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Modric goes AWOL in an attempt to force Real Madrid move

Luka Modric is tired of having his future stuck in the balance, and has decided to take matters into his own hands to force a move to Real Madrid. The Croatian midfielder did not report for Tottenham Hotspur's final training session on Friday before the side's pre-season US tour, indicating his desire to stay back and complete a move to the Bernabeu. However, it is not sure if the Spurs' management will take kindly to the actions of their star midfielder, who is now expected to give the tour a miss according to reports in the Guardian.

Spurs' manager Andre Villas-Boas announced earlier in the week that the North London side are holding out for a £40 million bid for Modric, and will not sell the player if his full valuation is not met by a prospective buyer.


Juve step up Van Persie chase as Italians aim to partner the Arsenal man with Luis Suarez

A day after rejecting Manchester United's bid for Robin van Persie, Arsenal are bracing themselves for a fresh approach from Juventus for their Dutch striker. Italian Champions Juventus have been serious about adding attacking flair to their side this summer as they prepare to make an assault for the Champions League. And, England has been their scouting region of choice as they have identified Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez, as their strike pairing of choice according to the BBC.

Arsene Wenger still wants to keep hold of Van Persie as he told the club's website: “For me, Van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, if not the best, and my desire is to keep him at the Club. As for the rest I will do what is in the best interests of Arsenal Football Club. That, at the moment, is where we are. There is not a lot more to say than that.”


Arsenal's Ryo Miyaichi a loan target for Ajax

Ryo Miyaichi's loan travelogue is set to have a fresh entry as Arsenal are looking to send the Japanese out on loan yet again. Dutch giants Ajax are the team interested in taking the 19 year old for a season as he continues his development process. Arsene Wenger is eager to ensure the teenager gets regular first-team action before thrusting him into the Premier League and even after spells at Feyenoord and Bolton Wanderers, he still believes that the midfielder isn't the finished product.

Ajax's Sporting Director and former Arsenal player Mark Overmars had this to say to De Telegraaf in Holland on the subject of Miyaichi coming to Amsterdam on loan: "That's right."


Oscar confirms Chelsea medical, but deal expected to go through only after the Olympics

Chelsea have edged slightly closer to reaching an agreement for Brazilian star Oscar after the player himself confirmed that he had undergone a medical with the Blues. The Internacional midfielder is currently in England preparing for the Olympics with the Brazilian National team and he also added that he was completely focused on the games alone, suggesting that further negotiations would have to wait until the end of the tournament. The Blues have been locked in tedious talks with the Brazilian outfit, who wanted to make Oscar's transfer the biggest in the country's football history.

The 20 year old told the press in England, "I only had a meeting with the doctor, nothing else. I didn't sign any contract yet and I will wait until the end of the Olympic games to decide my future." "All Brazilian players have this dream. I have, like everybody the dream to play in Europe and the Premier League," added the Brazilian who has initially courted by Tottenham.


Besiktas in the market for Arsenal outcast Chamakh, Turks propose initial loan deal

Arsenal began their summer striker clearout with the sale of Carlos Vela last week and Marouane Chamakh could follow soon as the Daily Mail report that the Moroccan is being tracked by Besiktas. The Turkish club want to take the striker on an initial loan deal only, with a possible £4m permanent deal to follow at the end of the loan spell.

Arsenal are desperate to get the excess baggage off their wage bill and also raise money for new imports. So, they are unlikely to be enamored by Besiktas' offer as the Gunners would still be paying part of Chamakh's wages next season.


Dortmund reject Chelsea's bid for Lewandowski as the race for the striker hots up

Chelsea are set to battle Manchester United for Borussia Dortmund's star striker Robert Lewandowski after ESPN reported that the Blues had an initial £17 million offer rejected by the Bundesliga Champions. The Polish striker recently revealed his desire to play in the Premier League, with the Red Devils believed to be the favourites to sign him. But Chelsea's arrival on the scene will certainly spark a bidding war for the 23 year old.

Chelsea have chased their share of strikers across Europe this summer as they try to find a replacement for the departed Didier Drogba. But the likes of Edinson Cavani and Hulk have proved too expensive even for Chelsea, thus forcing them to look for a cheaper alternative elsewhere.


Chelsea yet to move for Porto's versatile wing back Pereira

Porto's Uruguayan full-back Alvaro Pereira has many admirers across Europe but none have come forward to make an official offer for the 26 year claimed his agent. Chelsea and Napoli were rumoured to be interested in the left-back but his agent Alejandro Savich told The Sun: “He will stay unless there is a proposal. So far there is nothing at all.”

The Blues had an offer rejected by the Portuguese club last summer, when ex-manager Andre Villas-Boas made tried to raid his former club for the South American. Porto subsequently tied him down to a new contract until 2016, thus increasing his asking fee to a hefty £25.7m. Clubs are unlikely to pay such amounts for a defender, especially one who is already 26 years old.


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