Talksport’s Gabriele Marcotti says Melo’s off to Arsenal…

For those of you who listen to the radio, you may tune in now and again to Talksport… and if you do you may be familiar with Gabriele Marcotti – an Italian with an American accent who surprisingly knows a lot about football. He’s also featured on Eurosport and Channel Five’s football shows…

Yesterday he was asked about Melo and what his thoughts were and he basically talked about how Arsenal were the club who were leading the race for Melo’s signature and that Arsene and respresentatives of the club are due to speak to him after the confederations cup tournament ends later this week.

Some news regarding the transfer is that we’ve actually agreed terms with Fiorentina and that this doesn’t include a swap for Senderos – although Fiorentina are interested in the Swiss International – a deal may happen shortly afterwards. Also, news is that the player has agreed terms with us but that contradicts the previous statement that we are going to talk post Confederations… contradiction sometimes means that it’s a made up story, or sometimes means that it’s all done, but we’re just waiting for some t’s an i’s…

Mixed signals from the player and his agent, whilst publicly trying to keep a good relationship with Fiorentina and additional keeping a “professional” image…

“Obviously it is a good thing that great clubs are interested, as it shows that I worked well. But as I said, I have a good relationship with Fiorentina, with the directors and the fans.”

He has reportedly spoken to Maicon asking about Inter and Gilberto Silva asking about Arsenal, so I wouldn’t discount a “Inler” stance were career progression wasn’t an option!

Let’s stay close to this one, there may be something in it!

In other news, Liverpool have reportedly agreed the signing of Glen Johnson and that’s a good bit of business for them, but at £18m, I’d rather have 3 Sagna’s any day of the week. It’s a bit of the usual usual with the other transfer news with Ade linked here and there, but no-one really interested, Tevez linked with Chelsea and Barcelona although many people think he’s already signed for Man City to join £18m Santa Cruz… yawn… yawn… speculation, speculation…

And the Setanta Premiership debacle has been resolved as ESPN has bought the rights to the games which were previous Setantas… the BBC web site reporting:

ESPN has bought the rights to show 46 games in next season’s English Premier League that were to have been shown by struggling broadcaster Setanta.

Disney-owned ESPN has won the two packages of games shown on Saturday teatimes and Monday evenings. Both will be sold to customers through BSkyB.

Not sure how that will affect Arsenal TV Online – I hope I don’t have to sign up to another sports package with ESPN to watch those games, as I need to keep Setanta for my Arsenal TV Online addiction!

I’ll keep this one short for now as I plan to get back to the office at some point, upload some nice pictures and continue with another piece later…

Til then…

  • TheSKAGooner

    Yeah, two people on Setanta’s live transfer blog mentioned this earlier right before they closed up for the evening. One person said we’re negotiating with Fiorentina & the other said a deal was done but wouldn’t be announced til after the Conf Cup.

    If this comes to fruition I’ll be stunned. Not because we don’t need him or anything negative against Melo – but simply because we moved so quickly on him after signing Vermaelen. And it looks like we’ll have done it without first selling Ade. He will probably still go, but all those Scousers & Mancs who chirped about our supposedly paltry “13m transfer budget” surely will be eating their words with the signing of two players without selling any to finance them. And anything that causes the Scousers & Mancs to have heartburn makes me feel good!!

    On a somewhat related note, I am wondering how much of this newfound speed of action in our transfer moves is due in part to the presence of Gazidis. Perhaps the partnership with AW is solid enough already that they can work in tandem to not only have the selected transfer targets marked, but also to close negotiations quickly. It would be a good thing.

  • Aidan

    When did Marcotti return to talksport? He’s been with the BBC for two years.

  • Berth

    Dev – I got the Abba Lyrics to back this fantasy story.

    I have a dream (have a dream), a fantasy (fantasy)
    To help me through (help me through) reality (reality)

  • Debs

    We’ve made a new signing by the way- Robin van Persie! Well, it feels like a new signing! Woop!

  • Berth

    Its a good feeling not to see any of the Arsenal players linked to the other clubs these past few days and its even more interesting that we are becoming the hunter not the hunted. I can’t really remember when last such a good thing happened.

    The way the market is at the moment, it looks like we are the more focused of the big clubs in Europe; we have clear, defined positions we need to strengthen while teams like Man u have been thrown off balance, Chelsea are not sure of what they want and Liverpool buying Johnson (Good buy but what’s up with his defensive ability).

    Hopefully the ball will be on our court once we get the Melo or Cana or whoever, but so far we look the most organized in the market; My opinion any way.

  • Yemi

    Debs, is it confirmed ? has VP finally signed ?
    Ade must be rueing the fact that he didnt do so well last season. Nobody is asking after him like last season. I hope he stays, know why ? If he intends to leave, he must be outstanding next season or else noone will ask after him. If VP has signed, then its good news. Last week ened on a high and this week started on a high too.

  • Debs

    Nothing on the Arsenal website yet, but according to SkySports and newspaper reports, he has. But I guess we have to wait for confirmation from Arsenal…

  • Yemi

    how long was cesc, theo and ade out on injury last season ?

  • Berth

    Deb source please. I have been surfing the internet to get the information.


    just been on the bbc website in regards to the setanta collapse, must say im not bothered as I never liked setanta, just a few points worth noting:

    1.ESPN’s matches will be available on BSkyB
    2.You will pay an extra amount for the ESPN matches
    3.Games likely to be on a new branded ESPN channel – separate from the existing ESPN Classic and ESPN America
    4.ESPN wants it on platforms other than BSkyB, and is in talks with Virgin Media and BT Vision

  • Pete

    Daily Telegraph is saying RvP is close to signing. Here;s a cut and paste of the article:

    Arsenal close to agreeing Robin van Persie’s contract renewal.
    Arsenal are hopeful that they will finally reach agreement this week with Robin van Persie over a new contract.

    Talks have been ongoing for several months and, despite reports of interest from Manchester United, it is understood that there are just a few final details to resolve before an announcement is made.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made resolving the Van Persie situation his priority this summer, while Nicklas Bendtner is also expected to sign a new deal.

    So far, Wenger has spent £10 million on improving his defensive options following the addition of Ajax captain Thomas Vermaelen. He is expected to make one further signing, with an experienced central midfielder believed to be the priority.

    After seeing his young team go 21 games unbeaten in the league last season and reach the semi-finals of both the Champions League and FA Cup, Wenger has decided that he needs only “one or two” carefully identified additions.

    He is also restricted by his transfer budget, which is understood to be in the region of £20 million.

    The team’s progress in the cup competitions has added a further £13.5 million to the club’s turnover next year, although delays to the sale of apartments on Highury Square has meant Wenger will have to wait for the much-hoped for financial boost from property development.

    It is understood that the renegotiation of player contracts must come from the transfer budget, with Wenger also likely to have to consider whether to generate additional funds by selling Emmanuel Adebayor, who admitted last season that he thinks the supporters are losing faith in him.

  • Debs

    Was watching SkySports this morning and they were dealing with transfers, and there was a cut-out from a newspaper saying he’s signed a deal. Can’t remember which one it was though- I think Daily Telegraph, but I’m not 100% sure…

  • Debs

    This on now:

    Robin van Persie has signed a new contract with Arsenal, finally putting to bed that ridiculous rumour that Manchester United were about to sign the Dutchman. (Daily Mirror)

  • steve

    RvP is still only a rumour that he’s signed… found this quoted on

    “According to a report in todays Star, the Dutch international Robin Van Persie has put to bed all the rumours that he will be leaving Arsenal this summer by signing a new £3.5m contract which will keep him at the Emirates until 2013. The report said: ROBIN VAN PERSIE has handed Arsenal a big boost by agreeing a new deal.

    The Gunners spent much of last season anxiously trying to persuade the Dutchman to sign.

    Van Persie, who had been linked with a shock move to Manchester United, had just one more season, with an option for a year more, on his current deal.

    But he has accepted terms thought to be in the region of £3.5m a year on a two-year extension.

    Are Arsenal fans happy that he has resigned? Or is he injured just that little bit too often?”

    Also another rumour going about is that we’ve signed a pending agreement for huntelaar. Again not 100% and not sure how much i’d believe it but heres the quote i read…

    “This is not a WUM, ive honestly just heard on the radio Arsenal have had a £15million bid for Huntelaar accepted and he’s in London for talks. Expect it to break on ssn anytime now .Is this the end of Adebayor?”

    seen on the 606 forums again just a rumour!

  • Vazy

    “Van Persie commits to Arsenal – Daily Mirror

    Robin van Persie has accepted a new contract at Arsenal that binds him to Emirates Stadium until 2013, on a deal that will see him rake in £70,000-per week. How important is the Dutchman to the Gunners?”

    I still think its a rumor but at least its in the right direction!

  • Vazy

    *from the sky sports paper talk section by the way!

  • AJ

    I think its true, has been on alot of websites that have rumours, also I was just on the arsenal website and took the current poll, thought it was rather interesting:

    If you were Arsenal manager, who would you pair with Thomas Vermaelen in central defence?
    William Gallas
    Kolo Toure
    Mikael Silvestre
    Johan Djourou
    Alex Song
    A new signing

  • Yemi

    I beleive Vermaelen is a left footed player so it will be more appropriate to pair him with Kolo.

  • Fan

    What do you guys think of Felipe Melo? I wasn’t impress from watching him at the confederation cup. Gilberto looked better than him to be honest. To me he looks like a little bigger version of Denilson.

  • windy

    I think that Arsenal should offer Fiorentina about £10m plus Eboue and Gallas for Felipe Melo. Have you seen him, he is like two players all in one. He can provide long balls like Fabregas and defend like Gilberto. What else can you ask for? Arsenal also need to get rid of Manu Adebayor. Get Chamakh from Bordeaux as his replacement for about £10-12m and sell Adebayor to AC or Inter for about £20-24m. He could maybe buy Sakho from PSG to cover from Gallas. Come Wenger these players could finaly win us a trophy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!