Arsenal 'in talks' to sign Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila
Good news for Gunners: M'Vila expected to sign this summer, Barca don't want Van Persie
RENNES midfielder Yann M'Vila (pictured) has taken a step nearer towards becoming a Gunner with the news that Arsenal are in "advanced negotiations" with the French club. According to France Football, the two parties are in the throes of thrashing out a deal that would see M'Vila arrive at the Emirates in the summer.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been tailing the 21-year-old Frenchman for months and sees him as the much-needed replacement for Cesc Fabregas, whose presence in the Gunners midfield has been sorely missed this season. Apparently interest from Inter Milan and Bayern Munich has prompted Wenger into contacting Rennes to seal the deal.
And the Gunners have been given another boost by the announcement from Champions League flops Barcelona that they are not, after all, interested in Robin Van Persie. The Dutch striker was spotted at the Barcelona team hotel last week prompting a wave of speculation about his future.
"[We have] no intention of signing him for now," said Barca spokesman Toni Freixa, according to The Sport Review. "He came to our hotel in London because he is Dutch and so is Ibrahim Afellay. They had a coffee together. He didn't come to see us and there was no conversation."
However, it's not all good news and Arsenal fans are bracing themselves for the return of bungling Brazilian Denilson after the 24-year-old failed to make his loan deal with Sao Paolo permanent.
The mistake-prone midfielder left the Emirates last summer for Brazil, to the collective relief of Gooners, but according to The Sun "Arsenal want [him] back in time for pre-season training in July". The paper then quotes Denilson as saying: "I would stay another six months, but the decision was not mine. I have a contract with Arsenal and I have to stick to it."
Leaving Chelsea must be the last thing on Salomon Kalou's mind after last night's epic triumph over Barcelona saw the Blues reach the Champions League. And yet, with the 26-year-old's contract due to expire at the end of the season, potential suitors are starting to line up according to the Daily Mail.
Turkish giants Besiktas are keen to challenge Tottenham for the Ivorian striker, who has enjoyed somewhat of resurgence in form under interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo. They’re said to be lining up a "lucrative package" to convince Kalou to turn down the advances of the Lilywhites. But with Tottenham in freefall at the moment and Harry Redknapp seemingly off to England, Besiktas won't need to do much to make a move to White Hart Lance look unappealing.
Liverpool frontman Dirk Kuyt is apparently gagging to get back to Feyenoord. At least that's what Chelsea midfielder Salomon Kalou has told Dutch TV show Nieuwsuur. Quite what it's got to with the busybody Blue is anybody's guess but Kalou was adamant that Kuyt wants out of Anfield.
"Dirk said to me that I also must come, that we both have to return to Feyenoord," said the impertinent Ivorian, who had a spell at Feyenoord before joining Chelsea in 2006. "Dirk told me he want to return now… but I want to stay another few years [at Stamford Bridge]."
Whether Kuyt will welcome Kalou's comments remains to be seen, although in recent weeks rumours have emerged from Merseyside suggesting the Dutchman believes it's time to move on after six years with the Reds.
Newcastle's stunning end to the season is beginning to be noticed across Europe and, according to Goal.com, PSV defender Erik Pieters is mulling a move to the Magpies. With the north-east club in with a real shout of qualifying for the Champions League next season, Pieters's agent, Piet van der Pol, has declared his client is keen to taste life on the Tyne.
"Newcastle United is a fantastic club and I know that Erik follows them because of his friendship with Tim Krul," said Van der Pol, adding. "If they come in for Erik of course he will be interested in talking to them."
Dutch international Pieters, is currently battling to recover from a foot injury in time for the 2012 Euros, but when fit he's rated one of the best left-backs in the world.
Finally, Tottenham's Champions League aspirations may have gone the way of Jeremy Hunt's reputation but that hasn't stopped the Lilywhites making a play for Portuguese wonderkid Sergio Ribeiro. The 16-year-old midfielder, currently on Porto's books, has been linked to Monaco earlier this month but, according to Portuguese rag A Bola, Tottenham are monitoring Ribeiro with a view to a summer purchase. ·