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Football Transfer Gossip: 21 June 2012

Former Everton striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni is on the verge of sealing a £5m-a-year move to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F, according to The Sun.

Slowly but surely, the Chinese Super League is becoming a lucrative alternative for the aging footballer.

Nicolas Anelka, 33, made the move to Shanghai Shenhua in January 2012, while Didier Drogba, 34, agreed to join his former Chelsea mate at Shanghai Shenhua just yesterday.

Anelka, Drogba and now Yakubu have Samuel Eto’o, who became the highest paid footballer in the world following his move to Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala in August 2011, to thank for their bumper deals.

Chelsea keen on Victor Moses

European champions Chelsea had a miniscule bid of £3.5million rejected by Wigan Athletic on Monday night, according to Martin Blackburn of The Sun.

“Chelsea need to get realistic before we even listen to them,” said Dave Whelan. “They made a bid and we turned it down flat.

“At the moment they are taking the mickey with the bid they have made.

“The offer is way too low. It is rubbish. Yet if the price is right, we would consider letting him go.

“I have not put a price tag on Victor. But let’s say that what Chelsea have offered is a lot less than £4m — and that is absolutely stupid.”

Victor Moses was Wigan’s most consistent attacking threat in 2011-12, netting six goals and one assist in 38 appearances in the English Premier League.

The former Crystal Palace winger can play on either flank, and is valued at £10million by the Latics.

Now then, what’s £6.5million to Roman Abramovich and Chelsea?

Expect the Blues to increase their bid for the pacy winger if they are in fact keen on his signature.

Arsenal and Chelsea target Ben Arfa

Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea are both targeting Newcastle United and France winger Hatem Ben Arfa in the summer transfer window.

The former Paris Saint-Germain man tallied seven goals and five assists in 31 appearances (20 starts) for club and country in 2011-12.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea could use the services of Ben Arfa with wingers Andrei Arshavin and Salomon Kalou likely leaving their respective clubs.

Manchester City arranging £20million bid for Martin Skrtel

Surprise, surprise. Manchester City are preparing a rather large bid for a world-class footballer. Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is the beneficiary this time around.

According to The Mirror, City are prepared to offer £20million for the Slovakian center-back.

With that said, City’s first-choice is surely AC Milan’s Thiago Silva, but the Rossoneri are reportedly seeking £35million for their master-class Brazilian.

Will City give in to Milan’s demand, or will they settle for Martin Skrtel?


Shawn Etemadi



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