Szczesny to stay at Arsenal, Suarez won’t leave Anfield for PSG
As players proclaim loyalty to their clubs, Anelka tries to lure Didier Drogba to China
LIVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez will not be joining Paris Saint-Germain this summer The Daily Telegraph reports. The Uruguayan scored the equaliser in the Reds’ 2-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday – a rare highpoint in a frustrating season for the 25-year-old. “Yes, yes I will continue at Liverpool,” Suarez said after the victory. “It is obvious I will continue. I have four years left on my contract and I am very happy and content to be here and I hope good things continue.”
The Daily Telegraph also reports that Nicolas Anelka, recently recruited by Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, has said that he wants to lure former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba to join him at the club. Anelka is also keen to tempt former PSG team-mate Selim Benachour, currently with Maritimo, to a lucrative contract in the Far East. "I hope Selim Benachour and Didier Drogba will quickly join us," he is reported as saying. It is unclear what Anelka’s role at the club actually is and whether Jean Tigana will remain as coach.
Inside Futbol report that Liverpool may have a fight on their hands to sign Hertha Berlin midfielder Raffael – albeit one that has been provoked by the player’s agent Dino Lamberti. Italian side Napoli are said to now be favourites to land the Brazilian, with Lamberti stating that the “amount needed is 15 million euros”.
Manchester United will sign Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan this summer for £20 million plus Fabio da Silva and Federico Macheda, according to The Daily Telegraph. United have been tracking the Argentine for some time and Alex Ferguson was particularly taken with the winger after Benfica played both United and Chelsea in the Champions League earlier this year.
ARSENAL goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has made it clear he has no intention of leaving the Emirates for Spain.
Rumours have began circulating in recent weeks that the Gunners shot-stopper might be on his way to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, but when the question was put to him at the weekend the strapping Pole scotched the stories, telling reporters: "I can't imagine myself in the next few years' time playing anywhere other than here. In fact, I won't move until we win something."
With Arsenal hosting Wigan tonight in the Premier League, the Gunners require a win to ensure they remain in third sport and well positioned for a place in next season's Champions League. Szczesny says he wants to remain at the Emirates because success is just round the corner.
"It is seven years since Arsenal won something and it won't change this season but… I'm interested in winning trophies only with Arsenal. I want to be part of the team that show fans the bad times are over. I won't leave until we achieve this."
The agent of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has hinted that his client might soon be on the move. With the Lilywhites reeling from their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, Bale is apparently considering his options.
In an interview with French magazine Telefoot, Jonathan Barnett revealed that Paris Saint Germain could be an attractive proposition for the 22-year-old Welshman. "Bale is the type of player PSG need," admitted Barnett. If the Paris outfit are serious about signing Bale in the summer they'll have to stump up around £50m, but with PSG bankrolled by the wealthy Qatar Sports Group that shouldn't present too much of a problem.
Barnett was also asked about another client of his, Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, and whether he might also be on the radar of PSG, to which Barnett replied: "I have heard the rumours, but he is very happy at Chelsea."
The Mirror says that Bayern Munich are closing in on Edin Dzeko and an offer is in the pipeline for a player the paper describes as the "Manchester City misfit".
Dzeko arrived at the Etihad 15 months ago but has never shown the sort of form that persuaded the Sky Blues to sign him from Wolfsburg for £27m. As a result, claims the Mirror, the Bosnian striker will be offloaded back to Germany at the end of the season.
With Carlos Tevez back to his best for City (scoring a hat-trick in Saturday's 6-1 stuffing of WBA), Roberto Mancini has now apparently decided that Dzeko is surplus to requirements. According to the Mirror, however, the City boss is determined to "recoup" as much of the £27m he can from Bayern in any deal.
Finally, the Daily Mail says that City and rivals Manchester United are going head-to-head for Athletic Bilbao playmaker Ander Herrera. Described by the paper as the "Spanish Steven Gerrard", the 22-year-old midfielder comes with a £16m price tag and will be fought over this summer as the Premier League pair look to strengthen their creative options.