Are Arsenal really still chasing Nuri Sahin and Yann M'Vila?
Gunners linked to old targets, Falcao suggests Chelsea move could be back on
STOP us if you've heard this one before, but Arsenal are apparently interested in Real Madrid outcast Nuri Sahin, yes that's the same Nuri Sahin who didn't join Arsenal in the summer and now plays for Liverpool.
Gunners fans may recall that the Turkish midfielder was all set to move to the Emirates on a season-long loan during the summer before a row over money and the possibility of signing him on a permanent contract scuppered the deal. Within hours, Liverpool had moved in and taken the player to Anfield, where he has since made quite an impact with three goals in two starts.
But according to Emirates24/7, and that's a Dubai-based website rather than an official Arsenal source before you ask, the Gunners and Manchester United are now "on alert" after Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted that he was unsure about Sahin's future once his loan spell comes to an end. It seems Liverpool may not be able to afford to make the deal permanent, meaning that Sahin could be back on the market in 2013.
That's not the only strange Arsenal rumour coming from Dubai, which seems to be lagging a couple of months behind the rest of the world. The same website has also resurrected the prospect of the Gunners trying to buy Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, another player they were linked to in the summer. The reason for a renewed interest in the French playmaker is apparently a short-term injury to Abou Diaby. We will see what happens in January.
A slightly less fanciful rumour concerns former Bolton and Benfica striker Rodrigo. According to the ever-reliable Givemefootball.com Arsene Wenger considered a bid for him in the summer but ended up with Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud instead. The website claims that it "wouldn't be a surprise" if the Gunners boss stepped up his interest in the 21-year-old Spaniard, who scored 15 goals in 37 outings for Benfica last season, and is valued at around £18m.
A word of warning however, Rodrigo's time in the Premier League was not a complete success, he managed one goal in 17 games for Bolton during a season long loan spell for them.
Could Radamel Falcao be having second thoughts about moving to Chelsea? That appears to be what the Colombian striker hinted to Spanish rag Marca in a candid interview.
The 26-year-old Falcao was chased by Chelsea in the summer with the Blues regarding the Atletico Madrid frontman as the natural successor to Didier Drogba. But the deal came to naught after Falcao pledged his loyalty to the Spanish side. Now, Falcao suggests the woeful situation of the Spanish economy could prompt him to move to west London.
“I do not know what will happen in the future,” replied Falcao when asked about the interest of Chelsea. “The situation depends not only on the players and the management but also the economy of the clubs and even the country.”
Falcao has scored ten goals in six matches this season – including a hat-trick against the Blues in last month’s Uefa Super Cup – and rumours are gathering pace that Chelsea will offer Atletico £45m for his services in the New Year.
Perhaps then that’s why Atletico are being linked with a move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. According to Spanish paper AS, the Uruguayan star is being eyed up by the Madrid outfit because of Falcao’s imminent departure. Apparently Atletico president Miguel Angel Gil Marin recently met Suarez's agent, who goes by the name of Per Guardiola, to let it be known they like the cut of his client’s jib.
In other news Talksport report that Manchester United and Liverpool have a fight on their hands if they wish to sign Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna. That’s because cash crazy Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala have “joined the chase” for the Italy international defender. Ogbonna won his first Italy cap in June 2011 and ever since then he’s had a host of admirers hot on his heels.
Talksport claim that United scouts have been spotted at Torino in recent weeks with Liverpool, Roma and Juventus also running the rule over the 24-year-old. But it’s believed Anzhi are lining up a £16m offer as they bolster a squad already containing Samuel Eto'o and Lassana Diarra.
Italian paper CalcioMercato claims that Chelsea are keen on Danish youngster Andreas Laudrup. The 21-year playmaker was born in Barcelona but earns his corn with Nordsjaelland, and he was in action for them on Tuesday when the Blues tonked the Danes 4-0 in the Champions League.
Nonetheless, it’s rumoured that Laudrup caught the eye of Chelsea boss Robert Di Matteo, who is looking to bring more youth to the Bridge.
Laudrup, the son of Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup, has played for the Denmark Under-21 side and is tipped to crack the senior squad this season.
Finally the Daily Mail reports that Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has warned Manchester United that if they’re serious about landing Tom Ince they must be prepared to pay over the odds for the England U-21 star. “We deserve a fair amount of money for him,” said Holloway, who added that if United came calling he “probably” wouldn’t stand in Ince’s way of a move to Old Trafford.