quote is almost at it’s maximum.
Glenn Moore delivers the op-ed of the day as he investigates the transfer dealings and overall financial landscape at QPR. His conclusion: the fans are getting screwed.
We finish off withÂ theÂ transfer gossip at large as Aston Villa continue to look at wingers and Spurs name their Adebayor price.
The ArsenalÂ Exodus: We start, for a change, with Samir Nasri.
Charlie Wyatt bellows “Samir NasriÂ is happy to sit out his Arsenal contract and quit for nothing next summer. The French midfielder has told Gunners team-mates he definitely will NOT sign a new deal at the club. He will snub the Â£115,000-a-week contract being offered by Arsenal in the hope of forcing a Â£20million move to Manchester City.”
It doesn’t take long for Cesc Fabregas to return to the headlines asÂ Danny Fullbrook barks “Fabregas’Â move to Barcelona last night reached make-or-break time.Â The European champions Â are so confident of gettingÂ Arsenalâ€™s captain that they are already selling shirts with his name on!”
John Cross then chirps up with his belief that “Barcelona are planning to sell a number of players to Premier League clubs to help fund a new, improved bid for Cesc Fabregas…Â They are close to selling Spain Under-20 midfielder Oriol Romeu to Chelsea in a deal that gives them the option to bring him ‘home’ again in two years’ time and are also considering selling Â£4m-rated winger Ibrahim Affelay to Tottenham after they made an approach.”
On the potential incomings at the Emirates, theÂ Sun make up a never-gonna-happen story. “ArsenalÂ are eyeing Villarreal’s attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla just in case they lose Cesc Fabregas.Â Villarreal want Â£20million for the Spain interntional with Malaga willing to pay more but the Gunners are only prepared to go up to Â£17m.”
City Slickers: Trawling through his book of superlatives to give his article extra jazz, Martin Blackburn farts “Roberto Mancini is set to land super striker Sergio Aguero for Â£38million.Â The stunning capture of the Atletico Madrid ace is just the tonic for Manchester City boss Mancini, who rates Aguero as the perfect replacement for the unsettled Carlos Tevez.”
Chelsea Needs Brits: According to Shaun Custis, “Andre Villas-BoasÂ is on a mission to sign up the best English talent – because he has no room left for any foreigners… The likes of Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Jack Rodwell of Everton and Birmingham’s Scott Dann are being linked with the Blues.”
Mike McGrath continues transfer speculation at Stamford Bridge noting “Harry RedknappÂ has told Chelsea to bid more than Â£35m if they want Luka Modric.”
QPR Refuse To Spend: An excellent article fromÂ Glenn Moore looks at QPR’s transfer policy this summer, and argues that the club’s owners are only interested in making money.
Moore: “Rangers have been linked with everyone from Fabio Cannavaro and Marco Materazzi, to Peter Crouch and, more feasibly, DJ Campbell, but the only players they have signed are Jay Bothroyd, Kieron Dyer, Danny Gabbidon and Danny Webber, all on free transfers…Â Most galling of all, for QPR, is that they are being outbid by their fellow promotees…Â It is not just the approach to recruitment that is prompting fans’ ire. QPR have increased season ticket prices by 40 per cent (for four fewer games), but they are yet to release this season’s kit, announce a sponsor, or reveal individual match-day prices.Â None of this dispels the impression that Ecclestone is only interested in making a fat profit on the club he bought four years ago.”
Staying at Loftus Road,Â Adel Taarabt has sparked a breakdown at PSG as the club tabled aÂ Â£13.5m bid only for new director Leonardo to storm “out of negotiations because he did not want to spend more than Â£7m of his budget on the Moroccan.”
Transfer Gossip:Â NigelÂ Reo-Coker is close to moving to Bolton, Wolves are chasing Thomas Hitzlsperger,Â Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic is on his way to Dnipro, whileÂ CharlesÂ N’Zogbia is on the verge of joining Aston Villa as Wigan look atÂ Wayne Routledge as a possible replacement.