Arsenal darling Frimpong off to Fulham, Yilmaz 'worth £35m'
Midfielder who's been with Gunners since he was nine likely to be offered a new start by Martin Jol
GHANA midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, currently on loan to Fulham, will be free to join the Cottagers permanently in the summer after being told by Arsene Wenger that he is no longer part of his plans for Arsenal.
The 21-year-old playmaker has been with the Gunners since he was nine years old, making a handful of first-team appearances and showing glimpses of promise. He has also become a firm favourite with the fans thanks to his larger-than-life personality and unabashed love for the Gunners.
But according to the Daily Mirror, Frimpong will be allowed to leave the Emirates on a free transfer at the end of the season as Wenger rebuilds his squad for the Europa League.
Frimpong has enjoyed a successful few weeks at Craven Cottage this year and the Mirror says Fulham are keen to offer him a full-time contract. "If there is an opportunity to take him, I would probably do it," Fulham boss Martin Jol told the paper.
Another player who might not be at Arsenal next season is Burak Yilmaz, after his current employers, Galatasaray, slapped a £35m price tag on the striker's head.
The Turkish international has emerged as a possible target for Arsene Wenger, who is said to be anxious to add to his strike-force this summer. The 27-year-old, who has seven goals in seven Champions League appearances this season, has also been linked with Manchester United.
However, Galatasaray president Unal Aysal has applied some typical football logic to the situation and made it clear the striker will not come cheap.
International Business Times reports that he told Turkish media: "Burak is a very valuable star for us. If, however, we are talking about Falcao being worth €55 million [£48m], then my player is €40m [£35m]."
Manchester United could be about to "revive" their interest in James Rodriguez after the Premier League leaders sent scouts to watch the Porto winger in action.
The 21-year-old, whose buyout clause is set at £38m, has been a long-term target of United's with manager Alex Ferguson allegedly seeing the youngster as the man to replace the inconsistent Nani.
The thought of Rodriguez galloping down the Old Trafford flanks has, according to Talksport, prompted Ferguson to instruct his scouts to compile a dossier on the Colombian hitman. Rodriguez joined Porto from Argentine side Banfield in 2010 and it's believed the Portuguese side would want at least £10m for the player.
If Luiz Suarez does decide to turn his back on Liverpool at the end of the season then the Metro reckons the Reds will plump for Inter Milan striker Antonio Cassano as his replacement.
Speculation is gathering pace that German giants Bayern Munich are on the verge of landing Suarez with new coach Pep Guardiola the key factor in the South American's likely decision to leave Liverpool.
Now the Metro claims Italy international Cassano is being targeted as Suarez's successor with Inter unlikely to stand in their way following a bust-up last month between the player and coach Andrea Stramaccioni. Though Liverpool remain reluctant to let Suarez leave, if Bayern offer more than the £22m the Merseysiders paid Ajax for him in January 2011, then a deal could be struck.
Finally, Caughtoffside.com say that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has "set his sights" on Real Madrid playmaker Kaka despite the fact the former world footballer of the year is now 30.
Apparently Abramovich – who might just as well take over coaching the Blues himself – believes the Brazilian still has some stardust in his boots. That doesn't seem to be the opinion of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who rarely gives Kaka a run at the Bernabeu.
Nevertheless the policy of Chelsea in recent months has been to rely more on experience than youth - hence the new deals for Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard.
According to Caughtoffside.com, Chelsea will "test the water" with an opening bid of £20m for the Real Madrid man with the Blues quietly confident that the presence of several other Brazilians in the Chelsea squad, including David Luiz and Ramires, will lure Kaka to the Bridge. ·