Arsenal news – Taarabt Gunners link, Fabregas working on exit, Jurado scouted

Taarabt Gunners link.

The Sun reports that QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt has claimed that Arsenal and Chelsea have both enquired about his services.

Taarabt fired the Rangers to the Premier League last season, scoring 19 goals, and has impressed in his time at Loftus Road. QPR manager Neil Warnock is desperate for the Moroccan to stay, but Taarabt has rejected contract offers from QPR, claiming that they are not paying him enough. The player himself has now claimed that the London sides are interested in him and that he would like to stay in the English capital.

He was quoted as saying: ‘QPR are demanding £10 million for me and for now, clubs aren’t moving too much. I’ve had contact with Arsenal and Chelsea, but it’s a bit of a mess. I’d like to stay in London. It’s the best city in the world’.

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Fabregas working on exit.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has claimed that Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is doing everything possible to move to the Spanish side, the Telegraph reports.

Fabregas has been the target of Barcelona for the last two years and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is desperately holding on to the 24 year old. The Spanish side are unwilling to pay the £35m valuation that Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has placed on Fabregas, but Fabregas has a desire to return back home to a club he started out at and dreams of playing at the Nou Camp again.

Rosell said to Catalan station TV3 on Monday night: ‘He (Cesc) is doing everything he can to come. Guardiola knows the values of players and Cesc’s is less than 40 million Euros. Barcelona will offer less and if they (Arsenal) don’t accept, then he won’t come. Pep knows the club is not well-off in terms of money’.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood revealed earlier this week that the Catalan club have made contact over the sale of Fabregas and Hill-Wood would not stand in Fabregas’ way, should the right amount of money come in for the midfielder.

Jurado scouted.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be chasing Schalke midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado, The Sun reports.

The Spanish playmaker plays in Germany for last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Schalke and Arsenal have reportedly sent scouts over to Gelsenkirchen to watch Jurado in action. Now, as Arsenal face the realistic possibility of losing captain Cesc Fabregas, they are looking to his compatriot Jurado to replace Fabregas in the Arsenal midfield.

Schalke are supposedly holding out for a big offer from any potential club interested in the 24 year old, but Wenger is ready to test the resolve of the reigning German Cup champions with a £7.5m offer. Jurado joined Schalke last summer from Spanish side Atletico Madrid and impressed in Schalke’s shock run to the Champions League semi-finals, where they were beaten off Manchester United 6-1 on aggregate.

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