In their latest bid to increase the ratio of their “home-grown” players, Manchester City are said to be preparing a large bid for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. City, who have been desperately looking to sign some English players this season, have already had a £40 million for forward Raheem Sterling rejected by Liverpool. The Manchester –based club are now said to have turned their attention towards the Arsenal midfielder, as they reportedly prepare a £30 million bid for Wilshere, according to the Daily Mirror. Although Wilshere has had his fitness problems over the years, he is viewed as one of the best young midfielders in England, at the moment, and has proved his worth this weekend, with two stunning goals for his national side, in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Slovenia. Although, Wilshere had already said last week that he would not want to move to Manchester City just to fulfil the “home-grown” players’ quota, it would be interesting to […]

Having been linked to many defensive players, Arsene Wenger will have to trim fat before he can buy big names, with the hope of a new squad playing a full pre-season. Cech, Mate? Despite acquiring the services of David Ospina last summer, the Gunners are actively pursuing former Chelsea No. 1 Petr Cech. In a move that will add an immense amount of experience to Arsenal’s otherwise make-shift back four, the former captain of the Czech republic will be a priceless addition. Arsenal however, face stiff competition from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain to secure the goalkeeper’s services. Manchester United too, could enter the race if they lose David de Gea to Real Madrid and fail to land Hugo Lloris from Spurs to replace him. Despite Jose Mourinho’s reservations, Chelsea have said that they are willing to let the keeper transfer to a premier league side for £10 Million, though Mourinho is unlikely to let him go to Manchester United In […]

Liverpool are set to beat Arsenal to acquire the services of Manchester City star James Milner on a free transfer after holding advanced talks with him earlier this week according to reports in BBC and Liverpool Echo. Arsenal were hoping to sign the midfielder, but, it increasingly looks likely that the Manchester City star who joined from Aston Villa in 2010 for £26m will sign for Liverpool on July 1 on a free transfer. Milner was reportedly offered a contract worth £165000 a week to stay at Manchester City which he will now reject to move to Anfield. Liverpool have been on the look out for a central midfielder with Steven Gerrard set to move to the United States to play for the L.A. Galaxy at the end of his contract. James Milner, who has represented England 53 times, will be a welcome addition with media reports in Italy also linking the Reds with a move for Kovacic of Inter Milan. Having endured a poor season, and with the club […]

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of 24-year old center back Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal for a reported fee of €15.2m. The Gunners have tied him down to a long-term deal that will keep him at the club until 2019 after securing his work permit. Arsenal’s defense has been stretched this season as manager Arsene Wenger has had to use Calum Chambers, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy in the center of the defense despite the trio being full backs. Arsenal failed to sign a center back after selling Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona in the summer transfer window and that has come back to haunt them as they haven’t had a good season defensively thanks to some substandard displays. Paulista, who was a regular for Villarreal, revealed that he was delighted to sign for a big club like Arsenal, “I came from a club that is not that big in Brazilian football. I went to Spanish football and that was another dream come true, to play […]

Arsene Wenger is after Serie A duo Mattia Destro and Marek Hamsik. English meida claim Arsenal have revived their interest in Roma’s Mattia Destro while they are also weighing up a move for Napoli captain Marek Hamsik.Metro suggests that strike duo Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell could be sacrificed to provide the funds for an expensive winter outlay. Arsene Wenger had already been linked with Destro many times in recent months, but the latest results are prompting a rethink. Destro, 23, is thought to be valued at 15 million pounds by Roma, though talks are reportedly already underway, with the striker repeatedly making references to his future lying away from Rome in recent months. As for Hamsik, 27, the paper reports Rafa Benitez could be tempted to let the playmaker leave Napoli for the right fee as he seeks to shuffle his pack. He was dropped on Sunday night for the crucial game against AC Milan. The former Siena striker […]

New Zealand international Winston Reid’s contract expires at the end of the season. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has placed a £20 million price tag on New Zealand defender Winston Reid even though the defender could be available for free next summer. Reid has been a regular in the Hammers team and has been a major protagonist to their superb start this season which has seen them climb all the way up to fourth in the table. The centre back has not yet committed to a new deal and, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, has been linked with a January move to Arsenal or Liverpool. However, Allardyce has revealed he has no plans to sell Reid during the upcoming transfer window — unless another club decides to splash the cash. “He ain’t going anywhere. He is not going anywhere unless someone bids £20m or something like that,” said Allardyce. “There is obviously not a lot […]

Reports suggest Edinson Cavani is open to a move to Arsenal next summer. Edinson Cavani is mulling over a move to Arsenal next summer despite recent comments regarding his stable situation at Paris Saint-Germain. The Uruguayan striker who was on Manchester United’s radar this summer has recently been among the goals for his club. Though United were reportedly entertaining the prospect of a deal involving Radamel Falcao for the former Napoli striker it seems Arsenal are firmly in the lead to secure his coveted signature. Cavani’s preference for living in London seems to be the deciding factor in this decision. Recent reports suggest the Uruguayan remains interested in making a move to the Premier League at the end of the season and is not willing to consider any offers in January. Cavani recently claimed that he is happy in Paris but suggestions of him being unsettled in Paris refuse to die down.”I am good at Paris. And I like it.” […]

The agent of Sebastian Giovinco has revealed that the Italian international could consider foreign offers if he decides to leave Juventus. The Juventus youth product continues to find himself on the Bianconeri periphery and has been recently linked with January moves to Napoli and Fiorentina with both clubs struggling with long-term injuries to key players. Giovinco has been listed as a potential replacement for Lorenzo Insigne who is out for the rest of the season while it is no secret that Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella rates him highly and would gladly welcome the diminutive forward to help out his injury ravaged squad. Giovinco has started just 2 games for Juventus this season but believes he still has a lot to offer. “I’m not resigned [to being a substitute], it’s not in my character,” the Italy international told Rai Sport. “I have to evaluate many things but I’m not thinking about it now.” “I’ll try to give my best, then we’ll […]

Arsenal have reportedly initiated contacts with Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner as his contract negotiations with the Italian champions progress slowly. The Swiss international, 30, has been a major protagonist in Juventus’ return to the top of the Italian football after his move from rivals Lazio in 2011. But his contract expires in June and according to reports in Italy, he has been contacted by Arsenal while Inter Milan, PSG and Real Madrid also remain interested. Lichtsteiner has always outlined his priority to extend with the Turin giants and in an interview with Tuttosport few months ago he expressed his desire to continue with Juventus. “It will probably be my last big contract,” Lichtsteiner reflected. “And my priority is Juventus. What counts is trophies, winning is the most important thing. I still see myself at a good level for three or four more years, then I can close [my career] in Switzerland and then become a Coach.” “I confirm that Paris […]