Here we go again then and it’s not even the 1st July..
Reports coming out of Spain suggest that Barcelona president Sandro Rossell has said they will be able to afford to offer us £45Million for Cesc Fabregas in the summer. That’s the total of their transfer budget but that could be more if they sell any players.
Barcelona offered £30Million last summer as we all know which was so rebuffed by us.
But, all this is bizarre as Rossell goes on to say that a players value falls as each year passes so how come they are prepared to offer more?
The maximum amount we have to spend in the transfer market is £45million, not counting player exits. If we do not sell any players, it will not be possible to sign any player above this price.
Last year, we offered Arsenal £30million and, with each passing year, the player’s price falls.
The future of Cesc is in his hands and we could only negotiate with Arsenal if Guardiola insists.
But only with a sale is it possible to increase the money for the negotiations.”
Rossell then talks about our February capture of Jon Toral:
Our relationship with Arsenal is not good. The Toral issue has not pleased us.
41-year-old Mad Jens is heading for his first match in over a year this afternoon when he plays for the reserves and he’s not the only Arsenal ‘old boy’ who will be getting a run out.
Former Arsenal striker and free agent Jérémie Aliadière will also be in the reserve squad today. He’s been training with Arsenal while he tries to find a new club but he has admitted he hopes to stay and be part of the first team squad.
He has told the clubs official magazine that:
Deep down in my heart, my ambition is to convince the boss that I can still do good things for Arsenal if he is looking for a forward for next season.
He knows me. He knows what I am capable of. I love this club. It’s my home, my soul.
I am so happy and grateful to be here right now that I would love the story to continue.
Well like with all fictional books, stories come to an end Jérémie and yes, the boss knows exactly what you are capable of, that’s why he sold you to Middlesbrough in 2007 for just £1.5Million.
It does kind of make you worry a bit though doesn’t it……
Few little rumours –
This morning we are being linked with both goal keepers Manuel Neuer and Maarten Stekelenburg – either of those two would be a great signing wouldn’t it and it certainly would resolve our goal keeping problem. If you believe all you read then the latter is supposed to have said: “If an offer from Arsenal arrives, I will leave.” Interesting eh 😉
Mind you, we have also been linked with Gianluigi Buffonin the last few days.
Rumour is that talks between Juventus and Arsenal are set to begin over the propsed transfer of Gael Clichy – I doubt this one has any substance either….
Torres has told Cesc to stay put as he won’t get into the current Barcelona side and Gary Cahill has told Jack to go play in the under England 21’s. Talking of Jack, tonight he and many other of our players will be on International duty again, fingers and toes crossed for their safe return to Arsenal.
That’s it for another day, have a good one all…..