There has been some fascinating transfer news, gossip, rumors, and speculation surrounding the Gunners, especially in the past few hours. Without further ado, here is the Arsenal Transfer News Roundup.
Arsenal Closing In On Cahill
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Gary Cahill from Bolton. Cahill, has been heavily linked to a move to the Gunners this summer and is reported that his 17 million pound valuation is what’s delaying the deal.
In my opinion, in order for the Gunners to complete the deal, they are going to involve players in the deal with Ignasi Miguel and Henri Lansbury mooted as possible makeweights. Hopefully the report is true and that we see Gary Cahill as a Gunner soon, as it will also complete a major requirement this summer, which is the center back position.
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John Cross also reports, that Barcelona officials are flying to London in order to seal the deal for the services of Cesc Fabregas. Guardiola stated earlier today, that the Gunners are willing to negotiate the transfer, which didn’t come as a surprise to many, including me.
In the meantime, Peter Hill-Wood confirmed that they will listen to “very good offers” for Fabregas and also said that they received a 26 million pound bid from Barca, which was rejected straight away and haven’t received an offer since. Simply and I’ll say this again, if Barca want to acquire Fabregas, they must pay the 40 million pound asking price or piss off, and nothing less.
Arsenal In “Serious Talks” With Bayern Munich Regarding Ribery?
Very fascinating news indeed, as Footy Bunker state that “according to sources in Bavaria and London, the Gunners are in serious talks with Bayern Munich over the sale of Franck Ribery. According to the report, Bayern Munich value Ribery at 22 million pounds and it depends on whether Fabregas will be sold. The reason for the low valuation for a player of his quality, is because of poor form and injuries, which has affected his performances last season.
I honestly, seriously doubt this report, especially as it’s the only site reporting the story. I don’t believe that Ribery will be sold for that kind of price, as he’s highly valued by Bayern Munich. If this report is true, then Ribery would be a quality signing for the Gunners, as despite his rather poor form last season, he bounced back strongly in the end of last season. He’s a top player, pacy, excellent dribbler, crosser and has great technique.
Botleho Closing In On A Loan Move To Rayo Vallecano
According to the Young Guns Blog, Pedro Botleho, is set to join Rayo Vallecano on another loan spell, this time in La Liga. The 21-year-old Brazilian, who impressed on loan with Cartagena, was told by Wenger that he needed to test himself in La Liga before being handed a chance with the Gunners.
I believe that Botelho is a talented player and I was looking forward to watching him play in an Arsenal shirt. But I believe that a season in the top flight with regular football, would do him the world of good. I wish the best of luck with Rayo Vallecano.
Link to the article: http://younggunsblog.co.uk/2011/07/botelho-set-to-join-rayo-vallecano/
What do you think? What are your thoughts on the latest on both Cahill and Fabregas? Do you believe in the news on Ribery? Do you agree that Botelho should go on another loan spell?
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