Backpage roundup: Djourou, van Persie, Dzagoev and Nasri

Djourou’s Agent Discusses Potential Summer Moves

Johan Djourou’s agent Flavio Ferraria has hinted that his client is on the wish list of several European clubs, including Italian outfit Napoli.

The 25-year-old centre-half is currently on a long-term deal at Arsenal but is not considered an integral part of the club’s first team squad any more, with Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker ahead of him in the pecking order.

Djourou is expected to leave the club this summer due to his lack of playing time and his agent told Radio Crc: “Can Djourou join Napoli? It’s certainly possible, especially as we will be in Italy next week for a series of appointments. At the moment Napoli are not on the list of appointments, but everything is possible. If he leaves the Premier League, then he will play in Italy or Spain.”

I saw my client the other day and he was enthusiastic about both Napoli and Italy in general. So far we have received an offer worth €10m, but it is up for negotiation. He wants to play for one of the top five Italian clubs,” Ferraria added.

 

Arsenal Can’t Offer Crazy Wages to RVP

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has admitted for the first time that the Gunners won’t be able to offer Robin van Persie the kind of the money some of their rivals can, but claimed that the club is capable of challenging for honours in future. (The Sunday Mirror)

The 28-year-old striker’s current Arsenal deal is set to expire in the summer of 2013 and the club is keen to secure his future with an extension. However, several big spending clubs, who can easily double or treble van Persie’s wages, are rumoured to be interested in acquiring his services this summer and Hill-Wood says that if it all comes down to money, then the Gunners will certainly lose the battle of retaining their talisman.

Hill-Wood told the Sunday Mirror: “He is vital to us and has been an extremely good captain. But if somebody comes along and offers Robin £250,000 a week then I am afraid we cannot compete with that.

“With players, you never know what they are going to do. Some players say they want silverware but when they have the chance to earn extraordinary money that has been pumped into the game, then you just have to hope they will stay because they are happy and loyal where they are.

“There are players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United who have been loyal to one club but players like that are few and far between. Hopefully we can reach agreement with Robin and ideally he will extend his contract.

“We have already brought in one new player in Lukas Podolski and I believe we will bring in more. I am confident we will, in fact. I just hope that Robin will be with us next season because I genuinely feel we can make a real challenge for the Premier League title. We had an atrocious start to last season but we recovered to finish third which was a marvellous achievement when you look at the problems that we had with injuries.”

 

Samir Nasri Taunts Arsenal Again

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has once again taken a swipe at his former club Arsenal and reiterated that he swapped Emirates Stadium for Etihad in order to win titles and not for money. (The Daily Mail)

The 24-year-old Frenchman, who is now one of the most hated footballers among Arsenal fans, said: “I’m glad I left because City are far more competitive and are winning titles, not dreaming about it. I have said 300 times I did not leave Arsenal for money, only for sporting aspirations and if people don’t believe me that’s their problem.”

Despite everything that has been said by Nasri, Metro claims that coach Arsene Wenger could be interested in bringing him back to Arsenal if City decide to sell him this summer.

 

Arsenal and Chelsea Interested In Dzagoev

Russian international Alan Dzagoev, who scored twice in his country’s opening Euro 2012 match against Czech Republic, is a rumoured transfer target of Arsenal. (The Sunday Express)

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who has been described by The Express as “Russia’s answer to Brazil ace Neymar,” only has six more months to run on his existing deal with CSKA Moscow, which means that he might be available on the cheap. However, the bad news is that Chelsea are also monitoring Dzagoev’s situation.