Per Mertesacker is Arsenal’s top target, followed by Baines

There is a report this morning in the Mail that gives a fascinating insight into the way that Stan Kroenke will be running Arsenal in the new era of ownership, and Rob Draper appears to have some inside knowledge of how the new regime will work.

He says that Arsene Wenger has £35m in his “transfer proceeds account” which will have to cover not only his purchases but the wages of any new additions to the squad. For that reason, Draper says that Wenger’s priority is to ring in Per Mertesacker rather than Bolton’s Gary Cahill, for the simple reason that he will cost only £10m as opposed to Cahill for £20m.

He goes on to say that it is unlikely that Wenger will have another attempt to buy Pepe Reina as he would prefer the (cheaper and younger) Manuel Neuer if he doesn’t decide to stick with Szczesny and Fabianski. The cost of Reina’s transfer fee and wages would take nearly the whole of Wengers transfer war chest, but it looks like Neuer has decided to stay in Germany with Bayern Munich.

Wenger’s other big worry is that Gael Clichy will refuse to sign a new contract and will force Wenger into a sale, so a replacement will become imperative. This has made Leighton Baines of Everton Wenger’s second most-wanted target. The transfer fee should be irrelevant as Wenger should recoup the cost from the sale of Clichy.

The last transfer target, according to Draper, is the Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, although he may be allowed to stay on the South Coast for another year to help him mature a little longer.

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25 thoughts on “Per Mertesacker is Arsenal’s top target, followed by Baines

  1. Alpha Gobo

    we need a gud striker like Hulk who will give us more than 20 goals per season and a holding midfielder like Melo.

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  2. bilzo

    hopefully west ham will go down so we can get scottty parker cheap… (**guilty smile**)

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  3. seltess z gooner/ethiopia

    Per could be an excellent addition for the german can generate a german energy,Falco is much creative than hulk,but one of them can get us to the winning power next season.And this season has left a lesson to AW,that the youth element how ever attractive can not win.
    God bless arsenal

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  4. Mauritian Gunner

    Alpha Gobo arsenal don’t need melo he is not worth to play for arsenal denilson is bad but melo is worst it is better to go for parker or matuidi or promote coquelin and frimpong

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  5. keith

    I think the following players will be sold at the end of the season to add to the 35 million
    Clichy 16 milion
    Denilson 8 million
    Bentner 12 million
    Vela 8 million
    Arshavin 8 million
    Cesc 45 million

    Total 81 million plus the 35 million 116 million
    I think we should go British and bring in Bains 10 million,Ashley Young 15 million,Cahill 20 million,Parker 10 million Carlton Cole 12 million
    Outlay 67 million

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  6. Arsenal1Again

    @Keith And of course all the teams would gladly sell and all the players will agree terms with Arsenal. It’s not that simple mate. If we had 116 Million then the price of players would all become inflated. lol at 12 Million for Bendtner.

    The Mail? Nope, not on 17th April, sorry admin. That is like your claim with a story from the Mirror (alleged story).

    (Blimey haven’t you heard of the Mail on Sunday either! Admin)

    35 MILLION IN THE KITTY is the 40 million he had in January minus the the 5 million he spent on youth players. There will be sales to and from Arsenal in the Summer providing Wenger doesn’t mess about like he often does by leaving things too late. The great thing about Kroenke is he’s already telling Wenger how things are. Like where pre-season football will be played and, if need be, told to accept offers instead of trying to barter up to the dead-line.

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  7. Raghav

    OUT:
    Almunia 2 mil
    Squillaci 3 mil
    Denilson 8 mil
    Arshavin 14 mil
    Bendtner 12 mil
    IN:
    Mertesacker/Sakho-10 mil
    Hazard-20 mil
    Chamberlain-10 mil
    backup for Song-???
    maybe an experienced(and old) keeper

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  8. elvi

    i wouldn’t expect wenger to buy…benzema, hazard,cahill, cavani, pastore, nuer and lloris , all this player cost more then 20m each….n sure this will not happen in wenger’s policy may be kroenke he would have, but now too late cz he is totally influnce by wenger greedy mind.

    promteing young players…..yes we have some good young JET, lansbury,frimpong,aenkee and randall but they are not good enough…to take over big boys.

    goal keeper….tim wiese would be perfect for arsenal would cost about 10m..but at the moment i feel wojo will be better next season and hope fabinski will be good enough for 2nd place.

    what we need is 2 CB. vertonghen and adill adill, or any one better then this per mer. we don’t know when tv5 will be back n ? is will he be as b4.

    IN MIDFIELD would coat about 6m…behind cesc n nasri…we need J.barton a leader who don’t like loosing the ball or don’t like opinion taking ball from him….. song, wilshere and ramsey can learn lot from him.

    WINGER.. marko marin (weder bremen), lucas podaski, balazs dzsudzsak (psv) and n’zogbia. any one would be good for us …10m-12m….

    forwords…..14m any one from this list…mussa sow, hulk, andre schurrle (mainz) and cardozo marin (benfica) very tall. all this mention player are 3 time better then our bendtner n chamakh.

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  9. Israel Chinadindu Ajuzie

    I fink Cahill should av bn included irrespective of d cost added Metersacker in our defensive department nxt czin. In midfield, Hazard, Hulk & Parker while in our attacking department Benzema, Cisse & Falcao. I fink d goalkeepers are okay 4 me unless we’ll only buy Stekelenberg or no other.

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  10. bergkampaholic

    this guy is not wot hes made out to be. hes got like a a 10m turning circle and he takes like 20m to build up any sort of speed he would get terrorised by most wingers in the prem! sakho or vertonghen preferably is wot we need.

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  11. elvi

    nuer and lloris world class GK but will be expensive for us.. german TIM WIESE is better GK then this two stekelenberg n pepe reina.

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  12. Dave

    Don’t believe everything you read in the papers, especially the Daily Mail. Don’t let the Arsenal Blogosphere become an echo chamber for unfounded rubbish.

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  13. Dave

    Also, bergkampaholic is right. Mertesacker is overrated-mainly by people on various Arsenal blog sites- and totally unsuited to the Premier league or the way Arsenal play. He’s no better than Djourou, TV or Kozza.

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  14. jermaine

    Raghav says:
    April 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    OUT:
    Almunia 2 mil
    Squillaci 3 mil (wenger wont get rid of him and for a fourth choice he`s not bad)
    Denilson 8 mil (highly unlikley if he leaves it will be on loan)
    Arshavin 14 mil (50% chance of him going)
    Bendtner 12 mil
    IN:
    Mertesacker/Sakho-10 mil
    Hazard-20 mil(hazard isnt worth 20 mll 15 the most)
    Chamberlain-10 mil
    backup for Song-???
    maybe an experienced(and old) keeper

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  15. khoa

    Tranfers summer 2011
    OUT:Almunia 2 mil
    Squillaci 4 mil
    Denilson 8mil
    Bendtner 13 mil
    IN:Stakenlenburg 10 mil
    Matersacker 10 mil
    Hazard 20 mil
    Falcao 20 mil

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  16. docbrody

    We need a good striker? Come on. We need defense. We need holding midfielders. What an idiotic suggestion to blow most of our money on 1 flashy striker when defenders are obviously more needed and CHEAPER.

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  17. Arsenal4life

    Mertesacker is not an Arsenal player and he is not good enough for us!
    Our Squad next season ( I Hope)

    Goalkeeper: Szczesny, Fabianski, Mannone
    Defenders: Vermaelen, Cahill, Djourou, Koscielny, Bartley, Sagna, Richards, Clichy(if he leaves: Baines), Gibbs, Traore
    Midfield: Song Frimpong, Rodwell, Willshere, Diaby, Lansburry, Cesc, Ramsey
    Attack: Arshavin, Vela, Walcott, Nasri, RvanPersie, Hulk, Jay Emanuel-Thomas!

    Line up:
    Szczesny
    Sagna, Richards, Vermaelen, Clichy
    Willshere Cesc Song
    Nasri
    R.v.Persie Hulk

    or
    Szczesny
    Sagna Cahill Vermaelen Clichy
    Nasri Cesc Song Arshavin
    Hulk R.v.Persie

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  18. mo

    Personally I think Arsenal need to focus more on the striking position we don’t have any good strikers that have that killer instinct we only have ball players. By the way I think the arsenal player need a shooting coach.I’m tired of this perfect football without results at the end of the day.We should go for shurlle of mainz he has real quality.AW should forget about hazard,oxlade-chamberlain we don’t need more fancy players we need hustlers players dat show passion .

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  19. mo

    Also we seem to forget ryo he’s doing really well at feyenoord scoring as well as assisting and if he can come onto the scene in such a manner, the boy must be Good

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  20. bob

    Per Mertesacker is extremely overrated. I think we should get any of these:

    Samba/Vertonghen
    Scott Parker/Nuri Sahin
    Lucas Barrios/Falcao

    Nuri Sahin has had a brilliant season and has a reported buy-out clause of only £5.25m

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  21. Arsenal Future Manager

    Fuk Leighton Baines:
    Jan Vertonghen(LB) Gary Cahill or Mertseaker(CB)

    ———- Szczesny
    Sagna (Cahill) Vermaelen (Vertonghen)
    ——– Song – Wilshere
    Walcot — Fabregas — Nasri
    ———— RVP

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