Kaka could be marquee signing that Wenger and Moyes are looking for

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A FORMER World Player of the Year, a Real Madrid ‘Galactico’ no less, who cost £56m last time he moved – could Kaka be the midfield menace that both Manchester United and Arsenal are angling for this transfer window?
With the imminent transfer of Spurs’ Gareth Bale to Real, and the news that Mesut Ozil is staying put, Brazilian attacker Kaka has made it clear he wants to leave Spain, and soon.
The news has put top clubs around Europe on alert, and despite the rumours that AC Milan is a likely destination, it’s clear that two of the Premiership’s big boys, Manchester United and Arsenal, could do with his services.
Since joining Old Trafford, David Moyes has been linked, albeit sometimes ridiculously, with a parade of talent – Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Marouane Fellaini, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, even Bale.
What is clear from these rumours is that Moyes is in the market for a midfielder.
And at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger recapturing Mathieu Flamini, while a solid piece of business, is not the sort of transfer activity that the fans crave after a similar summer of disappointment.
With Kaka out of favour, hankering for a move from Real Madrid, the player should be within both’s budget, and there’s time to do a deal – could the Premier League have a new star player in the coming days?

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Messi shirt swap was a stitch-up

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AFTER scoring his first ever international hattrick to sweep Switzerland aside 3-1, the shirt of Lionel Messi was going to be in demand at the end of the match.
But against the spirit of fair play, big defender Phillipe Senderos had pre-arranged to swap shirts with the Argentinean maestro – by tapping up his former Arseanl teammate Cesc Fabregas, who now plays for Messi’s club Barcelona.
At the final whistle, Messi even refused to hand over his top to both Gokhan Inhler and Ricardo Rodriguez to keep his deal with Fulham player Senderos.
Senderos said: “This is for my private collection.”

Podolski takes a long hard luk at Arsenal

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IN FORM German international striker Lukas Podolski looks set to be heading to the Premier League this Summer.
Rumours abound that, although a transfer fee is yet to be struck between Cologne and Arsenal, personal terms have been agreed.
And one would think with Podolski recently criticising his hometown club’s ambitions and the Gunners flush from the sales of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas, that’s a hurdle that can be easily overcome.
I say, Podolski’s direct style would be ideally suited to spearhead their play and share the burden of finishing with Robin van Persie, and at 26 years, he’s got some good years ahead of him to boot.
Get it signed, sealed and delivered, Arsene!

Rooney the sole Englishman on Ballon d’Or shortlist

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MANCHESTER United striker Wayne Rooney is the only Englishman on the 23-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
Rooney has bounced back from an awful 2010, helping to guide United to their record 19th league title, reach their third Champions League final in four seasons and contribute to a rapid start to this campaign before the shuddering derby defeat to Manchester City.
Yet the only other United player listed for the award is Nani, who won his club’s players’ player of the year prize but was surprisingly left out of the starting line-up for the Champions League final defeat to Barcelona at Wembley by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson has been nominated in the coach of the year category, along with Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Only five players on the shortlist have Premier League connections, two of which – Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero – spent only half of 2011 in England – compared to 15 in Spain.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has been included and while Manchester City fans will be delighted at the recognition afforded to Aguero, they may be surprised at David Silva’s omission.
European champions Barcelona lead the way with eight nominees, including Lionel Messi, winner for the last two years, with close rivals Real Madrid boasting five.

Barca stars tweet Cesc transfer confirmation

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ALTHOUGH a highly likely deal for Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas to switch to Barcelona has yet to be officially revealed, players have taken to Twitter to back up the rumours.
Barca captain Carles Puyol posted: “Welcome home!!! Happy to have you here @cesc4official ooohhhh.”
And Gerard Pique tweeted: “@cesc4official. Now we have him here!”
It is thought the Spanish side is preparing to unveil Fabregas as a Barcelona player on Monday, after sealing a deal worth £35m.

Barca ask Fabregas to pay for his own transfer

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DESPITE being the apple of Barcelona’s eye, the Spanish club have asked the Arsenal skipper to pay for himself to move there.
The Arsenal captain has a £40m asking price, a total the Spaniards have fallen short of for two summers running.
Now to help the move go through, Cesc is being asked to stump up £4m towards the total, and Barca are also looking for an Asian firm to sponsor the deal.
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says: “Cesc Fabregas is our unique and final objective.”

City set to actually splash the cash on Aguero

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A BIT of an oddity for you here – a long running transfer story is set to actually come to fruition this week with Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero set to finalise a £38m move to Manchester City.
The 23-year-old Argentina international was at City’s Carrington training ground this morning having cut short a holiday in his homeland to fly in to finalise contract negotiations and undergo a medical.
Aguero, the son-in-law of Diego Maradona, said: “Just arrived in Manchester to finalise the details of signing with City.
“Everything is going very well!”
That’s how it’s done, Tevez/Fabregas/Sneijder et al.