Barcelona close in on Arsenal's Song, Man Utd bag Henriquez
Wenger agrees to let Cameroon star go – but can he beat Spurs to sign Yann M'Vila as a replacement?
THE vice-president of Barcelona was in London on Tuesday to wrap up a £15m deal for Arsenal midfielder Alex Song. According to The Independent, Josep Maria Bartomeu flew to the capital to discuss the details before returning to Spain in the evening. Things apparently went well and Barcelona are "confident that Song will sign" for them by the end of the week.
The Independent adds that while Song still has two years left on his Arsenal contract, manager Arsene Wenger has agreed to let the Cameroon star go for £15m with Rennes playmaker Yann M'Vila "lined up as a replacement".
Tottenham might have something to say about that: accoprding to The Daily Telegraph, latest reports from France say the Lilywhites have put in an £11.8m bid for M'Vila who is desperately needed by Andre Villas-Boas to strengthen the Spurs midfield.
Amazingly, there appears to little news about Robin van Persie's much-anticipated move to Manchester United today, apart from speculation about whether the fee will be £22m or £25m. Transfer Talk is confident that the rumour mill will be back in full swing again very soon.
In the absence of anything concete on the RVP saga, Arsenal and United fans will have to make do with other stories involving strikers.
According to the Lancashire Telegraph, United aren't the only outfit from the North West sniffing around the Emirates. The paper has claimed that newly-relegated Blackburn Rovers are after a man who can fire them back into the big league, and for some reason think that Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh could be that man. Apparently they are keen on taking the Moroccan on a six-month loan.
Manchester United are eager to make sure everyone sees them as a buying club and will sign Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez. ESPN reports that the Universidad de Chile striker has completed a medical at Old Trafford and is now set to complete a £3.5 million deal. Even better news for United fans is that they have pinched the 18-year-old from under the noses of Manchester City.
From the young to the old and the London Evening Standard casts doubt on 34-year-old Frank Lampard's future at Chelsea. He is about to enter the final year of his contract but has still not had any talks about an extension. "I feel I can play at the top level for a good few more years, but it's whether the club feels the same," he said. "I'd love to carry on... They used to sit down with me three years before the end of my contract. Now I'm waiting."
Currently with Porto, the Brazilian striker they call Hulk has been linked with numerous clubs for more than a year but according to Talksport he seems finally ready to quit Portugal. "It is the right time for me to leave," he's quoted as saying. Asked where he would wind up, he replied: "I'd rather play in England or Spain, because they are the most watched championships in the world."
The news will come as a blow to Paris Saint-Germain and Russian club Anzhi, two of the outfits rumoured to be chasing the 26-year-old, but will put a spring in the step of both Manchester City and Chelsea. Talksport claims that Chelsea still see Hulk as the man to replace Didier Drogba, who left the Bridge in the summer to take up a new challenge in the Chinese Super League.
After all the hype, can Hulk lives up to his billing? He has been touted as one of the world's great goalscorers and comes with an £80m buy-out clause. Yet he was unable to help Brazil beat Mexico in the Olympic football final at the weekend.
The Metro reports that Nuri Sahin of Real Madrid and Cristian Tello of Barcelona are the target of a double bid by Liverpool. Apparently the Reds have sent managing director Ian Ayre to Spain to "tie up deals". Both players were linked to Arsenal last week but it appears Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is determined to pip the Gunners to the post.
Tello comes with a £5m price tag and the Metro says the 21-year-old winger has been told he's free to leave Barcelona. Turkish midfielder Sahin could be snapped up by Liverpool on a loan deal. Sahin is alleged to prefer Arsenal but Real want a speedy resolution to the matter and could well accept Liverpool's offer.
Still with Madrid and the London Evening Standard claims that the Spanish giants are "interested" in signing Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele. The 25-year-old, who arrived at the Cottage in 2010, tells the paper: "There have been contacts between my agent and Real Madrid."
The Belgian international refused to elaborate on the extent of the contact, saying only: "Everything is calm, but I cannot say where I will be playing."
Finally, Royston Drenthe is apparently being chased by both West Ham United and Manchester City. The 25-year-old Dutchman spent last season on loan at Everton from Real Madrid and could be set for another stint in the Premier League. Goal.com says the winger is out of contract with Real and that's attracted the attention of both the Sky Blues and the Hammers.
"We didn't expect this either, but they asked me about his numbers, how much he would cost salary-wise," explained agent Serkan Kulup, adding that some Turkish clubs and Dinamo Kiev had also made enquiries. Pressed on where Drenthe would like to end up, Kulup said: "He prefers playing for a club in the Champions League, so City, Kiev and the Turkish big clubs have his favour at this moment."