Arsenal persuade Sagna to stay and rekindle Alvarez romance
Full-back expected to sign new Arsenal deal as Bosnian Mirza Mustafic catches the eye
THESE are heady days at Arsenal and such is the success being enjoyed by the Gunners that Bacary Sagna looks set to extend his stay at the Emirates.
In recent weeks rumours have emerged suggesting the 29-year-old French defender might make a move to one of Real Madrid or Inter Milan. Now it appears he’s ready to commit his future to Arsenal.
The Metro says that Sagna, currently recovering from a broken leg, will be offered a new contract “within a fortnight” as Arsenal look to send out a clear message to any club eyeing up the French international.
Although Sagna is said to be disappointed at the lack of silverware won by the club since he arrived from Auxerre in 2007, he’s been encouraged by what’s he seen of the new-look Gunners. Wenger for his part is “desperate” to keep hold of Sagna and will reward the full-back with a lucrative deal. In fact, the Metro says Sagna will become one of the best paid players at the club when he puts pen to paper.
Not content with ensuring that no more of his big stars quit the club Wenger, who yesterday insisted Arsenal were not afraid to "spend the money", is also intent on bringing in new blood. According to Talksport, the Gunners boss has revived his interest in Inter Milan midfielder Ricky Alvarez.
The Argentine winger was a target for Arsenal last year but ended up joining Inter, where he has experienced mixed fortunes. Now the Argentine press are rekindling the 24-year-old's romance with Arsenal.
More in keeping with Wenger's transfer policy in recent seasons it has been reported that the Arsenal are one of several clubs taking an interest in Metz prospect Mirza Mustafic.
The Bosnia-born midfielder has played at youth level for Luxembourg and currently plies his trade in France.
Borussia Moenchengladbach and PSV Eindhoven are also said to be on his trail, reports Sky Sports. It also says that Mustafic is known as the 'new Miralem Pjanic' in Bosnia, which at least makes a change from the 'Bosnian Messi'.
His father Sakib is obviously confident of a move to the big league. "I can confirm that my son will play for a big European club next season. And in the next few months we will decide where he will move," he said.
Talksport claims that Manchester United have “sounded out” Juventus over midfielder Arturo Vidal. The 25-year-old playmaker came to prominence playing for German outfit Bayer Leverkusen before moving to Italy in 2011. Since arriving in the Serie A, the Chilean’s rich vein of form has continued and he was instrumental in helping Juventus lift the Italian title last season.
United have been long-time admirers of Vidal’s, and Talksport says Alex Ferguson’s interest has been aroused this season by the sight of the South American in action for Juve against Chelsea last week.
Vidal scored one of the goals in the 2-2 draw and Talksport claims that United “have contacted Juventus” with a polite enquiry about the player’s availability. Whether the Turin club replied with similar courtesy isn’t known but what is common knowledge is the price they have put on Vidal – a mere £40m.
In other news goal.com reports that Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has joined Nottingham Forest on a one-month loan deal. The 29-year-old began his career with Forest before joining Newcastle in 2002 and then switching to Tottenham in 2005. The Lilywhites had high expectations of Jenas but injury and a loss of form have restricted his appearances and Spurs hope he can rediscover his old self at the City Ground.
Liverpool’s hope of signing Michael Vorm have gone for a Burton after the Dutch international signed a new four–year contract with Swansea. Vorm arrived at the Liberty Stadium from Utrecht in 2011 when Brendan Rodgers was gaffer.
After taking over at Anfield, Rodgers was said to be eager to bring the Dutchman to Merseyside. But Swansea City have dashed Rodgers’s hopes by announcing the new deal. ”I’m delighted,’’ declared Vorm. “I’m enjoying my time here very much and it is one of the reasons why I’ve signed an extension.”