Sociedad ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Arsenal deal


After agreeing a 12-month extension to Denilson’s loan with Sao Paulo, Arsenal’s attempts to permanently offload last season’s plethora of loanees are progressing with all the pace of the crab-tastic Brazilian.

Real Sociedad have again reasserted their desire to sign chip-shot-king Carlos Vela, but they’ve also been quick to downplay any suggestions that a deal is close.

“There are many developments in the case of Vela. We are cautiously optimistic, but everything can be broken at any moment,” president Jokin Apperebay noted yesterday.

Noting that the Mexican striker was the subject of interest from several suitors, he continued:

“We’re talking about a player who has scored twelve goals, has been our top scorer and Arsenal want to get an economic return.

“I will not discuss the terms of the agreement, but I insist that is not done. It seems that we’ve taken step but there are a number of steps and we have to keep working.”

Meanwhile in Russia, Zenit Saint Petersburg’s complicated love affair with Andrei Arshavin could be back on again. Despite pissing off the president with a few choice remarks following his country’s exit from Euro 2012 it appears Italian manager Luciano Spalletti wouldn’t mind working again with the midfielder.

“He is one of the players who can strengthen Zenit,” maintained the bald-pated tactician.

“When a team win the league by almost 15 points you need to look for players like that.”

Qatari side Al-Sadd are also rumoured to be chubby chasing, but you can’t see the Russian faring too well in the heat. The poor little fella wouldn’t be able to move.

Lazio apparently fancied Nicklas Bendtner, but they’ve lost interest as they can’t afford him and finally, in light of Kyle Bartley’s promotion to the Arsenal first team, Spanish centre-back Ignasi Miquel could spend next year on loan with Championship side Brighton.

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