Man Utd Moura hunt takes a twist as does Arsenal RVP saga
Brazilian star may push for move after upping stake in himself, match-fixing looms over Juve
MANCHESTER UNITED'S pursuit of Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura could be about to take an interesting turn, after the young player acquired an extra ten per cent stake... in himself. The teenager's contract with current club Sao Paolo changed on August 1 reports Sky Sports and that means the percentage of his economic rights that the player owns has risen from 20 per cent to 30 per cent.
The website Here Is The City ruminates on what exactly this means for the chances of a move to Old Trafford. It notes that as Moura will now pocket almost a third of his transfer fee, he is likely to push for a move. If United could agree a price of £30m, for example, he would get £9m and be set for life even before he arrived at Old Trafford.
On the other hand, United have been unwilling to spend more than £27m, a sum that Sao Paolo were not prepared to accept. And if the Brazilians weren't happy with that amount before Moura's contract changed, they are unlikely to agree to that fee now that they are getting an even smaller slice.
Still at Old Trafford, and as Fergie and co try to get their heads round the Moura situation they risk losing winger Nani. Apparently the Portuguese could be tempted to team up with his compatriots Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu.
TalkSport, which cites a source in Russia, says the Spanish champions are lining up an offer of almost £20m for the player, who has two years left on his contract and has yet to agree to extend his stay at United, despite offers from the club.
Talking of strange turns, the Daily Mirror says there has been one in the saga of Robin van Persie, who is apparently a Juventus player in all but name, with the deal done ages ago. According to Fabio Parisi, a Milan-based agent who has Nigeria defender Tayo Taiwo among his clients, Arsenal and the Italian club have wrapped up the deal.
"Juventus have had a signed contract with Van Persie for some time locked away in a notary's desk," he explained on Italian television, adding: "Juventus want to win and he is considered the ideal addition to achieve that. I don't think Edin Dzeko is the right player for [them]."
However the Mirror points out that the deal could be scuppered by the news that Juventus coach Antonio Conte will "reportedly have to stand trial" on charges of match-fixing after the Italian Football Federation rejected a plea bargain deal. The allegations concern Conte's spell in charge of Siena when he managed them in the 2010-11 Serie B season.
Elsewhere and Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro has told Brazilian rag Globo Esporte that the club is prepared to offload Ganso – if a club is happy to meet his buy-out clause of £40 million. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has apparently had a tiff with his club and wants out.
In recent days Santos's fierce rivals Internacional have been linked with a move for the Brazilian international but Sky Sports claims that Arsenal are also in the mix. "Bring the offers, but we won't accept anything less than his buy-out fee," Ribeiro is quoted as saying. Ganso is currently in the UK with Brazil's Olympic squad and it's believed Arsenal are monitoring his performances.
In other news Talksport says that Newcastle full-back Davide Santon is on Lazio's radar and the Serie A club could come up with an offer within the next week. The 21-year-old Italian broke into big time football with Inter Milan in 2008-09, but was surprisingly flogged to Newcastle last summer in a £5m deal. But Talksport says that new Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic has Santon high up on his summer shopping list although the Magpies will want a hefty fee for a player they rate highly.
Goal.com claim that Spurs are refusing to play swapsies with Real Madrid much to the fury of coach Jose Mourinho. The Spanish giants apparently offered the Lilywhites Nuri Sahin (purportedly a target of Arsenal's) and Ricardo Carvalho in return for Tottenham's disgruntled Croatian playmaker Luka Modric. But goal.com says Spurs cocked a snook at the swap and are insisting Real can have the 26-year-old Modric only if they meet their £40m asking price.
And it appears goal.com have a mole at the Lane because they also claim a scoop with the news that Emmanuel Adebayor "has threatened to pull the plug on his move to Tottenham" unless he is given the £4m transfer fee that has been agreed with Manchester City. The two clubs have been negotiating over the Togo striker for weeks and it appeared an agreement had been reached in the last few days when it emerged that City would subsidise his £170,000-a-week pay packet on top of handing over a £4m signing-on fee to Spurs.
But goal.com alleges that Adebayor "wants to be directly handed the entire £4m fee and effectively leave the club on a free transfer". The website says an insider has told them that if City don't comply he will scupper the deal and remain at City until his contract expires in two years.