Arsenal are said to be bracing themselves for an official approach from Catalan giants Barcelona for their talismanic French midfielder Samir Nasri.
The Metro reports, however, that a move will only come should Barca fail in their efforts to sign their top target, who happens to be Nasri’s Gunners team-mate Cesc Fabregas.
The newspaper’s website claims that a bid of around £30m could be tabled to test Arsenal’s resolve to keep arguably their best player so far this season, but reports in Spain claim that Wenger may be tempted to do business in exchange for guarantees that the Spaniards will ease off their pursuit of World Cup winner Fabregas.
No Sakho deal.
Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mamadou Sakho after his agent ruled out the possibility of a move to the Premier League in the January transfer window.
Goal.com writes that Werner Baader admitted a move in the summer remains a possibility, but with Barcelona, AC Milan and Liverpool all chasing the player cometition is likely to prove stiff for his signature.
Baader told the French press: “I don’t think he will leave PSG in January. It is not possible that a move can occur during this transfer season.
“A switch in the summer is still possible. We shall wait and see what happens.”
Miyaichi earns rave reviews.
New Arsenal youngster Ryo Miyaichi has shrugged off comparisons to Gunners legend Thierry Henry, according to FansFC.com.
Comparisons to Henry, as well as former Manchester United and current Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo, have flattered the 18-year-old, but he remains keen to brush off any such statements in the interest of his development as a footballer.
He said: “I have nowhere near the talent of such great players as Ronaldo and Thierry Henry.
“I just have to do my best to one day come close to being the kind of players they are.”