We do need a thread on this player, it seems.
All these rumours started from:
Inter accused of tapping up Arsenal's Hleb
By Vicki Hodges
Last Updated: 11:04am GMT 19/03/2008
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering whether to report Inter Milan to Uefa for an alleged approach for midfielder Alexander Hleb.
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Hleb is thought to have left Arsenal's hotel room the evening before their Champions League last 16 second leg tie against AC Milan a fortnight ago to meet with representatives from the Italian side's rivals to discuss a potential move in the summer.
Back to business: Hleb shone for Arsenal against Milan
It is claimed the Belarus international left the Melia Felix Hotel with the agent Claudio Vigorelli, who is an associate of international agent Vincenzo Morabito, a director of the leading English agency First Artist.
Wenger has since been made aware of the meeting and is deciding whether to report the Italian giants for tapping up the 26-year-old who is under contract at the Emirates until 2010.
Inter have long been admirers of the former Stuttgart midfielder and, while Morabito has admitted that Hleb did share a taxi with Vigorelli, he has refuted claims that the player held talks regarding a move to the San Siro.
"It's true that Hleb saw Vigorelli and they went out from the Melia Felix but it's not true that they went to talk to Inter Milan," said Morabito.
"They went for an ice-cream. We are sorry that Mr Wenger took it badly and complained because we have a good relationship with him."
Even if talks were innocent, Wenger is unlikely to be pleased by Hleb's decision to meet with one of the club's major power-brokers on the eve of Arsenal's huge match against Inter's rivals.
Hleb, however, went on to turn in a star performance in Arsenal's 2-0 win at the San Siro which set-up a last eight meeting with Liverpool.
It is not the first time Hleb has been caught in a tapping-up row having held a secret meeting with Hamburg director Michael Schroeder at a London restaurant in Feb 2006.
Wenger dismissed the rumours and said that Hleb and Schroeder had met through Hleb's younger brother, Vyacheslav, who used to play for the German side.
Inter denies meeting with Hleb
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 14:37:29
MILANO- With regard to yesterday's report in La Stampa newspaper and today's articles in the British press, carried also by Italian news agencies, F.C. Internazionale denies having met with the player Alexander Hleb, and has received no letter of complaint from Arsenal.
Wenger said: "I was concerned and I didn't like that it happened.
"If the agent came to the team hotel then he should have asked me for permission to see the players. You cannot just see the players like that.
"All the rest we will keep secret.
"But Italy is well known for having good ice cream!"
Report: Nerazzurri snatch Hleb Saturday 12 April, 2008
Reports in the Italian media maintain Inter have agreed a five-year contract with Arsenal’s Alexander Hleb and £11m transfer.
While Barcelona among others were also interested in making a bid for the Belarus international, the newspapers in the peninsula insist there is only one winner.
Inter are said to have agreed a five-year contract with Hleb worth almost £2m per season plus a £11m transfer fee to the Gunners.
He is earmarked as the ideal replacement for Luis Figo, who is set to leave the club at the end of this term.
Figo had originally planned to retire and work as a director, but there is talk he has instead decided to keep going and end his career in America before training to be a Coach in Portugal.
Candidates for Figo’s position in the team had included Deco, but Inter considered the Barcelona midfielder to be too old for the ‘new’ Nerazzurri.
This is someone from Xtratime and it better be true:
Hleb would do wonders for you guys. I don't usually agree with Jerns opinions when it comes to arsenal players cause he overhypes them on a regular basis. But this time he is right. With hleb, it's not about the assists or the shots on goal he gets (he doesn't shoot damn it). It's just that everything leading to the goal, he is involved. It's hard to take the ball from him. Imagine if he started shooting too, he'd be worldclass without a doubt.