Yann M'Vila puts Arsenal move on hold, PSG go after Rooney
French midfielder wants to spark bidding war at tournament, PSG want Rooney and Messi
A BIT like the government with its pasty tax, Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila appears to be on the verge of a U-turn as far as joining Arsenal goes. Earlier in the month the French international had seemed destined for the Emirates but according to the Metro M'Vila is now insisting he'll only think about his future after June's European Championships. That, claims the paper, is because he reckons he'll be able to attract more offers from big clubs while in the shop window of a major tournament.
That M'Vila has played his last game for Rennes isn't in doubt but his destination remains the subject of fevered speculation. Inter Milan are allegedly eyeing up the playmaker after Arsenal failed to follow up on their initial contact at the end of the season. As a result both player and club hope that a good showing from M'Vila in the Ukraine will "spark a bidding war".
Meanwhile the Metro also reports that the Gunners are on the brink of doing a deal with Hull over goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Since arriving at the Emirates in 2006 the Italian shotstopper's fortunes have plunged like Kelly Brook's neckline, and following a successful loan with Hull Arsenal are now poised to sell Mannone for £1m.
Could we see Wayne Rooney playing in France next season? Talksport reports that super-rich French outfit Paris Saint Germain are ready to break the bank to bring take the England striker across the Channel. The Qatari-backed Ligue 1 side have reportedly put aside a staggering £120 million for Rooney. It is understood that their first choice is Lionel Messi, but according to Spanish newspaper Sport in the unlikely event of that happening, Rooney is next in line.
In other news, Italian rag Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Manchester City are now making eyes at Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder after being blown out by Eden Hazard. With the 21-year-old Belgian choosing Chelsea over the Sky Blues, the champions are looking to Sneijder to nurse their bruised ego.
Manchester United have long been linked with a move for the 27-year old Dutchman, but with the Red Devils about as successful these days as a Facebook share option, Sneijder is said to be more open to a move to the Ethiad. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, City "have made enquiries about the former Real Madrid player" but as yet have been unable to agree a fee.
If United have gone cold on Sneijder perhaps that's because they're poised to snare Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa. The Borussia Dortmund star is keen to move to the Premier League (who isn't?) and Goal.com claims United are on the verge of agreeing a £17.6m deal for the 23-year-old. The two clubs are well down the road to finalising the transfer after United upped their initial bid of £13.6m. Goal reports that Dortmund Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has said that "both sides want to conclude the deal".
Kagawa, who has scored 29 times for Dortmund in 71 appearances, allegedly wants wages of £100,000-a-week. United will offer him slightly less than this sum but with bonuses from his image rights linked to earnings in the Far East.
Manchester United are also going to make a cheeky approach for cross-town rival City’s out-of-favour winger Adam Johnson reports Caught Offside. Sir Alex Ferguson is a long standing admirer of tricky winger Johnson, who has grown disillusioned at the lack of first team opportunities at the Etihad. Johnson started just 10 games for the Champions last season, losing out to David Silva and Samir Nasri. The 24-year-old believes his lack of football is affecting his International prospects, after he was left out of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for Euro 2012.
Rafael van der Vaart looks to be heading out of White Hart Lane after Schalke launched a £10million-plus move for Tottenham’s attacking midfielder reports the Daily Mail. Van der Vaart’s agents have reportedly already had talks with the German side, and the midfielder would welcome a spot in the Bundesliga, if only for personal reasons. Van der Vaart’s wife Sylvie currently has to spend more than half of every week away from home as she works for German television station RTL and is based in Cologne - barely 100 km from Schalke’s ground.
England goalkeeper Rob Green could be moving from east London to west, according to the Daily Mail. Queens Park Rangers are willing to pay the West Ham stopper £50,000-a-make the switch. The Hammer goalie’s wage demands are stalling a new deal. QPR boss Mark Hughes boss to toughen his side up at the back following a close shave with relegation and Green fits the bill, with current keeper Paddy Kenny a target for Neil Warnock at Leeds.
Finally, the Mirror reports that both United and City have got the hots for Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse. Described by the paper as "the Senegal sensation", the 26-year-old Cisse scored 13 times in 14 games in the four months he spent on Tyneside after his January move from Freiburg. That's brought him to the attention of the Manchester clubs and the Mirror reports that while Magpies' boss Alan Pardew is keen to keep hold of the Senegal national captain he's also got an eye on the Newcastle coffers. The club paid Freiburg £10m for Cisse and if they receive an offer twice that figure from City or United Cisse will be sold.