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Arsene Wenger hoping to secure deal for Argentine ace

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 04:20 AM PDT

Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping that Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain will be his first signing of the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

Higuain has grown frustrated in the Spanish capital after a season without any silverware and now Jose Mourinho has left, he hopes to follow suit to the Premier League.

The Argentinean striker is worth around £20million but the Gunners face stiff competition for his signature with Manchester City, Juventus and PSG all interested.

Wenger met with the 25 year olds representatives in Paris this week to thrash out a deal before other bidders come calling as Arsenal are keen to tie down the striker as soon as possible.

Arsenal have failed to replace the goals of Robin van Persie in their side and last summer's signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have failed to find their feet in English football.

"Arsenal? They would suit me. I'm still young and I have goals," Higuain said.

Barcelona weigh up move for Chelsea ace

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 03:58 AM PDT

David Luiz

Spanish side Barcelona are set to make a move for Chelsea defender David Luiz this summer, according to talkSPORT.

The La Liga champions had been eyeing a move for PSG centre back Thiago Silva but the French club are not willing to open discussions over the player leaving the Catalan club to opt for their second choice in Luiz.

The versatile Brazilian has been hit and miss in his time in West London so far and Jose Mourinho is set to allow the 26 year old to speak with Barcelona should their bid be acceptable.

It is thought that Chelsea will accept an offer of around £25million for Luiz as Mourinho looks to shape his own side at Stamford Bridge once again.

Barcelona are desperate to land new defensive options with Eric Abidal being released and Carlos Puyol consistently struggling for fitness they have had to use makeshift centre backs throughout last season including former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song and ex-Liverpool holding player Javier Mascherano.

Chelsea closing in on Uruguayan

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 03:12 AM PDT

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set to make his first major signing of the summer after making a whopping bid for Napoli forward Edinson Cavani, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Blues have launched a £49.3million bid that is expected to be accepted by the Italian club who are now ironically managed by last season's Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez.

The West London club had an original bid turned down for Cavani earlier this summer that would have included Fernando Torres in the deal taking him to Italy.

Napoli are keen to get all they can for their main man who has a £53million buy-out clause in his current contract.

The 26 year old forward has also attracted interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City in recent weeks and so a bidding war may erupt and the wage demands will be the deciding factor.

Cavani was the top goalscorer in Italy last season and is built perfectly for the Premier League with his size and pace.

Norwich set to battle West Ham for Reds starlet

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 02:56 AM PDT

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is pondering the future of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey as Norwich City became the first team to make an enquiry, according to the Daily Mail.

Shelvey is with the England under-21's in Isreal at present and is to be allowed an extended holiday once he returns.

The 21-year-old has been a bit part player for Rodgers this season although his passion and creativity have shone when he got his chance.

Norwich are looking to spend big this summer in order to continue their stability in the top flight and having already tied down Ricky Van Wolfswinkel they have moved on to Shelvey.

West Ham have also been linked with a move for the former Charlton lad who may need to leave Merseyside in order to further his career and gain regular first team football.

Liverpool are expected to want more than the £5million Norwich are offering and so a bidding war and negotiations are set to unfold.

Rafa looking to beat Liverpool to Madrid ace

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 02:51 AM PDT

Real Madrid's Jose Callejon

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is set to make Real Madrid striker Jose Callejon his first big signing at Napoli from under the noses of the Reds, according to talkSPORT.

The Madrid youngster has been on the cusp of the Spanish side for a number of years and has finally grown frustrated with life as a substitute.

Liverpool were hoping Callejon would be one of a number of people to arrive at Anfield this summer to improve their attacking options as it looks like main man Luis Suarez is certain to leave the club.

The 26 year old is set to cost Benitez and Napoli just £8million as they themselves look set to lose their key striker with Edinson Cavani looking likely to come to the Premier League with Manchester City and Chelsea set to battle it out for his signature.

Brendan Rodgers is still hoping that Liverpool will keep Suarez this summer and will have crunch talks with the Uruguayan in the next few weeks, however their main targets to replace him are slowly trickling away.

French ace open to Manchester United move

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 02:17 AM PDT

Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye would consider a summer move away from the North East if Manchester United came calling.

The Frenchman was just one of a number of players who struggled at St James' Park this season as the Toon were dragged into a relegation battle.

The 27 year old has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United as new manager David Moyes is desperate to strengthen his central midfield options after Paul Scholes' retirement.

Cabaye is currently on international duty with France and is allowing his agent to pursue any possible interest the Red Devils have in him.

“For the moment I am at Newcastle, you never know what happens in football,” Cabaye told the Guardian.

“The season is not finished as I have still two matches [for France].

"After that I’m going on holiday and it can’t come soon enough to clear my head of the difficult season we have just had, and I let my agents work for me.

"I have had no direct contact with anyone, maybe my agents are currently in the know.

“I like what they do, the boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] has left, but they have appointed a very good successor [David Moyes], and he did some very good things with Everton.

“They are always well placed amongst the big clubs, yes for sure it could be an interesting challenge but like I said for the moment, there is nothing concrete and I am still at Newcastle.”

Ex-Man City ace keen for Premier League return

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 01:55 AM PDT

David Pizarro

Former Manchester City loanee David Pizarro is hopeful of securing a permanent move to the Premier League this summer, according to Sky Sports.

The Fiorentina holding midfielder only made seven appearances for City on loan 12 months ago but tasted enough of the English game to want a long term stay here.

The Chilean international may be hoping for a switch back to City with compatriot Manuel Pellegrini set to take over the hot seat from Roberto Mancini this week.

Pizarro has alerted a number of English clubs with his desire to move to these shores and Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton are all keen to make that happen.

The 33 year old will not be expensive as his time at Fiorentina is clearly coming to an end but the former Roma man will demand one final big payout in regards to wages.

The Italian club would prefer Pizarro to leave permanently rather than be loaned out again.

Chelsea set to battle with Arsenal for striker

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 01:13 AM PDT

United forward Wayne Rooney

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will take on Arsenal in the battle to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney this summer, according to the Independent.

Rooney handed in a transfer request at Old Trafford towards the end of last season but then manager Sir Alex Ferguson ruled out the chances of him leaving the champions and new boss David Moyes is set to sit down with the former Everton striker this week to come to an agreement.

If a deal cannot be made between Rooney and Moyes, who have history of bad feeling from their times at Goodison Park, Chelsea and Arsenal will be at the front of the queue for his signature.

Mourinho wants two world class strikers to arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer as he looks to get Chelsea back in the title race and continue his fine record in West London.

Arsenal may not have the financial clout to beat off Chelsea but Arsene Wenger is still confident of getting his man should he become available.

Liverpool in surprise bid for City ace

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 12:15 AM PDT

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is to turn to Manchester City's Carlos Tevez to replace Luis Suarez up front next season, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Argentinean looked set to join Juventus this week but his £200,000 a week wages have been a stumbling block, an issue that would also crop up at Liverpool.

Under new management, Manchester City are set to have a summer clear-out and Tevez is one of a number of big names that look to be heading towards the Etihad door.

Liverpool on the other hand are desperate not to lose their best players but Suarez's open comments about leaving has put the Reds in a no win situation.

Once Suarez is gone Rodgers wants to also sell striker Andy Carroll and use the combined money to bring Tevez to Anfield.

Tevez could cost as little as £8million but much like Juventus the wages are going to be the tricky talks.



Monaco pondering Chelsea swoop

Posted: 07 Jun 2013 11:40 PM PDT

John Terry, Chelsea captain

Big spending Monaco are hoping to make Chelsea captain John Terry their next big name signing in a £7million deal, according to the Metro.

The 32-year-old has been a bit part player for the Blues over the past 18 months and is widely thought to be past his best, having little physical input in the team which he used to boss.

Terry signed a one year extension with the club back in January but a glamorous move to the south of France may be too good to turn down and could be the perfect setting for him to finish his career.

Jose Mourinho is yet to decide if Terry will remain as Chelsea captain due to his lack of game time and the former England defender could be given the chance to lead Monaco.

The mega rich French club have already lured Chelsea target Radamel Falcao in this summer for £50million in a bid to take the Ligue 1 crown from PSG.



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