First up is Togolese striker Adebayor who has again been linked with a move to AC Milan. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper in Italy rumours are growing that the Togolese striker wants to leave Arsenal for Milan. And while there are no quotes from the player himself there the following statement was made by Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti about his desire to bring Adebayor to Italy.
“I want a top striker and so does the club. Drogba? Adebayor? Either or, we have to see which one of them is ready to come to Milan.”
Forgive me for not getting riled up about this situation but to me the deal is pretty simple. Indeed, it’s clear that Milan and Ancelotti want to sign Adebayor but what is nowhere near as clear is that Adebayor wants to join Milan.
I can’t say 100% that Adebayor will stay at Arsenal (you just can’t in this day and age) it is worth pointing out that no statement has ever been made by the player or his agent and the only statements that he has made have related to his desire to stay at Arsenal. So while I admit it’s certainly not case closed, I also feel there’s no need for any Arsenal fans to get too worried about these rumours.
In other transfer news the word on the street is that Arsenal are negotiating to bring Yaya Toure to the club as part of a swap deal with Alex Hleb. Now, much as I think Toure would be the perfect signing to cover the loss of Mathieu Flamini the unfortunate reality is that – much like the Adebayor rumours – there are no quotes to back up this rumour and as a result, it should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Anyway, moving on to Euro 2008 matters now. Did anyone watch Croatia’s marvellous 2-1 win over Germany last night? It was scintillating stuff and gave the Holland-Italy match a good run for it’s money as the best game of the tournament so far.
I have to say that I have a bit of a man crush on Slaven Bilic at the moment. Very rarely do young managers do their job as well as he did against Germany and it was brilliant watching him live and breathe every moment of it from the bench. His tactics were perfect against the Germans and it will be interesting to see how far he can push his side in this tournament. Is he the new Jose Mourinho? Quite possibly.
Tonight sees arguably the most interesting game of the second round of fixtures as Robin van Persie’s Holland takes on France. I’ll be getting up at 4.45am Brisbane-time to watch the game at home with my younger brother and it should be riveting stuff. Looking forward to it.
That’s all for today, have yourselves a good one.
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