Arsenal fight Spurs for Lopez and woo Negredo, Afellay
Has Arsene Wenger been pipped by AVB? But other players are on the Gunners' radar
AFTER losing Jan Vertonghen to new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, Arsenal look set to miss out on another potential summer signing as Tottenham step up the pressure to lure Arsene Wenger favourite Adrian Lopez (above) to White Hart Lane, says Talksport.
Spanish newspaper Marca says Spurs are ready to offer Atletico Madrid £15 million for the striker and triple his wages: the Gunners, already linked to the forward, are only prepared to offer £10 million.
But Lopez isn't the only Iberian striker Arsenal are after according to the ever-reliable souls at Footy Latest, who are convinced that the Gunners and Liverpool are locked in a two-way battle for £20 million-rated Sevilla and Spain striker Alvaro Negredo. Apparently Wenger will make his move once Robin van Persie clears off, and Liverpool will come in for the player as a replacement for Andy Carroll.
Over at Ladbrokes where they are always have their ears to the ground, the Gunners will overcome the disappointment of missing out on Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia, who has joined West Brom, by signing Barcelona's Dutch misfit Ibrahim Afellay. The midfielder was touted as the next big thing at his old club PSV and was courted by Arsenal before heading to Barca where his career hit the buffers. Now he could be available for as little as E6m as the Catalans try to raise funds to buy a new centre back.
Controversial Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton could be on his way out of the Premiership, says the Daily Mail. The 29-year-old, banned for the first 12 matches of the next campaign for his behaviour in QPR’s final game of the season against Manchester City, is likely to be lent out on loan to a Championship club by Rangers manager Mark Hughes, either to Blackburn Rovers or Nottingham Forest.
Ivorian defender Kolo Toure is in talks with Turkish club Bursapor that could see the popular Manchester City player leave the Etihad after a frustrating 12 months, reports the Daily Mail. Toure was famously banned for six months last year after he accidentally took some of his wife’s slimming medication. City will be hoping to recoup a chunk of the £16 million they paid to Arsenal three years ago.
Liverpool's expected £12 million signing of 21-year-old Roma forward Fabio Borini could spell the end of Craig Bellamy's Anfield career, reports The Times. Brendan Rodgers will be keen to free Liverpool of Bellamy's £80,000-a-week pay deal, which still has a year to run.
A move to Queens Park Rangers would keep Bellamy in the Premiership - Mark Hughes has signed the 32-year-old twice in his career – or he might go back to Cardiff, where the Welsh forward spent a season on loan.
Fulham manager Martin Jol has completed the signing of 26-year-old Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega from Wigan, says the Daily Mail.
"I am delighted that Hugo has decided to join Fulham,” Jol said. "There has been a lot of interest in him from other top flight teams in England and abroad, so to be able to add his quality to our squad is a massive boost this early in our preparations for the new campaign."