Wesley Sneijder’s contract demands
One of football’s most persistent transfer sagas just won’t go away as rumours gather pace about Wesley Sneijder’s contract demands from Manchester United.
Sneijder has reportedly told friends his move from Internazionale to United could be back on in January.
It is though United agreed a £30m fee with Inter for the Dutch playmaker, but pulled out over his extravagant personal terms.
The Sunday Mirror claims Sneijder demanded a private jet and asked United to buy his house in Italy.
A source told the Sunday Mirror: “Wesley wanted to go to United and was in negotiations until quite late. They couldn’t agree terms but he is still saying he will end up at United.”
Sunderland are to renew their efforts to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko when the transfer window reopens in January.
Steve Bruce failed to land the unsettled Russian on loan, as Spurs decided they needed him as cover following the sale of Peter Crouch to Stoke City.
However, Pavlyuchenko has repeatedly stated his desire to leave White Hart Lane.
Earlier this year, he said: “The way I see it, the manager just doesn’t trust me and it doesn’t matter if I play well, score goals or try my best in training – nothing will make him change his mind about me.” (The People)
More details are emerging of Arsenal’s last-minute transfer splurge following the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
Arsene Wenger, desperate to bolster his threadbare squad, tried to sign France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff on loan from Lyon but saw his approach rebuffed.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said: “I got a call on the penultimate day of the transfer window from (Arsenal scout) Gilles Grimandi asking for a loan,
“We believe in re-establishing Yoann. He has been operated upon. He has just resumed training.”
On Saturday, Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey revealed Arsenal had made an approach for him.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keeping tabs on Everton teenager Ross Barkley and could make a move for him in January.
The midfielder has made an eye-catching start to the season, attracting the attention of United, who signed Wayne Rooney from Everton in 2003.
And ex-Chelsea man Michael Ballack has blamed player power for the club’s high turnover of managers.
However, the German denied being part of a plot to oust Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2009, as claimed by the Brazilian.
He told the Mail on Sunday: “It is totally not true. I don’t know where he got that from. It surprised me because we had a good relationship. I [just] thought he couldn’t find the right chemistry with the players, what you need for this club.
“I said when I arrived at Chelsea that it’s important that the big players don’t push too much in a personal way, because that’s not too good for the team. They have to step back.”