Chelsea rival Arsenal for Blackburn midfielder Nzonzi | Transfers | Tribal Football

Chelsea are joining the battle for Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Nzonzi.

Chelsea are joining the battle for Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Nzonzi.

The Sun says the £5million-rated French midfielder was watched by Chelsea, Arsenal and top foreign clubs last season.

Nzonzi, 23, had a volatile relationship with boss Steve Kean and the right bid could see him move on.

Coe says LA Galaxy's Beckham will have Olympics role | Premiership News | Tribal Football

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe says LA Galaxy star David Beckham will have a major role to play at the Olympics.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe says LA Galaxy star David Beckham will have a major role to play at the Olympics.

Since his Team GB omission was revealed, speculation has mounted over what role Manchester United legend Beckham might play.

Coe admitted that had already been discussed and expects to make the nature of the 37-year-old’s responsibilities clear soon.

“He was not only alongside us when we won (the right to host the Olympics), he was alongside us when we threw our hats in the ring,” Coe told Sky Sports News.

“He’s a north-east London boy, he knows what sports means in those areas, and he’s probably one of our longest and truest supporters.

“We are scoping a role for him at the moment… I actually spoke to him over the course of the weekend.

“We’re working on it, but you’ll have to watch this space.”

Ex-Arsenal chief Dein expects Van Persie drama to drag on | Transfers | Tribal Football

Former Arsenal chief David Dein doesn’t expect a swift conclusion to the Robin van Persie saga.Dein insists the Van Persie situation will drag on.

Former Arsenal chief David Dein doesn’t expect a swift conclusion to the Robin van Persie saga.

Dein insists the Van Persie situation will drag on.

He said: “I think he will be there for the start of training. What happens after that remains to be seen.

“Once a player comes out and says what he did in his recent article, it is normally the prelude to a departure. But there is no doubt Arsenal will do everything they can to try to keep him and make sure he sees out his last year.”

PSG boss Ancelotti rules out bid for Arsenal's Van Persie | Transfers | Tribal Football

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out moving for Arsenal contract rebel Robin van Persie.France’s wealthiest club have rule themselves out of the running.

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out moving for Arsenal contract rebel Robin van Persie.

France’s wealthiest club have rule themselves out of the running.

Coach Ancelotti said: “Van Persie is not a target of ours, but I think he is for others.”

Liverpool boss Rodgers insists they can compete on wages | Transfers | Tribal Football

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists they can compete on wages in the transfer market.The Reds missed out on Gylfi Sigurdsson after Tottenham offered him the bigger package.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists they can compete on wages in the transfer market.

The Reds missed out on Gylfi Sigurdsson after Tottenham offered him the bigger package.

“We didn’t lose out [on Sigurdsson] because of not wanting to spend the money, we lost out because the manager was not prepared to move,” said Rodgers.

“There is no doubt there will be other targets and people we want to bring in but we won’t lose out on wages.

“If we feel there is a player out there in the market whose value and worth can add value to what we are doing here then we will do everything we can to bring them in – no question.”

Birmingham boss Clark will fight to keep Southampton, Spurs target Butland | Transfers | Tribal Football

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark insists he’s not actively seeking to sell Jack Butland.Southampton and Tottenham are chasing the young goalkeeper.

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark insists he’s not actively seeking to sell Jack Butland.

Southampton and Tottenham are chasing the young goalkeeper.

Clark said: “If other clubs want my players, I’m cool because it means they’re good. But it will take a crazy transfer fee for Jack to leave this club.”

QPR boss Hughes sees Park as potential captain | Premiership News | Tribal Football

QPR boss Mark Hughes admits new signing Park Ji-sung is in line for the club captaincy.

QPR boss Mark Hughes admits new signing Park Ji-sung is in line for the club captaincy.

The 31-year-old South Korean midfielder, who joined from Manchester United on a two-year deal, boasts a wealth of Premier League, European and international experience.

“Ji will come into my thinking in terms of a new captain for the club,” said Hughes.

“I’ll have to see who steps up and who is a natural fit for it. I’m sure people will want the role and to show me they are the right for it and that includes Ji.

“But we’ve got other guys as well with experience, Djibril Cisse is a Champions League winner so we have good characters in the dressing room who could take on the mantle.”

QPR, West Ham target Anelka rules out Shanghai Shenhua exit | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Nicolas Anelka has ruled out a departure from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

Nicolas Anelka has ruled out a departure from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

The 33-year old former Chelsea striker is being linked with a London return with QPR and West Ham United showing interest but he insists that he will see out his current deal with Shanghai before retiring from the game.

“I won’t go back to the Premier League. If one day I leave Shenhua, it will be the day I retire,” Anelka told Oriental Sports Daily.

“I will never go back, although I had a good time there. But now I’m in Shenhua and this is my own decision.”

And despite Shenhua sitting 13th in the 16-team CSL, Anelka is confident they can lift themselves up the table before the end of the season.

“Although we’re now at the bottom of the league, the gap with other teams is not big and we can climb up after even winning two games,” he added.

“I am not worried about relegation. I only think if we can have a better ranking.”

 
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Man City's Barry faces missing start of season | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry faces missing the start of the season.

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry faces missing the start of the season.

Barry flew to a leading specialist in Munich on Monday amid concerns he may miss the start of Manchester City‘s title defence, says the Daily Mail.

The England midfielder was ruled out of last month’s European Championship after tearing a muscle in his lower abdomen against Norway in Oslo at the end of May.

City bosses booked him in to see pioneering surgeon Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, who runs her own hernia centre in Munich and specialises in abdominal muscle injuries. She is likely to decide an operation is needed after an initial examination yesterday, and that it could lead to Barry being sidelined for up to a fortnight.

Wigan make offer for Watford defender Mariappa | Transfers | Tribal Football

Wigan Athletic have launched a bid for Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.The Daily Mail says Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hopes to seal a £2.5million move for Watford defender Mariappa.

Wigan Athletic have launched a bid for Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.

The Daily Mail says Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hopes to seal a £2.5million move for Watford defender Mariappa.

The highly rated 25-year-old was a target for Newcastle in January but the two sides failed to agree a fee. Reading also had a bid rejected last month.