Transfers to Improve Our Squad
Every fan looks anxiously at the transfer window and starts to wonder who we will sign, when will we sign anyone and who is leaving the club. For Arsenal fans this is more relevant this summer. We know from the rumblings around the dressing room, the stands and even in the board-room, that a failure to win something this season will see top players leave next summer and Arsene’s future will definitely be brought into question.
Arsenal are always linked with numerous players, but in all honesty we are not too many players away from challenging for the major honours. Arsene’s problem is raising funds through sales and yet being able to strengthen the squad at the same time. Arshavin was purchased in January and he probably came out of this summer’s budget.
There is no doubt that Gallas and Toure will not be at the club together next season. One will definitely leave. My money is on Toure leaving to go to Manchester City for £14 million, unless Arsene will use Kolo’s presence to lure his brother to the club, in which case it will be Gallas going to PSG for £3 million or part of the Sakho deal. Wenger is already looking at selling Senderos for £6 million and Eboue could be bound for foreign shores for a fee of around £5 million. Arsene will also be look at moving either Denilson or Song. Either player would fetch in the region of £8 million, in addition I expect Mark Randall to move this summer. Arsene has seen Gibbs play well this season and this could be the incentive for the boss to sell Armand Traore, even to Spurs for a fee of around £6 million. The big one is Adebayor. Our favourite last summer, but the player we all want out following some lackadaisical displays. AC Milan are definitely a team that are interested or they were last season. I doubt Barcelona will be interested any more, so we again are limited in avenue to dispose of the Togolese striker, at any rate we need to be looking at £20 million for the player.
Arsene could raise any where from £28 million (excluding Adebayor and Toure) up to £59 million (including Adebayor and Toure but not Gallas). This will be a major transfer budget and would not necessarily weaken the squad. Wenger will be able to pursue four players that will make the difference.
Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £10 million deal with Thomas Vermaelen. Unless this is a great hoax, then the Belgium striker will be part of a new look Arsenal defence. To follow Vermaelen will be Fulham’s Brede Hangeland for a fee of £15 million. Brede claimed in the initial furore that he is happy at Fulham, but since then all has gone quiet, there is no talk of a bid or of a new contract for Hangeland. These two will form the basis of our central defensive partnership, with Djourou and Gallas / Toure to be used as back-up.
In central midfield, everyone’s favourite is Yaya Toure. A deal was almost done last summer, but the board scuppered the deal with a refusal to offer Yaya a decent salary. This could be the stumbling block this summer, plus if Arsene wishes to sell his brother, the offer will be less attractive to Yaya. If Wenger went for Yaya Toure this will set him back at least £16 million, an alternative and one that I am touting if nobody else is is Real Madrid’s Mahamadou Diarra and he could be available for £10 million.
With the departure of Adebayor, Wenger cold decide he has enough firepower with van Persie, Eduardo, Vela, Bendtner, Walcott and Arshavin. In reality we know that we need another striker. We have two options either Klaas-Jan Huntelaar or Edin Dzeko. Either will give us the goals that we desire and either will cost around £16 million.
With these movements in the market, Arsene will have strong squad for next season:
GK Almunia; Fabianski
Def Sagna; Song; Clichy; Gibbs; Toure; Djourou; Vermaelen; Hangeland;
Mid Fabregas; Diarra; Diaby; Wilshere; Ramsey; Arshavin; Nasri; Rosicky; Walcott
Att van Persie; Eduardo; Huntelaar; Bendtner; Vela
Posted on June 16, 2009, in Transfers and tagged Adebayor, Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Players, Arsenal Transfers, Edin Dzeko, Hangeland, Summer Transfer News, Summer Transfers 2009, Transfer News, Transfers, Vermaelen, Yaya Toure. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.