Arsenal snubbed by Gustavo and warned off Dzeko
Arsenal miss out yet again as midfielder joins Wolfsburg, and Swansea deny Williams bid
YET AGAIN Arsenal have let another transfer target slip through their fingers after Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo elected not to join a sinking ship and instead signed for Wolfsburg.
The Daily Mirror describes the news as "another blow" for the Gunners, who have yet to sign anyone other than unproven 20-year-old striker Yaya Sanogo this summer.
The 26-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder was concerned that he would not get any game time for the European champions after new boss Pep Guardiola brought in Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze this summer. But Wenger must be fairly concerned that the Brazilian international thought that Wolfsburg, who won the German title in 2009 but finished 11th last season, would be a better bet that Arsenal.
As desperation begins to take hold at the Emirates, Arsenal have been warned off making a bid for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. An increasingly worried Wenger has apparently identified the 27-year-old Bosnian as a decent alternative to Luis Suarez. However, the Daily Mail says new City boss Manuel Pellegrini has no intention of parting with Dzeko, after being impressed by the 27-year-old since his arrival at the Etihad.
And if that isn't bad enough for depressed Gunners, then how about the news that Arsenal never even made contact with Swansea this summer over a proposed move for defender Ashley Williams?
That's according to Swans' chairman Huw Jenkins, who told ESPN: "We have had no phone calls about any of our players." So that must mean that the Gunners have yet to inquire about Michu.
There's an eerie similarity with the pursuit of Gonazalo Higuain, who apparently agreed personal terms with the Gunners and was expected to sign until it was revealed that Arsenal had omitted to contact Real Madrid to ask if they could buy him. Higuain later joined Napoli.
One man who does know how to wrap up a transfer is Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and he has rubbished reports that he has called off his pursuit of Wayne Rooney.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea's first game of the season against Hull the Special One insisted that there was still "one player" that he was still keen on.
"We always say we are happy with our squad, but we lie, because we always want to improve. I like the squad. I'm not lying when I say that," said Mourinho according to the Daily Mail. "But we are trying to get one player and we will see what happens."
Although everyone knows Mourinho was talking about Rooney, the Daily Star believes he may also have another player on his radar - Samuel Eto'o.
The paper claims that Blues boss is ready to push through a deal for Eto'o despite the fact Rooney is his preferred striking option. But his patience is running thin with United and Mourinho wants the matter resolved within the next week.
The Cameroon ace, who joined Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachakla last year from Inter Milan, is reportedly keen to be reunited with his old boss (Mourinho was in charge of Inter from 2008 to 2010) and is even "willing to take a pay cut". Not that the 32-year-old veteran is facing financial ruin by making such a magnanimous gesture: he's been raking in £14m a year after tax during his time with Anzhi.
Nicklas Bendtner is in talks with Turkish side Trabzonspor about a permanent switch from Arsenal, says the Metro. The disastrous Dane, loaned out to Juventus last season, "has been told he has no future at the Emirates Stadium" by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. But despite the fact he's now surplus to requirements at the Emirates, Bendtner is still umming and aahing over the switch.
The Metro claims a three-year deal is on the table but the player and his agent/father Thomas Bendtner are undecided. That's because it's alleged the 25-year-old's £52,000-a-week wages are too much for Trabzonspor but Bendtner is insistent he's worth it. Arsenal apparently want at least £2 million in return for the Scandinavian skiver.
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is "on the verge" of joining Fulham on loan, according to the Evening Standard. Villa boss Paul Lambert revealed on Thursday that Bent was having a medical at Fulham and if all goes well he'll sign on for a season with Fulham. And if the 29-year-old cuts the mustard with the Cottagers then they'll have the option to buy him at the end of the season.
Crystal Palace had been favourites to sign Bent, who's fallen out of favour with Lambert, but that was before Fulham boss Martin Jol came up on the outside with an offer of his own.
Finally, Talksport says that Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Etienne Capoue from Toulouse. Once linked with Arsenal and Newcastle, the 25-year-old becomes Andre Villas-Boas's fourth signing of the summer and his experience as a defensive midfielder will prove crucial for the Lilywhites.
Capped seven times by France, Capoue could make his debut against Crystal Palace on Sunday. "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Toulouse for the transfer of Etienne Capoue," read a statement on Spurs' official website. ·