PSG bid for Chamakh gives Arsenal tidy £10m profit

Nov 29, 2011
Bill Mann

Gunners' goal-shy Moroccan is latest target of big-spending Paris Saint Germain

ARSENAL'S misfiring Moroccan Marouane Chamakh is believed to be on the brink of joining Paris Saint Germain in an extraordinary eight figure deal.

According to the Metro, the French club are "readying a £10 million transfer bid" for the goal-shy striker who has started just one game for the Gunners this season. If true - and PSG are gaining something of a reputation as big spenders ever since their summer acquisition by a Qatar consortium - Arsenal won't be able to believe their luck.

The 27-year-old Chamakh arrived at the Emirates in July 2010 on a free transfer from Bordeaux. He came highly recommended but in his 18 months with Arsenal he's scored fewer goals than Mario Balottelli has received yellow cards. The prospect of making a £10m profit on Chamakh will put a smile on the face of manager Arsene Wenger and enable him to strengthen his Arsenal squad in the New Year.

Talksport reports that Chelsea are making eyes at 19-year-old Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto, after a recommendation from Oriol Romeu.

Romeu joined the Blues from Barcelona in the summer and made his first league start in the 3-0 defeat of Wolves at the weekend. So impressed has Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas been with Romeu that he wants to link him with Roberto. The pair both came through Barcelona's youth academy and have represented Spain Under-21 in the last couple of seasons.

According to Talksport, Chelsea believe they can get Roberto "for around £5m" when the New Year transfer window opens.

One player who doesn't wish to go anywhere in January is Dutchman Ricky van Wolfswinkel. In recent weeks the Sporting Lisbon attacker has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

The 22-year old van Wolfswinkel only arrived in Portugal last summer from Dutch club Utrecht but in next to no time he was being mooted as a target for Alex Ferguson. But in an interview with Portuguese sports paper Record, Van Wolfswinkel has made it clear he's staying put: "All these rumours about a possible transfer are untrue... I love playing for Sporting."

Still with Portugal and Benfica star Pablo Aimar is wanted by a bevy of Premier League clubs. According to the Metro, Blackburn, Everton and high-flying Spurs are all chasing the veteran Argentine striker.

It seems that Blackburn are the keenest on landing the 32-year-old (capped over 50 times by his country) and manager Steve Kean is weighing up a January bid. The Metro claims that Aimar likes the idea of finishing his career in the Premier League- but with basement boys Blackburn...?

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes that Aimar could bring his experience to bear at the Lane and is thinking about an approach, as is Everton boss David Moyes.

Finally, The Sun says that Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has rejected the chance of a move to AC Milan in January and is also turning his nose up at the offer of a one-year contract extension with the Blues. The 33-year-old is in the last season of his contract at the Bridge and Drogba's agent Thierno Seydi is quoted as saying: "Didier has had the offer of a one-year extension from Chelsea. That does not suit us... AC Milan came in for Didier on loan with an option to buy but I said 'No' straight away. Their offer did not interest us."

Drogba, who joined Chelsea in 2004, has been the object of much speculation in recent weeks as to where he might end up next season and Seydi stoked the rumours by saying: "It could be the United States, Russia, Qatar or somewhere else in Asia."

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