Cesc Ready to Go – Nasri Says No to New Contract – Defender to Sign
Saturday morning brings about more transfer rumours, speculation and heart-ache for Arsenal fans.
Samir Nasri is reported to have rejected Arsenal’s new offer of £115K a week. This is on the back of some newspaper reports stating that Nasri’s representatives having agreed a deal withManchesterCity. If both reports are true, then the uncertainty that Arsene has talked about in recent interviews needs to come to an end. Arsene needs to assess his options in the transfer market, be they Juan Mata, available for around £22M, Santi Carzola (£18M) and Mathieu Valbeuna (£15M) and bring closure to the Nasri story. The club cannot have a player in the squad who will not sign a new contract irrespective of what the weekly wages are and who has made it obvious that he will run his contract down to the end of the season. A deal withManchesterCitywill result in a £25M transfer, sufficient to bring in any of the three players that we have been linked with as a replacement for Nasri.
Nasri has shown Arsenal little loyalty, we took him fromMarseilles, made him into the player he is, but he sees no reason to repay the club or manager with loyalty, so it should au revoir to Samir next week and the club moves on.
Arsene will need to move fast in the transfer market to replace Nasri asMalagaare already reported to be hovering over Carzola, whilst Mata has been linked with Tottenham and Valbeuna could be a target for Manchester United if they do not sign Schneijder.
The boss has stated that “Certainly, we will have to find one more defender.” To the sceptics this means one defender and that’s my lot, to those of us who still have optimism it means at least one more defender. Arsene will not be drawn on names, unlike other managers, which is respectful, but we all know the short-list consist of Jagielka, Cahill and Samba. The question that Arsenal fans will be asking is when will it happen? We are not the only club looking for new defenders and the longer we take the chances on missing one of these players increases as does the transfer fee. Liverpool,Chelseaand Tottenham are all in the market for centre-backs, so we need to be decisive in the market and sign at least one of these players early next week.
Arsenal have already made a bid for Jagielka, which according to some reports was £10M, a figure lower than the offer we made last summer! Cahill and Bolton are back from theUSAtour, so expect Wenger to open talks with Owen Coyle about theEnglandinternational who has one year left on his contract, but has a £17M release clause. Arsenal are not prepared to pay £17M, valuing the player around £12m. Arsenal have several players that could be used as part of the deal. Lansbury, Bartley and Miguel have all been mentioned as possible loanees. This will suit Arsenal andBolton. Boltonare short of money and have few saleable assets, Coyle has done will with loan players in recent years. Arsenal will want to give players like Bartley and Lansbury regular Premier League football so this could be the solution.
The Cesc saga rumbles on, but should be concluded early next week. Barcelonaare offering Arsenal a fee in the region of £34M, which Arsenal may ask to be increased by the inclusion of Abidal in the deal. This will allow Cesc to move to his belovedBarcelonaand give Arsene £34M to spend in the market NEXT WEEK.
Posted on July 23, 2011, in Arsenal News, Arsenal Players, Transfers and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Transfer, Arsenal Transfers, Cahill, Fabregas, Jagielka, Juan Mata, Nasri, Samba, Summer Transfer News, Transfer News, Valbuena. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.