TRANSFER NEWS: Arsenal & Liverpool Linked With £20m Playmaker

By on July 5, 2011

A talented Brazilian midfielder, with genuine attacking flair and top class experience who is looking to leave his club, and dreams of playing in the Premier League – it is the perfect situation for a prospective buyer from England. Arsenal have apparently recognised this, according to the German media, and are prepared to spend as much as £20 million for him as Arsene Wenger prepares to let go of both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri for a healthy sum of cash.

Arsenal have been tracking the Wolfsburg midfielder since his days at Werder Bremen – the most successful and fruitful time of the 26 year-old’s career, where he played 128 times, scoring an impressive 52 goals. However, his transfer to Italy with Juventus proved unsuccessful, and was sold to the German club Wolfsburg in 2010, only for him to fall out with the coaching staff and has been told to look for a new club. Diego said:

“At this moment I desperately want to play in England. There are talks with several clubs just starting. It is way too early to admit my destination. Anyway, it would be perfect to feature in the Premiership in the future.”

“I will definitely consider all offers in a careful manner. It is my dream to play in the Premiership. I am looking forward to getting a solution.”

It is a big indication of his future, but Arsenal will have competition, with both Liverpool and Aston Villa interested in Diego’s often controversial services. His talent is large, but he is hindered by his sometimes erratic behaviour off the pitch, for which he has been fined heavily by Wolfsburg recently. When he was informed that he would be starting on the bench in one game, he was so incensed that he left the stadium, leaving Wolfsburg with fewer players on the bench to chose from.

Yes, he may be a handful, but according to these reports, Arsenal along with Liverpool and Aston Villa would be willing to take the risk and attempt to manage Diego’s temperament in return for a creative spark in the middle of the field.

One source claims Wolfsburg would be asking for as little as £9 million for the Brazilian, while another says that Arsenal would be willing to spend up to £20 million to win over his services from rivals, presumably from the money to come in from the sales of Fabregas and/or Nasri.

In 30 games for Wolfsburg in his latest season, Diego scored six goals and assisted 9, and has a contract with Wolfsburg, signed last season for four years. The Arsenal manager has shown definate interest in Diego in the past – in 2008, when he played for Werer Bremen, the player’s agent and father said: “Real, Arsenal and Juve all want my son.”

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22 Comments

  1. dannjey

    July 5, 2011 at 9:50 am

    c’mon! as much as diego would be salvation to arsnl team n fans we all knw he just anothr gervino or samba or alvarez or cahil or chamblain or hazard and many more who are nothing more than just rumours which wil nevr materialize……so f#@k WENGER n ur silly policies

    • dan

      July 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      yeah i’m a liverpool fan mate and believe me, reading your post there, i could have been reading a lfc fan’s post!! apart from the WENGER bit, obviously!!

  2. Ben

    July 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

    You don’t mention who the player is until the end of the 2nd paragraph! Shoddy and also rubbish! There’s no way he’ll go for £20 million and there’s no way Arsenal (or anyone else other than man city) would start the bidding at this price! Get real!!!

    • steve

      July 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

      3rd paragraph actulay

      • dan

        July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        2nd – right at the end 😉

  3. emma

    July 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

    God!where are we going to hide in the next season with MANU fans around us Wenger is only developing young players for France he doesnt mind about arsenal fans happiness or his ideologies are outdated.BOARD plz SUCK Wenger

    • dan

      July 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      suck wenger?

      oh dear

  4. swagger

    July 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

    arsene wenger should go and chase for a portable striker,like tevez and a good goal keeper like enyama.

  5. Moses Watasa

    July 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Arsenal is a flying plane but it is apparently on auto-pilot right now. The pilot (Ass-ne Venga) in deep slumber. Venga’s co-pilots (the Board of Arsenal FC) are deeply snoozing but hallucinating – dreaming, visualising a huge feast off the wind-fall from the sales of the club’s star players. Meanwhile, the sound clearly indicates the plane (Arsenal FC’s) engine has developed a fatal break-down and a crash from a high altitude is inevitable. The cabin crew (Nasri, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas etc) aware of imminent tragedy, are secretly collecting parachutes, ready to jump to safety. The plane’s passengers (Arsenal FC fans) are meanwhile singing their favorite – eternal tune – “In Arsene We Trust”.

    • Jaybot

      July 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Yes!!! I have a lot of time for that, you should have written the whole article.

    • tired

      July 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      what are you.. 10?

  6. wayne

    July 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

    chill out people, end of july there will be signings. i hope :S

  7. Tobas

    July 5, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Just give it some time and watch Liverpool upstaged by Arsenal yet again.

    • red bed head

      July 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      upstaged? i forget when you won anything last? when was the last time liverpool won anythin? quite similar isnt it!! maybe you should be more about upstaging old whisky nose and chelski before us. i know we have no interest in upstaging arsenal, as that would only take us to 4th or 5th in the league.i’d hope we are aiming for higher.

      • tired

        July 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

        Upstaged? Liverpool barely survive last season if is not for Kenny taking charge mid way. Dont get ahead of yourself boy.

  8. Zekomo

    July 5, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Wenger and Directors on a transfer list!!!!!
    Yes transfer of profits in their bank accounts at the expence of their faithfull supporters

    • noel

      July 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      as an arsenal fan all my life its the first time i cant see where the club is heading we have to spend big or we are finished

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  10. tired

    July 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Ha. What alot of bull.

  11. Omia siraj (UG)-Arua

    July 6, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Wenga has dan several mistakes by always signing kids i think tym has cam fo him(wenga)to realise da past mstks nd do some thing

  12. John Jarni Jonadaran

    July 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Once again Football Talk website replicating the same news that everyone else knew about weeks before hand. Why not being creative for once & report on news that is factual rather than speculation?

    • Porter Parn

      August 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      I think it has come to the point where I have to agree on this one.

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