Brazilian striker puts United & Arsenal on alert

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CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love has opened the door to a Barclays Premier League move after admitting he wants to leave Russia in January.

The Brazilian striker has previously been linked with moves to both Arsenal and Manchester United, and both clubs would be able to meet the player's ambition of competing in the Champions League immediately.

"Porto, in the summer, made an offer to CSKA, but that was not enough. I've played here for seven years and I want to go elsewhere to win titles," he told Portuguese newspaper O Globo.

"I want win to win the Champions League, for example. With CSKA it is really difficult, even if we have a good team."

The 27-year-old has enjoyed successful loan spells in his homeland, with Palmeiras in 2009 and Flamengo in 2010, but is eager to stay in Europe and compete for the highest honour in domestic football after seven years at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Arsenal spent in the summer transfer widow to strengthen their attacking line, bringing South Korean skipper Park Chu-Young to the Emirates.

However, the Gunners shipped Nicklas Bendtner out on loan, and are still perceived to be short in the position given the injury track-record of Robin Van Persie at Arsenal.

Vagner Love would also bring a proven international pedigree to Arsenal should Arsene Wenger look to make a move, with 23 goals in 27 appearances to his name for the samba stars.

A Manchester United move would appear less likely, given the plethora of talent at the disposal of Sir Alex Ferguson in the position at Old Trafford.


The Red Devils have Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov, Danny Welbeck and Michael Owen all fighting for places, as well as youngsters Federico Macheda and Mama Biram Diouf cutting their teeth in the Manchester United reserves.

An attacking midfielder is thought to be higher up on the Manchester United agenda, but the forward's desire to move means that the door is open should Ferguson wish to follow up his original interest, stemming back to 2010.

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