Paper round: Wenger issues City warning

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is sick of Manchester City poaching his players, warning Roberto Mancini to back off as the Blues boss lines up a summer bid for Robin van Persie.


Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have all ended up making the move from the Emirates to Manchester in the past four years.

And, with the news that Van Persie is next on the list, Wenger has finally had enough, according to the Daily Mail.

“They have enough players there now,” he said. “Am I flattered? More worried. But it’s a little bit of a normal process.

“Van Persie and Manchester City? The question cannot be asked because you cannot contact  anybody who’s under contract.”

Wenger also admitted that striker Marouane Chamakh could be on his way out of the Emirates in the summer (Daily Mail).

Chamakh was photographed smoking a shisha pipe with QPR star Adel Taraabt earlier in the week and Wenger was quick to label the behaviour as unacceptable.

“At the moment it’s too early to answer (whether he will stay on),” the Frenchman said. “We want him to focus completely, without smoking, until the end of the season.”

Manchester United are set for a summer bid to lure Porto winger James Rodriguez to the Premier League (The Sun).

Rodriguez seems equally keen, although Bayern Munich are reportedly also looking to sign the 20-year-old Colombian and could provide some stiff competition for Sir Alex Ferguson.

“I couldn’t reject the chance to play for Manchester United,” Rodriguez said. “It would please me.”

Staying at Manchester United, Ferguson looks set to be disappointed in his bid to sign Christian Eriksen from Ajax (Daily Mirror).

The 20-year-old has been courting interest from both United and Tottenham but has now said he feels he will better develop as a player if he stays in the Netherlands.

"I think that I'm still developing here at Ajax and that the regular playing time that I am getting is making me better and better," Eriksen said.

"I don't see the need for a move at the moment. I feel very much at home here and there is plenty I can still learn."

The Red Devils are also keeping an eye on Dutch youngster Ricky van Wolfswinkel (The Sun).

The 23-year-old has scored 14 goals in 20 appearances for Sporting Lisbon so far this season, prompting interest from both United and Liverpool.

“I see the Prem as a step up,” he said.

Talking of Liverpool, Dirk Kuyt could leave the Kop for as little as £1 million in the summer transfer window as Kenny Daglish looks to free up money at the club (Daily Telegraph).

The Dutch 31-year-old still has 12 months left on his contract at Liverpool but a clause means he can leave the club for a cut-price fee as long as he is not sold to another Premier League outfit.

“He would like to remain at Liverpool, but if not it’s very likely he will choose a new adventure abroad. If he ever returned to the Netherlands, he would go to Feyenoord,” Kuyt’s agent Rob Jansen said, before adding Roma are a distinct possibility.

“There is an excellent relationship with sporting director Walter Sabatini. Roma is one of the clubs he’d seriously take into account.”

Back in Manchester, but across town from Old Trafford, Mancini is reportedly sweating over his future at the club despite still being in the title race with seven matches to go (The Guardian).

The Italian has admitted he could be sacked at any moment

"My relationship with (club owner) Khaldoon (al-Mubarak) is fantastic,” Mancini said. “If he sacked me at the end of the season or next year, I would say that every manager who works with Khaldoon is very lucky.

“He is a really good man. This doesn't change my opinion about him or the club. "I've been in this world for a long time and I know you can lose this job. But it's important to me that the squad have improved a lot over the last two years. We are progressing. I don't decide this [my future]. I do the best for my job and after I don't decide this situation."

And finally, Paul Ince has been in secret talks to become the new boss at Wolves (Daily Star).

Ince has been out of the game since leaving Notts County a year ago and reportedly met with Wolves bosses earlier in the week as they seek a replacement for interim boss Terry Connor.

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