Juventus could become the first team to meet Arsenal‘s asking price for Robin van Persie, if they bid £20million for the striker in the coming weeks, as rumoured. They are also supposedly in talks with the Premier League top scorer’s representatives, offering to pay him a staggering £190,000 a week, after tax. This comes as a surprise, after Juve President Giuseppe Marotta had recently claimed that their interest in the Dutchman was more hype than substance.
Yesterday, there was news that West Ham had outlined a £2million loan fee with Liverpool, with the proposed deal for the 23-year-old England striker including a clause for a permanent £17m transfer, provided West Ham stay in the Barclays Premier League. However, with Carroll uninterested in a permanent move to West Ham, with hopes of returning to Liverpool, he is expected to reject a chance to join the London club. Newcastle are rumoured to be viewing this as a chance to launch a fresh bid to have Carroll return to the club. However, Newcastle’s valuation of their former player falls a good 5 million shy of Liverpool’s valuation of £20 million. Whether a move will happen remains to be seen.
Manchester United seem all set to step up their pursuit of Sao Paulo star Lucas Moura this week. Reports have emerged, claiming five members of Lucas Moura’s family have arrived in London on Monday. Claims are being made, although it’s not been confirmed, that they could be part of any discussion involving a possible transfer to United. It is also possible that they could be there just to watch the teenager at the Olympics. However, United fans can take heart in the fact that Moura has taken time out to praise the Old Trafford stadium, and its atmosphere.
The Senegalese striker, who has scored thrice in two games at the Olympics, is in high demand, with Newcastle and Man City rumoured to be chasing his signature. However, with 2 Senegalese strikers already at the club, Alan Pardew would be reluctant to sign another one, considering that they might all be unavailable during the African Cup of Nations. With that in mind, and their move for Carroll unsure, West Ham are said to be interested in acquiring his services. The striker, who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv at the moment, is said to be available on the cheap, and should be a good bargain.
In other news, Manchester City have cooled their interest in Daniel Agger after Liverpool slapped a £25 million price tag on him. Wolves forward Steven Fletcher could be on his way to Sunderland, or Aston Villa, depending on who meets the Wolves’ valuation of £12 million. Rumours are still floating of Manchester United’s interest in Ashley Cole. QPR are interested in bringing Arshavin, and Jermain Defoe to the club to improve on last year’s performance.