by ASHWAN | 5:25 AM in | comments (0)

Holland boss Bert van Marwijk believes Wesley Sneijder would benefit from a switch to Manchester United.

The Inter Milan playmaker continues to be heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford despite Sir Alex Ferguson stating earlier this week that he had 'no real interest' in signing the Dutchman.

Sneijder has been tipped to replace the retired Paul Scholes in United's midfield after establishing himself as one of the most creative talents in world football with Inter.

He has also spent time with Real Madrid and helped Holland reach the 2010 World Cup final, but Van Marwijk still sees room for improvement.

He feels United are the ideal club for the 27-year-old at this stage of his career and has advised him to take up the challenge.

"A transfer to United will do Wesley a lot of good. He will benefit as a player from playing for them," said Van Marwijk in the Sunday Mirror.

"With Real Madrid and Inter Milan he has already the biggest club names in football on his CV. But Manchester United will be another big step up the international ladder for him.

"Manchester United have a unique playing style and they perform consistently at the highest level.

"Their methods in training, and the way people work at this club with players, are superb. This is why it will be a new challenge to Wesley. It will inspire him and it will give him new energy."

Van Marwijk feels United adopt the same sort of approach to their football as Holland and believes it would be good for the national team if he did make the move to the Premier League.

He explained: "The United style is much more similar to the Dutch style than Inter's way of playing.

"When Wesley plays for Holland we make sure he gets the ball as soon as possible to his feet. Much quicker than Inter try that.

"It means he can have a goal attempt much quicker or can give a decisive pass. In Italy he plays in a more sitting role, and he is facing six defenders all the time.

"The control we let him take in attack with the Dutch team, I can also see with United. I think he would really fit into the midfield perfectly at Old Trafford."

Sneijder's father Barry, however, said: "We are aware of the interest of United but we want to act very properly towards Inter Milan.

"Let's not forget that Inter gave Wesley a brand new five-year contract last year - a very good contract. Also, the boy is enjoying life in Milan.


by ASHWAN | 5:21 AM in | comments (0)

Arsenal have reached an agreement which will see highly-rated Costa Rica international Joel Campbell join the club.

It is understood that the Gunners will part with a fee of just under £1million for the 19-year-old forward.

Campbell has made just three senior appearances for Deporivo Saprissa, one of Costa Rica's top clubs, but has already caught the eye of many European scouts.

His potential is clear for all to see and he was included in his country's squad for the 2011 Copa America.

He scored his first international goal in a 5-0 victory over Cuba at the Gold Cup and followed that up with an assist in a 2-0 victory over Bolivia at the Copa America.

Campbell was unable to prevent Costa Rica from slipping out of that tournament at the group stage, but he left Argentina with his head held high.

Arsenal have moved quickly to see off the competition for his signature and have a $1.5million (£930,000) deal in place.

Juan Carlos Rojas, president of Deporivo, confirmed the agreement to DNA Radio and said the transfer would be 'very beneficial to both Campbell and Costa Rican football'.

The youngster is set to take part in the U20 World Cup later this month, giving him another opportunity to impress.

It is expected that Arsenal will then send him out on loan as he has not played in 75 per cent of Costa Rica's games.

He is, however, considered to be an exciting prospect for the future and Arsenal have seen off interest from Italy and Spain in securing his services.


by ASHWAN | 5:41 PM in | comments (0)

Lyon defender Aly Cissokho is reportedly on the verge of signing for Liverpool for a fee of £8.7 million (€10m).

The Anfield outfit have had a busy summer in the transfer window to date, but missed out on Gael Clichy, who admitted to turning them down to move to Manchester City.

Le Parisen reports that coach Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli have turned their attentions to the Blois-born left-back, who impressed for his underperforming team in 2010-11.

The report indicates that a deal could be wrapped up as early as the end of the weekend, with the Merseyside outfit looking set to continue their big-spending tactics.

Cissokho joined the Stade de Gerland team from Porto in 2009 for a fee of €15m (£13.1m), but owner Jean-Michel Aulas is believed to be keen to bring in revenue and is willing to make a loss on the full-back.

He has made 60 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, and has earned one international cap for Laurent Blanc's Les Bleus.


by VIking | 3:52 PM in | comments (0)


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