Backpage Roundup: Barca Not Interested In RVP, Denilson’s Return and More

Fiorentina Ace Linked With Arsenal Move

According to Metro’s website, Fiorentina’s midfield playmaker Adem Ljajic is a summer transfer target for Arsenal FC.

Ljajic is a highly technical player and young enough to fit in the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger’s plans. He is equally adept at playing in both the midfield and at the wings, meaning that he could be a direct replacement for Yossi Benayoun, whose loan deal from Chelsea is set to expire at the end of the season.

It should be noted that Ljajic was on the verge of signing for Manchester United two years ago, but work permit issues scuppered that deal and Partizan Belgrade ended up selling him to Fiorentina for a transfer fee of £6.5million.

 

Gunners Just Need Consistency, Says Szczesny

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident that the Gunners could mount serious Premiership and Champions League challenges next season.

Coach Arsene Wenger’s men have now gone seven years without a trophy win of any kind, but Szczesny believes that they have the quality to compete with the top domestic and European sides. According to the Polish custodian, the only thing they need to find next season is some consistency and they’ll become genuine title contenders.

He said: “I think the quality is there. We all know it – we have the quality to fight for trophies in Europe and this country. It is just consistency that has been a bit of a problem for us this year. But the team is getting more experienced and hopefully we have got the experience to win trophies next year.

“If you look over the last couple of months we are probably one of the best teams in the Premier League. We have got three games to go and we need to win all three and we will finish third.”

 

No Permanent Sao Paulo Deal For Denilson

Arsenal’s forgotten man Denilson, who is currently on a season-long loan at his hometown club Sao Paulo, has revealed that he will return to the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

Sao Paulo were unable to reach an agreement with the Gunners over Denilson’s future and so the 24-year-old Brazilian will be back at his parent club once his loan deal ends.

According to ESPN’s website, the player told the reporters: “I will remain at Sao Paulo until June 30 and then I will return to [Arsenal]. I helped [Sao Paulo] this year with some good assists, established myself in the team and had some good games for them.

“I wish I could stay for six more months but that is Arsenal’s decision as I am under contract with them. I will not be unhappy in London as I will be returning to one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he added.

Walcott Expected To Be Fit For European Championship

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott’s hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared, meaning the England international will be fit in time for this summer’s European Championships that will be jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

His three-week long injury layoff will keep him out of Arsenal’s final three matches of the 2011/12 season, but it is not expected to cause any harm to his England chances.

Earlier today, coach Arsene Wenger, who had previously described Walcott’s hamstring tear as a ‘serious’ problem, said: “He had a small injury and then made it worse. We assessed the hamstring but he wanted to stay on the pitch. I think he should have come off straight away because the second time, it was a real hamstring.”

 

Barcelona Not Interested In RVP

Spanish giants Barcelona have declared that they are not interested in signing Arsenal captain Robin van Persie in the summer.

The Gunners ace was recently spotted at the same London hotel where Barcelona were staying before their Champions League tie against Chelsea. While he later clarified that he had gone to visit his fellow Dutchman Ibrahim Afellay at the hotel, the story was too spicy for the British press to ignore easily.

Now Barcelona’s official spokesperson Toni Freixa has come forward to say that van Persie is not on his club’s radar even though they have a lot of admiration for his abilities.

Freixa told The Sport Review: “For Barça, any good player is of interest – and van Persie is a great player. But [we have] no intention of signing him for now. He came to our hotel in London because he is Dutch and so is Ibrahim Afellay. They had a coffee together. He didn’t come to see us and there was no conversation.”