Arsenal get tough with RVP, Liverpool's Suarez in Barca link

May 17, 2012
Bill Mann

Dutchman allegedly holding out for more than £130K, is Yann M'Vila on his way to Arsenal?

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ROBIN VAN PERSIE'S future at the Emirates "hangs in the balance" after the Arsenal striker held talks with club officials on Wednesday, The Sun claims. They want the Dutchman to put his name to a new three-year deal worth £130,000 a week but The Sun claims van Persie is holding out for more in the knowledge that he could earn an alleged £250,000-a-week at Manchester City.

Arsenal officials are now fearful that the 28-year-old Van Persie could look to the Sky Blues if the club don't up their offer. He has a year left on his contract with the Gunners and The Sun says if he doesn't sign, Arsenal "are willing to play hard ball" (not something that could be said of their defence) and insist he sees out the remaining year of his current contract.

Meanwhile, having endured an anxious wait to see if they finished third in the Premier League, Arsenal fans are once again on tenterhooks – this time over Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila.

The 21-year-old Frenchman, recently named in France's Euro 2012 squad, has been linked to the Gunners for months but in an interview with French broadcaster RMC he was giving nothing away.

"I'll make my decision after the game against Dijon [on Sunday]," said M'Vila, who then refused to answer questions as to whether he'd already agreed terms with Arsenal. What he would admit, however, is that the thought of moving abroad tickles his fancy. "It is true that I would like to improve my game and for that, I have to look elsewhere," he said, adding: "Why not in a foreign country?"

With Kenny Dalglish gone could Liverpool find themselves without their best striker, Luis Suarez? Caught Offside thinks so and suggests that Barcelona could come in and try to poach the controversial Uruguayan while no-one is on guard at Anfield.

Suarez made few friends outside Liverpool during his first full season in the Premier League. The race row with Patrice Evra was damaging for both him and Liverpool and now his biggest defender at the club, Dalglish, has gone.

New Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova is said to be keen to add firepower to his squad and lift the burden on Lionel Messi.

To other news and it's not been a good day for the Blues. On the same day Blue Peter learned it was being chucked off BBC1, Chelsea were told in no uncertain terms to forget about Falcao.

The Colombian hitman, who bagged a brace for Atletico Madrid in last week's Europa Cup triumph over Athletic Bilbao, has been linked with a move to the Bridge in the summer. But in an interview with Spanish broadcaster RCN Radio the 26-year-old sharpshooter dismissed the rumours as if they were nothing more than a Liverpool manager.

"I prefer to stay with Atletico," replied Falcao when asked if he was open to an offer from Chelsea. Then he added: "Next year with Atletico will be a new challenge. My thoughts are that I have four years left on my contract. I try and ignore rumours. The leaders at the club will take any decisions."

Talking of Athletic Bilbao, they look likely to lose star striker Fernando Llorente with Manchester City reportedly closing in on the 27-year-old Spanish international. Talksport report that the Sky Blues like the cut of Llorente's jib and are ready to stump out the £33m cash needed to buy him out of his Bilbao contract.

Quoting Spanish rag AS, Talksport claim that City officials "have already met" with Chus Llorente, who is not only Fernando's brother but also his agent. Apparently City are confident Llorente could form a potent striking partnership with Sergio Aguero which would leave Carlos Tevez as redundant as Kenny Dalglish. And Alex McLeish.

Finally, Manchester United are looking for a new number seven and someone to keep the subs bench warm afer Michael Owen was allowed to leave the club. The 32-year-old injury-prone striker now faces an uncertain future. But The Daily Telegraph reports that while Owen is on his way out Borussia Dortmund's Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa could be on his way in at Old Trafford.

The paper reports that the £15m-rated player claims to have met Ferguson to discuss a move.

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Yes I would like RVP to stay but I dont think it is the end of the world if he does not, yes i unstand it is his last contract and he wants to make the most of it. Just remember the following facts he as been at Arsenal for 8/9 years and this his is first injury free season and he as scored a lot of goals the two previous seasons he scored 13 and 14.
    Just remember all Arsenal fans we have a financially secure club I know people will say it is at the expense of silverware  but remember there are only 3 cups to be shared out by all teams  plus the Champions league which includes the best in Europe.
    I would ask all fans to think carefully would you rather go and see football in a nice stadium over the next 20 years or would you risk it all for possibly one glory year.  Think of Leeds/Portsmouth/Rangers and where they are at present.
    When it comes to Mancity/Chelsea etc when their owners get fed up they will be on the scrap heap  also we have the Fair Play rules coming in next year which will certainly curb their rediculous spending if not erase it totally, that depends on UEFA being strong which I belive they will be because the other European nations will demand it.
    So to all Arsenal fans be grateful for what we have and remember  although not winning anything for 7 years at least we have a club run well with excellent facilities  and will still be running in 50 years time in the top division.
PS   I do believe RVP will stay and AW will get his wallet out as we have the money in the bank unlike most EPL clubs.

If Arsenal want to compete at the top level they have to pay top money both in wages & transfers otherwise they will become a feeder club. 

feeder club my foot! You called a team in the ups at EPL a feeder team. Arsene and Arsenal have got class that's why 15 seasons have seen them not lower than 4th. If you see that as mean feat ask Liverpool and chelsea

If van persie leaves i fear for the rest because his absence will affect the rest players negatively. Arsenal should try and sign at least three new quality players.

 Hey dude, Fabregas left remember and then we came third. So do the math, Van Persie leaves we come 2nd and.......................................................?&x#@$Chamakh leaves we win the premiership!!!!!!!!

I'd like to have a word with Kroenke, cos he needs to tell us why he isnt showing up the greenbacks!!! I hear we have only 50m to shop this summer!! Bottomline guys, we dont shore up the club's defense and a second schznit in the post, we would be happy we came third May 2013

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