Arsenal eye Sessegnon and Msakni, Juventus want Tevez
Sunderland striker may be London-bound, Turin club say Argentine could be key signing
ARSENAL are prepared for a bidding war for Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon according to the Mirror. Martin O'Neill admitted the Wearsiders may struggle to keep him because his family have not settled in the North East. Sunderland paid Paris Saint Germain £6 million for Sessegnon but his value has rocketed to around £10 million after a series of brilliant performances this year.
Talksport reports that Turin giants Juventus are keen on bringing Carlos Tevez to the city in a bid to re-establish themselves as one of Europe's major footballing powers. They are currently fighting for the Serie A title, but are two points behind leaders AC Milan. Tevez is preferred to the club's other targets, which include his Man City team-mate Eden Dzeko and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
The future of Arsenal striker Carlos Vela will be decided this summer, according Talksport. Vela, 23, has bagged seven goals and seven assists in La Liga since joining the Basque side Real Sociedad on loan at the beginning of the season. The skilled forward has made 62 senior appearances for Arsenal, but it is unclear whether or not he features in Arsene Wenger's long-term plans.
There are clouds on the horizon as far as Arsenal’s hopes of signing Youssef Msakni go – and they’re nothing to do with Marouane Chamakh’s shisha pipe. Rather it’s Paris Saint Germain and their determination to beat the Gunners to the hand of the man they call 'the Tunisian Lionel Messi'.
Regular readers of Transfer Talk may recall that back in February we revealed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was keeping tabs on Msakni after his rich vein of form for Esperance Tunis. But now, according to Talksport, PSG are lining up a summer bid for the 21-year-old attacking midfielder.
Apparently the French outfit were impressed by what they saw of Msakni in the African Cup of Nations and will "offer upwards of £5m" for the youngster. Lille are also said to be interested but Talksport speculate it will come down to a straight shoot-out between PSG and Arsenal.
Internacional striker Leandro Damiao has upped the ante among his many suitors by giving a candid interview to Italian rag Gazzetta dello Sport. In recent months the 22-year-old Brazilian frontman has been linked to more clubs than George Galloway’s had wives but it appears he’s narrowing down his options.
"There will come a day when I will play in Europe," Damiao told Gazzetta dello Sport. "With my style and strength, I think I could adapt to any major league in Europe. But it seems to me that strikers are most appreciated in Italy and England."
Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are all rumoured to be monitoring the strapping six footer – capped five times by his country – while AC Milan and Juventus are known to have made enquiries about Damiao. The latter reportedly made an offer earlier in the season of £18m only to be knocked back by the South American club.
If the Metro has its facts straight, then Chelsea are in the throes of putting together a package to ensure Salomon Kalou stays at the Bridge. Arsenal and AC Milan have both been mentioned as possible destinations for the 26-year-old striker but the Metro says Kalou is in line for "a bumper pay rise this summer" if he pledges his troth to Chelsea.
The Ivory Coast international, who scored the winner against Benfica in last week’s Champions League quarter-final first leg, is quoted as saying: "I am not thinking about a transfer yet. At the end of the season everything will be clear in everyone's head."
Finally the Daily Mail reports that Arsene Wenger has ordered his man in France, chief scout Gilles Grimandi, to "compile a dossier" on Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud. The 25-year-old’s goals this season have propelled the Mediterranean outfit to the top of the French first division and aroused interest in a host of clubs as well as the Gunners.
Newcastle, Bayern Munich and Juventus have apparently made enquiries and all have received the same message: Giroud will only be sold for "at least £50 million".