Arsenal Transfer Season Starts Now
The annual exodus form the Arsenal playing staff is about to start with Cesc ready to seal a £40M transfer to Barcelona this weekend. This is not a major surprise, but will he be greeted on his return as Vieira, Toure and Henry were, or will it be another Anelka, Adebayor return?
Manchester City are rumoured to be on the verge of signing Clichy for £7M. To me this is not a problem, Clichy is a poor replacement for Ashley Cole and Gibbs will grow into a better left-back than Clichy could ever become.
The Nasri saga has taken a new twist with Manchester City reported to be ready to offer £20M. Nasri is in the last year of his contract and £20M to Manchester City will be a good price. Nasri has been plagued by injuries at Arsenal and his form has been erratic, perhaps this is because he has not played in his favoured central midfield position. I would like Nasri to stay and perhaps the arrival of Gervinho will persuade him to sing a new contract, with a “gentleman’s agreement” with Wenger that he can leave next summer if we do not win anything!
If Wenger sold these three plus a few other players Bendtner (£8M), Denilson (£5M), Eboue(£8M) and Arshavin(£12M), his transfer budget will be £100M, yes £100M, what damage could he do in the market with this fund?
What Arsenal must ensure is that we are not in the same situation next summer with players in their last season of their contract. The two players that have two years left on their contracts are Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott. They need to be offered bumper contracts now not half-way through the season.
Next week should see the long awaited announcements of Gervinho, Cahill, Alvarez and Oxlade-Chamberlain joining the club, for a combined sum of £49M. So it is not all gloom and doom. The buying should not stop with these players. Other targets need to include Juan Mata of Valencia, Christopher Samba , Jose Enrique and possibly Benzema.
On the transfer rumour front the story that we are looking at John O’Shea for £7M is the most worrying. This guy is just younger version of Silvestre, another disaster waiting to happen. Why would we finance Manchester United to the tune of £7M for one of their reserves?
However, what is worrying is the statement from Arsene in a French newspaper that he will very active towards the end of July. This is not the statement Arsenal fans want to hear. To buy players a couple of weeks prior to the season starting is madness; get your players in early. Pre-season matches are designed to ensure players understand each other.
Arsene this could be your last summer at Arsenal, ensure you buy wisely and quickly. You have had since March to weigh up your targets, just get on with the job of securing them now.
Posted on July 1, 2011, in Arsenal News, Arsenal Players, Transfers and tagged Alvarez, Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Transfer, Arsene Wenger, Cahill, Clichy, Fabregas, Gervinho, Manchester City, Nasri, Transfer News. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.