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AVB continues attack on Chelsea with planned move for Blues target Willian

Andre Villas-Boas has launched a fresh assault on Chelsea's transfer plans this summer by inquiring about Shakhtar Donetsk player Willian, reported the Daily Mail. The Brazilian has been on the Blues' radar for a long time and the 23 year-old is also keen on a move despite his club's rejection of Chelsea's previous bid for his transfer.

Willian started his career at Brazilian club Corinthians before Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk snapped up the player in 2007. The young Brazilian has since won three Ukrainian Premier League titles with the club as well as the UEFA Cup (now known as Europa League). Willian is capable of playing in a playmaker's role or wide on the wings, making him a dependable option for the Blues who are now bereft of forwards Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.


Wenger denies move for Malaga winger Santi Cazorla

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports of his club's move for Spain and Malaga winger Santi Cazorla, reports ESPN Soccernet. Wenger's statement comes in just a day after the Guardian announced that the North London based side has agreed terms with the player and a transfer fee of about €20 million (£15.6m) would be paid to Malaga.

27 year-old Cazorla started his career with the youth side of Spanish club Villarreal. Despite a slow start at the club, the winger established his place in Villarreal's first team, benefiting from a season away at Recreativo which encourage the Yellow Submarine to re-sign the player taking advantage of a buy-back clause in his contract. Cazorla broke into the Spanish national side in 2008 and has been a fringe member of the 2008 and 2012 Euro winning side, but missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup win in 2010.


Koscielny signs new long term contract at Arsenal

Amidst the familiar situation of player exodus that Arsenal faces every year during the transfer window, one bright spot has finally emerged for the Gunners' fans this season, with centre back Laurent Koscielny agreeing to sign a new long term contract with the club according to reports on Arsenal's official website.

"The development Laurent has shown has been absolutely exceptional," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, "Laurent is a top-class player and I am very pleased he has decided to commit his future to the club."


Zenit St. Petersburg goes shopping in England, hopes to land Skrtel and Berbatov

Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are looking at signing the English Premier League duo of Martin Skrtel and Dimitar Berbatov to strengthen their team, according to reports.

Liverpool are keen to tie up their Slovakian centre half with a new contract, but with no definite moves yet, there has been much interest in the 27 year old, with Napoli and Manchester City also potential suitors for the player. Russian champions Zenit are supposedly ready to offer £14 million and a £110,000 per week deal to Skrtel to bring him back to the club, having originally sold him in 2008 to Liverpool for £6.5 million, reports the Daily Mail.


Agent declares Lucas Moura to Manchester United move is dead and buried

Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura was said to be on the verge of a move to Old Trafford this summer. However, following a series of unsuccessful bids by the Red Devils, the player's agent Wagner Ribeiro has suggested that there is no possibility of a move to United as the club is unwilling to meet Sao Paulo's demands, according to reports on ESPN Soccernet.

The midfielder, who already has 15 international caps to his name at the rather young age of 19, has emerged as one of Brazil's top junior players this summer. Manchester United were extremely interested in signing the starlet this summer and offered upto €35 million to Sao Paulo in an effort to accelerate the sale. However, the club have demanded more since they are set to lose out on a minimum of 20% on the player's transfer fee to Moura and his representatives should the transfer go through this month, with that figure reportedly increasing further by 10% after 1st August. However, it appears that the Red Devils have reached their limit and may not raise their offer for the Brazilian.


Fuming Andy Carroll declares he won't leave Anfield

Out of favour Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has announced that he will not leave Anfield this summer, according to reports in the Daily Star. The forward was keen on a return to boyhood club Newcastle on loan but his exorbitant wages are proving to be a major stumbling block with the Magpies being unable to match his existing salary.

A product of Newcastle's youth system, Carroll played an integral role to bring the Magpies back to the top division in 2011, bouncing right back following their relegation the previous year. The Englishman was taken to Anfield in January 2011 by then manager Kenny Dalglish for a whopping £35 million in January 2011. However, despite being given sufficient opportunities, the striker flopped for the Reds managing just 4 league goals in 35 appearances last season.


Chamakh intends to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place

Marouane Chamakh still harbors hopes of reviving his Arsenal career as the Moroccan striker looks to take advantage of a big name player leaving the Emirates. The 28 year old has been linked with an exit from Arsenal just two years after arriving as his drastic drop in form have pushed him down the pecking order. But the possible departure of Robin van Persie will open up a space in Arsenal's line-up and Chamkah intends to fill that.

Speaking to The Sun, the former Bordeaux player said: "Yes. If I am staying here with Arsenal, I will do my best for the team and give the maximum." While he bemoaned the lack of first team opportunities last season, he still hoped for the best as he added: "I hope this season I will play more than last. I have not spoken with the manager but I will soon. Yes, I need more confidence. But to be confident I need to play more. I am determined to stay.”


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