Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Wednesday July 21, 2010

We'll start with Eduardo, who looks set to complete his move to Shakhtar Donetsk sometime within the next 48 hours.

After completing a medical with the Ukrainian club in London on Monday, the Croatian striker flew out there to complete the formalities on signing a three year contract worth £50,000 a week.

According to the Independent, Arsene didn't want the player to leave but with limited first team opportunities, the player told the manager he would rather find regular football elsewhere.

The Shakhtar coach, Mircea Lucescu, said:

"We wanted to buy Eduardo before he moved to Arsenal. Not everything went his way last season, but he is still a player of very high quality, a real marksman.

"Yes, he had a serious injury, we are aware of the risk, but at the same time we realise he can give a lot to Shakhtar. We expect a lot from Eduardo."

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has also been talking about the move.

He said:

"I spoke with Eduardo. He was very pleased with the move to Shakhtar. He is going to a strong league. This season they will once again play in the Champions League, have many difficult matches and this is excellent for the national team."

More Cesc rumblings this morning.

Xavi has been opening his mouth again, this time in an 'exclusive interview' with the Daily Express.

We've read it all before and now he's just banging on about Cesc only being "on loan" with Arsenal until next summer.

He said:

"We know where Cesc wants to be this coming season, but perhaps there is not enough time for Barcelona and Arsenal to agree a deal.

"Arsenal need to understand they are only delaying the inevitable. If we don't manage to get his signature this season then Arsenal only really have him on loan for a year - because there is nothing they can do to stop him joining next summer.

"His [Fabregas's] people will have a whole season to sort out the deal between the two clubs and it will happen at the very latest next summer.

"I haven't given up on him joining us this season but, if he doesn't, it won't be more than a year before he is back home.

"We were all with him for five weeks in South Africa and we know he wants to be at Barcelona, he made it very clear.

"But he will under no circumstances do anything that will upset the Arsenal fans. And that's probably why we are going to have to wait for him for another year."

I'm quite interested to know what he mean that Arsenal "can do to stop him joining next summer".

As we all know, Cesc has five years remaining on his contract. So unless he's going to try legally to force a move - which he won't because he can't use the Webster clause - then there is no way he can make the move happen.

Arsenal will have some say in when they decide to sell Cesc.

Meanwhile in the Daily Mirror, the Barcelona sporting director Javier Bordas has said:

"The thing missing is Arsenal wanting to sell the player - and at the moment they don't want to.

"I don't know if the president (Sandro Rossell) is scheduled to travel to London but it seems it isn't a problem with the price, simply that Arsenal are very unwilling to sell him at all."

And should the official FIFA website be running this story? I know the piece is written by the Press Association and they will say the articles on their site are written with editorial independence, but when the World football's governing body has an articles which is blatant propaganda and tapping up a player who has a long term deal with another club, I think they should use their common sense and not run it.

A bit of a transfer rumour round-up.

The Sun say we've offered Mark Schwarzer a player coach role at the club. How much difference that has in the grand scale of things in getting the deal done, I'm not sure.

The Daily Mail say we could be interested in signing Nice striker Loic Remy and we'll make our move once Eduardo has left.

Senegal defender Pape Diakhate could be on the move according to the Daily Mail and Arsenal have been tracking the 6ft 1in central defender.

He would cost under £10m.

And there is a game of association football later involving The Arsenal and SK Sturm Graz. You can watch the live stream of the game on Arsenal TV Online.

Anything else going on, you'll find me on Twitter.

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