Arsenal hope to complete the signing of not one, but two Croatian teenage prodigies in January. It was reported earlier this week that Sime Vrsaljko appears set to move to the Emirates, and Zagreb vice-president Zdravko Mamic has implied he expects Arsene Wenger to capture Mateo Kovacic as well.
The youngster has been likened to a cross between Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, and made his senior debut for Zagreb last month, capturing the moment with a goal to see off the challenge of Hrvatski Dragovoljac.
According to The First Post, Mamic said: “I haven’t seen a youngster with so much talent since the days of Robert Prosinecki.”
Moyes won’t sell Fallaini.
Everton hope to end speculation regarding the future of Marouane Fellaini and tie the player to a new contract at Goodison Park. The Belgian international has attracted the attention of both Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson in recent months with his performances for the Toffees.
However, with Everton looking certain to sell midfielder Steven Pienaar, David Moyes wants to keep Fellaini more than ever. He sees the 23-year-old as central to his own plans, despite consideration from Wenger and Ferguson that he could be in the ideal mould to replace either Patrick Vieira or Roy Keane respectively, according to Mirror Football.
Fellaini currently has a contract which ties him to Merseyside until 2013, but the last thing Moyes wants to do is allow the player’s contract to run down, which could give an advantage in potential negotiations to the enquiring party. Should the deal be rejected, however, Wenger could pounce either in January or during this summer.
Walcott wants Utd chance.
Theo Walcott has begged Arsene Wenger to let him play against Manchester United. The former Southampton youngster has only started three Premier League games this season, but scored in his 150th game for the club against Partizan Belgrade which helped the Gunners advance in the Champions League.
According to Mirror Football, Walcott said: “I want to play now – I want to be starting games, being 21. It is always frustrating being on the bench. Ask any player – it is not just me. It is just as frustrating being injured. But it comes to the point when you do not want to dwell on it all the time.
“You just want to come off the bench, show what you can do and try and get back in the team. And this season, I have come back and the team has been playing well and winning, so that is difficult so get back into the team as there is no reason to change it. That is understandable, but it is frustrating. I have never started at Old Trafford, so it could be another milestone for me.”