Wednesday, 6 June 2012


Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has revealed that the club have held talks with Robin van Persie but says a decision on his future will not be made until after Euro 2012.
The 28-year-old's current contract expires at the end of next season and speculation is mounting that he could leave the club this summer amidst interest from Manchester City.However, Gazidis insists that the Gunners will allow the striker, who scored 37 goals last season, to concentrate on his role with the Netherlands in Poland and Ukraine before making any announcements.

"Robin sat down with us at the end of the season and we had a good discussion," Gazidis told the club's official website.
"What we agreed at that meeting was that we would keep all the discussions we had over the summer to ourselves and make announcements when it is the right time.
"We have to respect the fact we have agreed to keep that among ourselves. Robin is clearly focused on the Euros at the moment and we wish him well, and at the right time we will make the right announcements."
The north London outfit suffered a poor start to last season, slipping as low as 17th in the Premier League and enduring an 8-2 hammering against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, Arsenal turned their fortunes around to clinch third place and Champions League qualification for next season following a late resurgence.

And Gazidis expressed delight that the club had remained patient with manager Arsene Wenger but is now targeting a Premier League title challenge.

"This football club was placed under terrific pressure at times and I think for a different club, there would have been the possibility that we would begin to fall apart, panic and make decisions that would have been bad," the 47-year-old added.
"That is not what happened. None of this is cause for popping champagne corks at Arsenal while it is a creditable performance it is not achieving our ambition.
“We want to win the Premier League. We want to compete to win the Champions League.
“That is what we are planning for during the course of the summer and everything we do is geared towards that.”


Barcelona are giving nothing away regarding their alleged pursuit of AC Milan defender Thiago Silva.

While the Brazil international has been heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain over the past week, there have also been reports of secret meetings between Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani and Blaugrana president Sandro Rosell.

However, in addressing the rumours, Barca spokesperson Toni Freixa refused the shed any light on the matter.

"Do not take it for granted that our priority is Thiago Silva, who is, however, a great player," the Barca representative is quoted as saying by Marca.

"The news has come out and I don't want to discuss the sources, but, in any case, I do not want to either confirm or deny [it].

"I cannot confirm interest in one player or another, because we're not at that point yet."

Freixa then claimed that Barca will not be rushed into panic-buying this summer, as they will work around a pre-defined budget over the course of the close season.

"We have very clear ideas. We know what our budget is and we do not want anything to change our plans for improving the team," he explained.

"We are lucky that players want to come play for us. This allows us to do good business."

Barcelona were heavily linked with Thiago Silva last summer and the player has given mixed signals in recent months about whether he would like to move to Camp Nou.



Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Muller has revealed the he could be tempted to move in the summer transfer window if the Bavarians cannot guarantee him first-team football amid interest from Inter.
The Germany international is no longer an undisputed starter at the Bundesliga giants due to the stiff competition for places, and Sport Bild reports that the Nerazzurri are ready to make a move for the midfielder ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

"I am solely focusing on the upcoming Euro at the moment. Everybody knows that Bayern have always been my club, so I'm not really thinking about moving on. However, I'm not in a situation at Bayern where I won't listen to offers," Muller stated to Sport Bild.

"I'm the type of player who will deal with this like a professional and will try to help the team. However, I will not happily accept being benched in big games regularly. I'm too ambitious for that.

"Staying at Bayern my entire life? I can impossibly say something about that until I'm dead."

The 22-year-old Muller has a contract with Bayern until the summer of 2015. 


Inter could be set to lose Maicon this summer, with the defender's agent suggesting that his client could do with "a change of scenery" after six years at San Siro.

The Brazilian was heavily linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain during the January transfer window and it is believed that the Qatari-owned Ligue 1 outfit remain keen on his signature.

 The player's representative, Roberto Calenda, has now strongly indicated that his client is very much open to a move away from the Giuseppe Meazza.

"After six years, it could be that the time has arrived for a change of scenery," the agent told Sky Sport Italia.

Maicon has just over 12 months remaining on his current contract with the Nerazzurri and Calenda has already revealed that the former Monaco man has attracted interest from Russia and China.


Dani Alves has stated that he's keen to stay at Barcelona for many more years to come as he intends to make history with the Catalans.

The Brazilian defender, who is currently recovering from a broken collarbone, has recently been linked with a move away from the Blaugranas, but he has ended all speculation about his future by insisting that he's happy at Camp Nou.

"I'm feeling very well at Barcelona. I'm happy here and want to continue at this club," Dani Alves was quoted as saying by Sport.

"I never even considered leaving Barcelona, because I'm feeling comfortable here, and have an ongoing contract.

"We have a great group of players and I enjoy every single day that I'm playing here. I want to continue to make history with Barca."

The 29-year-old defender has a contract with Barcelona until June 2015.


Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has confirmed he is set to depart White Hart Lane this summer with a move to Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev looking most likely.

The Croatian midfielder has found first-team opportunities limited this season, making just 12 Premier League appearances, and he now looks set to end his six-year spell in England.
And, Kranjcar has revealed Ukranian Premier League runners-up Dynamo Kiev have reached an agreement with Spurs over a proposed transfer.

"The two clubs have reached an agreement, there are just a few minor details to be sorted out and I am still to define my personal terms," Kranjcar told Sportske Novosti.
However, Kranjcar has revealed his sole focus is currently with the Croatian national side in Poland and Ukraine and his agent is currently handling personal matters regarding the proposed switch. "I will let my agent handle it as I am now completely focused on playing for the national team in Euro 2012,” he added.
Kranjcar moved to north London from Portsmouth in 2008 for a fee of £2.5 million, with the midfielder's move to Ukraine expected to cost closer to £7m.


Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has admitted he is now weighing up a move to Liverpool instead of Swansea City.The Iceland international enjoyed a fruitful six-month loan spell with the Swans last term, scoring seven goals in 18 Premier League appearances.

And, though the South Wales club announced they had agreed personal terms and a fee for the 22-year-old last week, he has revealed that Brendan Rodgers' move to Merseyside could change things.

"It's just unclear at this moment where I will play," he told Icelandic publication

"I'd like to play on with Swansea since I was really happy there but after Brendan Rodgers left the club for Liverpool, that changed the situation.

"I expect not to stay at Swansea because of the uncertainty going on there as it is not clear who is boss.

"I have said that my desire to continue playing in the Premier League and Liverpool is completely considered. Liverpool is a big club that has a glorious history.

"English Premier League is the platform that I want to be and hopefully is that I continue to play in that division."

The former Reading midfielder also confessed he had already spoken to Rodgers following his confirmation as the Anfield outfit's new coach.

"I got in touch with Brendan when he was appointed Liverpool manager," he added.

"I wish him congratulations and thanked him for a great time at Swansea."