Backpage roundup: Graham's advice, United's failed RVP bid, Besiktas' interest in Chamakh, Ganso and Llorente

Gunners Need To Come Clean, Says Graham
George Graham has said that Arsenal need to explicitly confess that they don’t have the financial muscle to battle with some of their super-rich local rivals like the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
The former Gunners boss also believes that the club should sell their want-away captain Robin van Persie this summer and move on.
In an interview with ESPN, Graham said: “You have to sell van Persie and move on, and Arsenal need to tell everybody that they can’t compete on the financial aspect, that they can’t compete with Chelsea, Manchester City, even Manchester United.
“If the club have to sell their top player they also have to tell their fans it has to be done this way. Last year it dragged on with [Cesc] Fabregas and players were brought in late and Arsenal had a bad start, culminating with an eight-goal hammering at Old Trafford.
“With van Persie it needs to be done and dusted, he has made his statement, he has said the club lack ambition so the club need to get the best offer they can and move on. Van Persie has another year left on his contact and Arsenal tried to negotiate. The way it works is they would have come to him with an offer six months ago, but he is not prepared to talk about the finances.
“He knows he can get a better offer elsewhere but it’s not just about an offer it is about winning trophies and Arsenal haven’t won a trophy for five or six years and that comes into the equation, whether the club are ambitious enough. What more could Arsenal have done with van Persie? I am not sure they could have done more, or if I would have done it any differently.”

Man United’s RVP Bid Rejected
According to BBC’s website, Arsenal have rejected Manchester United’s bid for Robin van Persie.
The Gunners, who are seeking a transfer fee in the region of £25-30 million for their captain, have made it clear that they won’t negotiate a deal unless an opening offer of at least £20 million is made to them.
Earlier today, Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that his club has launched a bid for van Persie.
In an interview with MUTV, Ferguson said: “Obviously Arsenal have given out the fact that we’ve made a bid for him. We try to keep business as close as possible to us until the moment we conclude a deal. There’s no point talking about something that might not happen. There are other clubs interested in the player. We’ve shown an interest and that’s where we’re at the moment.”
Besiktas Want Chamakh
According to Milliyet, Turkish club Besiktas are interested in signing Arsenal outcast Marouane Chamakh. (
The former Bordeaux hitman arrived at Emirates Stadium two years ago and despite a promising start to his Arsenal career, he now finds himself fourth in the pecking order due to the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.
Chamakh is widely expected to leave the club this month and while Besiktas want to sign him, they aren’t prepared to meet Arsenal’s valuation of €5 million for the lanky Moroccan.
Zenit and Spalletti Want Arshavin Back
Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti has admitted that he would like to sign Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Andrey Arshavin once again. (
Arshavin, who spent the second half of the 2011/12 season under Spalletti at Zenit, did enough during that loan spell to impress the Italian coach, who now wants to bring him back to the Russian club for a third spell.
In an interview with Zenit’s official website, Spalletti said: “We will buy players. In my opinion Arshavin is a player of real class and, in addition, he is an intelligent man. It all depends on what his motivation is. I have little doubt about Arshavin. I’m sure if he came back, he would play as well as last season. He is one of the names that we have discussed.”
Arsenal Tracking Santos Playmaker Ganso
According to a report published by The Daily Mirror, Arsenal are monitoring Brazilian playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso, whose relationship with his current club Santos has apparently broken down.
Coach Arsene Wenger has given some of his top scouts the task of watching the attacking midfielder in action at London Olympics, where he will be representing Brazil.
Moreover, The Daily Mail has claimed that Wenger is also looking at the big Spanish striker Fernando Llorente as a potential replacement for Robin van Persie.

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