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Wenger talks up interest in Benteke ahead of FA Cup Final

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has finally spoken of his admiration for Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, who has been understood to be on the wishlist of the Gunners for quite a while.

The Frenchman was quoted in The Metro, saying: “He’s a player who has massive potential. I think some of the bad fortune at Aston Villa this season was linked with the fact that Benteke was not there.”

 

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Man United legend criticizes flop winger...and still urges LvG to keep hold of him!

Angel Di Maria, following his multi-million pound move from Real Madrid to Manchester United last season, has been a complete flop, going by his own standards. However, despite criticizing him for his dismal performances, Red Devils' great Paul Scholes wants manager Louis van Gaal to stick with the player for now!

Scholes was reported having written in The Independent: “[He made] a good start but, for £59.7m, the hope was that he would give United much more. I accept he has had problems off the pitch settling into life in Manchester, but there is no way he can see the season as anything other than a disappointment.”

 

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Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea target lands severe blow to their hopes

Fans of Premier League giants Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea should brace themselves for some disappointing news, with regards to their target, Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti. The 22 year old has said that while he is flattered with the clubs showcasing an interest in him, he wishes to remain at the French side right now.

The Italian star was quoted telling AFP: "To see that the big teams of Europe have their eyes on you means you're doing things right, but I have always said that my priority is to continue with PSG if they want me. I'm really good at the club and in the city. I'm part of a great project and we want to win the Champions League."

 

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Liverpool have opening bid rejected for Man United target, but...

Premier League high flyers Southampton have rejected Liverpool’s £10m bid for their highly rated right back Nathaniel Clyne, with the player also believed to be on the transfer wishlist of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. However, reports in The Daily Express have also revealed that the Reds may come back with a better bid for the player, who himself is understood to be keen on a switch to Anfield, and may cost £12m to his suitors.

The 24 year old, who can also play as a left back, has impressed one and all with his performances for the Saints this season, playing 41 matches for them, and even scoring 3 goals. Additionally, he also made his debut for the English senior national football team last November, after having represented their Under 19 and Under 21 sides previously.

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Arsenal table offer for Barcelona winger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is understood to have finally moved ahead with a bid for Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez, according to reports in Fichajes.net.

The 27 year old, who scored 11 goals and provided 8 assists in 48 appearances for his club this season, is understood to have become disillusioned with his stay at the Nou Camp, playing second fiddle to the likes of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi at the club. As a result, he is believed to have become desperate to move away from the club. Barcelona themselves, meanwhile, are considering cashing in on him this summer rather than seeing him leave for nothing next year, when his current contract at the club expires.

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Arsenal forward on the verge of Galatasary switch

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Arsenal fans will do well to brace themselves for the departure of forward Lukas Podolski. According to reports in The Metro, the German ace is set to fly to Turkey next week to conclude a switch to Turkish club Galatasaray, thus parting ways with the Gunners permanently.

King Poldi, as the 29 year old is affectionately called by his fans, moved to the Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2012. He did go on to impress during his stint with the Gunners, but the failure to cement his position in the first team plans of manager Arsene Wenger in recent times, led to him being loaned out to Inter Milan in January this year.

 

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Swansea midfielder piques Wenger's interest

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is certainly known to be keen on signing a strong defensive midfielder this summer; however, recent reports have still come as a shock. According to revelations made by The Daily Express, the Frenchman, who has normally been associated with probable moves for the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Ilkay Gundogan, Arturo Vidal and Geoffrey Kondogbia, has turned to Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung, viewing him as an answer to his midfield needs.

The 26 year old has been in impressive form for the Swans this season, making 34 appearances for them, and even scoring 8 goals, whilst providing a solitary assist.

 

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