Backpage Roundup: Gervinho Going Nowhere, Gunners to Decide Fabregas’ United Move, Vermaelen Wants to Stay Too, Gremio’s Refusal on Santos and More

Gervinho Going Nowhere

Gervinho has declared that he will not be leaving Arsenal this summer and intends to become a regular part of coach Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up next season.

The 26-year-old Ivorian’s wastefulness in front of goal has seen him linked with moves away from Emirates Stadium, but the player has made it clear that he isn’t going anywhere.

Gervinho, who has scored just 11 goals in 63 matches for Arsenal, is quoted by The Sun as saying: “I have a contract until 2015 with Arsenal and I intend to honour it. There is always speculation but I am looking forward to a good holiday and to come back to Arsenal. I want to win my place in the starting line-up week in, week out.”

 

Gunners to Play Key Role in United’s Fabregas Pursuit

Whether incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes can take Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford depends on Arsenal, according to The Daily Mail.

The publication claims that when the Gunners sold the Spaniard to Barca in 2011, they inserted a first-refusal clause in his sale agreement, according to which they would have to pay a pre-set buy-back fee in the region of £20million to £25million only.

Moreover, the North Londoners are also entitled to receive half of Fabregas’ next transfer fee – in case they don’t exercise the right to re-purchase him – which means that Barca would have to sell Fabregas for a significantly inflated price just to recover the £35million they paid for him and to give Arsenal their 50 per cent share.

The chance to bring the 26-year-old playmaker back to Emirates Stadium at a reduced price would be mouth-watering for some fans, but it is unclear if coach Arsene Wenger is keen to do that especially since he has more than enough creative options in the centre of the field.

 

Vermaelen Also Hints At Arsenal Stay

Thomas Vermaelen is confident that his Arsenal career is not over and plans to win back his position in the club’s starting line-up next season.

After a disappointing campaign during which the Belgian lost his starting role, speculation is rife that he will be sold and replaced with a more defensively sound player this summer. However, the player’s comments suggest that he is not keen to leave at all and wants to rebuild his career at Emirates Stadium.

Ad.nl have quoted Vermaelen as saying: “I’m happy at Arsenal. I didn’t play much and that was frustrating, but things can turn around quickly. I was on the bench, but I could just as quickly be playing again. I’m working hard to make that happen. These are things that happen in professional football. Arsenal are a great club where there is a lot of competition.”

 

Gremio Refuse to Buy Santos

It seems that Arsenal fans haven’t seen the last of Andre Santos as the Brazilian defender’s loan club Gremio have refused to buy him.

Santos, 30, joined Gremio on an initial six-month temporary deal in the January transfer window after an extremely underwhelming spell of 18 months with the Gunners. It was believed that the loan deal will be followed by a permanent transfer, but the Serie A outfit says that they will not be pursuing that option due to the player’s high wages.

In an interview with UOL, Gremio’s director of football Marcos Chitolina said: “We signed Andre Santos for Copa Libertadores and his contract expires in July. It would be too expensive for Gremio to renew his contract; he is a very expensive player. We thank him for everything he has done, but we will keep Alex Telles and Fabio Aurelio.

 

Laudrup Implicitly Invites Bids for Williams

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has all but invited Arsenal FC to bid for Ashley Williams after admitting that he is fine with losing one player this summer.

Williams, 28, is seen by Arsene Wenger as an ideal candidate to replace out-of-form Gunners captain Thomas Vermaelen. And Laudrup’s comments indicate that he has decided to allow his star centre-half’s summer sale as it would beef up his own transfer kitty.

While addressing the rumours surrounding Williams’ future, the Swans boss said: “There has been a lot of talk and let’s see what happens. He extended his contract not so long ago, like I did. Maybe we have to accept one player will go but not any more.

“We have to strengthen to consolidate because a lot of the teams below us in the table will spend more money. Those sums are above what we pay so we have to do things in different ways. There is a lot of work to do this summer. One thing is to find them and another to then go and sign them.

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