After Arsene Wenger revealed that one of his main objectives every season was to ensure that Arsenal qualify for the group stages of the Champions league, you might have thought he would be pleased with the idea of merging it with the Europa league to have one big competition with 64 teams in. That would mean it would be much easier for Arsenal to qualify as there would be about seven teams from the Premier league in it.
After finally agreeing to sell Croatian midfielder Luka Modric to Real Madrid today, Spurs have launched a bid to sign Yann M’Vila from Rennes. The 22-year old defensive midfielder was thought to be right at the top of Arsene Wenger’s wish list at the start of the summer, but nothing has been heard for a while from the Arsenal camp.
The French international was believed to be holding out for a move to the Emirates because of Wenger and champion’s league football, but with the window about to close, he may have to accept that the Gunners are not coming for him. BBC journalist David Ornstein reports that another Premier league club have officially shown interest but that the club is NOT Arsenal.
Turkish international Nuri Sahin’s agent, Reza Fazeli, was at the offices of Real Madrid’s stadium the Santiago Bernabeo yesterday and todat putting thr finidhing touches to the loan deal that will bring Sahin to the Emirates for the next year at least.
One of the major problems holding up the deal was the question of whether or not there would be a clause in the deal that allowed Arsenal to buy Sahin at the end of the time period, should they want to, as reported by Spanish newspaper AS.
It has been a convoluted process, but with Tottenham finally admitting defeat in their attempt to keep hold of their Croatian international Luka Modric, all the pieces began to slot in to place. Modric would move to Real Madrid, which would release Nuri Sahin. Sahin would come to Arsenal to replace Alex Song. Simples.
But all of a sudden Chelsea are trying to throw a spanner in the works. Roman Abramovich nearly succeeded in prising Modric away from Spurs last summer, but was thought to have given up, especially after spending heavily on Eden Hazard, Oscar and Marko Marin this summer. Well, reports suggest that Chelsea’s interest has been rekindled since they realised that Tottenham were ready to sell the playmaker.
Apparently there have been lots of communications going on behind the scenes between Arsenal and Spain recently. Some of it has been about the transfer of Santi Cazorla from Malaga, some about the loan deal of Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid and some about Barcelona’s interest in Alex Song.
According to the Spanish media, Barcelona and their new coach Tito Vilanova have got a number of players they are looking at to bolster their defensive midfield capabilities. Song, Liverpool’s Daniel Agger and Chelsea’s David Luiz are among these, as is Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao.
Nuri Sahin: by SV
With the Cazorla deal all but done (it may even be done by the time this reaches you), Arsene’s attentions will now turn to the signature of one Nuri Sahin. We all know that Arsenal are interested and it now appears that we are in a more advanced stage of the negotiations. Arsenal are looking to bring Sahin in to cover for our two injured midfielders (Wilshere and Rosicky) so, clearly, Wenger doesn’t want to sign another attacking midfielder long term at the moment; meaning a loan deal for Sahin fits the bill perfectly.
I am sure that neither Liverpool or Spurs wants to help us, but it may be out of their hands. Jose Mourinho has said that Nuri Sahin will only be allowed to go on loan if they complete the transfer of Luka Modric from Tottenham. Meanwhile, Barcelona are targetting Liverpool’s Danish centre back Daniel Agger.
I know full well from some of your comments that you do not want to hear about any other teams, but these bits of information could have a direct bearing on Arsenal. Many Gooners were as horrified as I was when the news broke that Alex Song was on Barcelona’s radar.
Juventus (possibly) compiling massive £70m package. Deal or no deal? By SV
A couple of days ago, it was reported that Italian giants Juventus had put together a giant package of £70m (including wages) to tempt our skipper to join them, and to tempt Arsenal to allow him to. This supposedly includes a £20m transfer fee for us and a £190k per week pay package after tax for him. I realize that there is a high chance that this story’s total bollocks, but hey, this is a news website and has to report all news. Anyway, here is a quote from the Mirror’s article:
It has been revealed in the Spanish press that 23-year old Turkish international Nuri Sahin will be playing in the English Premier league next season, and Arsenal could be the club he will play for.
Sahin signed for Real Madrid last summer after helping Borrussia Dortmund win the Bundesliga title and being named Player of the Year in Germany. His career at Madrid has stalled, after making just four league appearances last season. Jose Mourinho has told the player to go on loan for a season to ensure that he gets some match play, and has not taken him on Madrid’s pre-season trip to Portugal.
The Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that he may prefer to buy Samir Nasri from Arsenal rather than the Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric. It has become common knowledge that Arsenal are preparing to sell the Frenchman and Man City are expecting to sign Nasri at £22m although Wenger doesn’t really want to sell him.
Chelsea have been chasing Luka Modric, who is proving to be a bit more difficult to buy with Tottenham expecting at least £30m-£35m for the Croatian star, but Villas-Boas has now admitted that Nasri may be the better proposition (and a much cheaper price).
There is lots of Arsenal transfer news about this morning, and two of them are about Arsenal trying to nick players from their greatest local rivals, Tottenham and Chelsea.
According to the London Metro, the reason that Luka Modric was given a new six-year contract at White Hart Lane was because Arsene Wenger had made an approach to take the Croatian playmaker to Arsenal.
They quoted an “Arsenal source” as saying: “The boss has been searching for a player capable of pulling the strings in midfield and Modric ticks all the boxes,”