Wenger stalls on Arsenal extension

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AllsportArsene Wenger's future remains uncertain as he stays focused on the task at hand.

Arsenal's plans to extend the deal of manager Arsene Wenger appear to have hit a snag, with the Frenchman refusing to discuss terms with the club until after the team qualify for the Champions League knockout phase.

The Daily Mail reports the Gunners are still confident Wenger will put pen to paper on a new deal worth 7.5 million pounds, but the 64-year-old is eager to avoid further distractions during what is set to be a complicated -- and potentially decisive -- run of matches. Wenger's side are currently flying high atop the Premier League standings, but face a tricky clash with Borussia Dortmund this week before facing Marseille and Napoli again in the Champions League.

Serie A frontrunners Roma are keen on Newcastle playmaker Yohan Cabaye, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. Roma boss Rudi Garcia worked with Cabaye at Lille and is set to launch an offer in the region of 12 million pounds in January.

Chelsea are closely tracking the progress of two more teenagers, with Lazar Markovic and Pedro Delgado now on Jose Mourinho's hit-list. The midfielders -- currently plying their trade at Benfica and Inter Milan respectively -- are wanted by the Portuguese manager, who only days ago signed 18-year-old Bertrand Traore. The Daily Mirror states Mourinho could swoop for the duo in the near future.

Finally, West Brom starlet Saido Berahino has found himself a transfer target of big-spending Ligue 1 outfit Monaco. Arsenal and Everton are also understood to be interested in his services, the Daily Mirror claims, but the French club are said to be willing to part with a significant fee to secure the striker.


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