So what’s the current story surrounding Arsenal and Luis Suarez? Have we agreed terms? Has he had his 100th medical with the club? Or in fact have we not even got past agreeing a fee for the player? I feel we have experienced the same old story many times before but just featuring different world class players.
Many people have often wondered why, when it comes to transfer targets and Arsenal, Wenger likes to keep his cards close to his chest and reveal as little information as possible to the media. Other teams like to be a little more public about their dealings, but it isn’t as common as a lot of people seem to presume and so it’s in fact not that strange for a manager to stay quiet on his transfer business.
With the media as eager as us Arsenal fans are to find out about Arsenal transfer negotiations, a question on Arsenal’s transfer situation was posed to Wenger at the club’s recent press-conference, during the team’s pre-season tour of Asia.
The rumours regarding Arsenal’s possible moves for players around Europe are increasing now that everybody is waiting to see which players will be the most interesting at this summer’s European Championship.
The Gunners will be looking to improve their squad further after landing German striker Lukas Podolski, especially given the fact that Arsene Wenger has declared his interest in fighting for the league title next season.
As things look at the moment, Arsenal are very close to signing French striker Olivier Giroud. According to last week’s rumours Arsene Wenger has already sent an offer towards Montpellier.
I must admit to being slightly relieved when I heard that French defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila limped out of the friendly match between France and Serbia after just four minutes. For one thing, the 22-year old is very highly rated and England are already looking a bit thin on the ground, creatively speaking.
It was thought that the midfield enforcer’s injury would rule him out of Euro 2012 altogether. This, I felt, could only be good for Arsenal. Wenger knows everything about the player that he needs to, but a good showing at the tournament may have sparked a bidding war. Rennes have already said that nothing will be done about his future until after the Euro’s and were obviously hoping for a price hike.
One of Arsenal’s most important players, full-back Bacary Sagna has admitted the fact that he would love to see a few transfers coming in this summer, in order to improve Arsenal’s chances of winning the league next season.
The French international is rooting for his fellow French team colleague Yann M’Vila to join Arsenal, after the midfielder has been linked all season long with a possible move to the Emirates Stadium.
“We want more players to come to the team. Lukas Podolski has arrived already and he is a German international and a quality player.”, said Sagna.
Arsenal are fairly confident of securing the signature of Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila but have yet to seal the deal. Other targets on Wenger’s radar as possible backups are Jan Vertonghen from Ajax and Lucas Biglia from the Belgian side Anderlecht.
According to the free sports picks, Vertonghen and Biglia look likely to sign for Spurs and Real Madrid respectively, though, leaving Wenger and Arsenal with few more choices in the transfer market.
It is constantly being rumoured that the next big Arsenal arrival will be the Rennes’ defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila, but the situation is still very mysterious given the lack of official statements.
We all know that Arsene Wenger has spoken on many occasions about M’Vila’s incredible skills and how he could be helpful for the club, and the French midfielder also spoke about a possible interest in a move to Arsenal, but nothing more.
“If it is Wenger who asks you then of course that changes things.”, said M’Vila earlier this season.
It’s been a busy week rumour-wise in Arsenal’s case, as the English giants were linked with a bucket-load of players, some of which might even be seen wearing an Arsenal jersey next season.
Probably two of the most wanted players both by Wenger and the fans are French Ligue 1 talents Yann M’Vila and Eden Hazard. The first one’s transfer got a bit trickier according to this week’s press as Italian side Inter Milan seem to have taken an intense interest in Wenger’s target and are ready to fight for his signature.
Arsenal move into the pole position in the chase for Olivier Giroud’s signature, as German side Bayern Munich are not looking to sign the player according to the club’s president Uli Hoeness. TalkSport claims that Giroud is monitored by a host of top clubs, of which Arsenal is the most likely destination.
“He was impressive when he played for France in the friendly against Germany. But he is a player who is very similar to Mario Gomez and we are looking for a striker to complement his style.”, Hoeness said.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reached an agreement with German striker Lukas Podolski according to today’s papers, which also say that the Frenchman is now aiming for one of the best young French players.
The Rennes’ midfielder Yann M’Vila has been watched by Wenger for two whole seasons now, and despite the bid the manager sent Rennes’ way last summer, the 21-year-old has yet to make a move away from the French club.