Tuesday’s Gossip Column: Football Transfers & Rumours
Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 27, had his hopes of a transfer deadline move to Arsenal dashed when Magpies boss Alan Pardew and the Newcastle board told him that he would not be allowed to leave.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose, 24, has said no-one at White Hart Lane should begrudge former team-mate Gareth Bale, 24, his world record move to Real Madrid.
Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera’s proposed move to Manchester United fell through after the Reds’ representatives failed to deposit the right documents at the Spanish league’s headquarters.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes the Gunners have made the signing of the summer after completing a club-record £42.4m for Real Madrid’s 24-year-old midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Germany international Ozil will be wearing the number 11 shirt for Arsenal and shirts are already being printed with his name and number on the back.
Manchester United were knocked back by Real Madrid after making an offer of £35m for 26-year-old Germany midfielder Sami Khedira.
Real Madrid were prepared to let Khedira leave the Bernabeu, but they wanted United to make an improved bid.
Chelsea blocked Arsenal’s bid to take striker Demba Ba, 28, on a season-long loan to the Emirates because Jose Mourinho saw the Gunners as serious title rivals.
Arsenal had competition from Roma, with the Serie A side keen on taking the Senegal striker on loan.
Porto midfielder Fernando, 26, appears to have ruled out a £15m move to Everton via his Instagram account.
Scotland coach Mark McGhee describes Friday’s World Cup qualifying opponents Belgium as a “step up” on their previous opponents, England.
Returning AC Milan midfielder Kaka, 31, is hopeful that he can forge a relationship with former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 23, similar to the one he had with Filippo Inzaghi.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (supplied by BBC Monitoring)
Middlesbrough’s £4m bid for Genk’s Belgium international forward Jelle Vossen, 24, was described as “a timid attempt” by the sporting director Dirk Degraen.
Former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 30, believes Real Madrid overpaid on their world record purchase of Gareth Bale, and says the 24-year-old will have to rise to increased expectations.
Thrifty Arsenal fans have avoided splashing out on a personalised Mesut Ozil shirt by simply adapting an old Arsenal O2-sponsored kit.