Arsenal Ready to Bid for Hangeland
The papers are full of stories that Wenger is prepared to make a bid of £15 million for Fulham’s centre-back Brede Hangeland. The Danish centre-back has received rave reviews all season and Arsenal have been linked with the 6ft 4 inch defender for some months.
Fulham will be reluctant to sell one of their main assets. Fulham had one of the best home defensive records this season and a Hangeland was a main contributor.
At the end of the day money task and for Fulham to make over £10 million profit on Hangeland in such a short spell, will be too much for Al Fayed and the board to turn down. Hangeland has two years left on his contract and does not seem to be in a hurry to extend it.
Hangeland is a no nonsense defender, he will aerial challenges, not shirk a physical confrontation. He has 18 months Premier League experience, so there will be no settleing in period. He is the type of player we need.
His arrival will in part be financed by the departure of Senderos for £6 million, probably to a German club, whilst we may also see the end of a Silvestre who did not make any friends in his year at the Emirates.
Wenger will want to see if the board are as true to their word as they claim in public. If the board do not back the manager, or tell him this is your transfer kitty blown on one player, then expect Wenger to walk out on Arsenal.