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Yaya link strengthens whilst Ribery impresses…

8 comments June 7th, 2006

Yesterday morning brought the news that Arsenal had an £8m bid for Yaya Toure rejected in January of this year.  It seems that we ended up going for the cheaper, younger option in Diaby.  However, in the light of Diaby’s injury, the feeling is that we may return to pluck Yaya from Olympiakos.

I reported recently that the Greek press believed an Arsenal bid of â?¬15m had already been lodged.  I spent yesterday trawling around Greek websites, and came across some findings which lend further credence to the rumours.  The reason the fee is so high is that Olympiakos only own 50% of the player’s registration: the other half is held by Toure’s agent, who would subsequently recieve half of any fee.  There would also be some money due to the player’s former club, Metalurg Donetsk, as part of a sell-on clause.

In spite of this, Olympiakos fans seem to recognise that the kind of money Arsenal are reportedly offering goes along way in Greek football.  Whilst they freely admit Toure is their best player, they wouldn’t begrudge him a chance to play in the Premiership alongside his brother.

Another reported Arsenal target, Franck Ribery, came on to create two goals (one for Titi) in France’s 3-1 win over China, and I have to say, was mightily impressive.  Ribery, who I still believe is likely to join Lyon, is expected to announce a decision on his future this morning.

There’s more on the Sol Campbell to Turkey story here, whilst we’d better be careful: Portsmouth are threatening to swipe possible replacement Curtis Davies from under our nose.

World Cup tomorrow.  Can’t wait.

Sol: “The likelihood that I will go to Fenerbahçe is higher than the likelihood that I won’t.”

3 comments June 7th, 2006

It’s a slightly wordy translation, but this is apparently what Sol Campbell told Turkish newspaper Vatan.

Playing for Fenerbahce could be interesting for me, but first we have to return to England with victory. That’s all I want for now.

It’s this quote that convinces me that the article is probably for real.  Sol’s obsession with prioritising England comes to the fore here, and that’s probably one of the main reasons Arsene wants rid.

If Campbell has been a liability, alongside him Kolo Toure has been magnificent.  Here he enthuses on Ivory Coast’s chances in the World Cup, whilst Manu Adebayor grabbed a goal in one of Togo’s warm-up games.  Whilst the Togolese chances of success are minimal at best, Toure and Eboue could look forward to upsetting the likes of Holland and Argentina with the Ivory Coast.

Roll on the World Cup.

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