Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JON WEST

Rooney away from Old Traf­ford.

Over at Ever­ton, the Tof­fees have be­come an­noyed with Arse­nal’s at­tempts to sign Marouane Fel­laini.

The Bel­gian has a £23m re­lease clause in his con­tract, but the Gun­ners only want to pay £20m.

An­other strike tar­get, Fiorentina’s Ste­van Jovetic, looks like go­ing to Manch­ester City, who don’t mess around when it comes to shelling out for play­ers.

Gun­ners fans would be happy to see Wenger make a big-money move for Chris­tian Ben­teke, who has handed in a trans­fer re­quest at As­ton Villa.

But with Chelsea also in the frame, they fear Ro­man Abramovich will steam in and get there first – just as he did two years ago with Juan Mata.


Arse­nal are also in for Manch­ester City mid­fielder Gareth Barry – but his ar­rival won’t spark joy­ous par­ties in north Lon­don.

The list of play­ers Wenger failed to sign be­cause of his dither­ing is end­less – and in­cludes Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Yaya Toure.

Not land­ing

lat­est tar­get Higuain af­ter weeks of ne­go­ti­a­tions would be a huge blow to Wenger’s rep­u­ta­tion.

Real Madrid pres­i­dent Florentino Perez has claimed the deal is far from com­plete.

He said: “We don’t want Higuain to leave and, what’s more, no-one from Arse­nal has come to us and made any of­fers.”

New Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, who re­placed Jose Mour­inho, is also un­der­stood to be keen for Higuain to stay.

That means the pres­sure is now well and truly on Wenger to sign a top name – or he will be fac­ing the fans’ wrath yet again.



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