Rascal RoundUp – Wednesday Banter, 9 days to go.

Here is today’s Rascal RoundUp #RRU – the most comprehensive roundup anywhere on the net…well we think so! Problems with twitter in last 24hrs, we hope the RRU will continue on our twitter account @FootballRascal as soon as the problem is resolved.

Arsenal (AFC):

Arsenal are set to approach Sochaux over 25-year-old defensive midfielder Kevin Anin who is highly regarded in France.

Apparently Wenger has told Van Persie he is happy with the current squad!

Wenger has been told only a £26m offer will land Belgium forward Eden Hazard from Lille…cheap in the current market and worth his weight.

Arsenal are apparently trying to get rid of centre-back Seb Squillaci by getting him a move back to France, but no takers!

Samir Nasri’s move to Manchester City will be completed on Tuesday or Wednesday for a fee of around 28 million euros…

Nasri will not travel to Italy for Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Udinese-he would be cup-tied if he did play and City would have a problem with that.

Manchester City (MCFC):

City have agreed a £2.5 million deal with Bolton for Shaun Wright-Phillips, just personal terms (wage drop) to be discussed.

Winger Alessio Cerci has knocked back Manchester City by insisting he is happy to stay at Fiorentina. Money doesn’t talk…well not for everyone.

Liverpool (LFC):

Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates is apparently on Liverpool’s (LFC) radar, can they be linked with anymore centre-backs this summer?

Oh yeah, here’s another one, Liverpool are said to be favourite to sign Birmingham’s £8m-rated centre-back Scott Dann

Liverpool sold Sotirios Kyrgiakos to Wolfsburg on Monday, he has signed a 2-year deal. Parties planned all over Merseyside, what a donkey!

Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt is being linked with a move to Italian giants Inter Milan. Can’t see this one but the last chance to get any money for him at 31.

Liverpool could be set to rival Sunderland in the race to sign striker Craig Bellamy. Return of the rat?

Best of the rest:

Blackburn (BRFC) have agreed terms with the MLS for FC Dallas defender George John. Badly needed.

Swansea winger Nathan Dyer has signed a new 3-year deal at the club. Going places?

Wigan (WAFC) have also signed trio McCarthy, Boyce and Ben Watson on new contracts. Fighting for the cause.

Everton (EFC) and Celtic will battle it out for Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell on loan

Chelsea’s (CFC) Serbian defender Slobodan Rajkovic is set to join Frank Arnesen at Hamburg in a £2m deal after having problems with a work permit.

Fulham (FFC) are chasing FC Twente’s Belgium ­international striker Nacer Chadli, they will have to pay £8m for the for the 21-year-old. However, El Hamdaoui or Bryan Ruiz still look the more likely candidates.

Tottenham (THFC) The Diarra deal is nearly done following complications over wages. Adebayor’s agent was trying to sort out the issues regarding Adebayor move to Spurs on Friday and over the weekend, if Spurs can bring in Diarra he should complete his move this week.

Tottenham: ‘Arry has revealed Spurs were close to signing Juan Mata…only for Chelsea to come in and blow them out of the water!

Bolton (BWFC) want to bring in Manchester City (MCFC) defender Dedryck Boyata on loan as Nedum Onuoha looks to be heading south! The deal for Liverpool striker Ngog should complete in the next 48 hours.

Brighton & Hove Albion (B&HA) have signed midfielder Ryan Harley from Swansea for £250k. Looking good for this season.

Around Europe:

Bayer Leverkusen’s Michael Ballack is being linked with a move to either the MLS or Schalke as he gets increasingly frustrated with lack of playing time.

Carlos Tevez is not interested in joining Inter Milan on loan…not close enough to Argentina!

Carlos Tevez is linked with a move to Bayern Munich (because Germany is a lot closer to Argentina) but coach Jupp Heynckes doesn’t think the club can afford him…would he even want to go there?

Valencia want to bring former centre-back Raul Albiol back to the club, he is currently not getting a game at Real Madrid.

Reports suggest Fenerbahce are preparing a bid to rival that of Spurs for battling Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra, but is the deal to Spurs already done?

German international Per Mertesacker is happy to stay in Germany, he is currently at Werder Bremen.

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