Ferguson is quoted as saying by The Telegraph:
Obviously Arsenal have given out the fact that we’ve made a bid for him.
We try to keep business as close as possible to us until the moment we conclude a deal.
There’s no point talking about something that might not happen. There are other clubs interested in the player. We’ve shown an interest and that’s where we’re at at the moment.
You know we try to do business before we announce anything and that’s what we’re going to do. I’ve got nothing more to add to it.
Reports have suggested that Van Persie’s would-be suitors have each lodged bids that have fallen well short of Arsenal’s valuation for the Dutchman, believed to be in excess of £20m. Manchester City have reported to have lodged a bid in the region of £12m while Juventus and United are believed to have lodged bids around the £10m mark.
Despite not being officially confirmed by Arsenal, Mexican striker Carlos Vela has completed a move to Real Sociedad in a four year deal believed to be in the region of £4m. The Mexican played an integral part Socidad’s campaign last season as a loanee from Arsenal, scoring 12 goals and creating 8 assists. While Vela was often labelled as a player that would become a star at Arsenal, he was never really given the chance to secure a place in the first-team, instead having loan spells at Salamanca, Osasuna and West Brom before joining up with Sociedad last season.
Vela is quoted by The Examiner as saying on his transfer:
It was clear that I felt at home here (Real Sociedad). I wanted to return. I found the tranquility and stability I was looking for on a personal and professional level. Here I feel at home.”
The expectations are there. The fans have a vision of the type of player I am. Of course that raises the expectations, it adds pressure. But that makes me want to give more. Obviously that is what I will give, more. I want to help the team with more goals and assistances.
Dortmund’s main strike-man, Robert Lewandowski has raised alarm bells for a host of Premier League clubs after confirming he would be open to a move to the Premier League. Despite being strongly linked with Manchester United after former team-mate Shinji Kagawa made the move to the Red Devils, it seems the Polish star could make a move to any club after his agent recently revealed that bids for Lewandowski have been considered to be too low.
Lewandowski’s agent Maik Barthel is quoted as saying by Goal.com:
Unofficially there are offers from English top clubs. We respect the contract situation in Dortmund and don’t want to take part in speculation. A £13 million transfer fee is not suitable.
After being linked with permanent moves away from the Emirates numerous time, The Mirror now claims that Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner will be leaving for good sometime this week. Apparently Bendtner is wanted by both AC Milan and Galatasary and is likely to cost in the region of £7.5m. The big Dane has revealed in the past that his future will not be at the Emirates, but has failed to secure permanent moves away from the club instead having to settle for loan moves to Birmingham and Sunderland. Personally, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this rumour.
Young Arsenal up-and-comer Ryo Miaychi will not be loaned out to Dutch club Ajax after the club confirmed they would be pulling out of their pursuit of the pacy winger. Earlier in the week, Ajax were reported to have wanted the Japanese teen for the 2012/13 season with Miyaichi already having loan spells and both Feyenoord and Bolton in previous seasons. Ajax manager Frank De Boer’s acknowledgement that Miyaichi is no longer an option for a loan move suggests that the youngster may well get some chances at the Emirates this coming season.
The Ajax manager is quoted as saying by Goal.com:
In my opinion he is not an option any more. There are several candidates. We’ll know more soon.
Lastly, little Russian Andrey Arshavin is again linked with a permanent move to former club Zenit St. Petersburg after manager Luciano Spaletti confirmed he would be interested in taking the out-of-favour midfielder back off Arsenal’s hands. Arshavin fell out of favour with Arsene Wenger last season and subsequently secured a temporary move to Zenit in January to secure more first-team football and nail down a spot in Euro 2012. The Russian enjoyed a successful spell back at his home club and it seems he has impressed enough for the Russian team to want him back on a permanent basis.
Spaletti is quoted as saying by Goal.com:
We will buy players. In my opinion Arshavin is a player of real class and, in addition, he is an intelligent man. It all depends on what his motivation is.
I have little doubt about Arshavin. I’m sure if he came back, he would play as well as last season. He is one of the names that we have discussed.