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Transfer Blow For Arsenal As French Defensive Midfielder Unlikely To Move In January

According to the Mirror.co.uk, French International and Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is all-set to finish the ongoing season at St. Mary’s Park after he admitted that it will be delicate”to leave during the ongoing January Transfer window.

The France midfielder tried his best for a transfer last summer but he was not released by the club and is now being tracked by Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Asked by French TV show Telefoot whether he will leave in January or June, the £27m-rated star said: “That I don’t know. January is always a delicate month to leave in. I will finish my season with Southampton and then see what happens in the future. I don’t get worried about these things anymore. If this summer I have learned something, you can never think: I am gone, gone for good. I don’t set my mind on these things anymore. What should happen will happen. Since this summer, I learned that you should never think that you’re gone before you actually did.”

Speaking on Schneiderlin, former Arsenal player Ray Parlour has said that he wants Arsenal to sign the Frenchman.

“Morgan Schneiderlin – I’d definitely sign him. He would be perfect for my old team Arsenal, absolutely, whether you can get him or not [I don’t know] because Southampton are in a very good position at the moment, they don’t want to let any of their players go at least until the end of the season,” ,” Parlour told talkSport.

Schneiderlin scored for Southampton against Ipswich Town in their 1-1 draw at St. Mary’s Park in FA Cup third round match yesterday.

Arsenal Star Lukas Podolski Set To Make His Debut Against Juventus

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According to The Guardian, Arsenal’s German forward Lukas Podolski has arrived in Italy to complete his loan move to Italian Giants Internazionale.

The 29-year-old was pictured arriving at Linate airport in Milan last evening, where he was greeted by a large number of Inter Milan fans. Lukas Podolski, who was not a part of Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Southampton on New Year’s day due to injury, posed for photos with Inter Milan supporters wearing a blue and black scarf (which resembles Inter’s home kit).

It is understood that Lukas Podolski have passed the medical earlier on Saturday and has signed a loan deal, which will keep him at the San Siro until the end of the season. It is also believed that Inter Milan is all set to have an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

While speaking on Inter Milan’s interest in Lukas Podolski, Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger said: “The first proposal was farcical; after, they came back a bit more serious. We will see what happens. Inevitable? Not in the transfer market. It’s very difficult to say, but we’ll see,” just few days after he described “a joke”.

Lukas Podolski says he is Happy

Speaking to Sky Italia, Lukas Podolski said: “I spoke to Mancini and think he’s a great coach. He wanted me and I’m happy to be here. I know Serie A, it’s a very competitive League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League. Do I have a message for the fans? I am happy, Forza Inter and we hope to have a great season.”

Lukas Podolski has featured in only thirteen of the Arsenal’s games this season and managed to score three goals in those limited time. Podolski has been doing well in Europe this season and that is why Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini is hoping Lukas Podolski to complete his move in time to feature in Tuesday’s Serie A visit to Juventus.

Southampton Complete Loan Move For Attacker Considered To Be The Next Balotelli

Eljero Elia

It took just 5 minutes to see the first signing of January Transfer Window to take place as dark horses for Top 4 in this season’s EPL Southampton have signed the Dutch Winger Eljero Elia on loan from Werder Bremen till the end of the season. Elia is a gifted player and at times with gifted player comes their attitude and Elia seems to have got that in plenty.

Southampton are flying high in the league and one of the main reason has been talked about is the amazing dressing room spirit, which Koeman has built. In all of this signing a player like Eljero Elia, who has had a history of disrupting the team’s spirits comes as a surprising signing by someone like Ronald Koeman.

Eljero Elia has been drawn in the lines of Mario Balotelli due to his off-field behavior. It is evident by one of his incidences when Elia once came to training straight from the night club, and literally told fans to go f**k themselves, and subsequently he got removed from the squad completely.

Ronald Koeman has come out and defended Eljero Elia. Koeman spoke to BBC and gave the following statement on Elia being likened to Balotelli due to his antics.

Elijero Elia given shirt #22

“If I had doubts regarding his private life, then I wouldn’t sign him. It’s all due to the press and rumours and these rumours it’s not true. We need some really good players who want to develop themselves and be professional here at St.Mary’s Park. He is happy because he was looking to progress to the next step of his career because he has not been playing in Germany. He is a very good option for us and it is very good for both parties involved. Also, I believe in his qualities as he is fast, can play from the left and the right, and can take people on, one against one. He is hungry and that is the most important thing.” Koeman told BBC on signing Elijero Elia.

Eljero Elia’s debut for Southampton will most probable against Manchester United on 11th January 2015. He has been given #22 shirt by Southampton.

Long Term Manchester United Target Has Hinted About His Future

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24-year-old Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman has dented EPL giants Manchester United’s hopes of signing him in the winter transfer window after the Dutchman had disclosed his admiration towards 10 time European Champions Real Madrid and their arch-rivals Barcelona.

The AS Roma midfielder was linked with the Red Devils since David Moyes’ tenure as the manager of the Red Devils. But those attempts were stumped after Kevin Strootman was out of action for nine months owing to a knee ligament damage which also saw him miss out the 2014 FIFA World Cup that took place in Brazil.

The transfer talk of Strootman to Old Trafford became stronger after the 20 time Premier League champions appointed Louis Van Gaal as their manager at the start of the season. Van Gaal was also the coach of the Dutch side that finished fourth in the World Cup and he wanted to build a team around Kevin Strootman as he planned to do with Netherlands.

Although Roma have attempted to demoralize Manchester United’s move for Kevin Strootman by repeatedly declaring that 24-year-old is not for sale. Even the player himself has also dashed United’s hope of signing him as he clarified that he’s happy at the Serie A side – for now.

“I absolutely do not see Roma as just an intermediate step in my career. But I do think a player who performs well here will get to the absolute top quicker,” he told Dutch magazine Voetbal International.

Kevin Strootman on his interest in moving to Spain

The former Sparta Rotterdam, Utrecht and PSV Eindhoven player also revealed that he is interested in moving to Barcelona or Real Madrid.

“Of course everybody wants to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid, but they don’t come looking for you in Netherlands (Eredivisie). There are odd exceptions, but in general their scouts tend to look around at higher levels.” he added.

With Barcelona banned from transfers till 2016, in all likelihood Kevin Strootman’s likely destination will be Real Madrid where he will join the midfield that has the likes of German Toni Kroos, Croat Luka Modric, Colombian James Rodriguez along with a bunch Spanish midfielders which includes promising Isco.

Arsenal Join The Race To Sign Former Manchester City Man

Loris Karius

One of the busiest teams in transfer windows, at least in gossips section Arsenal FC are back in the news as they are eyeing Germany’s goal-keeper Loris Karius, who is the back-up for Manuel Neuer in the German National side, reported Mirror.

The FSV Mainz 05’s custodian has signed a contract with the Bundesliga club till the end of the season has attracted many clubs which includes fellow Bundesliga teams Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 and Spanish side Valencia CF apart from the Gunners. The club moving for the 21-year-old shot-stopper this month could secure a cut-price deal during the summer.

Loris Karius has publicly expressed his wish to stay at Mainz this season as he turned down a deal to play for Portugal Champions Benfica in last summer window. Having said this, Loris Karius might be tempted to move to English Premier League at the end of the season.

Loris Karius might return to English Football

Loris Karius is no stranger to English football as he was a part of Manchester City’s academy till 2011 before moving to Mainz. Arsenal are ready to wait until the summer but rival parties are looking to sign Loris Karius up on a low price this month, which may force Arsene Wenger to get the job done before the window ends.

Loris Karius’ arrival to the Emirates Stadium means, Arsenal is all set to relieve one of their three goalkeepers (Wojciech Szczesny, David Ospinia and Damien Martinez) at the end of this season with Martinez looking as the most likely candidate despite Ospinia’s regular injuries.

Apart from Loris Karius, Paris Saint Germain’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Mario Suarez and Everton’s Irish midfielder James McCarthy are also in Arsenal’s radar with Cavani being the likely one to come to North London.