Chamakh Close to Signing
The focus today is Francophone players.
France Football’s Phillipe Auclair stated that Arsenal are close to signing Chamakh from Bordeaux. Auclair is a respected journalist and knows quite a bit about Arsene’s France based dealings. If Phillipe Auclair claims Arsenal are close to signing Marouane Chamakh, then that is more credible than a lot of the UK newspaper back pages.
If Chamakh signs, then Adebayor’s departure will be announced soon. Chamakh is 25 years, 6 foot 2 inches tall, great in the air, fast and skillful. He has 50 caps for Morocco and has scored 15 goals for the national team. The Moroccan striker scored 13 goals last season as the Girondins won the title.
Chamakh said earlier this summer “I have heard about the Arsenal rumours. But my agent does not want to talk to me about them so that I stay focused until the end of the season,” Chamakh also said “I want to play in the Premier League and a club like Arsenal would be a dream. If they were to come calling, I would certainly give them a positive answer. But there is nothing concrete at the moment.”
Arsene Wenger said “Chamakh is a very good player but that does not mean I have called him.”
The other player are rumoured to be talking to is Newcastle’s Sebastien Bassong. The player has stated that he is in talks with two English Premier teams. One is believed to be Tottenham, whilst Arsenal are though to be the other. If Arsenal are serious about Bassong, then unless we offer silly wages, he will choose Arsenal over Tottenham. Bassong is 22 years old but is highly rated in France and by Wenger.
This second rumour is still a rumour, whilst the Chamakh story is a real story.
Arsenal’s first signing, Thomas Vermaelen will be confirmed tomorrow or over the weekend as the Belgium defender is due to have a medical tomorrow.
Posted on June 18, 2009, in Transfers and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Transfer, Arsenal Transfers, Bassong, Chamakh, Summer Transfer News, Summer Transfers 2009, Transfer News, Vermaelen. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.