Friday, 10 January 2014

Arsenal FC new signings? Kouyate to Liverpool FC? Man Utd to ditch players?

Cheikhou Kouyate 
- Arsene Wenger has admitted that Theo Walcott's knee injury has "accelerated" Arsenal's plans in the January transfer window.

"[Walcott’s injury] has accelerated speculation first and of course my desire as well - but let's not forget about Serge Gnabry who can play in the first team," Wenger told the club's official website.

"Up front we lose Theo as a potential central forward and that's maybe where we have to look outside. But we hopefully have [Nicklas] Bendtner back in three weeks.

"We are there for the opportunities but it's very difficult at the moment."

- Cheikhou Kouyate is a target for both Arsenal and Liverpool, the Anderlecht defender's agent has claimed.

Saffet Balkan told Turkish Football: "I have been in talks with representatives from Liverpool and Arsenal over Cheikhou Kouyate.

"Arsenal are very interested in Kouyate. Southampton and Manchester City have also been in contact with me over him."

- Manchester United could offload as many as eight senior players this summer, including Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, according to the Daily Mail.

- Manchester United manager David Moyes has made an approach for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

- Wolfsburg have warned Chelsea that they will not be held to ransom over a possible move for Kevin De Bruyne.

- Alvaro Morata, who has been linked with Arsenal and more recently Liverpool, has admitted he could have to consider his options at Real Madrid.

He told Minuto 116: "Real Madrid have been my team since I was little and will be all my life, but I think the important thing is to have a relevant role in the team.

"If I ever feel that's not the case, I would look at other options. In football, it's very difficult to stay at the top and even more so in a team like Real.

"Moving up to the first team is tricky, not everyone deals with it well. If you learn how to handle it, you realise the value of every minute. Maybe in five or 10 minutes you have to go on and be decisive in a game. In football every minute is golden."

- But Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out selling Morata or Fabio Coentrao to Premier League clubs - and has confirmed that Real Madrid will not be making any new signings this month.

- Remy Cabella has admitted he is keen on a move to the Premier League should Montpellier agree to sell him this month.

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