Wellington Silva Arsenal 2015- Brazilian starlet finally gets Spanish nationality

Wellington Silva, the Brazilian forward Arsenal signed from Fluminense way back in 2011, will finally get to represent the Gunners four years after signing for the North London club. The youngster, born in 1993, originally signed for the Gunners in 2009, but the transfer was delayed to 2011 owing to his young age.

At the time of his signing, Wellington was unable to get a work permit, and was farmed out to various Spanish clubs on loan. He is currently at Almeria, and has previously had loan spells at Levante, Alcoyano, Murcia and Ponferradina.

Wellington tweeted of his delight at getting a new Spanish passport, which makes him eligible to play for the Gunners in the forthcoming 2015/16 season without having to go through the hassles of a work permit (more…)

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Neymar puts Chelsea on alert

Brazilian wonderkid Neymar has put Chelsea on alert by naming them as one of the sides he would consider moving to when he makes his long-awaited transfer to Europe.

Neymar is expected to leave current club Santos in the next two years, and seems to have placed Barcelona top of his list of destinations. However a move to the Nou Camp is far from certain, and the striker named Chelsea as a possible option.

“Who wouldn’t dream about playing alongside Messi, Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta? They’re all great players,” he told Esporte Espetacular. “I dream of playing in Europe, for a big club like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea.”

The 21-year-old Brazil international netted 34 goals in 33 domestic matches in 2012.

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Arsenal in Isco link

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Malaga start let Isco, with a fee of £30m being talked of.

The Gunners have already done business with the La Liga club this season, bringing Santi Cazorla to the Emirates Stadium, and the 20-year-old Isco, also an attacking midfielder, would require a fee rarely spent by the London club.

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Liverpool lead chase for Negredo

Liverpool are front-runners to bring Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo to the Premier League this summer, should their 13m Euro deal for Roma forward Fabio Borini fall through.

The Reds are known to be in the market for a striker, and with reports suggesting Andy Carroll could be offloaded on loan, Negredo would fit the bill as his replacement.

Should the deal for Borini be completed, both Arsenal and Malaga are interested in the forward, report AS.

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Man Utd turn to Real Madrid midfielder

Manchester United are keen on bringing Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago to Old Trafford, according to reports in Spain.

The Argentine midfielder spent last season on loan at Roma, but a deal to take Gago to the Olimpico on a prmanant deal is unlikely.

Gago, 26, is surplus to requirements in Jose Mourinho’s Madrid side, and could be of interest to Man Utd as an alternative to Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, who may be priced out of a move to Manchester.

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Premier League clubs chase Huntelaar

Premier League clubs have been put on red alert after Schalke general manager Horst Heldt revealed the striker has a £17m buy-out clause in his contract, says Talksport.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be interested in the Dutch international who has scored 76 in 92 league games for German club Schalke.

The former Ajax striker has also had spells at both Real Madrid and AC Milan which were not so successful.

“Huntelaar does have a €20 million buyout clause, and the rich club can afford it,” Heldt told Bild.

“But, Klaas Jan has always stressed that he wants to be a champion. This he can be only with Real or Barcelona in Spain.

“I do not think he wants to go there. What would he do there? Since nothing more than the weather is better.”

 

 

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Kop chase Barca youngster

Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello has emerged as a £7m target for Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old Spain youth international is out of contract at the end of the season which has  also put fellow La Liga clubs such as Malaga and Valencia on red alert.

The youngster, who can play both as a winger and a forward, made 39 appearances for Barcelona B before making his debut for the first team last year.

He went on to make headlines as he grabbed goals in both his full La Liga debut, as well as coming off the bench to score in his Champions League debut against Bayer Leverkusen last season.

 

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Loyalty shown from Newcastle number 9

Newcastle were given some good news today as star striker Papiss Cisse reaffirmed his intention to stay at St James’ Park. The Sun have reported that despite growing interest from Europe’s elite, the Senegalese striker wants to stay in the North-East for ‘many years’ after coming so close to Champions League qualification last year.

It is no wonder teams like Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen to bring the 27-year-old to their respective clubs. After signing for £10-million in January, Cisse went on to score 13 goals in 14 games including a wonder volley at Stamford Bridge in May. The same hope cannot be kept for strike partner Demba Ba as a £7 million release clause attracts interest from around Europe.

 

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Big Sam looks to Real Madrid to strengthen attack

Winning the play-offs was just the beginning for Sam Allardyce as he now turns his attention to making West Ham a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League. According to the Daily Mirror the former Bolton and Newcastle manager intends to do just that by bringing in highly rated Real Madrid attacker Joselu, with a bid in the region of £7 million.

Although born in Germany, Joselu has featured for Spain’s U19, U20 and U21 squads, making 16 appearances and scoring in 4 of them. He has featured twice for the Real Madrid senior team, netting on both occasions, but has spent most of his career playing for Real Madrid Castilla, getting an impressive 38 goals in 71 games for the Liga Adelante side.

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Maradona wants to bring Drogba to UAE

Diego Maradona is looking to steal Didier Drogba from the clutches of Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua. The Sun have reported that the former World Cup winner wants the Ivorian to join him in the United Arab Emirates, believing that his club, Al Wasi, have the resources available to trump the Chinese Super League side.

Reports circulating suggest that Shanghai are willing to offer Drogba £300,000 a week, making the 34-year-old their highest paid player. Though there are thoughts that money isn’t the only thing motivating the former Chelsea striker and a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid could still be on the cards. Drogba netted 65 times in 142 games for the Portuguese manager in their time together at Chelsea.

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