Mertesacker begs Arsenal to come and sign him
Transfer talk: The German defender drops a thinly veiled hint and Chelsea up offer for Modric
Talk about a 'sure thing' but will Arsene Wenger pluck up his courage and make his move on Per Mertesacker? There was a time when the French were famed for their seduction techniques but if Arsene Wenger is anything to go by the Gallic powers of persuasion have long since lost their lustre and players prefer the gruff Glaswegian manner of Alex Ferguson to the enigmatic approach of the nutty professor. But if the Daily Mail is to be believed Mertesacker is doing his damnedest to let the Arsenal boss know he's available.
The paper quotes the 26-year-old German international as saying: "For a national player it is a good thing to get experience of playing abroad. I have said that England excites me." The Werder Bremen beanpole (he stands 6ft 6in) has a year left on his contract with the German club but that the Mail speculates that they might try and sell him to Arsenal for a sizeable fee rather than let him leave on a free transfer next summer. The Gunners have been linked with Mertesacker for a year and Wenger might finally swoop after Thomas Vermaelen injured his back against Benfica at the weekend.
Sky Sports claim that Chelsea will increase their offer for Spurs Croatian midfielder Luka Modric to £30m this week such is their determination to land the playmaker. So far Chelsea have had two offers knocked back by the Lilywhites but with White Hart Lane now in the middle of a war zone Modric is keener than ever to swap the battleground for the Bourgeois Blues and Sky Sports believes a deal will be finalised before the week is out.
Talksport reports that Brazilian midfielder Ganso will not be leaving Santos for Manchester United. The 21-year-old has been rumoured as a United target over the summer, with Real Madrid and AC Milan also said to be interested, but Talksport say that the youngster had pledged his troth to Santos: "I have given my word and I can guarantee to all the fans I will not leave," he is quoted as saying.
The Metro claims that Wesley Sneijder will decide on his future by Wednesday at the latest. Manchester United were the frontrunners to sign the Dutch midfielder from Inter Milan but then Manchester City, smarting from defeat to their neighbours in the Community Shield, muscled in on the act with an alleged improvement on United's offer. The Metro reports that Sneijder will make up his mind tomorrow which will be a relief for those millions bored rigid by the never-ending saga.
Spanish rag Sport reckons that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will attempt to prise Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City by using Fernado Gago as an enticement. The Special One has grown fond of the former Arsenal striker in recent months, ever since Adebayor arrived on loan from City at the start of the year, but Real were apparently unable to meet City's asking price of £14m. So Sport claims that Real will offer the Sky Blues £8m plus Gago, a defensive midfielder capped more than 30 times by Argentina.
But if Real are hoping for some favours from City they don't intend giving any to Tottenham. According to the Sun the Spanish club has refused to budge when it comes to their valuation of £20m for Lassana Diarra. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp regards the French midfielder as a £14m player but with the Lilwhites in need of a replacement for the soon-to-be gone Luka Modric, a compromise might have to be sought sharpish. ·