Arsenal target defenders Daryl Janmaat and Nathaniel Chalobah
Feyenoord and Arsenal prospects are on Wenger's wishlist, is Ronaldo heading back to United?
AS ARSENAL lurch from one defeat to another, so they are being linked with one big name after another. The latest to be touted as a potential Gunner is Feyenoord right back Daryl Janmaat. According to the Daily Mirror, the 23-year-old Dutchman is being monitored by Arsenal scouts with Feyenoord happy with the situation.
The two clubs have a partnership which sees them loaning players to each other. Janmaat has won three Dutch caps and joined Feyenoord from Heerenveen last summer, but Arsenal have him in mind to replace Bacary Sagna, said by the Mirror "to be the next big name departure" from the Emirates.
Thirty-year-old Sagna, whose contract expires next year, is rumoured to be considering a big money move to Paris Saint-Germain, although Inter Milan are also said to be chasing him.
The Star claims the Gunners also have their eye on another young defender in the form of Chelsea's teenage prospect Nathaniel Chalobah, who is currently starring for Gianfranco Zola's Watford in the Championship.
The paper points out that, for once, Arsenal's threadbare squad could be an advantage. It notes that England Under-21 international Chalobah's chances of getting first team football at Chelsea are slim, while he would practically walk into the first team squad at the Emirates.
Meanwhile Arsenal could lose goalkeeper Vito Mannone who's tiring of playing second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny. Back at the start of the season Mannone was a regular starter for the Gunners but, with the Pole back from injury, the Italian has been relegated to the bench.
With rumours suggesting Arsenal are chasing Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes as a replacement, Mannone was asked by Italian football site Mediaset Premium if he was contemplating a return to his homeland in June. "Now I'm open to everything," he replied. "The important thing is to play."
The Star certainly has the bit between its teeth today and also has news of another big move. Apparently Manchester United are set to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, for £25m less than they sold him for in 2009.
Apparently United are in the process of drawing up a "complex financial package which will become the new model for big contracts". The £55m deal will involve Ronaldo being paid part of his salary by United's sponsors.
Back in the real world and Chelsea have reportedly sealed a £1.7m deal to sign Chilean teenager Cristian Cuevas from his magnificently named Chilean club, O'Higgins, at least they have according to the Mirror. The 17-year-old winger who has represented his country at Under-20 level was snapped up after impressing on trial in November.
Spanish rag Tribal Football says that Real Madrid are increasingly confident that they will take Sergio Aguero off Manchester City's hands in the summer. Apparently a clause in the contract of the 24-year-old Argentine ace means that City are "obliged to negotiate his sale with Real in the second year of the agreement".
It appears that if Real are prepared to meet the Sky Blues' asking price for Aguero then they would have to sell to the Spanish giants. Is that going to happen? Tribal Football claims that the Argentine is tempted at the prospect of playing alongside compatriot Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou and could try to persuade City to offload him to Real Madrid.
Sky Blues are also reported to be at loggerheads with Real Madrid over Spanish hotshot Isco. Malaga are thought likely to sell the 20-year-old playmaker at the end of the season, and reports earlier in the month suggested it could well be to City.
Now Talksport reports that Real "are in advanced moves to sign him" and are prepared to offer Malaga – who are in financial trouble – whatever they want in order to beat off the competition.
Isco is reputed to have a £30m buy-out clause in his contract which Real have said they are happy to meet. Now it all depends on how quickly City react and whether they are prepared to put more wonga on the negotiating table.