Another Saturday comes around and the usual suspects are still being linked with Arsenal.
Ricardo Alvarez, yes the player were supposed to have signed on a free transfer, who then become subject to a tug of war between Arsenal and Manchester United, is back in the frame or perhaps not. Arsenal sent over representatives to discuss the transfer with his club Velez Sarsfield, reports (or rumours) were that Velez wanted £10M. The trail went cold, then TalkSPORT reported that Roma were to sign the Argentine winger. Now we have Argentine media reports stating the Alvarez will sign for an English club next week. All we can say is that Alvarez is a player that Wenger has identified as someone who can add to our attacking options, though once the name is out in the football world other teams will jump on the bandwagon. As usual Arsenal are remaining very quiet, though we know that Wenger is due to go to South America soon, could it be to conclude the deal for Alvarez?
An old favourite has re-emerged, Blaise Matuidi, the St Etienne midfielder stopper / playmaker is back on the scene. This is the third summer we have been linked with Matuidi, the first link was in 2009 when we were “close to signing” Matuidi for £2.5M, then in 2010 the fee had risen to £8M when we about to sign the St Etienne player, now we are being linked with a £13M offer. It has been rumoured that Blaise has indicated that Arsenal is his preferred destination, but Wenger’s priorities are defence and attacking options, at least until he knows what will happen with Fabregas. Will Wenger spend £13M on Matuidi, I doubt that will happen, this story is more about Matuidi’s agent trying to drum up interest in his player.
Arsenal were also linked to Samuel Eto’o, but at £30M and 30 years old, the only club who would spend that sort of money for a has been are Chelsea. Eto’o is a great striker, but is he really the player we need? Perhaps if the fee was £8M he would be worth considering, but £30M plus £6M a year wages, not even Wenger will be mad to contemplate a deal for Eto’o.
A new player on the block is Jose Enrique the Newcastle United left-back. Enrique is coming into the final year of his contract, and has indicated that he wants to leave. He is 25 years old, 6ft 3” and battle hardened in English football. The Times has indicated that Arsenal have made contact with representatives of Enrique. Enrique would be a perfect replacement for Clichy. He will share the left=back slot with Gibbs and would cost around £8M.
Finally a story breaking from Italy is that Arsenal and Manchester United are in talks, whatever that might mean, with the agent of Mirko Vucinic the Roma striker, the asking price £26M. Vucinic is 27 years old and a Montenegro international. The sources for this story are the player’s agent and as is usual when an agent spreads stories and uses a couple of big teams it is to flush out other potential buyers. I doubt Wenger or Ferguson will even contemplate Vucinic unless the fee was around £12M.
No doubt by the end of today there will be 3 or 4 more players linked to Arsenal and tomorrow we can add a further half a dozen. These keeps us all guessing as to what is going on behind the scenes, what players is Wenger actually talking to and has the club made any offers for any players.
Will there be a flurry of transfer activity on deadline day at Arsenal?
Philippe Senderos has left it late to find a new club and the rumours are that either Portsmouth or Hull City will make a move for the Swiss international. This is a mighty drop after playing for AC Milan and Arsenal, but with no other takers and Senderos being sixth choice after Gallas, Vermaelen, Djourou, Silvestre and Song, it is best if the Swiss stopper moves to a team that will give him regular football.
Once again Arsene could have left it late, but moves are afoot to sign the highly rated Blaise Matuidi from St. Etienne. Arsenal are haggling over two million pounds, when you consider that the club’s turnover for one game is in excess of £3million, it makes you wonder if we will get a reality check when it comes to transfers or will we continue to live in cuckoo land?
The other player is Marouane Chamakh. West Ham are also interested, but Chamakh has made it clear he will stay at Bordeaux until next summer and leave on a free transfer rather than join West Ham. Arsenal, once again offered £5million for the player, whilst Les Girondins want a fee in the region of £10million. Arsene should make an improved offer of say £8million and secure the signing this summer.
Both of these deals will make a vast improvement to our squad.
Whether Arsene stops with these two depends on his assessment on the fitness of Nasri, Rosicky, Walcott and Arshavin. We cannot afford to go into the next round of fixtures with only one of these players available. Rosicky will be a player who will be in and out this season, whilst Walcott is always suffering with injuries. Do not be surprised if Arsene adds \a third player today.
Reports in The Guardian and Daily Mail are saying that Arsenal will finally sign Blaise Matuidi from St Etienne and possibly bring back Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
Matuidi is young at 22, but so what, Vieira was younger when he became a regular at Arsenal and Manchester United will be relying upon Anderson in midfield this season. Age does not matter so long as the player has the ability to protect the defence and cause mayhem. We have been searching for the new Vieira and have not found him, perhaps Matuidi, who could cost in the region of £6m, will fill that void.
In case Matuidi needs a year or so there is always Vieira! The rumour that was started by Arsenal legend Ian Wright, that Patrick Vieira will join us on a pay as you play basis. This will be a real back to the future move by Arsene, Vieira is clearly past his best and will be a bit part player, but he will bring experience to the dressing room. He will bring a calming influence.
Both of these signings will add some steel to the midfield and could see the departure of Silvestre whilst Song is moved to centre-back to add some pace to our defence.
This business will be typical Arsene Wenger, bring in nearly £50million in sales and spend less than £15million, this man should be in charge or sorting out the world financial crisis!
Sky Sports have been reporting that not only that Arsenal are interested in signing St. Etienne’s midfielder Blaise Matuidi, but that the player is in England at the moment. They go on to day that the play is in England with his agent and has been shown around Arsenal, and I do not think they meant a stadium tour!
For a player to be shown around another club’s stadium and training facility unless that club is Manchester United to whom taping up is second nature, it can only meant that the clubs have agreed a fee. St Etienne would have given the player permission to speak to Arsenal. Terms must have been discussed and a medical cannot be far away.
Matuidi is a 22 year central midfielder standing at 5ft 9in, no giant. He has expressed an interest and desire in joining Arsenal and Arsenal have been “tracking” the player all season.
If this transfer is as advanced as Sky Sports is reporting, where does that leave the potential transfer of Felipe Melo?