Backpage Roundup: Gunners Expecting Bayern and Barca's Bids for Koscielny, Juve Drop Out of Higuain Chase, Fabregas' Barca Dream and More

Gunners Expecting Bayern and Barca’s Bids for Koscielny
Arsenal FC are set to receive bids from European giants Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona for their star defender Laurent Koscielny. (
In order to discourage interest in the French centre-half, his price has been upped to €23.5 million, but it doesn’t seem that it would stop the Bavarians and the Catalans from testing the Gunners’ resolve.
Meanwhile, the Sun claims Koscielny has told Arsene Wenger that he will shun overtures from other clubs this summer in order to stay put at the Emirates Stadium. They weren’t able to provide any quotes though.
Fabregas Still Pursuing Dream of Making It at Barca
Barcelona flop Cesc Fabregas has one again expressed his desire to stay at Camp Nou and rubbished media reports which claimed that he is in contact with his former club Arsenal and Manchester United regarding a potential summer switch.
It was thought that the 26-year-old might want to return back to the Premier League due to lack of playing opportunities, but he says he has no desire to go anywhere and wants to fight for his place at the Catalan club.
“People talk a lot but the truth is that no-one has spoken with me. I want to triumph in Barcelona, that club is my home and I always dreamed of playing there, so I will try and succeed there as long as I can,” Fabregas said in a recent interview with Movistar.
Juve Drop Out of Higuain Chase
Juventus have turned their attention to Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, paving way for Arsenal to swoop in for their formerly-joint transfer target Gonzalo Higuain, who is expected to be sold for a bid of around £25.5million this summer. (London Evening Standard)
Unwilling to go any further than £18.7million, the Serie A champions decided to drop out of the Higuain chase, and now the stage is set for the Gunners to sign the Real Madrid ace.
Santos Upset at Arsenal Return
Andre Santos has expressed his displeasure at having to return to Arsenal following his six-month loan spell at Gremio.
After failing to settle at Emirates Stadium during his short stay, the 30-year-old Brazilian was shipped to Gremio where he enjoyed some renaissance in form. However, the Serie A outfit refused to sign him on a permanent deal after the expiry of his loan spell, thus upsetting the wing-back.
In an interview with Radio Gre-Nal, Santos said: “My loan deal is over. It was six months long and now I am returning. Gremio had an agreement with Arsenal and I have to return. I wanted to stay. Gremio were fair regarding everything. I felt well there and I wanted to win a title before leaving. Unfortunately there is no deal and I had to return to Arsenal.”
Denilson Re-Joins Sao Paulo
Former Arsenal midfielder Denilson has re-signed with Sao Paulo on permanent basis soon after his contract with the North London giants was terminated by mutual consent.
The 25-year-old midfielder returns to his hometown club from whom the Gunners signed him in 2006. He also spent the last two seasons at Sao Paulo on loan from Arsenal.
He reportedly rejected more financially lucrative offers from Gremio, Cruzeiro and Santos in order to link up with the Soberano.
Globo Esporte, has quoted Denilson as saying: “I have to repay the confidence of the board and the fans by playing well. I received other offers and some were more financially attractive, too. But my love and identification with Sao Paulo made the difference in my decision.”

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