Arsenal welcome teen M'Baye Niang, Chamakh joins exodus
Meanwhile, is Arsene Wenger looking at Wigan's Moses to replace Theo Walcott on the wing?
IT'S BEEN a turbulent few days at Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger, as ever, is planning for the future. And despite his recent experiences with both Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott he shows no signs of abandoning his policy of bringing in young players.
Indeed, the Arsenal boss has welcomed Caen's teenage starlet M'Baye Niang to the Emirates for a trial this week. The 17-year-old has also attracted the attention of Newcastle and Stoke and is being tipped for great things after scoring twice in 14 starts for Caen. However, his manager at the French Ligue 1 club is not convinced that he should be thinking of a move to England.
Patrice Garande told Sky Sports: "What I say in relation to him is simple, he has talent - yes, does he have the potential to make a career - yes. But is he doing the right thing for this at the moment - no."
Another young player who could be turning out for the Gunners in the near future is Victor Moses, who, according to the Daily Mail, is being lined up as a replacement for Theo Walcott after talks on a contract extension stalled.
Wenger is prepared to sell the winger and is reported to have his eye on Wigan's Nigerian playmaker Moses as a replacement. The 21-year-old has been linked with both Chelsea and Liverpool in recent weeks and has made it clear to Wigan that he does not want to stay at DW Stadium next season, says Metro. The Gunners will have to dig deep if they want to bring Moses to London: all this interest has ramped up his fee up to £15 million.
The Robin van Persie saga continues apace with the player now back in London from his Caribbean holiday, and ready for talks with Wenger about his future at the Emirates, also according to Metro. Which direction those talks will take is anybody's guess, with even Van Persie's close team-mates in the dark about the striker's plans.
Gunner Aaron Ramsey admitted yesterday that the Arsenal players were clueless about RVP's future. "I don't know and we as players don't know what is happening so we will just have to wait to see what happens," Ramsey said, adding that with the addition of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, Arsenal would challenge for the title with or without the Dutchman.
AC Milan have entered the race to sign RVP should the talks to convince him to stay at Arsenal fail, The Times says. The Italians join Juventus, Manchester City and Manchester United in the battle for the striker, who has said he does not want to join the Gunners on their short three-match tour of the Far East, which starts on 27 July in Beijing against Manchester City.
One striker who looks to be on his way out of the Emirates along with Walcott and Van Persie is Marouane Chamakh, which should raise a smile in some quarters.
The Moroccan forward has interested Italian side Fiorentina and Arsenal are expected to cash in on a player who cost them nothing, according to The Independent.
AC Milan's move for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has taken a new turn, reports the Daily Mail. With a £35 million price tag the Italian giants are now suggesting that the deal could be a possible loan, with the move becoming permanent once the club frees up more money by selling Brazilian star Robinho.
It looks as though Chelsea's hunt for a new winger is set to drag on: the London club have had their £16 million bid for Andre Schurrle rejected by Bayern Leverkusen, says The Guardian. The 21-year-old has developed into one of Germany's best players since joining Leverkusen from Mainz last year, and the club doesn't want to let him go.
"We were presented with a very concrete offer from Chelsea for Andre of beyond the €20m mark," Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser said following the Chelsea bid. "The sum was pushed back and forth between the two clubs. We ultimately chose [to keep] Andre."
Chelsea's out-of-favour forward Daniel Sturridge could be reunited with former boss Andre Villas-Boas, says Footy Latest. Spurs are set to table a £5 million bid for the 22-year-old – a bargain price for the striker, who had his playing time seriously cut back by Roberto di Matteo in the second half of last season after being a regular under AVB. Expect Chelsea to try to push that bid up into double digits.