Arsenal Van Persie boost as wife and mum tell him to stay
'I love London' says Mrs Van Persie, as Eden Hazard heads for the capital after Chelsea move
ARSENAL fans probably aren't too concerned about missing out on over-rated Belgian flirt Eden Hazard today, after hearing that Robin van Persie's mum and his missus have urged him to stick with the Gunners, according to the Daily Mail. In a two-pronged attack Van the Man's mum Jose and his wife Bouchra urged RVP not to leave Arsene Wenger's side. "Arsenal love him and that’s a great incentive to stay," Jose said. "Arsenal are a fantastic club... They have no debts and Robin is idolised there."
Wife Bouchra agrees: "Arsenal showed faith in Robin when he was going through a lean time, so we should not repay them by thinking about other clubs. Our home life and our children are happy in London."
And it seems that Wenger has not been spending all of his time fretting about Van Persie. The Daily Mail also reports that the Arsenal manager has tired of the cat-and-mouse being played with Yann M'Vila and turned his attention to Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong. Wenger may have a battle on his hands as QPR boss Mark Hughes is also keen on the former Hamburg star, who he signed for the Champions during his short stint as boss in 2009.
So, back to the man that has been enjoying himself playing eenie-meenie with the Premier League's best teams, and it seems that Eden Hazard has made up his mind.
And the Belgian playmaker has chosen Chelsea as the club with which to launch himself in the Premier League. The 21-year-old Belgian playmaker tweeted in Monday night that he was "signing for the Champion's League winner" and all the papers carry the news this morning.
The Guardian reports that Hazard has left Lille for Chelsea in a £32m five-year deal, which will net him £100,000-a-week after tax. According to the paper, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich "drove the purchase personally, in what is a stunning statement of intent".
Having captured the FA Cup and Champions League last season the Russian billionaire wants to win the Premier League next season but he realises to gain consistency throughout the campaign he needs a stronger squad than the one Chelsea had last season.
The Guardian reports that former Chelsea player Joe Cole – who spent last season at Lille – was pivotal in influencing Hazard choosing the Blues over Manchester City and United. But given how long and complicated the chase has been, the Manchester clubs may actually be slightly relieved that they don't know have to look after the temperamental Belgian.
"I've probably put about £5m on his transfer with the amount of things I've said about him," Cole said. "He's got everything. He'll maybe become one of the best players in the world."
Meanwhile Chelsea may not have it all their own way regarding Porto's preposterously named Hulk. The Brazilian frontman [real name Givanildo Vieira de Souza] has been tipped for the Bridge for several months but his agent has revealed to Portuguese reporters that Real Madrid are now showing an interest.
This was confirmed by the presence of their coach Jose Mourinho at the weekend friendly between Brazil and Denmark in order to run the rule over the Hulk. Asked if this meant the Special One was mooting making an offer, agent Teodoro Fonseca replied: "Mourinho wasn't there for a nice walk." An agent and a gagman, is there no end to his talent...
Talksport reports that Liverpool face a battle with Porto to clinch the signing of highly-rated Colombian forward Jackson Martinez. Martinez is rated one of the best prospects in South America and has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield.
Despite uncertainty surrounding the next Liverpool manager, the Merseyside club are still making moves to sign the 25-year-old striker. Martinez has a prolific record for his club side Jaguares De Chiapas scoring 33 goals in 64 appearances and they are ready to cash in on their star asset. But reports in Portuguese newspaper Record claim Porto are also making advanced moves to sign the forward and they hope to finalise a deal to clinch his signature in the next few weeks.
Still with peculiarly named players, and Portuguese rag Record, it seems that Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is about to find himself in the centre of an unseemly struggle between the two Manchester clubs.
Apparently the Dutch striker (who scored 20 goals last season) won't put pen to paper and sign another contract with Sporting Lisbon and as a result both City and United are circling. "There is still no progress in increasing the value of the buy-out clause that the club want to include," said Van Wolfswinkel's agent Louis Laros, who only last year helped negotiate the deal that saw his client join Sporting from Utrecht in a £4.5m deal.
Asked to comment on the possibility of a switch to the Premier League, Laros would say only: "I have heard rumours in the media about interest in the player from foreign clubs."
The Metro claims that Newcastle have been eyeing up Lille blocker Mathieu Debuchy with a view to making an offer for the 26-year when the transfer window opens. Magpies scouts were in France on Sunday to watch Debuchy in action for Les Bleus against Iceland, a game they struggled to win 3-2.
Conceding two goals against Iceland might not rank as a defender's proudest moment but the Metro says Newcastle are determined to land Debuchy with manager Alan Pardew "a long-term admirer" of the versatile defender.
Comfortable at both right-back and left-back, the strapping six-footer has caught the eye of several clubs this year but it's believed Newcastle are "preparing a £5 million bid". Apparently Lille regard that figure as absurd as the thought of Justin Bieber brawling and have told Newcastle it's either or £8m or au revoir.
One deal already agreed is the permanent purchase by Swansea of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. The 22-year-old Iceland international joined the Swans in a short-term deal from German outfit Hoffenheim. But with Sigurdsson impressing boss Brendan Rodgers during his stint in Wales the club have signed him full-time. While the fee, £6.8m, is roughly what it costs Roman Abramovich to heat his swimming pool each year, for Swansea it signified a club record for a transfer.