Van Persie told teen to quit Arsenal. Spurs to fund City deal
Adebayor move key to RVP switch, Wenger faces challenge from Barcelona for Etienne Capoue
IT'S ENOUGH to make an Arsenal fan weep, but it looks as though Robin van Persie's departure from the Emirates exit could be hastened by an Arsenal hate-figure and the chequebook of their biggest rivals. That's right: Manchester City are preparing to swoop for the Gunners' wantaway striker, and according to The Sun they intend to fund the move using the cash they get by selling former Arsenal man Emmanuel Adebayor to Tottenham.
The paper claims that the one thing preventing RVP from following in the footsteps of most of Arsenal's other stars and heading for Manchester has been his feud with Adebayor, which dates back to the long-forgotten days when the Dutchman had morals. Back in 2009, shortly after Adebayor quit London, Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas ended up at war with him during Arsenal's visit to the Etihad. Adebayor even stamped on Van Persie's face during the game and secured his status as a pariah in certain parts of north London.
Obviously things have changed since then, and now it seems Van Persie is prepared to head wherever the money is, while Adebayor is back in the capital on loan at Spurs. The Lilywhites are prepared to make the deal permanent and in doing so they will hand City £5m, which will go straight into the kitty for signing RVP.
City are also prepared to offer Arsenal their striker Edin Dzeko to sweeten the deal, although AC Milan's continued interest in Dzeko could scupper that.
And not content with walking out on Arsenal it appears that Van Persie has been sowing discontent in the ranks and encouraging others to leave. In an astonishing admission to Turkish newspaper, Habertürk, promising teenage midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup has revealed that it was RVP who told him to quit the Emirates.
The 19-year-old joined Besiktas last month, but only after taking advice from the Dutch striker. "Leaving Arsenal was one of the hardest things I've ever done, it was really upsetting... I consulted Van Persie and he agreed that it was in my best interests to make the move" he said.
Still at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger has a fight on his hands in the Gunners' bid to sign highly-rated Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, Talksport reports. The Arsenal manager has been looking at the £9.5 million-rated star as a back-up should the Yann M'Vila deal not come off, but Wenger could face stiff competition from Barcelona, who see Capoue as a replacement for Seydou Keita. Capoue would be a bargain for the Gunners: he comes £5 million cheaper than M'Vila.
Alex Ferguson is set to fend off competition from Inter Milan in the race to sign Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura by sending a delegation out to Brazil today to speak to the 19-year-old. United want to tie up their £30 million bid for the star before the Olympics, the Daily Mail says. Fergie has been prompted to swift action following newspaper reports that Moura's father had suggested a move to Spain or Italy was on the cards.
Chelsea have beaten Tottenham in the race to sign 20-year-old Brazilian wunderkind Oscar, the Daily Mail reports. Spurs boss Andrea Villas-Boas had put in an £11 million bid for the Internacional player last week, but Chelsea have jumped in with a huge £25 million offer that should see the playmaker help counter accusations of dull defensive play from Chelsea next season.
Andy Carroll's future at Anfield looks even shakier today after Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he is closing in on signing 21-year-old striker Fabio Borini from Roma, reports Goal. The Italian international has worked with Rodgers at Chelsea and Swansea, and a move to Merseyside would certainly add fuel to speculation that Carroll is on his way out.