Backpage Roundup: Wenger Not Leaving, Bayern Enquire About Koscielny, Gunners Tracking Gonalons, Vela Open to Arsenal Return and More

Wenger Not Leaving Arsenal; Could Stay Beyond 2014

Arsene Wenger has denied that he would leave Arsenal this summer and hinted that he could even extend his current deal, which only has one more year remaining after this one.

It was recently speculated that the Gunners boss could leave the North London club at the end of the season to join Paris Saint-Germain. But he has totally rubbished those reports by saying: “I answered that question already. I respect my contracts. I want to stay (on past 2014) if I do well and if I consider or the club considers that I do well, that is all.

“I want this club to do well, that is my basic feeling. We have gone through a period that was very sensitive, we are coming out of it now, in a much stronger position financially. I believe the club is in a very strong position for the future.”

Bayern Make Official Contact Regarding Koscielny Transfer – Report

UEA Champions League finalists Bayern Munich have told Arsenal to name their price for Laurent Koscielny, according to Goal.com.

The German champions’ incoming coach Pep Guardiola is a long-term admirer of the Arsenal centre-half and has asked his future employers to recruit the Frenchman at all costs.

In order to discourage Bayern’s interest, the Gunners are expected to quote them a price of £20 million. However, it is unlikely to deter the big-spending Bavarians, who have already agreed to sign Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund for €37 million.

Lyon’s Gonalons Linked With Arsenal Move

Arsene Wenger is plotting a summer move for Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Max Gonalons and has scouted him on several occasions this season already, according to The Sun.

Abou Diaby’s injury troubles mean that the Gunners are in the market for a new defensive midfielder, and Gonalons is the latest one to be linked with them.

It is believed that £10 million will be enough for Lyon to sanction the sale of the 24-year-old Frenchman.

Vela Open to Arsenal Return

Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela has admitted that he could sign for his former club Arsenal ‘at any moment’ but is presently committed to helping his current club secure a Champions League berth.

In the last two years, the 24-year-old Mexican has successfully repaired his career, which had regressed during his seven-year association with the Gunners. He has scored 25 goals and provided 19 assists for La Real in 65 career games, giving rise to speculation that coach Arsene Wenger might want to trigger a buy-back clause that was inserted into his sale agreement at the time of his transfer to Sociedad.

Vela seems open to the idea of a move back to the Emirates Stadium, as he told L’Equipe: “Going back to Arsenal? It could happen at any moment, but I don’t want to think about it. My life is at Real Sociedad, and it is with that shirt that I want to play in the Champions League next season.”

Wenger Told Not To Expect Bargain in Cesar Chase

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has told Arsenal not to expect a bargain if they are serious about signing their goalkeeper Julio Cesar this summer.

The 33-year-old Brazilian has been one of the few rare players who have played well for the relegated Rangers this season, and as a result, the Gunners are interested in recruiting him to solve their goalkeeping problems.

But their hopes of nicking him from QPR for cheap were dealt a big blow when Redknapp said: “He wants to go to Arsenal? Arsene Wenger will be here tomorrow, if he’s interested, I’m sure he’ll speak to me.He’s a top, top goalkeeper. There’s no doubt about that. He’s a Brazil international so for him to play in the Championship next year would be difficult. I can understand that.

“But he’s a good goalkeeper. It would take a good offer. How this game works is you buy players and those who don’t do well, you’re stuck with them but those who do well, they think they’ll walk away for nothing.You’ve got to get what you feel is value for him. He’s going to cost decent money if anyone wants to buy him. He’s a good goalkeeper.”

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