There is Big news for Arsenal in their hunt for a striker today, as it seems that the Gunners are going to miss out on yet another transfer target, this time Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsene Wenger told the Arsenal fans last night that they could still expect some big name transfers before the window shuts at the end of next month, but he also warned that we might have to wait until the last few days to see them.
The Frenchman may have been throwing us off track, however, because The Sun and other sources are reporting that we might soon have completed the transfer deal that would get us all buzzing.
This is getting silly now Arsenal, and not just a little bit embarrassing for a club that was runner up in the Premier League last season and has the remarkable record of qualifying for the Champions League every year, with our own board members admitting that Arsene Wenger has something like £200 million available to him in the transfer market.
Yet still the Frenchman does not seem to be able to seal the deal for a top quality striker. Following on from the Jamie Vardy transfer snub and the failure to get the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Higuain, Aubameyang and Draxler among others, The Sun is reporting that our latest target is likely to sign for Juventus instead.
The amount of £34 million for a player who was just voted as the best player in the Premier League and who was the driving force behind the remarkable story of Leicester City last season does not sound all that much in the crazy modern world of football transfers.
But that is the amount that Arsenal are looking at offering to the Foxes to even match the opening bid of our EPL rivals Man City after Pep Guardiola made his first move towards signing the brilliant Algerian international. We do not know if this offer will be enough and Claudio Ranieri suggested only this week that he did not think his star man would try to force a move.
Arsenal have already seemingly been linked with and then missed out on almost every forward that the football press can think of and as well as knowing that Arsene Wenger actually made a transfer bid big enough to activate the release clause of the Leicester City star Jamie Vardy, there must have been some truth to some of these Arsenal transfer rumours.
So with the Gunners still not having added a striker in this summer transfer window you would have to assume that the manager is getting a bit impatient. Perhaps a bit worried as well and the news from Italy reported by the Evening Standard that his latest transfer target Gonzalo Higuain is also being pursued by the Serie A champions Juventus will not help.
Arsenal fans have been on the other side of this sort of transfer situation, such as when the little boy inside our captain Robin van Persie piped up and told him to abandon the club that had nurtured him and stuck with him through all the injury hit years to go and grab some glory with Manchester United.
It was not nice and a lot of Arsenal fans thought Arsene Wenger was wrong to allow the transfer to happen but it was the only way to stop the Dutch striker leaving for nothing a year later and the manager knew that a player that does not want to be with a club can be more trouble than they are worth.
Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will have been very interested to hear the comments of the German club Wolfsburg’s sporting director this week, as Klaus Allofs dropped a big hint that the Bundesliga outfit will not be too resistant to the transfer of their Germany international star Julian Draxler to Arsenal.
As an Evening Standard report explains, Wolfsburg are not being their usual stubborn selves over this possible transfer and that should be very encouraging to Wenger who is said to be about to launch a transfer bid for the player he tried to sign before a couple of years ago from Schalke.
Arsenal and Liverpool are claimed to be interested in signing Euro 2016 star Moussa Sissoko, but Newcastle are claimed to be demanding £35 Million for his signature.
The Magpies were relegated from the Premier League in recent months, and are now tasked with returning to the English top division, and will be keen to do that at their first attempt, as they did in 2010.
Interest has already come for their main midfielder from last season Georginio Wijnaldum, and reports quickly came that they had slapped a £25 Million asking price on his head.
OKay so Arsenal fans were not happy about losing out to Leicester City in last season’s Premier League title race and the English football media were very hard on Arsene Wenger and his players for letting slip what seemed to be our best chance in years of becoming champions, but having said that Arsenal were the best of the rest in finishing runners up.
So with that and a place in the Champions League secured and with a state of the art stadium and a bit transfer war chest for the boss to spend on strengthening the squad we went into the summer full of optimism, so why do our transfer targets appear to be anything but keen on a move to the Emirates?
With Arsenal fans still wondering which striker Arsene Wenger will turn to after our transfer offer was turned down by Jamie Vardy, the news reported by Metro that the Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain is looking to move on from his Serie A club Napoli comes as a huge boost.
Whether Arsenal can finally seal the deal for the forward we tried to sign from Real Madrid a few years ago remains to be seen, though, as Napoli will still demand a big transfer fee for their star man. The Italian side cannot be too demanding though, even with Higuain having a huge release clause of nearly 100 million euros in his contract, because the player’s agent and brother Nicolas has declared that Gonzalo will definitely not be signing a new deal and so could walk away for nothing in two years.