Will Suarez saga go same way as Higuain and other recent transfers?

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.

A few weeks back it was reported for the first time that Arsenal had made an opening bid of around £35 million for Luis Suarez. LIES! We all thought, there’s no way Wenger will spend that, especially not on a controversial figure such as Suarez. How wrong we were and suddenly a few weeks down the line, in terms of Arsenal’s normalities you could say we have become a little desperate. Now we currently stand on a bid of around £42.5 million, which according to some sources activates a clause that if Liverpool weren’t in the Champions League, which they aren’t, then they must allow Suarez to open negotiations with other clubs.

But haven’t we seen this story all before? With Higuain, even his dad came out to say that he ‘expects his son to soon be playing in the Premier League’. And after agreeing numerous fees, holding several meetings for personal terms and a few mystery medicals later, the Argentinian striker joins Serie A side Napoli from Real Madrid.
The same with Stefan Jovetic, he supposedly agreed a pre-contract with Arsenal – signs for Manchester City. Marouane Fellaini, supposedly had his buyout clause activated of £23 million by Arsenal weeks ago, yet we still sit here waiting for his arrival. And then even with Yann M’Vila last year, whom I’m sure you all remember greatly. He is another player that went through this whole process yet never actually signed for Arsenal.

So ultimately what I’m trying to say is, don’t be fooled by this Suarez story. It isn’t false, there’s no doubt about that, Liverpool officials have publicly announced the bids from Arsenal so we certainly hold an interest, but what I’m saying is it all seems to be a familiar story where we supposedly go through all the negotiations when in fact we are just sitting on the fence, seemingly waiting for another club to put a bid in. If every player you bis for seems too expensive, Arsene, maybe the problem is not the other clubs’ but Arsenal’s valuation.

Is Wenger right to keep Arsenal transfers a secret?

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.

Arsene Wenger replied, “As you know the transfer period demands secrets and confidentiality, so I can’t answer the question”

The Frenchman, who has revealed he could soon sign a new contract, has once again blocked any attempt of the media to find out who will be coming or going from the club this summer and if I’m honest I wouldn’t be surprised if Wenger doesn’t clearly know the answer himself. But the reason why Wenger likes to keep some privacy over the club’s transfer matters is so other clubs can’t find out about Arsenal’s business publicly.

Public announcements of Arsenal’s interest in a player have led to the club missing out on some top players including Juan Mata, who was close to joining Arsenal from Valencia only for Chelsea to make a late swoop for the Spaniard. The same thing often happens with outgoing players from the club and normally upon or during negotiations, Arsenal will ask for the deal to remain private until it is officially done in order to make sure there is minimal interference, however occasionally other clubs seem to break the agreement and ultimately the deal then becomes closed off. An example of this is believed to be of Yann M’Vila last year.

Ultimately, although it may frustrate you not to know Arsenal’s negotiations and having to deal with the silence surrounding the club, its actually far more beneficial then you may first think. The downside is we get the media frustrating us by posting conflicting stories, but that’s the life of an Arsenal fan during the transfer window I suppose.

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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.

Wenger will also be looking to land the French club’s attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda, but according to French officials the Morocco international isn’t up for grabs just yet.

Another one believed to be very close to signing for Arsenal is the Rennes’ defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila. The French international has also received an offer from Arsenal, but the deal might be off if the 21-year-old’s recent injury proves to be worse than it looks.

Arsenal seem to have missed out on the transfer of Ajax center-back Jan Vertonghen, who has admitted his interest in making the move to rivals Tottenham and is waiting for the two clubs to make a compromise on the price.

French international star Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has spoken about his interest to make the move away from his current club Montpellier, but it seems that like in Belhanda’s case, he isn’t easy to get because the club officials are loathe to lose their captain as well as their best two players.

Sao Paulo’s Lucas Moura isn’t up for grabs for Arsene Wenger anymore after Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid all grew an interest in the Brazilian attacking midfielder, which in turn lifted his transfer fee way out of Wenger’s reach. Now the Brazilian club have announced they don’t want him to move abroad until at least the winter transfer window.

According to this weeks rumours these are the most likely to be the new arrivals at Arsenal this summer. Which two of these would you make your priority?

M’Vila WILL play at the Euros

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.

So, with M’Vila injured, Arsenal could take their time and drive a hard bargain with the French club. The latest news is that the player will attend the Euro’s after all.

“The ankle is not broken. It’s reassuring,” said the France team doctor. Manager Laurent Blanc added, “We can think that he will be fit for the first game. His participation in the tournament is not in question.”

Now Gooners will have to worry that either he compounds the injury and wrecks any potential start to next season, or he plays a blinder and attracts the attention of other clubs willing to pay silly money.

Sagna – With M’Vila and Podolski, Arsenal can be contenders next season

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.

“M’Vila can make a great impact. I’m not sure about his English but it took me time to learn. But I think he would suit us as well. Arsenal is a French-speaking team and it will help him settle.

“Last summer, people were talking about Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving. It was a difficult season in the Premier League and, for all football fans, it has been a crazy, crazy season. It was difficult for us but we kept fighting. I think it shows we can be strong contenders next season.

“This season has given us great belief for the season coming. Arsene Wenger has always given us the belief and confidence and made the decisions to help us through.

“If we had not had so many injuries then I think we would have gone closer to winning trophies this season.”

M’Vila has also admitted his interest in leaving the French Ligue 1 in search for bigger accomplishments in his career, so a move to Arsenal this summer seems to be on the cards now that the Gunners’ interest for him has even gotten to Sagna’s ears.

Sessegnon a live alternative to M’Vila for Arsenal?

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.

Reports by Talksport today suggest that Arsene could have someone else in mind, namely Sunderland’s attacking midfielder Stephane Sessegnon. The 27-year old Benin international only joined the Black Cats last summer from Paris Saint-Germain and still has two years left to run on his contract with Martin O’Neill’s side. He would still come cheper than M’Vila who is reckoned to be about £17 million while Sessegnon could cost significantly less.

Then Sunderland manager Steve Bruce described Sessegnon as “a little powerhouse with a low centre of gravity, some great dribbling skills and a great shot.” He has settled well into the Premier league, scoring 10 goals in his 41 games for the club and Sunderland would be loath to see him leave. Hopefully Arsenal will confirm the signing of M’Vila soon, but if not Sessegnon could be the next option.

There have been reports that Sessegnon is looking to move to a club closer to France so he can regularly visit his family in France. The Eurostar is only just down the road from Arsenal’s ground…..

M’Vila’s Move To Arsenal Still Uncertain

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.

On the other hand, we also know the fact that the midfielder has been attracting suitors from all over the world with his amazing skills, and the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United are also reportedly tracking the French star.

Rennes seem to have understood the fact that they will most likely lose M’Vila, but they wanted to do so after the European Championship so his market value will be a bit higher after his participation in France’s first XI.

Nobody knows yet, but everybody’s hoping that M’Vila will join Arsenal, but what’s going to happen with Song? How will the two get along?

Arsenal rumour roundup – M’Vila, Hazard, Hernanes, Vertonghen and Alvarez

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.

The second player, Eden Hazard, was advised by his former Lille colleague Cabaye who is now playing for Newcastle to snub Tottenham and the rest and join Arsenal (and hopefully he’ll do just that).

Another oldie but goodie transfer rumour was speaking about Jan Vertonghen’s wish to join the Gunners as the defensive star continually speaks about his interest in joining Arsenal, and just this week admitted that he had a few offers in hand.

Along the lines of newer rumours we have had a very interesting report which speaks about Lazio’s Hernanes interest in leaving the Italian Serie A and joining Arsenal, as the 26-year-old has grown frustrated with the lack of ambition at the Italian club.

Another rumour from Italy was speaking about a Arsenal reigniting a possible interest in Inter’s striker Ricky Alvarez. This might and might not be true as the Argentine didn’t prove too much help for the Italians in what was probably the worst season Inter Milan had in the modern football history.

Who will join is still unknown, but the good thing is that at least there’s a chance some of these rumours will motivate Wenger in bringing in a few top quality players with whom he can attack the title.

Arsenal Favourites To Sign Two French Stars

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.

Arsene Wenger’s search for a top main striker continues, and according to newspapers the shortlist the Frenchman has created holds quite a few names. Giroud, Yilmaz and Leandro Damiao are only a few of the strikers who have been linked with a move to Arsenal since the start of the season, and both Yilmaz and Giroud stated their wish to join the English club id a real offer will come in.

Giroud is not the only French player Wenger’s looking to transfer, as it seems that the most important transfer target at the moment for the Frenchman is Rennes’ midfielder Yann M’Vila who is likely to leave the French Ligue 1 this summer.

Will Arsenal wait for M’Vila?

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.

Rennes fought to keep M’Vila at the club until this summer looking to cash in on the defensive midfielder who is highly likely to represent his country at the EURO 2012 championship, thus getting his market value higher, but at a present valuation of just 15m he is well within Wenger’s budget.

After last summers debacle when Arsenal made all their signings right at the end of the transfer window it is very doubtful that Wenger will leave it so late this time around, but can he come to an agreement with Rennes before the Euros?