Cazorla set for Arsenal medical, agent makes Van Persie claim
Agent claims RVP has deal in place with Juve, United and Arsenal chase Wanyama
THINGS finally appear to be moving on an Arsenal front this summer, but only if you are prepared to believe the claims of Italian football agents that is. But Fifa accredited agent Fabio Parisi certainly got tongues wagging today when he announced that Robin van Persie was on his way to Juventus.
While the rest of us have been trying to figure out whether Manchester City, Manchester United or Juventus will get to sign the player it seems that wise old Parisi has known all along. According to Metro told Italian TV: "I think Juventus have had a signed contract with Van Persie for some time locked away in a notary's desk."
However, it should be pointed out that Parisi does not represent Van Persie and he later added: "It is just my opinion, but I think there's an eight out of ten chance the Dutchman will join the Bianconeri," a comment that suggests that he actually knows as much as the rest of us about where RVP will end up.
Talksport for one does not believe Parisi's version of events and claims that Juventus will have to make to with Edin Dzeko when Manchester City start to offload their surplus strikers after buying the Arsenal man.
But if there is one media outlet that you can depend on for up to the minute gossip it is Sky Sports and they are reporting that Spain star Santi Cazorla will be arriving in England in the next few days for a medical with the Gunners. Their source would appear to be the player's representatives who say that the player is happy with the deal on the table from Arsenal.
Malaga have serious money issues and with debts that need to be settled quickly they need to sell players, which will only hasten the departure of Cazorla for £17.3m.
Scouts from both Manchester United and Arsenal will be at Celtic Park this evening to run the rule over Victor Wanyama. The Daily Mail says that a big performance from the 21-year-old midfielder in Celtic's Champions League qualifier against HJK Helsinki could seal a deal south for Wanyama.
Apparently Arsenal and United have already watched the Kenyan ace in action in pre-season friendlies, and both have liked what they've seen. The strapping six-footer can also play centre-back and the Mail says Celtic have slapped a £7m price tag on Wanyama despite the fact they bought him from Belgian club Beerschot a year ago for just £900,000.
Meanwhile the Metro says that City are pondering whether to make a third offer for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. Apparently the Sky Blues have already made two offers this summer "worth £13 million and £16 million respectively" but Liverpool continue to refuse all entreaties to sell the 27-year-old Dane.
The Metro says Agger is keen to move to the Etihad Stadium and it now depends on whether City boss Roberto Mancini is ready to make a third and improved offer for the centre-back. Barcelona and AC Milan have also been sniffing around Agger and the Metro reports it will take £20m before Liverpool are ready to do business.
German rag Bild reports that Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne is angling for a loan move to Werder Bremen. The 21-year-old midfielder signed for Chelsea in January but has yet to break into the first team squad and now believes his interests would be best served by a short-term move to the Bundesliga. "[Roberto] Di Matteo understands my situation," De Bruyne said of the Chelsea manager. "I want to leave Chelsea and Werder is a good team."
The BBC reports that Steven Pienaar has rejoined Everton 18 months after leaving Goodison Park for an ill-fated sojourn at White Hart Lane. The 30-year-old soon realised his mistake in quitting the Toffees and secured a loan deal last season but now the South African midfielder has made it permanent.
Apparently it cost Everton £4.5m to resign Pienaar despite the fact they sold him to Spurs for £3m. "It took a few weeks to sort out but I am delighted to be back and excited to play for Everton," Pienaar is quoted as saying.