Arsenal go cold on Yann M'Vila as Emirates exodus begins
Arshavin, Bendtner, Chamakh, Denilson and Djourou among those heading for the exit
THE alleged bad behaviour of Yann M'Vila during the European Championships is likely to scupper the Frenchman's hopes of a lucrative move to Arsenal.
According to the Metro, the Rennes midfielder was one of a number of players involved "in a spat with France coach Laurent Blanc". Also fingered are Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Samir Nasri but it's the reported misdemeanours of M'Vila that could have the gravest repercussions.
The 21-year-old playmaker has had a string of run-ins with the police in recent seasons and the Metro says that M'Vila's shenanigans in Euro 2012 have alarmed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who was out in the Ukraine covering the competition for French television. The Gunners are now "mulling over whether to pull the plug" on M'Vila despite the fact they've been tracking him for several months.
M'Vila is not the only player whose Arsenal dream is coming to an end. Now that Wenger has got Olivier Giroud on board he is planning a wholesale clean-out at the Emirates according to the Daily Mail.
Those heading for the exit door include flops Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-young and Johan Djourou, says the paper. And if Denilson, Carlos Vela and Sebastan Squillaci think they are staying on just because their transfers have brooken down they are sadly mistaken. Deals with Sao Paulo, Real Sociedad and Bastia all collapsed last week, but Arsenal are hoping to resurrect them.
The Daily Express has an interesting take on the arrival of Giroud. Despite Wenger's asserion that he wanted to play a front three of Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Robin van Persie the paper predicts that the French striker's arrival will pave the way for Van Persie's exit.
In other news Talksport reports that Tottenham are on the verge of losing out in their bid to sign former Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra. Currently struggling to make an impression at Real Madrid, Diarra is attracted by the idea of moving to Spartak Moscow.
The Russian outfit have apparently offered Madrid £8m for the 27-year-old Diarra, who's also had spells at Arsenal and Portsmouth during a colourful career. Tottenham were said to be eyeing up the pocket-sized playmaker but Talksport quotes Diarra's agent - Claudio Vigorelli – as saying: "Lass has a year left on his contract at Real Madrid and now has an important offer on the table from Spartak Moscow."
But Spurs could get their hands on another Real midfielder as Turkish international Nuri Sahin could be heading for Spurs as part of the deal that takes Luka Modric to Spain. The Tottenham midfielder is said to be close to leaving White Hart Lane and although Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic urged him to join Chelsea this week it looks increasingly likely that the Croatian will join Jose Mourinho in Madrid.
Spurs value the player at £40m but are unlikely to get that much out of the Spaniards, however Madrid could sweeten the deal by offering the Londoners 23-year-old Turkish midfielder Sahin in part exchange, says the Daily Mail. Selling Modric would also leave the new manager at White Hart Lane, expected to be Andre Villas-Boas, with funds to spend on other players before the start of the season.
German-born Sahin has 31 caps for Turkey. He only arrived at Real last year and is happy in Spain, but has little chance of nailing down a first team spot under Mourinho, says the paper. It also suggests that the Spanish champions could throw veteran defender Ricardo Carvalho into the mix.
Still with Spurs and Sky Sports says that the Lilywhites are "confident of signing" Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder enjoyed a loan spell at Swansea last season and rumours emerged earlier in the month linking the 22-year-old with Liverpool, where former Swans' boss Brendan Rodgers has recently taken up residence.
But German club Hoffenheim, to whom Sigurdsson is still contracted, have apparently been contacted by Spurs with the north London club willing to offer them £8m. That's exactly the sum Spartak Moscow are proposing to give Real Madrid for Diarra. Spooky…
Surely £8m won't be what UAE-based outfit Al Shabab will offer Michael Owen to sign for them. The former Newcastle, Real Madrid and Liverpool striker was released by Manchester United this summer and goal.com claim that Al Shabab are in talks with Owen's people and that a deal is on the cards.
The Middle East outfit still believe the 32-year-old ex-England frontman has something to offer, announcing on Twitter: "Michael Owen has been identified as a candidate to play for Shabab next season and we are in negotiations with his management team. The player's agent is in Dubai to close the deal."
Finally the Daily Mail says that Manchester United are more determined than ever to land Porto winger James Rodriguez. The 20-year-old has won the respect of United manager Alex Ferguson but it seems the Red Devils' initial offer of £30m was turned down by Porto last week, who are adamant they won't sell Rodriguez for less than £40m.
The Mail claims Ferguson believes the Colombian winger is the man to replace Nani at Old Trafford after the Portuguese winger fell out of favour last season but it remains to be seen whether United can afford the asking price.