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No Ganso or Paulinho for Arsenal, is Santi the answer?

Chelsea may have landed an Oscar this summer, but it appears that Arsenal look set to miss out on both of their Brazilian summer targets - Ganso and Paulinho.

Arsenal do not have much of a culture of South American players, with their pursuit of youngsters from the continent traditionally ending in disappointing. The only South American to achieve any level of success with the Gunners in recent memory is Gilberto Silva, and apart from the non-tackling defensive midfielder any other imports from the Americas have flattered to deceive. The most recent to belong to the latter category are Denilson and Carlos Vela.


Scouts from Man United and Arsenal watch Victor Wanyama in action

Scouts from Manchester United and Arsenal were believed to have been in attendance when Celtic took on Norwich City in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday according to reports in the Daily Mail. The newspaper reports that the object of their attention was 21-year old Kenyan enforcer Victor Wanyama, who is yearning for a move to the big time.

The Glasgow Celtic player, who was earlier in the summer linked with a move to Manchester City as a possible replacement for Nigel de Jong, has been attracting rave reviews for his strength and skill, but is still considered by many to be just a rookie.


Why would anyone pay £20 million for Andy Carroll?

West Ham may be making news in England with rumours of a record £17 million bid for England international Andy Carroll, but one can't help but wonder if the move is nothing more than a publicity stunt by the Chairman in an attempt to showcase the club's ambition to the supporters.

While one doesn't doubt David Sullivan's sincerity to make West Ham United a top club once again, one can't help but wonder where the London club will find the money they are quoted to be offering, not to mention signing fees and Carroll's annual salary which is believed to be more than £4 million.


Benfica slap £31m release clause on Chelsea target Witsel

Benfica have effectively shut-down the rumours surrounding their talented Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel as The Sun report that the Portuguese giants declared that the only way the player would leave the club was if the £31m release clause was met. Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs have been tracking the 23 year old following his eye-catching performances in Europe last season.

But he was always going to be a hard target to purchase as he is tied down to Benfica until 2016. And, with the player having moved to the club only last summer it is understandable that they do not want to lose his talents.


Chelsea train eyes on the latest 'Torres' to emerge from Atletico

Chelsea aren't content with having just one 'Torres' in their ranks as the Daily Mail reports that the Blues could bring in Atletico Madrid's Oliver Torres. The 17 year old attacking midfielder, who is being groomed for greater things in Spain, is reportedly being tempted by Chelsea with a 'dizzying offer'. The European Champions have already added creative midfielders such as Eden hazard and Oscar to the squad this summer, thus questioning their pursuit of yet another attacking player.

Atletico are desperate to keep Torres by offering him a bumper new contract and the player himself is keen on a staying at El Calderon to further his development. He has already made a splash in the short time that he has been on the scene as he played an integral part in Spain's U-19 World Cup triumph this year.


Di Matteo promises new signings for Chelsea, Marseille open to Azpilicueta's departure

The manager at Chelsea might not have much say in the transfer dealings as owner Roman Abramovich controls all player purchases. But still Roberto Di Matteo has promised more signings from the Champions League winners, who recently added Brazilian Oscar to their list of high-profile buys this summer. Eden Hazard and Marko Marin arrived earlier in the summer to kick start the process and Chelsea are in no mood to stop until they reinforce every area of the pitch.

The manager spoke to the Telegraph about the possibility of two more new faces coming in, with a right-back and an attacker the priority as Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses are the number one targets in both positions. Di Matteo though faces a huge challenge fitting them all into a system and he conceded that he will have to send out a few on loans: "Some of them will go on loan again for their development and progression in their careers.”


Celta Vigo join the race for Arsenal misfit Bendtner

Celta Vigo have entered the 'race' for Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner according to the Daily Mail as further suitors line-up for the Danish striker. The Gunners are expected to clear the way for new recruits Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski to fit into their squad, which would necessitate a clearance sale in the striker's department. Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh are expected to be the biggest causalities as Arsene Wenger wields the axe.

The 24 year old is also being courted by AC Milan and Galatasaray, with Arsenal demanding at least £7.5m for the player who spent last season on loan at Sunderland. Milan are in need of a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bendtner falls within the age group that the Italian giants are looking for as they try to rebuild their entire setup.


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