Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says Charles N’Zogbia cannot talk to Aston Villa until the 10 million-pound asking price for the winger is met.Villa have had a nine million-pound offer turned down, and Whelan has told Wigan’s English Premier League rivals that he will not accept a penny less than what has been determined as the valuation for the Frenchman.
“It’s 10 million pounds or there is no deal,” said Whelan.
“They offered us nine million pounds and we refused it; firstly because we would like to keep Charles, and secondly because if he is to go, then we have to get the right price for him.”
“Charles has played fantastically well in the last year and, with his pace and penetration, there’s no doubt in my mind that he is the finest left-winger in the Premier League.”
N’Zogbia has 12 months left on his current deal and has refused to sign a new contract, meaning if Wigan do not sell the winger now they may lose him for nothing next year.
“If the right offer comes in, we would consider it, if it was in his best interests – but it has to be the right offer,” Whelan said.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal target Joel Campbell has told the club that he will not be making any decision on his future until after the Under-20 World Cup.
The 19-year-old Costa Rican international was believed to be close to joining the Gunners after Arsene Wenger’s side reportedly agreed a fee with the striker’s club Deportivo Saprissa.
But the teenager has now opted to postpone any transfer until after the tournament in Colombia finishes in August, with Manchester United also rumoured to be interested.
“We’ve decided we will not sign anything yet,” Campbell’s father Humberto told La Nacion.
“We have other offers on the table that are being analysed, but nothing’s done. Let’s negotiate after the World Cup.”
Deportivo Saprissa president Juan Carlos Rojas expressed his disappointment that the proposed deal with Arsenal is, for the moment, on hold.
“It’s disappointing for football, for Saprissa that these people have not taken Arsenal’s offer seriously,” Rojas stated.
“I assume the father thinks things will get better after the decision, but there’s always a risk.”
French club Rennes have announced the arrival of left-back Chris Mavinga from Liverpool.
The 20-year-old Frenchman has penned a four-year deal with the Ligue 1 club following two seasons at Anfield. Reds goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has also left the club, but only on a season-long loan to Championship side Hull City.
Former Chelsea, Stoke City and Fulham forward Eidur Gudjohnsen has signed a two-year deal with Greek club AEK Athens, while freshly promoted Swansea have reportedly had a two million-pound bid for Newcastle United winger Wayne Routledge accepted.
In the Championship, Watford have signed veteran striker Chris Iwelumo from Burnley for 500,000 pounds, while Crystal Palace have landed Norway left-back Jonathan Parr.
In Italy, Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik has insisted that he is extremely happy playing for Walter Mazzarri’s side.
The Slovakia international has been linked with a move to Italian champions AC Milan following a fruitful season helping Napoli finish third in Serie A and gaining automatic qualification to next season’s Champions League.
“I am happy to remain,” Hamsik said, according to ESPNSoccernet. “I am very happy at Napoli.”
Hamsik joined Napoli from Brescia in 2007 and has since established himself as one of the best attacking players in the Italian top flight.
Staying in Serie A, Amauri appears close to departing Juventus to return home to Brazilian club Flamengo, while Portugal international midfielder Tiago Mendes has left the club by mutual consent.
Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni could yet stay with the La Liga club, after talks over personal terms with AS Roma reportedly broke down.
Elsewhere in Spain, Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of striker Adrian from relegated outfit Deportivo La Coruna on a free transfer.
The 23-year-old was involved in a long-running contractual wrangle with the Galician outfit, beginning in January when Atleti had first set their eyes on the forward, whose contract was set to expire after the 2010/11 season.
The conflict finally ended Monday as Labour Law and Social Security professor Miguel Cardenal ruled in favour of the player, while opting to annul Deportivo’s decision to unilaterally renew his contract for a further season.
Subsequently, the former Spain Under-21 forward has signed a four-year deal with Atletico, tying him to the club until 2015.