Benzema, Ribery and Melo – All Arsenal Bound!
Could this week be the most exciting week in Arsenal’s transfer history?
With the Confederation’s Cup over and Brazil crowned champions, it is time to see if Arsenal’s pursuit of Felippe Melo is indeed a true pursuit or merely more newspaper talk. Arsenal are reported to have offered Phillipe Senderos as part of the deal, but Wenger will not accept Fiorentina’s valuation of £21 million for the Brazilian international.
With pre-season training due to start next, Arsene will be looking at securing the signature of the Brazil central midfield enforcer sooner rather than later.
Of the transfer stories this is the more realistic.
Now we enter the field of Sunday newspaper fantasy.
The Sunday Times says Wenger is ready to bid Karim Benzema in the knowledge that the 21-year-old France striker would rather join Arsenal this summer than Manchester United. Arsenal have also been made aware of Benzema’s desire to work with Wenger.
The fee is expected to be in the region of £25 million. This is only possible if we sell Adebayor to AC Milan. This is now gathering pace as AC Milan have said their initial discussion with Arsene Wenger was “friendly”. Quite clearly Wenger sees the departure of Adebayor the key to financing any bid for Karim Benzema.
Could Arsenal really bid for Benzema and trump Alex Ferguson to his number one summer target. Benzema will bring us the speed and guile of Henry; it would be truly an amazing capture.
But is doesn’t end here, oh no, it is Sunday madness after all, so after Benzema we have Arsenal launching a £40 million bid for Franck Ribery.
The Daily Star Sunday says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes he is now close to pulling off one of the transfer coups of the summer and winning the race to sign the Bayern Munich winger.
According to the newspaper, which is probably the most un respected paper of them all, Wenger will offer of £30m – plus £10m-rated Danish hitman Nicklas Bendtner, this is supposed to be acceptable to Bayern coach Louis van Gaal.
A source close to Arsenal’s top brass confirmed: “Ribery was on the agenda at a recent board meeting – and it could even be a done deal by now. We’re very optimistic.”
So if we believe the week-end tittle tattle we will see Melo, Benzema and Ribery all arrive at Arsenal over the next week or so.