Downing Wants Liverpool over Arsenal
Stewart Downing has turned down interest from Arsenal in favour of a move to Liverpool, according to Sky Sports . Rumours over the weekend surfaced that the Gunners had made an Â£18M bid for the former Middlesbrough winger, but these were denied by his club, and Downing remains adamant that he wants to move to Anfield. So far Aston Villa have, publicly at least, stuck steadfastly to their line that the England international is not for sale, particularly as they have already lost Ashley Young to Manchester United. This, however, is almost certainly a mere negotiating position, trying to force Downingâ€™s hand to submit a transfer request whilst at the same time placating their own fans. It has also been suggested that, despite Damien Comolli leaving on the clubâ€™s pre-season tour of the Far East, a deal could be concluded early this week as the Reds look to get their team for next season in place as early as possible. With Downing having set his heart on a move to Merseyside, a swift conclusion to the deal would suit all parties. Whilst Downing is clearly not a name that excites many Liverpool fans, his consistent ability to carve out opportunities for his team mates â€“ Downing was 4th in the Chance Creation table last season â€“ has attracted the attention of both Comolli and Kenny Dalglish. If SuÃ¡rez and Carroll can form the sort of clinical partnership that every Liverpool fan hopes they can, then having players on board such as Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Downing, each of whom featured prominently in chance creation stats last season, will hopefully provide the Reds with the ammunition needed to fire themselves back up the table.
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