Arsenal and Mario Goetze: first the good news (for Gooners)
Now the bad news: the £30m ticket price could be met by selling Robin van Persie to Man City
THE Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Goetze has given the green light to the Gunners and let it be known he fancies a move to the Emirates. According to the Daily Star, the 19-year-old has decided he no longer has a future at the German club after they were crushed by Arsenal in last week's Champions League tie.
Goetze limped out of the tie midway through the first half, ostensibly with a knee twinge but perhaps he was also keen to test the Emirates dressing room facilities as he contemplates a January move to London. The Star quotes a source close to the German international as saying: "He likes the way Arsenal play the game and for him there are only two clubs where he'd like to play once he moves from Dortmund - Arsenal or Barcelona."
Reports have linked the talented teenager to Arsenal for several months and speculation is growing that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will make a £30m offer for Goetze the moment the transfer window opens in the New Year.
But where will Wenger get the money to fund such a big money move? If the Mail is to be believed, Arsenal are facing up to the prospect of Robin van Persie going to Manchester City in May. The Mail says that the Sky Blues will make a "money-no-object bid for Arsenal's 28-year-old goal machine" in order to bolster their strike force ahead of next season's Champions League campaign.
City look unlikely to make it out of the pool stage of the competition this season and that's a bitter blow both for manager Roberto Mancini and the club's Arab owners, particularly as two weeks ago the Citizens posted a £195m trading loss for the year ending May 2011. The Mail doesn't say just how much City will offer Arsenal for Van Persie but the Dutchman's form has been so red hot this year that a sum of £50m would seem a suitable starting price.
Meanwhile Juventus have rubbished the idea that they could make a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez in the New Year. Speaking to Italian paper La Repubblica, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta said: "Tevez is not a player who interests us. Absolutely not."
The news will come as a further blow to the 27-year-old Argentine after Brazilian club Corinthians also backed out earlier in the month, citing his disciplinary record as the reason. Tevez hasn't played a competitive game since September following his refusal to warm up for City during a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.
Finally the Metro says that Liverpool are on the tail of Barcelona frontman David Villa. The Spanish World Cup winner has struggled to win much regular game time at the Camp Nou this season, and that's alerted Reds boss Kenny Dalglish who's in search of another striker now that Andy Carroll's clearly failed to cut the mustard at Anfield.
With coach Pep Guardiola apparently ready to offload the 29-year-old Villa, Liverpool are lining up a January move thought to be in the region of £40m. Where that leaves Carroll is any one's guess but the £35m flop appears to have an uncertain future on Merseyside.