It’s okay Arsenal fans, I have already given myself a pinch to make sure that I really am awake, and it is not April fools day either. It really is being reported that Lionel Messi could be up for sale this summer. The Barcelona and Argentina forward has been out of sorts in recent weeks and it seems as though the reason is that Barcelona are preparing to sell their prize asset.
Arsene Wenger did not waste much time after hearing that the Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny was being targeted by some big hitters around Europe, according to reports from France. The Prof has moved quickly to instigate a new deal for his star defender, and may have just done a bit more business at the same time.
A Talksport report reveals that the same man, Stephane Courbis, acts as the football agent for both the current Arsenal man Koscielny and a player we have been heavily linked with, Serge Aurier. The report goes on to state that news from France is that Wenger has held a meeting with Courbis in London this week, so there might be good news on the way from two fronts.
A lot is riding on whether Arsenal can finish the season strongly and hold off the Champions League charge of Everton and Spurs(lol couldn’t resist a little joke). As well as the stress levels and happiness of all of us long-suffering fans, the summer transfer business could be dependent on which of the European competitions the Gunners are in.
There is no suggestion that this is why the transfer of Loic Remy is in danger, but something has given the manager of his current club, Newcastle United, a reason to be confident and optimistic of still having Remy at St. James’ Park next season, as revealed in a Guardian report.
Let’s be honest Arsenal fans. How many of you thought that we would never see Kim Kallstrom start a game for the Gunners after it was revealed that he had a micro-fracture in his spine when he signed on January deadline day? Pretty much all of us then, because he was only supposed to be a stop gap transfer while Aaron Ramsey got better.
Whether or not Arsenal keep hold of Olivier Giroud this summer, and I for one hope we do, it is still expected to be a big transfer window for the club. And one of the main targets is going to be a top quality centre forward. And if the reports are true, Arsenal’s list may have just got smaller.
Two of the players most heavily linked with a move to the Emirates are the Atletico Madrid and Spain striker Diego Costa and the Bayern Munich and Croatia star Mario Mandzukic. I know that most of you Arsenal fans out there would prefer Costa, but unfortunately it is him that Arsenal may have to forget about signing.
It seems that Arsenal and their scouts have got season tickets to watch Real Madrid, because it looks like we could be after two more of their players this summer, to add to the marquee signing of Mesut Ozil at the end of August. You are probably well aware of the rumours surrounding the transfer of Alvaro Morata to the Emirates, but he may not be coming alone, as they say.
The next Real Madrid player on Arsene Wenger’s transfer radar, according to The Mirror, is the young Brazilian midfielder Casemiro. This could even end up being another deal like the one with Morata, which looks like being either a long term loan or with a buy back option included in a permanent transfer.
I don’t know how much you Arsenal fans out there take notice of things going on with other clubs, but this particular rumour involves Tottenham so you may have heard. Their managerial issues are ongoing, with Tim Sherwood reportedly being told he is out no matter how well he does. And the man widely believed to be going to take over if the Dutchman Louis Van Gaal, or is he?
Arsenal have to get Fabianski to sign some sort of deal! by Ash
Time and time again I have spoken about this topic but I really cannot stress the importance of what this issue holds for Arsenal football club. And after Lukasz Fabianski has proven himself once again to be the best deputy keeper in the Premier League, Arsenal may have to consider offering the stopper a sort of timeshare deal, a la Casillas and Real Madrid.
It looks like Arsenal may have already missed out on one of the summer transfer targets, but I don’t think it is one of the key ones. Borussia Dortmund, who have apparently beaten the Gunners to the signing of the talented young centre back Matthias Ginter, are also hoping to hijack the transfer of the prolific Swiss international striker Josip Drmic, but Arsenal are certainly not going to let that happen.
When the new Premier League season starts, we are all hoping that there are a good few new players ready to fire the Gunners to glory, but will one of them be the young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell. The 21-year old, currently plying his trade in the Greek Super League for Olympiakos, has been on the books of Arsenal since the summer of 2011 but has yet to kick a ball in anger for us.
Let’s assume, shall we, that Arsene Wenger will still be the manager of Arsenal beyond the end of this season. The Frenchman is going to be handed a huge transfer budget of at least £100 million in order to add quality and strength in order to avoid the late slide that has wrecked this season for us.
The question is, will Wenger want to splurge big on two or three really top class players, spend less per player and bring more bodies in or a bit of both? A lot may depend on whether we make it into the Champions League, but I would suggest the latter; one or two world class additions backed up with a few promising youngsters and quality players to strengthen key positions.
Everybody knows that Spain is producing some amazing players in recent years and Arsenal have not been slow to take advantage of that. Arsene Wenger already has three Spaniards in the first team, with others like Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral in the academy.
If recent reports are to be believed, they could soon be joined at Arsenal by two more of their countrymen. The young Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is heavily linked with a transfer to the Gunners this summer, although whether it is a loan deal or a permanaent one, with certain strings attached, we will have to wait and see.