Arsenal’s reported interest in Santi Cazorla is genuine according to Goal.com, but the Spanish winger’s move to the Emirates is believed to rely upon his Villarreal team-mate Giuseppe Rossi remaining at El Madrigal.
Rossi had been the subject of intense interest from Barcelona and Juventus. However with Barca’s recruitment of Alexis Sanchez, the Catalan giants are almost certain to abandon any persisting plans to capture Rossi, leaving Juve as the favourite to sign the Italian international striker.
Therefore it is understood that if Rossi’s prospective big-money transfer to Juve goes through, Villarreal will be in a position to knock-back any advances from Arsenal for Cazorla, who is under contract with the Spanish side until 2014.
Conversely, should Juventus opt out of a move for Rossi, a possibility with the Old Lady reportedly monitoring the situation of Man City’s unsettled Carlos Tevez, then Villarreal will be forced to generate funds through the sale of Cazorla, with Arsene Wenger primed to use some of the transfer kitty at his disposal to swoop for the player, who is also attracting interest from Malaga.
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Fab misses Cologne win.
In the midst of speculation surrounding Cesc Fabregas moving to Barcelona reaching all an time high yesterday, Arsenal took to the field to record a 2-1 victory against Cologne in Germany.
Fabregas did not attend the fixture in any capacity, with the Daily Mail reporting that Arsenal insiders explained the absence of their wantaway captain being due to an ongoing hamstring injury and not because the Spaniard has taken it upon himself to go on strike as he looks to secure a dream move to Barca.
Whilst a resolution to the future of Fabregas remains outstanding, no doubt was left as to Arsenal’s fine pre-season form as a quick-fire 1st half double from Gervinho ensured a win over Cologne, during which Arsene Wenger took the opportunity to hand run-outs to 25 players. Of those 25 it was the performance of Gervinho in particular which met with Wenger’s approval, with the Gunners boss saying of his new recruit: “It’s good for his confidence to start with a win and to score two goals. He has shown what he is good at – his movement off the ball.”
Galatasary in Eboue Bid.
Turkish side Galatasary are chasing the signature of Arsenal full-back Emmanuel Eboue, after making a £4m offer to the Gunners for the eccentric Ivorian, according to the Daily Mail.
Arsene Wenger took the decision to leave Eboue out of the Gunners pre-season tour and the Ivorian made only 13 Premier League appearances last season. Indeed one of these appearances was against Liverpool at the Emirates in April when Eboue made the type of rash decision that has defined his Arsenal career and led to him conceding a penalty in the final minute of injury time which Dirk Kuyt duly dispatched to tie the game at 1-1, all but ending the Gunners title hopes.
Subsequently it is thought Galatasary‘s bid for Eboue, infamously substituted against Wigan at the Emirates in 2008 for being taunted by his own supporters, will be likely received by Arsenal who will allow the player to move on.
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