Monday, 5 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Monday July 5, 2010

We'll start this morning with a new face. That of Portugal international goalkeeper Eduardo who has been linked with a move to the Grove by the Daily Mail.

They say his club Sporting Braga want to sell him to us for a cut-price £3.4m rather than sell him to Italian side Genoa. However they give no reason why the Portugal club would rather sell him to us.

The £3.4m is the buy-out clause stipulated in his contract.

However the paper then rubbish their own story by staying that we've got 'a deal in place for Fulham's Mark Schwarzer and would need to offload Manuel Almunia before bringing in two keepers', so the chances of this one happening are slim.

In the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal target Joe Cole is being told he will have to lower his £100,000-per-week wage demands, by Spurs.

Cole has now been released by Chelsea so he is free to talk with which ever clubs he wants. Last week it was reported he was heading on holiday and would make up his mind within two weeks.

The Telegraph believe Spurs are confident they will eventually sign Cole.

The World Cup is on a day off today, but when it returns for the semi finals tomorrow, Robin Van Persie will be fit for Holland when they take on Uruguay according to The Sun.

A Holland spokesman said:
"It's good news for us.
"Van Persie trained but not with the group, so that he did not have any physical contact with the other players."
 Arsenal legend David O'Leary has got his first manager's job in four years and will be running first team affairs for Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates, The Sun report

And finally for today, Bolton manager Owen Coyle says that Fabio Capello should have taken Jack Wilshere to the World Cup, in a piece in today's Daily Mirror.
And that's your lot. If there is anything to talk about, you'll find me doing it on Twitter. Perhaps we might even have a new signing today. That would be nice!

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