Arsenal to make big money moves for Jovetic and Gotze?
Defender Janmaat cool on Arsenal deal, but Gunners may have bigger fish to fry
TAKE a chill pill - that's the message from Arsenal target Daryl Janmaat who, according to Talksport, "insists he is not affected by talk" linking him with a move to the Emirates in the summer.
Rumours have grown in recent weeks that the 23-year-old, who joined Feyenoord from Heerenveen last year, could be one the Gunners' first signings ahead of next season. It's believed that manager Arsene Wenger has earmarked Janmaat as the man to replace Bacary Sagna at right back when the Frenchman leaves (or is pushed) at the end of the season.
Holland international Janmaat has put in a string of reliable and robust performances for Feyenoord this season, but asked by Dutch publication Voetbal International about a possible move to north London, he replied: "I'm only thinking about Feyenoord now. Much remains to be played this season before thinking about the transfer market."
However, Janmaat didn't deny that it was his burning ambition to play in the Premier League.
THE NEWS that Arsenal are set to relax their wage structure this summer has fuelled speculation about who they may bring in at the end of the season. The Daily Telegraph believes that the new £150,000-a-week salary ceiling means they will be able to attract Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic (above) and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze.
Another possible new arrival at the Emirates who is unlikely to command such a mammoth salary is Aston Villa forward Andi Weimann, who got on the scoresheet against the Gunners last weekend.
Earlier this week it was reported that the young Austrian had turned down the offer of a new contract at Villa Park, probably because he does not want to play in the Championship, and today the Birmingham Mail is reporting that the 21-year-old is on Arsene Wenger's hitlist. Of course, Wenger was linked to Weimann's strike partner Christian Benteke earlier this month, and Villa fans will be hoping that in their attempts to outdo each other and impress the Arsenal boss, they score plenty of goals and help keep Villa in the top flight.
Tottenham are looking to exploit Valencia's deepening financial woes by making a brazen bid for striker Roberto Soldado. So says the Metro, which adds that Soldado has been a "long-term Spurs target" only for Valencia to reject all the Lilywhites' advances in the past.
But with the club now feeling the pinch, the Metro speculates that Valencia could be willing to offload Soldado for as little as £10m, half of what they had originally valued the frontman. Valencia allegedly owe millions to debtors and are so desperate they could even go as low as £8m to keep the bailiffs at bay.
Still with Spurs and the Evening Standard reports that Anzhi Makhachkala are ready to offer Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul a huge pay hike if he signs along the dotted line. Apparently the Russian club are poised to make the 27-year-old an offer of £4m a year if the Frenchman walks out on the Lane.
The Standard says Tottenham are thinking over the offer, for as much as they value Kaboul he has been out for most of this season with a knee injury and there is a growing feeling within the club that he is now damaged goods.
Kaboul, said to take home around £35,000 a week at Spurs, is also undecided about the offer having grown to love London since his move from Portsmouth in 2010.
Finally, the Daily Mail says Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was at the Camp Nou on Tuesday with more on his mind than just next week's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
It had been assumed that Fergie was in Barcelona to check out the opposition before the return leg, but the Mail says he was also there on a mission to entice Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. The "intriguing prospect" of a return for the Portugal forward is on the agenda, says the paper, which claims belief is growing within United that Ronaldo wants a second stint at the club he walked out on four years ago.
To that end the United money-brokers have launched "a feasibility study" to see if they could finance the biggest player purchase in their history. United sold Ronaldo to Real in the summer of 2009 for £80m, and it's believed Real would want at least twice that amount. The 28-year-old has less than two years left on his Real contract and United believe the Spanish club could be open to an offer as he nears the end of his deal at the Bernabeu.