Transfer News Today: Arsenal Midfielder Set For Cut-Price Departure

Returning Rosicky

The news that Mikel Arteta has agreed a new contract at Arsenal will mean that Tomas Rosicky is allowed to leave the club, with a return to former employers Sparta Prague looking likely.

Will they miss him? Possibly. Injuries disrupted Rosicky’s stay at Arsenal but there is no doubting that he has been a quality player for them, but at nearly 35 and with plenty of competition ahead of him it’s time to move on.

Read: James McNicholas on potential new arrivals at Arsenal


United’s Italian Job

Torino FC v AS Roma - Serie A : News Photo

Manchester United’s attempts to improve their defence have seen them make a move for Torino’s Matteo Darmian, who has reportedly already agreed terms with the club.

Who? He’s a 25-year-old full-back who has picked up 13 Italy caps despite not playing for one of the more ‘fashionable’ clubs, and his arrival could spell the end of Rafael’s time at Old Trafford.

Read: United’s Schneiderlin move edges closer?


No Go Pedro

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga : News Photo

Barcelona attacker Pedro is ignoring interest from Arsenal and Chelsea and has decided to stay at the Nou Camp.

Hope he likes the bench. Well, quite. Pedro has little chance of ousting Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Neymar from the starting line-up in the long-term, but he doesn’t seem to want to leave.

Read: Mark Jones on Barcelona’s Champions League win


Matip’s All Mine


Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is confident he can make Schalke’s £10m-rated Cameroonian defender Joel Matip his first signing at the club.

Any good? He’s a highly-rated 23-year-old who can also play in the defensive midfield if needed. Seems to be a good addition.

Newcastle are 4.00 to finish in the Top 10 in 2015/16


Iker’s Next Porto Of Call?

Spain v Costa Rica - International Friendly : News Photo

Iker Casillas is eyeing the exit door at Real Madrid due to the imminent arrival of David De Gea, and he’s set his sights on a switch to Porto.

Interesting. Yes. Casillas probably needs to accept that his time at Real is over, though, and it would be good to see him stay in Europe. 

Real are 6.00 to win the Champions League in 2015/16