Robin van Persie 'wants to join Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona'
Bad news: Barca will try to tempt striker away this Summer. Worse news: Arshavin aims to stay put
WHAT A DAY to be an Arsenal fan. First they had to digest the news that Jack Wilshere would be out for the rest of the season with another stress facture, then they had to swallow the sight of their side being held to a goalless draw at lowly Bolton - and now comes a report that Robin van Persie would like to join Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona.
The 28-year-old Dutchman has apparently tired of trying to get Theo Walcott to pass to his feet and, according to the Spanish rag El Mundo Deportivo, is now angling for a move to the Camp Nou.
It's reported that Barca considered offering Arsenal a huge wad of cash in January but have instead decided to make their move in June. They'll use former Arsenal team-mate Fabregas as bait, pointing out to Van Persie that the Spaniard has won three trophies in the six months he's been in Barcelona. Van Persie's trophy cabinet on the other hand is as empty as the Greek treasury.
And there's more misery for the Arsenal faithful with the news that Andrey Arshavin is determined to fight for his place in the Arsenal side. The Russian may be as useless as Harry Redknapp's accountant (allegedly), but according to goal.com the Russian has knocked back an approach from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala because he wants to stay at the Emirates.
Arshavin's agent Phil Smith said: "The Russia window lasts until February 24 and a guy representing Anzhi has made a tentative approach. But Andrey is not going to talk to the Russians because he doesn't want to leave and Arsenal don't want him to go, either."
Why Arsenal don't want Arshavin to leave is anyone's guess but Smith was in bullish mood on behalf of his client as he declared: "He still feels he has a lot to do at Arsenal." In which case he could start by packing his bags...
In other news, it looks like it will be a straight summer shoot-out between Manchester United and Inter Milan for the services of Ganso. The 22-year-old striker has been given the green light to leave Santos at the end of the season after an interview given by club president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro to Brazil broadcaster Radio Globo: "If he wants to leave and a bid meets our valuation, he can leave."
It's believed that Santos want in the region of £30m for Ganso though it's hoped a bidding war might break out between United and Inter, with Barcelona also said to be monitoring his progress.
Finally, United are also rumoured to be keen on teenage right back Diacko Fofana. The Daily Mail claims that the Nice youngster has caught the eye of Alex Ferguson and a £5m offer will be made for the 19-year-old in the summer. With Rio Ferdinand's career on the slide, and question marks about the future of Nemanja Vidic, Fofana is seen as the future by Fergie.