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United scupper Arsenal's Campbell chances
Arsenal have been scuppered again by Manchester United in the transfer market – this time in the chase for highly-rated striker Joel Campbell. The Gunners looked to have a deal sewn up for the young Costa Rican, and the 19-year-old was set to undergo a pre-medical meeting, but Arsenal pulled the plug after the player and his father failed to attend. Humberto Campbell initially suggested another club may be in the running for his son’s signature, and now Costa Rican sources suggest United are the other interested party, along with Dinamo Kiev. "We've decided we will not sign anything yet [with Arsenal]," said Humberto. "We have other offers on the table that are being analysed, but nothing's done. Let's negotiate after the World Cup."
The Star report that Arsenal are offering Samir Nasri a £6m-a-year deal in a bid to persuade him to commit his future to the club while Luka Modric captained Spurs in their latest pre-season friendly as Spurs stress they want to keep the Croatian.
Sir Alex is quoted in The Guardian and other papers admitting he would not be surprised if Dimitar Berbatov was to grow tired of not being an automatic starter. "Yes, I'd understand that," Ferguson replied. "But you could say that about them all. I don't pick the same team every week, do I? I've only done that once in the last three years. Yes, players will be disappointed they are not playing some weeks. But at the end of the day, it will help [the team]."