Arsenal and Man City fight over 'wonderkid' Marco Reus

Nov 7, 2011
Bill Mann

Munchengladbach want £15m minimum for the brilliant young German playmaker

HAVING lost Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri to Manchester City in the summer, Arsenal now have a fight on their hands to prevent the Sky Blues winning the race to sign Borussia Munchengladbach playmaker Marco Reus.

The Daily Mirror claims that Munchengladbach want a minimum of £15m for the 22-year-old German – who made his international debut against Turkey last month – and such a sum has already deterred Bayern Munich from pursuing their interest in the young star. But Arsenal and City are still in the hunt for the "wonderkid" and it may come down to a bidding war in the New Year.

Still with the Gunners and the People says that their up-and-coming midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong could be on his way out of the club in January. Apparently Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants Frimpong to benefit from a loan spell with one of the lesser lights of the Premier League, a strategy that was successful in the past for both Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ransey.

The People says that Norwich and Swansea are both interested in signing the 19-year-old Frimpong having been impressed by his displays for the Gunners in this season's Carling Cup.

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea and Manchester City are leading the pack in the chase for Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen. The 19-year-old is one of the most highly-regarded players in Europe following his display for Denmark in last year's World Cup.

Apparently City have already offered the Dutch club £22m for the talented teenager. That figure was knocked back with Ajax allegedly confident they can get more for Eriksen now that the Sky Blues have expressed an interest. The Mail says that City are so enamoured of Eriksen that a £30m offer could be on its way come the January transfer window.

Elsewhere Tribal Football carries quotes from Barcelona ace David Villa, which suggest rumours linking the Spanish striker with Chelsea are more ridiculous than Fernando Torres's goal-scoring record at the Bridge. "I want to end my playing days at Barcelona and any speculation to the contrary is just rubbish," says the 29-year-old frontman. "I couldn't be happier and leaving Barcelona has never crossed my mind. I enjoy watching Premier League football – but that's where it ends."

Finally, the Mirror says that the future of David Beckham remains unclear with the former England midfielder wanted by both Paris Saint Germain and Spurs. The French outfit have the cash to buy the 36-year-old once his contract with LA Galaxy expires at the end of the month, but according to the Mirror Beckham wants to return home.

More than anything, Becks is determined to represent Great Britain in next year's Olympic football tournament and to do that he believes he must showcase his talents in the Premier League. With Spurs eager to have him, Beckham is set to reject PSG's lucrative offer and instead sign on for the Lilywhites.

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