According to the news, Arsenal have launched a £22m bid and activated Marouane Fellani’s release clause.
This is great news if it is true because Fellani is exactly the type of player we’ve been screaming out for. He is a big, powerful midfielder with presence and can play as a DM, in the centre
or as an attacking midfielder.
He isn’t the most technically gifted, but a player with his power and physique would add some much needed steel to our midfield of technical midget wizards. He is great in the air too which would be a boost to Arsenal at set pieces, which is an area that we have really struggled to make the most of our opportunities so Fellaini could be the answer we are looking for.
Fellaini is thought to be one of Wenger’s favoured targets, with a perfect mix of technique and power believed to be the missing ingredient from Arsenal’s armory, a box to box player that can dominate a midfield from DM.
What I would like to see is Santi floating the ball into the near post for a Mertesacker flick on to Giroud or Fellaini and Mertesacker attacking the back post. We’d surely improve our set piece conversion.
With Diaby unfortunately crocked for some while, Arsene may want to add additional height and power to his midfield options. Fellaini is excellent at winning the ball back, not only great at attacking crosses but equally strong at defending them. Should Giroud find himself as a backup then his role will need to be picked up by the Belgian.
What I like about him is that he is a fighter, a player that does not want to lose. I am sure many players don’t want to lose and I hate going all cliche on you but he looks like he doesn’t want to lose games similar to Wilshere. I love that in a player and have been hoping Arsene looks for players with that attitude this summer. He’s obviously really good in the air and has great strength but his touch and skill are very underrated. Look at his goal against us at Goodison this year.
Fellaini’s £22m-£24m buy out clause can be paid by many clubs, luckily we are now in that list so if we wanted to slap down that amount on Everton’s desk then there is no reason why we cannot should Arsene want the player. The issue then becomes who else manages to trigger the buy out clause because there are a number of clubs who can offer higher wages than we can. I don’t see Arsenal offering Fellaini £200k pw.
Now that we finally have enough financial muscle to compete in the
transfer market (according to Gazidis), hopefully this is the summer where it all changes for the Arsenal.
Arsenal have held further discussions with Gonzalo Higuain as they plot a £20million move.
The Argentina striker can leave Real Madrid this summer and is high on Arsene Wenger’s centre-forward wishlist.
The Gunners look set to miss out on Stevan Jovetic after Chelsea made their move for the forward, and Wenger now looks set to battle it out with Juventus for Higuain.
Wayne Rooney remains Wenger’s dream signing, but despite the club’s considerable spending power this summer, a successful move for the Manchester United forward could prove a step too far.
Higuain even admitted he would be interested in a move to the Emirates Stadium, saying last week: ‘Arsenal? They would suit me.’ The 25-year-old striker earns in the region of £130,000-per-week, which would be within Arsenal’s price range.
Marseille are keen on taking Arsenal striker Gervinho but only on loan. The French side are strapped for cash and have been priced out on other targets.
Barcelona remain keen on Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.
Arsenal are reportedly lining up a surprise swoop for Swansea City star Michu.
Michu has been in amazing form this season and is one of the Premier Leagues top scorers, which isn’t bad considering he only cost £2 million in the summer.
However, the club are now confident of banking at least £15million for bargain buy Michu after ensuring he did not leave during the January transfer window and we could be his next destination.
According to reports on the Daily Mail website, the Welsh side will cash in on their star if they get an offer that is too good to turn down.
Boss Arsene Wenger is a massive admirer of the Spaniard and would dearly love to see him arrive at the Emirates as his first summer signing.
He is expected to spend big and rumours are circulating that he didn’t go out and waste his money in January, as he is preparing to do all of his business as soon as he gets the opportunity to at the end of the season.
Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier claims he has yet to make a decision on his future just weeks after hinting he wanted to join Arsenal.
The 22-year-old was quoted in May as saying he had decided what his next move would be amid speculation he had opted to join the Gunners.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he is a big fan of the French midfielder and is reportedly lining up a joint deal for Grenier and his team-mate Maxime Gonalons.
However, Grenier's future looks to be in the balance based on his latest quotes, with the Lyon ace stating he hadn't made up his mind where he would be playing his football next season.
"I'm training here in Uruguay and Brazil. It feels good to be far from France right now because I've heard a lot of things about me lately," the midfielder told reporters after making his full debut for France in the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay.
"I can't give answers to everybody. I want to enjoy these 10 days of training. We will see about my future after the internationals, during my vacation."
The 26-year-old has insisted he is happy to remain at the Camp Nou, but new United boss David Moyes looks set to test the Catalans’ resolve with a bid of around £40m.
Fabregas has found himself out of favour at the club, and has also been linked with a return to former club Arsenal, who remain known admirers and would be keen to bring the Spain international back to the Emirates should the opportunity present itself.
The Gunners also have first refusal on Fabregas, as per the terms of the deal which saw him switch North London for Barcelona in 2011.
It is believed that the midfield is an area high on Moyes’ priority list in his new job, with Paul Scholes having retired with Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the season.
Barcelona recently signed superstar Neymar, and it is believed this deal will push Fabregas further down the pecking order at his boyhood club.
With United and Arsenal also reportedly involved in a transfer situation with Red Devils striker Wayne Rooney, it could appear that the outcome of that potential deal may well affect who is better able to tempt Fabregas back to the Premier League, as signing the England striker would take a significant chunk out of Arsene Wenger’s much improved transfer kitty this summer.
Fabregas is said to be planning talks with boss Tito Vilanova to thrash out his future in the next few days.
The Gunners have reportedly had a bid accepted for this Barca player, after it was reported quite a while ago that he was unhappy at Barcelona.
Arsenal are Reportedly closing in on Barcelona youth team player Julio Pleguezuelo. The 16-year-old defender was also linked with the Gunners in April when it was suggested that he would be offered a three-year deal on a starting salary of £10,000 a week.
Pleguezuelo was born in Majorca and was passed up by local side Atletico Baleares as well as Espanyol and Atletico Madrid before joining Barca but reports from Catalunya claim he is one of three Barca youngsters heading to the Premier League this summer, much to the disgruntlement of the La Liga champions.
Pleguezuelo was dropped from the Barca youth team when the Arsenal link was reported and didn’t figure for the side in the final weeks of the season.
Arsene Wenger is ready to take the next big step in the transfer market by making a £20millio signing as the Telegraph reports that the Arsenal manager has made contact with Real Madrid for striker Gonzalo Higuain but will have to face competition from Serie A Champions Juventus. The Argentine’s father confirmed interest from both the clubs with the Madrid striker already been given permission to leave the club this summer. Wenger is set to splash big and signing a centre forward is high on his list with Wayne Rooney and Stevan Jovetic also reported targets.
Days after Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis boasted of his club’s financial power in the transfer window this summer, Chelsea have decided to show who reigns supreme in London in terms of money. After Gunners manager Arsene Wenger was given the financial backing by the club to make a move for Wayne Rooney, the Independent understands that the Blues are prepared to challenge any offer that Arsenal make for the Manchester United striker. Rooney has been tipped to leave the Premier League Champions but new manager David Moyes has expressed his desire to keep hold of the England international. However, should United decide to sell the 27-year old, Arsenal and Chelsea are set to lock horns with the Blues looking financially stronger than their London rivals.
Arsenal target and PSV Eindhoven star Kevin Strootman wants a move to the Premier League this summer window.
The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder has impressed everybody that has seen him play this season and has become a real hit with the PSV fans after his arrival from Utrecht last summer.
It is being reported that a fee close to £17million would be required to do a deal, but that figure is unlikely to concern those clubs leading the chase
And the player’s agent Chiel Dekker says the 23-year-old is eager to pit his wits against the likes of Yaya Toure and Frank Lampard in England.
As quoted on the Metro website, he said: “He is focussed on England because that would suit his style.
“He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level.
“Kevin has ambition but it is not in my hands. From PSV it would have to be a step up to a good club.
“It is not simple though because the price will be expensive and not many teams can afford him.”
The Gunners have been looking for a player just like him and will surely now make a move to bring him to the Premier League?
Arsenal are reportedly confident of wrapping up a move for Manchester United winger Nani.
The Portugal star, 26, has failed to nail down a first-team place at Old Trafford and was mainly a bit-part player.
Boss Arsene Wenger, armed with a big transfer kitty, could be poised to swoop as he is a massive fan.
And although retired boss Sir Alex Ferguson had often defended the Portuguese star, the arrival of David Moyes as the new manager has further clouded the issue of the player’s future.
Turkish giants Galatasaray were interested in making a move but claim to have been priced out of the transfer and it is us who are now appear the front-runners to land the former Sporting Lisbon attacker, according to the Metro
It would be a sensational move if he does make the switch to the Emirates and there will surely be mixed emotions from the fans if he does arrive.
Hamburg are keen to bring Arsenal defender Johan Djourou back to the Bundesliga.
The Switzerland defender spent the second half of last term on loan with Hannover, who are also reportedly keen on keeping him for another season.
"We would loan him, but we would also buy him, depending on what Arsenal prefer," said Hamburg's director of sport Oliver Kreuzer.
Kreuzer believes his side have more to offer the 26-year-old and is confident a deal will be struck.
"Hannover played well in Europe last season, but Hamburg is Hamburg," he told the Bild newspaper.
"HSV is HSV, and we are just a better club."
Djourou appeared 13 times for the Reds between January and May this year and is contracted to the Gunners until 2015.
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