Backpage Roundup: M’Vila Cries, Doumbia, Konoplyanka and More

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CSKA Lower Doumbia’s Price; Wenger Interested In Konoplyanka

CSKA Moscow have reportedly lowered the asking price for their star striker Seydou Doumbia to £15 million and Arsenal are now preparing to begin transfer talks with the Russian club for the Ivorian’s signature. (The Daily Mail)

The 24-year-old Doumbia, who hit 38 goals for the Moscow club in the recently concluded season, has an exit clause of £26 million in his current contract. CSKA were initially reluctant to do business for anything less than the amount needed to trigger his exit clause, but they are now willing to let him go for an upfront payment of £15 million plus add-ons that could raise his eventual fee by as much as £6 million.

Moreover, the Daily Mail has claimed that coach Arsene Wenger is interested in signing Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk’s 22-year-old winger Yevhen Konoplyanka and is going to observe his performances in the upcoming European Championships.


No RVP Bid Unless Someone Leaves, Says Mancini

Amidst rumours that Manchester City are planning to launch a £25 million bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie this summer, their manager Roberto Mancini has said that his club will be in the market for a striker only if any of his four forwards leave in the upcoming transfer window. (Metro)

While the Italian confessed of his liking for van Persie, he seemed content with his current forward line of Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.

In an interview with Tuttosport, Mancini said: “Van Persie is world class. His situation is different than the [Gael] Clichy and [Samir] Nasri ones, when we signed them. It was difficult to keep them in London for [Arsene] Wenger…We won’t buy a striker unless one of our players leaves first. We want to keep them all.”


Arsenal to Participate In Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup

Arsenal have added some more matches to their 2012/13 pre-season campaign. In addition to the tour of Asia and Africa, the Gunners will also be taking part in the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup, which is being organised by Southampton FC as a tribute to their former chairman. (

Liebherr, who died of a heart attack in August 2010, had saved the Saints from administration a year earlier and since his purchase of the club, they have secured consecutive promotions to reclaim their top-flight status.

The three-team tournament will also feature Scottish giants Rangers and it will take place on July 14.


M’Vila Cries after Spraining Ankle

Arsenal target Yann M’Vila was seen crying on the bench after he sprained his ankle in France’s 2-0 win over Serbia in an international friendly match. (Metro)

The ill-timed injury could make him miss the upcoming European Championship and the physical pain, along with the threat of being ruled out of such a major tournament was too much to handle for the 21-year-old defensive midfielder, who broke down in tears after being substituted.

Later on, M’Vila, whose potential transfer to Arsenal could also be in danger due to the injury, told L’Equipe magazine: “I cracked up. A lot of things went through my mind. When I was 13, I experienced the same thing and I was in plaster for two months. I thought of that straight away, that the Euro was over for me.

We will let things run their course, and hopefully I’ll be ready for June 11, God willing. I’m able to put my foot down on the floor, but I still have to walk with crutches, just in case. There is time to heal before the Euros.”

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