Arsenal line up Llorente loan deal, and is Pogba a possibility?
Long-term Gunners target is out of favour at Juve, but London move could get him back on track
A LOAN deal is being lined up by Arsenal for Fernando Llorente. According to the Daily Mirror, Gunners guv'nor Arsene Wenger is determined to sign a new striker in January and Llorente is his best option.
With French frontman Olivier Giroud the only recognised traditional striker at the club right now, the Mirror says Wenger is desperate for back up in the second gruelling half of the season. The best bet appears to be a short-term deal for the 28-year-old Llorente who has struggled for regular action since joining Juventus from Athletic Bilbao in the summer.
Carlos Tevez is the Italian club's preferred option, leaving Llorente worried he may not be able to do enough to warrant a place in Spain's World Cup squad. So he'd jump at the chance of a six month stint at the Emirates, as would Wenger who would look to sign the Spaniard permanently next summer if he proved himself.
Another striker who could soon be banging them in for the Gunners is Spanish wonderkid Antonio Sanabria, the 17-year-old Barcelona prodigy who is being courted by both Arsenal and Chelsea, according to well-placed sources in Italy, and website Fanatix.
The Italian connection comes via Serie A outfit Udinese, who have apparently dropped out of the race to sign the Paraguayan teenager, also known as Tonny.
Udinese, it seems, have been scared off by the buying power of the two London clubs and it is they who are now poised to take advantage of the fact that Sanabria, who came through Barcelona's youth system, has yet to agree a new deal with the Spanish giants.
Talking of Italian clubs and their spending power, it seems that Sports Direct wasn't the only media outlet to take note of Juventus president Andrea Agnelli's comments about Paul Pogba yesterday. Even The Guardian, a paper rarely taken to wild transfer speculation, picked up on his veiled suggestion that the former Manchester United trainee could one day be on his way to Arsenal.
Agnelli bemoaned the fact that the serious money was no longer in the Italian game, and claimed that most players now regarded Serie A as a place to gain experience before a move to a more profitable league. He mentioned Pogba as a case in point.
That in turn prompted the Guardian to remind its readers that Arsenal had tried to buy the 20-year-old French midfielder in the summer. Perhaps Arsene Wenger would have more luck if he put an improved offer in when the January window opens.
Elsewhere and the Daily Star reports that AC Milan have won the hand of Adil Rami. Earlier in the week reports emerged linking the 27-year-old Frenchman with Arsenal, Man City and Man Utd. But according to self-styled super agent Ernesto Bronzetti, Valencia have transferred Rami to the Italian club as a punishment for criticizing their summer transfer policy.
"I have just concluded the transfer, so it is complete," Bronzetti boasted to Radio Kiss Kiss. "The Frenchman was wanted by many clubs, including more abroad, but at the end of the day he chose [Milan]. Bronzetti added that Napoli boss Rafa Benitez had made a late play for Rami but he has decided to try his luck at the San Siro. The Star says Milan will have the option to make the loan move permanent next summer with a £6m fee included in the agreement with Valencia.
Sergio Aguero has warned Manchester City that he wants out of the Etihad. According to Metro the Argentine is making eyes at Independiente and confesses he nearly joined his hometown club in the summer. The 25-year-old, who started his career with Independiente, is considered a hero by the Argentine fans and they are never far from his thoughts.
"I love Independiente" said Aguero, adding that he nearly returned in July. "I definitely thought about it, but my agent told me City would have killed us if we had." Asked if was still pining for Argentina, he replied: "I'm definitely going to back Independiente... as I want to finish my career there."
Finally Tribalfootball reports that Galatasaray are "prepared to listen" to offers for striker Burak Yilmaz. Chelsea head the chasing and the Turkish outfit's chairman told reporters: "If he wants to go and Chelsea are interested then of course, why not? I favour Turkish players going to Europe to play in European leagues."
Asked if Blues boss Jose Mourihno had been on the blower, Yilmaz replied: "No, not yet." ·