Perez Tells Higuain Suitors to Not Even Bother Bidding Just £25M
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told Arsenal and Juventus to forget about signing Gonzalo Higuain if they believe he will accept offers of £25.5 million for the Argentine forward.
It was previously thought that Los Merengues would sell Higuain for a transfer fee in the region of £20-25 million, but Perez has made it clear that he will not sanction the sale for such offers due to the extreme inflation in the transfer market.
In a recent interview, the Galacticos inventor was asked about any incoming offers for Higuain, to which he replied: “With £25.5m it’s better that they don’t come. Let’s see if people ask us for £50million for everyone and we sell one of ours for half that.”
Wenger ‘Not Scared to Spend’ Big – Gazidis
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has rubbished suggestions Arsene Wenger is scared to splash the sizeable transfer kitty made available to him, claiming that the Gunners boss will spend big money if or when he finds the right player.
Speaking to a group of Arsenal supporters on Monday night, Gazidis said: “The manager is not scared to spend money but he has to believe they are top-class players who will add to the squad. Can I guarantee he will spend all of that money? It depends on the talent. The key is having players Arsene believes in, adding them to the squad and making sure he has a cohesive squad he believes in.”
He then admitted that the club’s progress on the field has come to a standstill in the past few years by saying: “I accept we haven’t done that over the last few years. We have essentially been very consistent – we haven’t slipped backwards and we haven’t gone forwards. We need to go forwards. It is not enough to be watching a video of a last-minute scramble to get over the line into fourth place. No-one at this club wants that.”
Fabregas Denies Seeking Summer Move
Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas says that he will not be leaving his current club Barcelona this summer unless he is forced out.
Due to not being a regular starter at Camp Nou last season, the 26-year-old is being linked with moves back to Arsenal and the Premier League champions Manchester United. But the player says he has no desire to seek a transfer, and all the reports that suggest otherwise are totally untrue.
In a recent interview with radio station Onda Cero, Fabregas said: “It has taken a lot for me to get where I am, and I am not thinking about throwing it all away for nothing. If Barcelona said that they didn’t want me, that would be another thing – but what I truly want is to triumph at Barcelona. That’s been my dream since I was a kid. The way in which some people always invent things is fascinating.”
Aulas Unwilling to Sell Grenier
Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas is confident that he will be able to keep hold of Arsenal target Clement Grenier this summer.
The 22-year-old winger, whose style has been likened to former Gunner Samir Nasri, is being tracked by coach Arsene Wenger, but Aulas doesn’t want to sell him just yet.
“We’ve had talks about Clement Grenier. The club’s position is there will be no departure this year of a player who was educated at the club and that is reaching maturity,” the OL supremo told the press recently when asked to comment on Grenier’s future.
Martinez Confident Over Fellaini Future
Newly-appointed Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that he has no reason to convince Marouane Fellaini to stay at the club because he has never been made available for sale.
The 25-year-old Belgian has been heavily linked with potential moves to Arsenal and Manchester United but the Toffees boss is sure that the player is not looking to leave.
Martinez said: “I don’t think it is an issue. You are not talking about a player who is out of the squad or in negotiations with another club. I won’t look to speak to him about this because there is nothing to speak about.
“What I want is him to be ready for the next season, to be ready to take an important role at the club and understand that it is a big season for him.
“As an individual, he has got an exciting year in front of him and I don’t think he is personally thinking, ‘Am I going to be here?’ I don’t think that’s in his head.”