Man City 'furious' as Juve lead chase for Arsenal's Van Persie

Robin Van Persie

RVP saga rumbles on, no place for M’Vila at Arsenal, as Gunners and Spurs row over Lloris

BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 07:04 ON Tue 24 Jul 2012

ROBERTO MANCINI is said to be "furious" that Manchester City have fallen behind in the race to sign Arsenal's Robin van Persie. According to The Sun, the Italian wanted a deal to be done before the Sky Blues' summer tour to the Far East, only to be told by football administration officer Brian Marwood that the club must first balance the books by offloading one of Edin Dzeko, Emmanuel Adebayor or Carlos Tevez.

That hasn't happened and as a result City are losing ground to Juventus, who apparently are "ready to rival City with wages of £200,000 a week".

City are said to have offered Arsenal £15m for Van Persie, still £5m off the Gunners' minimum price, but more than the £13m bid from Manchester United. However it's believed Juventus are about to make a big money offer which, says the Sun, should prompt City into making a further offer as the bidding war hots up.

Yann M'Vila will not be joining Arsenal - that's the message from Arsene Wenger in conversation with the Gunners' website. The Nutty Professor is currently in the Far East with his squad and was asked if he was still on the trail of M'Vila. "No," replied Wenger, instantly quashing speculation that Arsenal were about to snap up the 21-year-old Rennes midfielder.

Pressed on why he wasn't interested in M'Vila, Wenger insisted there was no point because "in defensive midfielders and box-to-box players we are not short". He then listed those players, name-checking Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby.

Diaby played just twice for the Gunners last season due to injury problems but Wenger said he's now back to full fitness. "You can't imagine how happy I am firstly to have him in the squad because he is an exceptional player," said Wenger.

Meanwhile Talksport reports that Arsenal have had a setback in their bid to jettison misfiring Moroccan marksman Maroune Chamakh. Turkish club Besiktas were apparently on the verge of making a £4m move for the former Bordeaux striker last week.

But now Talksport claims Besiktas have instead signed Sevilla defender Julien Escude from Sevilla and manager Samet Aybaba has ruled out a move for Chamakh, saying: "We needed a defender like Escude and I think our defence will be stronger with him. We're not attempting to sign Marouane Chamakh."

Goal has even worse news for Arsenal fans. Chamakh can't wait for Van Persie to leave the Emirates so he can step in and fill the void left by the Arsenal skipper's departure. He told reporters on Arsenal's pre-season tour of the Far East: "I am determined to stay."

Still with Arsenal and the Metro reports that Malaga have told the Gunners they won't be getting their hands on Santi Cazorla any time soon. Arsenal were linked with the 27-year-old midfielder last week after it was revealed the Spanish side were in a spot of financial strife with the tax man on their tail. But their Qatari owners have ruled out doing a deal over Carloza. "We are not a selling club," said Sheikh Abdullah Ghubn.

Meanwhile the tussle between Arsenal and Spurs over French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has taken a bitter twist after it was claimed that Arsenal only expressed an interest in signing the player to try and bump up the price so that Tottenham could not afford him.

French weekly sports newspaper Le 10 Sport claims Spurs believe Arsene Wenger and Lyon manager Remi Garde agreed to say that Arsenal were interested in the keeper so the French club could ask for more money. The 'bidding war' led to Lloris's price rising to £16m, which is £3m more than Spurs were prepared to pay.

In other news, Wagner Ribeiro, the agent of 19-year-old Lucas Moura, has hit out at reports that his client was about to up sticks and move to Manchester United. As we reported yesterday, some of the more excitable papers claimed at the weekend that United were poised to table a bid for the Sao Paulo winger.

Not so, said Ribeiro when asked by FCinternews.it. "I can 100 per cent guarantee that Lucas is not Manchester United's and that he has not been sold." He then added: "These are all rumours from the English newspapers; a London newspaper invented this new one, which is a common thing in England." Surely not. · 

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lol how would u know the wage they are offering? they haven't even had a fee accepted. what total bullshit.

"Meanwhile the tussle between Arsenal and Spurs over French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
has taken a bitter twist after it was claimed that Arsenal only
expressed an interest in signing the player to try and bump up the price
so that Tottenham could not afford him."
Absoulte class wenger :D
tho i belive lloris should be worth £20m minimum as you wouldnt see neur involved in a £16m deal & lloris is at teh same level as him & its not like he's very old either.

No way Lloris is the same level as Neuer. Don't get me wrong, both are on equal terms when it comes to goalkeeping technique. But when it comes to stamping one's authority in the penalty area and creating confidence in one's defenders, Neuer is miles ahead. He covers all his penalty area and goes very far to collect balls and crosses while Lloris stays rooted to his line.

If you believe that pile of rubbish you are crazy and would think the moon is made of cream cheese if it was reported here. But to be honest as an Arsenal fan i just cannot wait till we get shot of Van Persie, he is a judas just like Nasri and must never be allowed to kick a football in the arsenal first team ever again, it's players like him and a good many others who bring the whole professional game into dirrepute. As for the bosman ruling there should be a petition for repeal or change in rule because it impedes on smaller clubs power, the bigger picture was never looked at from all angles.
We have a ton of dead-wood at the club and it needs cutting away, that also includes Wenger himself who is guilty of gross negligence in his entrusted position as manager of Arsenal FC, Go Wenger!.. go now! and take all your third rate bargain basement players with you. You have proven your golden touch went years ago and you will continue to waste money of crap players just to staify the clubs uriah heep mentality.
This club is being held back by venture capitalists on the board and lack of ambition and vision, the manager has become a dinosaur and the cigar chomping waxworks up in the boardroom are happy to embrace mediocrity while stringing along the supporters and laughing in private at the cost of a season ticket, i would not be suprised if the word "Suckers" wasn't uttered in facitious ways.

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