Arsenal flop Andre Santos set to sign for Galatasaray
Across the Channel, will Monaco prove a haven for Frank Lampard and David Beckham?
NO WONDER Santa wears red and white, he’s clearly a Gooner! And to prove it he’s given Arsenal fans the best Christmas present they could have asked for – the news that Andre Santos is on his way to Turkey.
Since the Brazilian arrived at the Emirates in the summer of 2011 his defensive performances have been shocking. Now, according to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has finally realised that Rudolph the red-nose reindeer could do a better job at left-back than the 29-year-old Santos.
All that’s left is for Galatasaray to up their initial offer of £2.5m for Santos. Arsenal are reportedly holding out for twice that much seeing as how they paid Fenerbahce £7.5m for the defender last year, but it's alleged they're so desperate to dump Santos they'll take whatever's on offer.
Meanwhile Manchester United are in the running for a Mexican midfielder magician by the name of Hector Herrera. The 22-year-old was a crucial cog for Mexico when they won gold in the Olympic football tournament last summer, and that was when he first came to the attention of United boss Alex Ferguson.
Now, according to Mexican rag Esto, the wily Scot will be making a bid for the Pachuca playmaker with United believed to be prepared to meet the asking price of £9m although they could face stiff competition. "There is nothing concrete on the table but there are some attractive offers," Pachuca president Jesus Martinez let slip to Esto. "It's not just Porto either, there is also an English and a French club who are interested."
The Evening Standard says Harry Redknapp is gearing up for a spot of wheeling and dealing in the New Year. The QPR boss is well known for his crafty forays into the transfer market and the Standard says Redknapp is "considering a move" for former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou. The Ivory Coast star quit Stamford Bridge at the end of last season but he’s failed to find his feet at Lille and it’s believed he’s eager to get back to England.
Apparently Redknapp believes Kalou’s experience of the Premier League could prove a valuable asset in the second half of the season as Rangers look to avoid the drop. The Standard says the 27-year-old Kalou is likely to come to Loftus Road on loan until the end of the season, with the possibility of making it a full-time move if all parties can agree on terms and conditions.
Finally, Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri has admitted he would love to bring Frank Lampard to the tax-dodging haven and he’d also be partial to seeing David Beckham run out for the club.
Lampard has long been linked with a move away from the Bridge and only last week the veteran midfielder admitted there had been no discussion with Chelsea about extending his contract when it expires at the end of the season. When ESPN STAR Sports asked Ranieri if he was interested in signing Lampard (a player he knows well from his days in charge of the Blues), the Italian replied: "It would be fantastic [to sign him] and he would suit Ligue 1."
Though Monaco are currently in the French second division, they’re expected to secure promotion next season thanks to the financial clout of Russian billionaire businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev.
And it appears that Monaco could also use some of their cash to lure Beckham to the Cote d’Azur, though Ranieri was keeping his cards close to his chest. "What I read in the newspapers about a deal for Beckham is all I know," he said. "Like Frank, he is a champion and he would be a good professional player for us."