The Uruguayan is back training with the Liverpool first-team after apologising to his team-mates and Brendan Rodgers yesterday, for his attempts at trying to force a move to The Emirates.
Therefore Arsenal are now ready to consider other options, with Manchester United’s wantaway striker top of that list. It is reported that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has sounded out the Rooney camp and United about the possibility of a move ahead of the weekend fixtures, where Rooney is expected to be involved against Swansea.
The official line is that United will not sell the player, but it is understood that should they feel his sale was unavoidable - they would prefer he joins Arsenal and not Chelsea.
Arsenal have attracted new interest in their 'for sale' striker Nicklas Bendtner. The controversial Dane is no longer wanted at The Emirates, and spent the past two seasons out on loan. Deals to take him to Hull City and Eintracht Frankfurt have fallen apart this summer due to financial demands, whilst similar problems are preventing a move to Malaga - which remains on the table.
Now it seems Turkish outfit Trabzonspor and Swiss champions FC Basel are now interested in the player - but finances may again be an issue.
News regarding two Swansea players now, and it is mixed from the Liberty Stadium.
First the good news, and Ashley Williams has confirmed he does want to play Champions League football in his career:
“All players with any kind of ambition want to see how high they can get, whether that’s with their team - which has been the case with me at Swansea - or whatever really. If I sat here and said I didn’t want to play in the Champions League, that’d be a lie.’’
However he went on to add that he would never force a move from his club.
In terms of any interest in Michu, The Gunners have been told to forget it, no matter how much they offer for the Spaniard:
"I know if they (Arsenal) came in with a very late bid, I know that the reaction from the board and chairman will be 'no', even if the money is ridiculous.’’
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