Arsenal make half a bid? Gourcuff and Matuidi surface again…

Morning all.

According to The Express, we have made a £12.5 million offer for Antoine Griezmann.

Reports in Spain suggest that the Gunners have approached Real Sociedad about signing the French attacker but have been firmly rebuffed.

Sociedad are thought to have rejected the offer out of hand and insisted that Arsenal meet the Griezmann’s £25m buyout.

If this story is true and the player has a ‘get-out’ clause set so high, why on earth would we go an offer half of that amount?

I know Arsene likes to try and get a bargain but this would be ridiculous surely, an insult even, which is why I doubt there is much substance to the story, well, the figures quoted at least….

A number of this mornings newspapers report that we are ‘deep in talks’ with Lyon to sign their 27 year old attacking midfielder Yohann Gourcuff. Just like Blaise Matuidi of PSG, he’s been linked with a move to Arsenal for many years but neither ever have, however, there are a few stories doing the rounds which suggest the latter might be finally arriving in the summer when he’ll be able to move for free.

I can’t see either story having much truth to them….

One that might have legs though relates to Julian Draxler as Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt has admitted that they may not be able to hang onto him past the summer.

We still hope that Julian stays, but there are elements we can’t influence.

Whether or not Arsene Wenger see’s him as being part of our future and is prepared to shell out the reported 45 Million Euro get out clause remains to be seen.

On the outs:

According to The Daily Mail, Galatasary have offered Bacary Sagna a hefty £4.1 million (after tax) per season wages if he agrees to move to Turkey in the summer. He’s reportedly to currently earn slightly less than that with us at £3.6 million a year.

Just what our French right-back will do in the future remains to be seen and despite all the stories suggesting he is in talks over a new contract at Arsenal, like the manager, he’s yet to sign on the dotted line.

That’s a round up of all the gossip for this Saturday…

Have a good day and let’s hope a few results go our way…

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