Arsenal to offload Chamakh, Adebayor snubs Spurs offer
PSG keen on misfiring Moroccan, Denilson to stay with Sao Paulo, Adebayor wants more money
IT LOOKS like the summer clear-out at the Emirates has already begun with The Sun reporting that Paris Saint Germain are planning a £5m swoop for misfiring Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh.
The 28-year-old arrived at Arsenal on a free transfer from Bordeaux in the summer of 2010 and though he started brightly he has since become as stale as a motorway service station pasty. Having scored just once this season in 16 appearances, Chamakh will be offloaded to PSG in the summer as long as the two clubs can agree on money: the Sun says the Gunners want £7m but that the French outfit are adamant they'll pay no more than £5m.
And there's more good news for Gunners fans with the announcement from Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes that he wants to keep Denilson on a permanent basis. The Brazilian midfielder returned to his homeland on a season-long loan last summer, having flattered to deceive at the Emirates, and with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming to the fore this season it appears there's no longer a peg in the dressing room for Denilson.
Speaking to reporters, Lopes said: "We want to renew at the end of the contract and he [Denilson] has said he wants too. He will speak with his representatives who will contact the English club. There is no rush because he is here until the middle of the year."
If Arsenal are looking for new talent and a replacement for Chamakh, perhaps they should consider the merits of Emmanuel Adebayor, who appears to be heading for the exit door at Spurs. On second thoughts, perhaps they won't.
The spiky striker who managed to rub the fans up the wrong way at both Arsenal and Manchester City, appeared to have found a home at White Hart Lane, but it seems he has made some enemies there too, thanks to his exorbitant financial demands.
Spurs signed Adebayor on a year-long loan last summer and were keen to make the deal permanent with a contract worth £100,000 plus a £4m signing-on fee. But the Daily Mail says that the Togolese striker, who is paid an absurd £170,000-a-week by City, is not prepared to take a pay cut to join Tottenham.
No-nonsense Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not willing to throw any more money at Adebayor and the striker could be looking for a new club this summer, while Spurs turn their attentions to Loic Remy of Mareseille and Giuseppe Rossi of Villareal.
In other news, AC Milan have joined the race for Ajax star Christian Eriksen, making it five clubs on the tail of the 20-year-old attacking midfielder. Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus and Roma have already signalled their interest in the great Dane and according to Talksport Milan are determined to beat them to his signature.
Apparently Ajax won't consider any offers until after Euro 2012, believing that Eriksen will take the tournament by storm and thereby increase his market value. Back in November rumours began circulating in the British press that United were plotting a £20m swoop for Eriksen but if he does turn it on in Euro 2012 Ajax are likely to demand a minimum of £30m for one of the most exciting talents in Europe.
Meanwhile the agent of Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has rubbished speculation that the 30-year-old could be seeking a way out of Old Trafford once he's recovered from the knee injury he sustained last year.
Idle gossip surfacing in the more scurrilous newspapers has suggested Vidic's wife doesn't much care for life in Manchester but in an interview with tuttomercatoweb.com, Silvano Martina said: "Vidic was hurt in November, was operated on, and he still has two years of the contract and I do not think that he'll be leaving Manchester."
The player himself has refused to address the possibility of a move away from Old Trafford, simply telling fans recently that his rehabilitation was going well and he was looking forward to the future.