Arsene Wenger insisted on Tuesday that Arsenal had “nothing to explain” over their approach in the transfer market after they were accused by Newcastle United of showing disrespect in their pursuit of Yohan Cabaye.
The Cabaye Factor
“There’s nothing to explain,” Wenger said. “You have your opinions. First of all, you don’t know what we did... We do not want to hurt anybody, not Newcastle or anybody else. You cannot reproach us on one side [about] not [signing players] and on the other side, when we try to buy, reproach us as well. That’s a little bit contradictory,” he added.
Arsenal’s intention is to make an improved offer for Cabaye over the coming days, aware that Newcastle value the player in the region of £20 million.
Spurs Eye Lamela
Tottenham Hotspur have held talks over Roma forward Erik Lamela and could also sign two defenders. Roma want £30 million for Lamela, the Argentina player, who scored 15 league goals last season.
British media reported that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has flown in from his Miami home to press ahead with negotiations for Lamela and step up interest in his teammate Miralem Pjanic. The quest for Argentina forward Lamela, 21, shows the preference of manager Andre Villas-Boas for the best South American talent.
Reds Sign Aly
Liverpool have signed French left-back Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan deal from Valencia, the EPL club said on Tuesday. The 25-year-old is the club’s fifth transfer-window signing, and he follows Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure into Anfield. British media reported that the deal also included an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski has resolved differences with the club over a failed transfer to Bayern Munich in the close season, the Poland international said on Wednesday after being given a pay rise. “The situation is now that I will stay in Dortmund for one more year,” Lewandowski said. “We have put aside all disagreements and have cleared the air. There were mistakes made but the case is closed.”