Transfer Rumours and More
Arsenal’s second leg against FC Twente will be shown live on BBC3. The BBC paid £200,000 for the rights to the game beating both Setanta and ITV in a bidding war for the rights to show the game.
Transfer Rumour Mill
Arsenal are reported to be monitoring the Ipswich Town winger Danny Haynes. The 20 year-old was watched recently by Arsenal scout Stewart Houston on Tuesday, as the young winger tore apart the Leyton Orient defence. Haynes will cost in the region of £5M, if Arsenal make a move he will not be the player Wenger has spoken about.
Michael Johnson played for Manchester City last night, effectively ruling himself out of Champions League football until February. This, however, does not rule him out of a possible move to Arsenal, as Wenger has previously bought players who were cup-tied, but it does confirm that Arsenal are not in talks with Manchester City over a potential transfer
Another youngster being “tracked” by Arsenal is Anthony Annan, a young Ghanaian midfielder who has been likend to Michael Essien. Annan currently plays for Staelbeck and has recently been on trial at Blackburn Rovers, with Manchester United also looking at him.
Other targets include Arsenal’s perennial summer target, Yaya Toure. Though cup-tied for the Champions League, he will be the ideal partner for Fabregas in the league. Arsenal are prepared to offer £10M, but Barcelona will do business at £15M. Tis is the going rate for top midfielders and Wenger knows Yaya well having had him on trial at the club a few seasons ago.
Gokhan Inler is the favourite to be signed by Arsene Wenger, the young Swiss international ticks all the Arsene boxes, young, strong, athletic, good ball control and will cost £5M.
There is no reason to suggest that Inler will not be joined by both Annan and Haynes, the combined fees will be less than £12M, but Arsene will way up the future development of Randall, Gibbs, Wilshere and Lansbury before signing too many midfielders. These four boys have served their apprenticeships and performed well in pre-season, maybe it is time to stop looking elsewhere for new players and look within our own ranks