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“The club know my value and I know they want me to stay,” he has been quoted as saying. “It was me who made the choice to leave the club [to join Sporting on loan] and it was a good decision by me because I knew if I stayed one more season at Old Trafford, it would be very hard for me.”
Well, according to reports, Mr Nani could be sadly mistaken. The Independent claims Manchester United DON’T want him to stay but fear they will struggle to offload him and, more importantly, his £100,000-a-week wages.
He’s only made six senior appearances for Arsenal - all from the bench - but clubs are queuing up to sign Chuba Akpom. The 19-year-old was linked with Liverpool this morning and, according to the Daily Star, is wanted by Borussia Dortmund, Feyenoord and FC Twente.
Middlesbrough launch bid for Wigan midfielder Adam Forshaw, they will pay £2million plus adds including promotion bonus etc.— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) January 27, 2015
Erm, no. Not according to ESPN. They claim Manchester United are prepared to wait until the summer to do their transfer business rather than sign “stop-gaps” in the final week of the January window.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez told the club’s official website: "We thank Samuel for his efforts and for bringing his know-how to the team and to Finch Farm where he passed on some of his terrific experience to all of the young players in particular. The memory of his performances in Europe stand out especially. On behalf of all Evertonians, we wish him well for the next chapter in his career."
It's one we've been waiting for: Samuel Eto'o has joined Sampdoria on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Everton. Reaction on the way.
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My Spanish ain't what it used to be, but I believe Paco Alcacer has signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with Valencia. The striker, linked with a move to Liverpool, reportedly has a release clause worth... wait for it... £70 million. ¡Ay, caramba!
Muy contento por poder seguir en mi club hasta el 2020. Gracias por todo. Amunt— Paco Alcácer (@paco_alcacer) January 27, 2015
I’d put my half-and-half scarf collection on Robin van Persie going nowhere in January, but how about the summer? Asked about his future, the striker said on Monday: "It is not up to me. For the moment I am staying here for 18 months. I can't look into the future. I don't know what is going to happen after that. We shall have to wait and see."
With the rumour mill linking Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a move to Liverpool, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said at his press conference earlier today: "To be Barca goalkeeper is not enough to have quality, you have to take decisions and execute them, we have three great goalkeepers that can give us solutions."
Marca claims Arsenal are interested in Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi but are unwilling to pay more than €15 million (£11m). That could reportedly prompt Athletic Bilbao to make a move in the next week. Or, to cover all bases, he might stay at Madrid...
They’ve already signed Eljero Elia this month, but Voetbal International reports that Southampton are still looking to do more business in the final week of the window. Twenty-year-old Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena reportedly wants to leave the club and Ronald Koeman, who handed him his debut, is a fan.
According to Aliron, Fernando Garcia Macua - a contender to be the new Athletic Bilbao chairman - has promised to bring in Jurgen Klopp if he lands the role. The Basque club’s fans will vote for their new chairman in March.
Dnipro general director Andriy Stetsenko has revealed that the club are in talks with Roma over the sale of Yevhen Konoplyanka. The winger is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with Everton and Tottenham.
Stetsenko told the club’s official website: “Dnipro and Roma are in talks to transfer Konoplyanka. The clubs are almost in agreement, and the boy is considering the possibility of changing team. The club is ready for such an eventuality and is looking for a replacement.”
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler returned to his boyhood club on a free transfer from Manchester City. He scored 12 goals in 39 appearances during his second spell.
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