Arsenal may sell Van Persie for £12m, Wenger begs him to stay
Arsenal boss wants one-to-one chat with striker, have Gunners given up on M'Vila?
ROBIN VAN PERSIE could end up leaving Arsenal for as little as £12m if crunch talks with Arsene Wenger break down this week it has been claimed. But the Gunners boss has reiterated his desire to keep hold of the Dutch striker, announcing on his French Eurosport blog that he wanted to keep him "at all costs". Arsenal, said Wenger, "depend" on Van Persie up front and he wants the Dutchman to end his career at the Emirates.
Van Persie is still on holiday after Holland's limp exit from Euro 2012 but the Gunners boss hopes to hold one-to-one talks with the striker without the influence of advisers and agents, reports the Daily Mail. It says that Van Persie is stalling on new three-year deal worth £130,000-per-week - which includes a £5million bonus.
The paper also mentions reports that Juventus made the first move to try and lure the player to Italy, by tabling a derisory offer of £8m for the player. It was apparently laughed off by the Gunners, but the Metro today claimed in its print edition that Arsenal would be prepared to sell the striker if there was no way of persuading him to sign a new contract. It even suggested that an improved offer of £12m could prise last season's Premier League top scorer away from north London.
The online edition of the Metro did not carry that story, but it did report that Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has denied that the club have received any offers for Van Persie. "As far as I am aware nobody has made any offer for him and he is away so we are not in any dialogue at all. We're not in the remotest bit interested in selling him," he said.
The same paper has also claimed that Arsenal have yet to make a concrete offer for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, amid reports that the Gunners have lost interest in the French international.
There is one glimmer of good news for Arsenal, Manchester City's interest in Robin van Persie is said to be on the wane, and Talksport claims that the Premier League champions could instead be lining up a bid for Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan hotshot has netted 64 times for Napoli in the past two years and that's attracted the interest of Sky Blues boss Roberto Mancini.
Only last week Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said the South American striker was "not transferable". That has apparently prompted a cry from Cavani's heart. Asked by Uruguayan news website Subrayado about the possibility of moving to City, the 25-year-old Cavani said: "My job is to play and I do not think about certain things. In my opinion, however, if an offer arrives the president - De Laurentiis - will sit down to talk with whomever I want."
In other news Manchester United have announced that Brazilian full-back Rafael has signed a new four-year contract with the club. The deal, which will keep the 21-year-old at Old Trafford until 2016, ends speculation that Rafael might try his luck in the Spanish league. "I am so happy to sign a new contract," he told the club's official website. "I love playing for Manchester United, there is a great team spirit here and a real desire to win."
Aston Villa have used their website to announce the capture of Karim El Ahmadi from Dutch club Feyenoord. The 27-year-old Moroccan international has signed a three-year deal and declared himself delighted to be new manager Paul Lambert's first signing at Villa.
"I'm very excited about coming here to a massive club," said the midfielder. "This club should be competing in the top half of the table and I am looking forward to achieving that with the team."
The Metro says that Wigan have told Chelsea they're having a laugh if they think they'll land Victor Moses for £4m. The Nigerian winger has been eyed up by several big clubs in recent weeks but apparently the Blues were first to make an offer – and a derisory one at that.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is aware the 21-year-old Moses is angling for a way out of the DW Stadium but says he'll only sell if Chelsea stop taking the proverbial and make a serious offer. "Providing Wigan can agree a fee with Chelsea, I will do all I can to make the move happen for Victor," said Whelan, who's believed to value Moses at £12m.
Elsewhere, the Mirror claims that Juventus "are ready to test Liverpool's resolve over Luis Suarez". The red top says the Serie A champions are cautiously optimistic they can prise the Uruguayan striker from Anfield even though news Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to hold on to the 25-year-old frontman.
Apparently Juventus defender Martin Caceres, who plays alongside Suarez for Uruguay, has told his club that his compatriot has been "quizzing" him about life in Turin. If Juventus are poised to make a play for Suarez, however, they'll have to do better than the alleged £8m they offered Arsenal recently for Robin van Persie.