Backpage roundup: Bendtner, Usmanov, Denilson, Ox and Rosicky

Bendtner’s Agent Negotiating With Several Clubs

Nicklas Bendtner’s agent Tom Brooks has revealed that several European clubs are interested in signing his client.

The Arsenal striker, who is rumoured to be a summer transfer target for rich Spanish club Malaga, spent the 2011/12 season on loan at Sunderland but failed to find any real form and managed to score just eight league goals all season.

Bendtner isn’t regarded as a first-team regular by coach Arsene Wenger anymore and therefore, he is not keen to return to Arsenal for next season. While his future remains uncertain, his agent claims that he is currently trying to negotiate a transfer for his client with several clubs.

In an interview with BT, Brooks said: “We are in negotiations with several clubs. We are reviewing the options before we decide where his future will be.”

 

Wenger Backs Giroud to Do Well For Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has backed Olivier Giroud to be a big hit for Arsenal next season. The 25-year-old striker is widely expected to become a Gunner once the ongoing European Championship end, and the Arsenal boss believes that he has what it takes to help his side. (BBC)

I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well in our collective and our way of playing. He is a real team player and knows how to combine with other players and I’m sure he will do well with us,” Wenger said, according to BBC’s website.

 

Usmanov Wants to Increase Arsenal Stake

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has said that he wants to increase his stake in the club but insists that becoming a member of the board is not on his agenda. (Goal.com)

While talking to reporters at the international economic forum in St. Petersburg, Usmanov said: “As much as possible, every time, I’m open to increase my shares.”

The Russian businessman, who is worth nearly $6 billion more than Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, was then asked if he is interested in joining the Gunners board, to which he replied: “No, I don’t want to be on the board when I’m not invited.”

 

Sao Paulo Unwilling to Meet Arsenal’s Asking Price for Denilson

Brazilian club Sao Paulo have confirmed that they won’t be signing Denilson on a permanent deal this summer, which means that the midfielder will now return to his parent club Arsenal. (Goal.com)

Denilson struggled to hold down a place in Arsenal’s starting line-up during his previous spell in London and was therefore loaned to Sao Paulo at the beginning of last season. He is not a part of coach Arsene Wenger’s plans anymore but the Gunners’ asking price of £4.9 million means that Sao Paulo won’t be signing him on a permanent basis.

The Morumbi club’s president Juvenal Juvencio told UOL:Denilson won’t stay. Arsenal want €6million (£4.9million) for him, but we won’t pay that so we expect him to leave soon. Of course we will try to get the loan deal extended for another year, but it won’t be easy.”

 

Ox Set For a New Lucrative Deal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be handed a new contract by Arsenal that would bring his weekly wages in line with the rest of the club’s first-team players. (Daily Mail)

The England international currently pockets £15,000 per week through the deal, which he signed only last year at the time of joining the Gunners from his former club Southampton. However, he has quickly established himself as a key part of the club’s first-team setup and so the management has decided to give him a pay raise, which would also deter interest from other clubs.

 

Rosicky Could Miss Start of Next Season

Tomas Rosicky’s new injury concerns could force him to miss the start of the 2012/13 season for Arsenal. (ESPN)

The 31-year-old attacking midfielder injured his Achilles tendon in Czech Republic’s Euro 2012 group match against Greece and even though he tried his best to get fit for the Portugal game, he was unable to do so.

He recently admitted that he is not sure whether he will be fit for the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.

“Where the injury is concerned, I have no idea right now. I spoke with the people from Arsenal after the Greece game, so I’ll go back and they will check on me,” Rosicky said.