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Zenit St.Petersburgâ€™s Â£40m capture of Brazilian star Hulk in the summer raised more than a few eyebrows and the blockbuster move faces a premature end after the 26 year old threatened to walk out of the club in January if manager Luciano Spalletti continued to treat him like a normal player rather than a prima donna who is paid grossly more wages than the rest of the squad. The Mirror have used the situation to remind everyone that the defending European Champions in danger of being knocked out in the group stage were a tad interested in Hulk, although Roman Abramovich might not be keen on buying out the remaining four-and-a-half years of his Zenit contract.
Wesley Sneijderâ€™s future at Inter Milan is as assured as Manchester Unitedâ€™s back-four from a set-piece despite the best efforts of club president Massimo Moratti, who declared to Sky Italia that he had no intention of exchanging the Dutchman for PSGâ€™s Javier Pastore, as reported by the Italian media. The Manchester clubs have reportedly been keeping a keen eye on the developments too, with the Daily Star claiming that Man City now have a clear road ahead after United dropped their â€˜interestâ€™ in the 28 year old.
Theo Walcott has been a regular presence in the British gossip columns for a while now and their Italian counterparts also seem to be enamoured with the Arsenal winger as the CalcioMercato reports that Juventus remain interested bystanders in the ongoing contract talks between the player and Arsenal, who are desperate not to lose the 23 year old for free in the summer.
Manchester Cityâ€™s troubled bench-warmer Mario Balotelli is once again in the news thanks to rumblings from his native Italy, with the Mirror reporting that everyone from AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi to the janitor at the San Siro are in love with the striker. But the 22 year olds agent has dismissed the chances of Balotelli leaving the English club with the worst Champions League group stage record, telling Sky Italia that none of the cash-strapped clubs in Serie A could afford a player who costs as much as the Mona Lisa.
Steve Bruce has cast his eye on an ex-favourite of his from Sunderland, Fraizer Campbell according to the Mirror with the Hull City boss eager to sign the 25 year old striker in January, hoping that the Black Cats will listen to offers as his contract expires in the summer. Meanwhile, Martin O'Neill is hoping to bring Man City reserve striker John Guidetti on loan to help boost his side's abysmal scoring record this season.
Liverpool are believed to being eyeing some quality Asian talent in Japanese superstar Keisuke Honda. The Daily Star believes a Â£12 million bid would be enough to bring the CSKA Moscow midfielder to Anfield. - new
The Daily Mail brings news that Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has been put in the shop window for Â£18 million. The England international has failed to make his way into new manager Paul Lambert's first team plans, and the Villans are hoping to recoup as much as possible of the Â£24 million they spent to sign him. It is hard to imagine though, who would be in a position to match the Villans' asking price. - new
Strikers of Moroccan origin and Arsenal havenâ€™t enjoyed the greatest of relationships in the past but that hasnâ€™t stopped TalkSport from reporting that Hannoverâ€™s Mohammed Abdellaoue, who is a Norwegian of Moroccan descent, is a target for the Gunners and even West Ham. The 27 year old's agent has unsurprisingly fed the rumours regarding the strikerâ€™s future, claiming that a January move could interest all parties.
Tottenham are set to reignite their interest in Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho according to reports in the Daily Mirror. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas reportedly decided to take Tuesday night off to head over to Paris to see his former ward in action. A Â£24 million bid is being mooted. - new
Arsenal are reportedly keen to revive their interest in Montpellier skipper Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa after having seen the versatile defender close-up in the Champions League twice this season. The Metro reports that Arsene Wenger will bid for the 23-year old when the January transfer window opens. - new
The aforementioned snippet makes even more sense when one takes a peak at the Daily Mail which reports that Bacary Sagna could be headed for the Emirates exit after turning down a 'disrespectful' offer of a 1-year contract extension without a pay hike. The French international is currently on a Â£60,000-a-week contract, and was expecting a hike when the club sat down to discuss terms of a new deal, however, was shocked to discover that Arsenal had no intention of upping his wages. Sagna is 3 months shy of turning 30, and in typical Wenger fashion it might be time to move him on. - new
Wigan Athleticâ€™s policy of bringing in talent from South America has worked wonders for them down the years and they have continued on that path by moving for versatile Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza. ESPN report that the 26 year old will leave MLS side Sporting Kansas City for the DW Stadium once his contract expires on December 31st.
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If you believe the Express, Arsene Wenger could instead decide to bring back 20 year old Costa Rican attacker Joel Campbell from Real Betis. The youngster hasnâ€™t made a start for the La Liga outfit as yet but he recently netted a winner against Deportivo after coming off the bench, a feat that could tempt Wenger to end his loan spell in Spain come January. (read more)
- 06/12/2012 12:07 - Sagna could be the next star on his way out of Arsenal
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