Backpage roundup: Wenger firm on RVP situation, Bendtner-Mexes swap deal, Tello plus £20m for Song and more

Arsenal and AC Milan Working On a Swap Deal

According to the latest reports emerging from the Italian press, Arsenal and AC Milan are negotiating a swap deal that would rid the Gunners of Nicklas Bendtner and land them French centre-half Philippe Mexes. (Mirror)

The veteran defender has had a falling out with his Rossoneri bosses and has reportedly been isolated from the rest of the club’s first team squad. Italian tabloid Corriere dello Sport believes that Mexes’ strained relationship with his employers is the primary reason why Milan are pursuing a swap deal with Arsenal.

French national team coach Didier Deschamps recently dropped a major hint that there is some uncertainty about Mexes’ club future by saying: “I know Philippe well and he is part of the wider France squad. What is happening to him? I don’t know if he will leave Milan, as there is a particular situation going on with his club.”

If the transfer goes through, it will enable Milan to lighten up their pay roll even more, as Mexes earns a massive €4.5 million a year. On the other hand, Arsenal will be able to offload an unneeded player who doesn’t have any other takers at the moment.

 

Wenger Demands £20 million and Tello for Song

Arsenal FC have reportedly told Barcelona that in order to buy Alex Song this summer, they would have to offer them their starlet Cristian Tello as a makeweight in any deal. (Metro)

The La Liga runner-ups have made Song their number one transfer target after Athletic Bilbao’s defensive midfielder Javi Martinez proved too expensive for them.

Coach Arsene Wenger wants Song to stay at Emirates Stadium but Mundo Deportivo claims that the Gunners have still decided to listen to Barca’s offer. However, they are not expected to let the Cameroonian go for anything less than £20 million and also want the Spanish club to throw in Tello in the deal too.

 

M’Vila Departure Not Certain

Rennes’ defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila has hinted that he may not leave his current team this month even though his club chairman Frederic de Saint-Sernin recently told the press that they have received a ‘concrete bid’ for him from an English club.

In a recent interview with Canal+, M’Vila said: “For the moment, I am here, I am well, I’m not complaining, I play. I must play good matches. While I am here, I am at the disposal of the coach and I must do the best possible.

“The transfer window ends on 4 September, so I will not lose my head. If I must stay another year or more, I will stay. If I must go, that’s life. But if I stay here, I will be 100 per cent concentrated.”

While Arsenal have had a longstanding interest in M’Vila, it is understood that Tottenham are currently in the pole position to land the 22-year-old.

 

Ramsey Determined to Take His Game to Next Level

Aaron Ramsey believes that he has yet to hit his peak and will do so in the next few years.

The Welsh international joined Arsenal as a highly-rated youngster but after a promising start to his career at Emirates Stadium, his development stalled due to a career-threatening leg injury in 2010.

He has since recovered from that setback, although his form has been a bit up and down in the last two seasons. He says that he is ready to put his form and injury problems in the past and is ready to take his game to the next level.

In an interview with the Daily Star, Ramsey said: “The best is yet to come from me. I’m delighted with how it has gone – apart from my injury. I missed about ten months, which stalled my progress, but I still think there is a lot more to come from me. I’m working hard and wanting to learn more every day to become the best player I can possibly be.”

 

Wenger Staying Firm on RVP Situation

Arsene Wenger has told the press that there is no new development regarding the future of club captain Robin van Persie and reiterated that he wants the Dutchman to stay at Arsenal.

Van Persie’s goal-rich form of 2008 and his expiring contract has put him on the wish list of several top European clubs but none of them has been able to agree a transfer fee with the Gunners.

After Arsenal’s 4-0 win over German club Cologne on Sunday, Wenger was asked about the RVP transfer saga once again, to which he replied: “There’s no news on van Persie. Our fans want him to stay so you can understand they are excited. Anything I could say about Van Persie would be a lie because he’s our player and that’s it.

“Robin scored 30 goals last season and you want to keep your best player. He was player of the year in England. We want to keep him. I cannot tell you more at the moment because I don’t know more.”