Arshavin Signs For Zenit
Freshly released Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin has returned back to his homeland by penning a two-year deal with his former club Zenit St Petersburg.
It will be the Russian’s third spell with Zenit where he is still held in high regards despite being horrendously out of form for the past two seasons.
“One of the best footballers in Russia of the last decade is returning to his home city,” a message on fc–zenit.ru read.
“I am very glad that it happened. I am glad to get back to the city.It’s good to wear the Zenit shirt. I just want to play football. Of course, I want to return to the national team. I do not know whether being at Zenit helps this or not. I just want to play football. And I want to do it in my hometown,” Arshavin added.
Higuain ‘Close’ to Arsenal Move, Brother Confirms
Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain’s proposed move to Arsenal seems to be on the verge of completion after his brother admitted that the Gunners are close to sealing the deal.
In an interview with tuttomercatoweb.com, Nicolas Higuain revealed that the North Londoners’ greater financial clout has seen them fend off competition from Napoli and Juventus.
“If Tevez joins Juve, is Higuain closer to Arsenal? I think so. Juventus is a great club, but Gonzalo is too expensive for them. Napoli are a strong team. Having said that, I cannot deny that Gonzalo is now close to Arsenal,” he said.
But Spurs Could Scupper Arsenal’s Plan
Real Madrid are ready to tempt Tottenham Hotspur into selling Gareth Bale by offering them a player-plus cash deal that would involve Arsenal transfer target Gonzalo Higuain and Fabio Coentrao. (The Times)
The Spurs are notably short of quality strikers and could be interested in adding a World Class finisher like Higuain to their squad. Moreover, in Coentrao, they would be getting a quality left-back, which is another area of their squad that needs strengthening.
While it still is just speculation at this point, the two players mentioned possess precisely the skill-set that Andre Villas-Boas might be looking for this summer, and so it does add some weight to it.
It is unclear what would happen to the Gunners’ plan of signing Higuain if this Real-to-Spurs offer turns out to be true.
Bendtner Playing The Waiting Game
Arsenal FC striker Nicklas Bendtner has yet to make up his mind what his next career move will be despite receiving offers from Eintracht Frankfurt and four other European clubs.
The Gunners have purportedly granted permission to five clubs to speak to the big Dane, and Frankfurt’s Sporting Director Bruno Hübner visited London last month precisely to do just that on his club’s behalf. The player, however, still hasn’t made a decision even though he had previously set himself a deadline of June 24.
If this delay prolongs any longer, it is believed that Frankfurt will drop their interest in Bendtner and pursue other transfer targets.
HSV Confirm Interest in Djourou
German club Hamburger SV have joined the race to sign Arsenal FC defender Johan Djourou, according to German newspaper Bild.
The 26-year-old Swiss apparently caught the eye of the HSV brass last season while he was playing on loan for their fellow Bundesliga outfit Hannover. Their director of sport Oliver Kreuzer recently confirmed his club’s interest in Djourou and said: “We would loan him, but we would also buy him, depending on what Arsenal prefer.”
Hannover are also believed to be in the running for Djourou’s signature, but Kreuzer is confident that Die Rothosen’s greater stature will help them lure the player to Imtech Arena.
“Hannover played well in Europe last season, but Hamburg is Hamburg.HSV is HSV, and we are just a better club,” he added.