Will Wenger Add Cahill, Malouda and Fellaini?
It appears that both Park and Santos have been signed subject to work permits, which we need confirmed today.
Arsenal are in advance talks with long-term transfer target Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen, with a fee in the regions of €10M having been agreed. Mertesacker is 6’ 6”, which will help us at both ends at set pieces. The German defender is 26 years old (27 in September) and has played 74 times for Germany. This is the experienced tall commanding defender that we have been crying out for, his critics talk about his pace, but how quick is Djourou and how effective is Djourou?
Arsenal have made enquiries about Benayoun and Malouda, I expect one of these two to join Arsenal. Malouda is a more direct player with an eye for goal, whilst Benayoun is a creative player but is injury prone.
It is possible that Wenger could conclude four deals for £25M, leaving the Cesc transfer fee free for two major signings.
With the arrival of Mertesacker, does this signal the end of the Cahill deal? Gartside must have regretted his comments over the week-end that infuriated Arsene Wenger. If Gartside had kept quiet and merely told Arsenal that £6M plus Bendtner was a non-starter but can we talk about cash plus a loan deal, then Cahill could still be an option. Bolton’s problem is that Cahill is in the last year of his contract, if he refuses to sign a new contract, then Bolton will lose the one major asset for nothing and this is a club with major financial problems.
I still believe that Wenger fancies Cahill, but he refused to pay £17M for Cahill. Wenger’s valuation is probably around £10M. Unless Spurs step in and offer Bolton £15M for Cahill, I can see Wenger renewing his interest in Cahill tomorrow, but this time he will not be desperate for the player as he would have secured Mertesacker. Bolton will be negotiating from a position of weakness and the deal could be clinched for around £10M. If this happens, this is typical Wenger, the artful poker player, always ensuring that the cards are stacked in his favour.
Wenger’s pursuit of either Malouda or Benayoun is a sign of defeat in the purchase of Hazard. Lille were always reluctant to sell both Gervinho and Hazard in the same window, so this is a player that goes onto the backburner and the pursuit starts again next summer.
Arsene will turn his attention north, and in particular Everton. The targets are Arteta, Fellaini or even Rodwell. Rodwell will be a typical Arsene move, a young player, someone who will be in demand in a year’s time from Manchester United, but the cost will be £20M, which will concern Arsene. Arteta is a player whom we made a bid for in the past (probably £6M!), he is creative but as with so many of our players on the small side. The one that I would like to see is Marouane Fellaini. He is young, 23 years old, tall 6ft 4” and is a solid midfielder. Fellaini cost Everton £15M three years ago and Everton are trying to extend his contract, however a bid from Arsenal around £20M could tempt cash strapped Everton. Everton have not spent any money this summer meaning Moyes has been unable to strengthen his squad, £20M wil lalow the Everton manager to go into the market at this late stage.
If Arsene finishes August with Park, Santos, Mertesacker, Malouda, Cahill and Fellaini, then Arsenal fans will be looking forward to the Swansea match on 10 September, the doom and gloom of August will be behind us.
Posted on August 30, 2011, in Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Players, Transfers and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Transfer, Arsenal Transfer Rumours, Arsenal Transfers, Arsene Wenger, Fellaini, Florent Malouda, Gary Cahill, Mertesacker, Transfers. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.