Arsenal 'still want Luis Suarez': ready to pay £50m in January
Gunners 'will fork out Liverpool's asking price' as board gets a taste for eye-watering signings
HARDLY has the gold dust settled on Mesut Ozil's stunning transfer to Arsenal and already the Daily Mirror is claiming that Arsene Wenger has been authorised to make another "mega signing" in January's transfer window. And the player in question is Liverpool striker Luiz Suarez.
It seems the Gunners haven't given up on landing the Uruguayan despite the Reds' insistence earlier in the summer that they would never sell.
The Mirror claims that Wenger "will keep tabs on his situation" over the autumn and he is quietly confident Liverpool will do business if he agrees to meet the Reds' asking price of £50m. Apparently the Arsenal board have acquired a taste for eye-watering transfer deals and, having forked out £42.5m for Ozil, they are now ready to bankroll the capture of Suarez.
Meanwhile, the Daily Express says the arrival of Ozil has led to new deals being agreed between the Gunners and Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker.
The paper says that Sagna was courted by Paris Saint-Germain in the summer after talks over a new one-year extension broke down. The French defender is out of contract at the end of this season but he's now poised to sign on for another stint at the Emirates so excited is he at the thought of sharing a dressing-room with Ozil.
As for centre back Mertesacker, Arsenal are apparently looking to "tie him down" for the rest of his career now that he's formed an effective partnership with Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the Gunners' defence.
Someone else who is staying put is Portuguese winger Nani. Goal.com reports that he has agreed a new five-year contract at Manchester United, scotching rumours that he wanted a fresh start away from Old Trafford.
The news is a fillip for United boss David Moyes, who said of the deal: "I'm really pleased Nani has re-signed for the next five years… I've been impressed with his approach to training and look forward to working with him in the coming seasons."
Nani, who joined United in the summer of 2007, was similarly chuffed, saying: "I'm very happy that the new manager has shown this faith in me and I'm looking forward to helping the team compete for more honours this season."
There'll be no return to West ham for Carlton Cole Nani after the 29-year-old striker failed to prove his fitness.
The Evening Standard says that Cole, who left Upton Park in June when his contract ran down, came back cap in hand to the Hammers after having no joy finding a new club. West Ham tentatively agreed to the idea, arranging a medical with Cole with a view to taking him on loan till the end of the season. But the Standard says Cole is back on the dole after failing to receive a clean bill of health from the Hammers.
Still with the Hammers, Talksport says the club has drawn a blank in its bid to sign 22-year-old right-back Chris Solly on a short-term deal. The Charlton Athletic defender has instead pledged his loyalty to the Addicks by signing an extension that will keep him at the club until 2017. ·