Toure for Richards Swap?
Kolo Toure’s relationship with Gallas has been well documented, they do not get on! Toure has told everyone and he was close to leaving in January. A transfer request was handed in but Arsene spoke to Kolo and the request was withdrawn.
Only last week Toure extolled the virtues of keeping the squad together
“I think keeping the team together is the most important thing,” he said. “When you stay with your team-mate for three or four years you start to learn how he plays.
“That helps you for the games and I think we have been together for a while now. It’s important for our improvement next season.
“Sometimes when you bring somebody else, these players have to settle and that can take a year sometimes.
“The Premier League is already difficult so if you play six months badly it’s difficult to come back.”
Now some spurious reports have Toure wanting to leave and fulfil he dream of playing for Manchester City!
Furthermore, Toure who would command a fee of around £14 million is being considered as a make-weight in a move by Arsenal for Micah Richards. Richards, the reports say is valued at £6 million. Now maths may not be a strong point for some journalists, but if such a move was to go through it would Richards who is the make-weight.
Is there some credence in this report? Well yes. Toure’s contract expires next summer; he is one player that the boss has not mentioned about renewing his contract. Wenger is a great fan of Richards, who can fill-in at either right-back or centre-back. This boy was being talked about as a £20 million target only two years ago, now to be able to get his hands on him for £6 million might be too much of a temptation.
Wenger knows he has to choose between Gallas and Toure and the Frenchman has been the more competent of the two over the last few seasons, he reads the game better and rarely gets flustered.
If Wenger thinks its time for Toure to leave and he can get £14 million, whilst spending £6 million on Richards and £10 million of Vermaelen, then that is good business and refreshes the squad in a vital area.
Posted on June 9, 2009, in Transfers and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Transfer, Arsenal Transfers, Kolo Toure, Micah Richards, Summer Transfer News, Summer Transfers 2009. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.