Transfer News Today: Arsenal Move For Portugal Ace As Khedira Talks Stall

Forum chatter

Sunderland are the latest club to be linked with Samuel Eto’o, who is a free agent after leaving Chelsea.

Our view: Eto’o is keen to stay in England after a decent spell with Chelsea but, at 33 going on 63, the Cameroon striker is holding out for a two-year deal. Can Sunderland reach an agreement where West Ham couldn’t?


Tabloid speculation

Atletico Madrid are preparing a double swoop for Manchester United pair Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa.

Our view: Hernandez has been linked with Atletico for most of the summer but surely they’re taking a risk if they expect Chicarito to fill the void left by Diego Costa. Kagawa has failed to live up to the hype since he moved from Borussia Dortmund and, for a combined fee of £25million, this could be risky move.


Come and get me

Defender Thomas Vermaelen is refusing to discuss a new deal with Arsenal in the hope that he can force through a £10million move to Manchester United.

Our view: It’s pretty clear that Wenger doesn’t want Vermaelen anymore and, given the interest from not only United, but Barcelona and Napoli, it seems likely that the Belgian will go in the summer. Vermaelen is out of contract next summer and risk losing him for free if they don’t sell now.


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In talks

Arsenal have turned their attention to Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho after baulking at Sami Khedira’s demands of £150,000-a-week wages.

Our view: Given Carvalho’s current salary of around £4,000 a month, you can see why Arsenal are keener to move for the highly rated 22-year-old rather than break the bank for the Germany star. While Arsenal’s strategy of signing potential rather the finished article has held them back in recent years, in this case it makes sense.

Khedira is 3.00 to stay at Real Madrid.


Almost done

Tottenham are closing in on Villarreal centre-back Mateo Musacchio for a fee believed to be around £17million.

Our view: Mauricio Pochettino is doing all the right things in the transfer window, with some much-needed defensive additions. Argentine Musacchio will follow Eric Dier and Ben Davies into White Hart Lane, allowing Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul, who has attracted interest from Lazio, to move on.

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