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De Boer rules out Ajax move for Miyaichi

Just a day after former Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars stated that his club are looking at bringing Ryo Miyaichi on loan from Arsenal, Manager Frank de Boer has ruled out signing the Japanese youngster, declaring that the club are instead looking at other options.

Overmars, who was a massive fan favourite during his time at Arsenal, is now at the helm of affairs at Ajax, and had shared in an interview with De Telegraaf that the club were onsidering a loan move for the 19-year old Japanese starlet.


Fulham's Dembele resurfaces as a target for Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson's stockpiling of attacking players looks set to continue as Manchester United have reportedly reignited their interest in Moussa Dembele. The attacking midfielder has been on United's radar since late last season and even Arsenal have been interested in the 25-year old. The Mirror reports that Sir Alex is confident of picking up the Belgian in time for the new season, although he would have to pay £15m for his services.

Fulham are already bracing themselves for the exit of one attacking midfielder as Liverpool look set to sign Clint Dempsey. Losing Dembele too would leave manager Martin Jol clutching at straws before the new season as he would have to fill a huge void left by their two best attacking players. Like Dempsey, Dembele also has only a year left in his contract and hence the constant rumours about his exit.


Arsenal and Spurs face defeat in pursuit of Adrian as Atletico quash rumours of an exit

Atletico Madrid have reiterated that Adrian Lopez isn't for sale as Arsenal and Tottenham are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of the 24-year old striker. The North-London duo have reportedly shown an interest in bringing the Spaniard to England, but with the player having been signed only last year, Atletico have understandably taken a hard stance. Although Adrian signed for Atletico on a free transfer from Deportivo, he has a £14m release clause in his contract, thus prompting the constant rumours about his future.

But Manager Diego Simeone, who led the club to a Europa League triumph last season, was quoted by Soccernet as having daid: "Adrian will not leave Atletico Madrid. That is clear." The club's president Enrique Cerezo was also adamant about ruling out the striker's sale as he added: "Adrian is an Atletico player for the next four years and nobody has called to ask about him."


Arsenal linked with bid for Tottenham target Santi Cazorla

Arsenal and Tottenham could go to war over Spaniard Santi Cazorla according to reports emanating from the Iberian nation, with the Gunners supposedly viewing the 27 year old as a possible replacement for Theo Walcott should the Englishman leave. The Mirror report that the AS in Spain claim that Arsenal have now entered the race for the Malaga star, who arrived at La Rosaleda only 12 months ago. The report also suggests that Euro 2012 winner could be available for as little as £10 million, which would represent a loss for Malaga as they paid Villarreal £16.5 million for his services.

Malaga though are reportedly in deep financial distress with their new owners having accumulated massive debts and rumours abounding of unpaid salaries to players last season. The club could be forced into making a distress sale, and any money they get for the player will be deemed a bonus.


Shakhtar's Willian yearning for Chelsea move

Brazilian winger Willian has criticized his club Shakhtar Donetsk for turning down Chelsea's approach for him as the 23 year old openly declared his intention to leave the Ukrainian giants for the Champions League winners. Chelsea have been on Willian's tail for a while now, with reports this week suggesting that they had even made a fresh £26.5 million bid. But Shakhtar have been stubborn in their stance, refusing to sell their biggest star without a huge financial windfall.

Soccernet report that the attacker told Globo Esporte: "I don't know what the coach said, but the correct value is €25 million (£19.5 million). Regardless of the price, it is clear that the desire is great to play at a club like Chelsea, the champion of the Champions League."


Liverpool set to offer Charlie Adam as makeweight in Dempsey deal

Brendan Rodgers continues to scan his squad for excessive baggage and after essentially deciding that Andy Carroll was dispensable, another Kenny Dalglish signing is in danger of being shown the door at Liverpool. The Daily Mail claim that Charlie Adam could be used to sweeten the deal with Fulham over Clint Dempsey, who is the manager's number one transfer target this summer. Fulham have been reluctant to sell their American star but with only a year left to run in his contract, they cannot afford to lose him for free next year.

Liverpool believe a fee of around £10m could be enough to tempt the 29 year old, who had his best season in England last time around when he scored 23 goals in all competitions. His versatility is an invaluable asset as he can play on the wings, in a withdrawn attacking role or even as a lone striker. Rodgers wanted Gylfi Sigurddson to play in that role, but Tottenham stole the Icelandic International from under his nose.


AC Milan express interest in signing Arsenal outcast Nicklas Bendtner

Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner has been in limbo since returning from the European Championships, but he could finally be offered an exit route from the Emirates by AC Milan according to reports in Italy.

The Italian giants are in the midst of a massive rebuilding process as the club completely moves away from it's old structure of recruiting veteran Internationals. They have sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG and are now on the lookout for a striker. Bendtner will be available for around €7m claims, a bargain considering the millions they have raked in from the sale of Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic.


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