As the January transfer draws inexorably to a close, with absolutely no business being done by Arsenal Football Club yet, the average Gooner is going through his regular routine cycle between hope, panic, despair and resignation. Hopefully, though, it will end up in relief and optimism just as it did last summer when Wenger the magician pulled Mesut Ozil out of his hat.
The Arsenal scouting network should currently be in full effect, hopefully working towards bringing some fantastic new talent to north London to give Arsene Wenger and the current squad a timely boost as they try to end the trophy drought with the big prize of the Premier League crown.
One player they have been checking out recently, according to a report in the Daily Star, is the versatile Colombian international Juan Guillermo Cuadrado. The 25-year old made his previous loan move to Fiorentina permanent in the summer, after impressing the Serie A club, and he has scored in the last two games, which will surely have impressed the Arsenal scouts.
Cesar and Arsenal by Stefan
A couple of months ago it seemed that Arsenal were definitely going to be signing QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar after he and Harry Redknapp confirmed that he would be leaving the club this summer – and the player himself said that he would be staying in London. However it has been two months and there has been no mention of such a deal at all. Does this mean that there is absolutely no chance to sign him?
Just after the dramatic finale to the last Premier League season, all the Arsenal transfer rumours seemed to be about the Montenegrin international Stevan Jovetic. His Italian club Fiorentina thought they held all the cards and were trying to play Arsene Wenger off against the representatives of Juventus, who were also chasing the 23-year old forward.
Those moves by Fiorentina seem to have backfired spectacularly, with Juventus abandoning their interest and signing Carlos Tevez from Manchester City. Wenger and Arsenal also went elsewhere and have now almost completed the transfer of Gonzalo Higuain.
The name of Stevan Jovetic has not been heard of a lot by Arsenal fans recently, as the transfer that seemed the most likely for the Gunners a few short weeks ago has appeared to be all but abandoned. Whether it was the high transfer fee demanded by his Serie A club Fiorentina, the personal demands of the player, or simply the fact that Arsene Wenger prefers Gonzalo Higuain, we don’t know, but the Montenegrin striker could still have a big effect on the success of Arsenal’s transfer dealings this summer.
Before you start throwing yourselves out of windows, Arsenal fans, this story about FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti does not mean that Higuain will not be signing for Arsenal this summer, but it does give us some reasons for doubt. The English and Spanish media, along with bookies and betting websites, seemed convinced earlier today that Gonzalo Higuain was on the verge of completing his move to the Emirates, but Bronzetti has declared otherwise.
He said, “Higuain going to Arsenal? Not to my knowledge.
“Besides, the situation is still to be defined by the new coach, which could be Carlo Ancelotti.
I have seen some headlines today stating that Arsenal have lost the battle with the Italian champions Juventus over the transfer of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina. The Montenegrin international has been linked with a summer move to the Emirates for a long time now, with the media sometimes claiming it is a done deal and then soon after declaring that he will move to Juventus.
Arsenal are just one of a number of clubs who are being linked with the Belgium and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, the latest to be the Serie A club Fiorentina. All we need now is for Juventus to show interest and we will be in a weird three club triangle involving another main target Stevan Jovetic.
Jovetic now not for sale! by AH
After a long transfer saga involving Stefan Jovetic; from wanting a move to the Premier League with Arsenal, to wanting to stay in Italy but with Juventus rather than Fiorentina, it now seems as if the Montenegrin might stay with Fiorentina after all with his club stating that he isn’t on the market.
Fiorentina gave an official statement saying;
“We have been clear about Jovetic. He is not on the market, there is a word given to the boy by the president: at the end of the season they would talk together, but those are the conditions, otherwise we keep him happy.
We all know that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger like a bargain, and that they try to extract the maximum value when selling a player, while striking a hard bargain when buying one. Having said that, for the first time in a long time, money is not the most important issue in our transfer dealings this summer.
Because Arsenal have finally given Wenger money to spend, apparently, and the Frenchman is well aware that he needs to spend it, the main problem this summer is attracting the top transfer targets to the club. We know that other teams will be after the same players that we are. As painful as it is, we also know that Arsenal are not one of the most attractive clubs in the world anymore, mainly because of the lack of trophies recently.
There may be other clubs vying with Arsenal for the signature of Stevan Jovetic, but the main competition was believed to be from the Italian champions Juventus. The Turin club have given great encouragement to our hopes of completing the 23-year old’s transfer, however, by publicly stating that they have not made any move for him.
It seems more and more likely that The Montenegrin international’s current club Fiorentina has been `leaking` stories to the media in the hope of pushing up the price for Jovetic. The player himself appeared to react to this earlier in the week by getting the club to admit that he was looking for a new challenge. Now we hear that the rumoured offers from Juventus may not be based in fact.
There is no point in having money, Arsenal, if you don’t actually spend it. You would think that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board would be keen to get some transfer business done quickly, after all the years od scrimping, saving and selling the club’s best players. It seems not, though, because we are haggling over the transfer fee for Stevan Jovetic so much that we risk the deal collapsing, The Mail reports.