Man Utd prepare Sneijder offer as Rooney ponders new deal
Chelsea also linked to Dutch star, but he insists he is happy at Galatasaray
YOU MIGHT have thought David Moyes learned his lesson in the summer, when he tried to lure an unwilling Cesc Fabregas away from Barcelona. But it seems that the Man United manager is going to repeat the trick with Wesley Sneijder in January.
The Dutch midfielder is currently plying his trade with Galatasaray in Turkey and has declared himself very happy there. However, the Daily Express says that Turkey is buzzing with reports that United are about to make a move.
Even more bizarre is the claim that, although Sneijder has a release clause of £13m in his contract, United are reportedly only prepared to pay £12m for the player.
The 29-year-old has also been linked with a switch to Chelsea, where he would be reunited with Jose Mourinho, who was his manager at Inter Milan. But Sneijder is having none of it. Earlier this week he told Lig TV: "I love this club and I am not even thinking about leaving... It's just rumours and you will see come January I will be linked with Chelsea again but I am staying here."
Better news for United appears in the pages of The Sun. It claims that Wayne Rooney is poised to sign a new deal with the club. However, as usual things with Rooney aren't always straightforward. The Sun explains that he will demand extra money (he currently earns only £250,000 a week) and is prepared to play a "waiting game" in negotiations, which suggests that he does not need a pay rise that urgently.
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa could soon rival Robert Lewandowski for the title of Europe's most wanted striker after Arsenal enter the race to sign the prolific striker.
Earlier in the week Chelsea were linked with the Brazilian, who has 12 goals in 12 games this season, and now Spanish transfer columnist Manolete of AS believes Arsenal have entered the race to sign him.
Financial website Here is the City is cautious about the claim given Manolete's form in linking David de Gea with a move to Chelsea, but who hasn't made a mistake in this game? The website thinks Costa would be a far better fit for Arsenal than Real Madrid's Karim Benzema. The latter has struggled to perform in tandem with Olivier Giroud for the French national team and is seen as too similar to his international colleague to form an effective partnership. The website likens Costa in style to Luis Suarez.
Manolete, who shares his name with a famous Spanish bullfighter, is in fine form this morning. He also links Milan's Mario Balotelli, rumoured to be an Arsenal target earlier in the month, to mega-rich Paris Saint Germain and Monaco, and more intriguingly, to Barcelona. And while he's on the subject of Barcelona, his sources tell him that converted midfielder-cum-defender Javier Mascherano could be on his way to join old Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli.
Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas is sure to set Arsenal fans' hearts aflutter with his words of love for Arsenal. He tells the Daily Mail he wants to return to the club... unfortunately, "he wants to go back one day to start his coaching career". Presumably, so that he can hone his skills in the Premier League before securing a big-money move to his beloved big boys Barcelona. Again.
Back to deals that might happen, yesterday Arsenal risked losing out to Schalke on Iker Casillas but another former goalkeeping target, Hamburg's Rene Adler is batting his eyelashes at Arsene Wenger.
Despite spurning the Arsenal bosses' attentions on two separate occasions, Adler is quoted in Metro saying that being linked with Arsenal is a "very big honour".
Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen can't find a way past Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker into the first team. This musy be very distressing for the 27-year-old given the pair's calamitous record. However, with Koscielny and Mertesacker finally clicking, Vermaelen has been making noises about moves elsewhere and Inter boss Walter Mazarri sees him as the perfect solution to his own leaky defence, according to Talksport.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho likes a defender and his old target Eliaquim Mangala of Porto says he would prefer a move to the Premier League despite his agent's attempts to move him to Monaco.
Le10 Sport have reported that Mangala's dastardly agent Jorge Mendes would prefer his client to make a megabucks move to Monaco in a deal similar to the ones he engineered for Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho. Well, he would wouldn't he. However, the French site says Mangala would rather move to England. Jose Mourinho reportedly tried to sign the defender for Real Madrid and was rumoured to be pursuing him for Chelsea earlier this month.
The Express meanwhile, suggests a chap called Ron-Robert Zieler, who apparently spent five years at Manchester United earlier in his career could be Liverpool bound. Zieler, a goalkeeper, made a grand total of zero appearances for United, but did turn out twice for Northampton while on loan there. And although his in English football might not be up to much, the 24-year-old has played twice for Germany.
The Hannover 96 stopper is also wanted by both Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach, according to Bild, but Liverpool are also keen and he has a release clause in his contract that could see him leave for £7m before the end of the season.
The Reds are also keen on Manchester City reserve striker John Guidetti, according to Metro. The 21-year-old was once the Next Big Thing but has been battling injuries and illness in the last 18 months, and now finds his path to the first team blocked by Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.
But Liverpool saw him play once while he was on loan at Feyenoord, where he scored 20 times in 23 matches, and could do with a striker when Luis Suarez leaves. However, Monaco and Trabzonspor are also interested so Brendan Rodgers will have his work cut out. ·