Thursday, 6 January 2011

Mixed messages given over Nasri's new deal - Vela loan bid hijacked?

Morning Gooners.

A couple of bits going on that have nothing what-so-ever to do with last night's game.

The first regards the new contract being offered to Samir Nasri.

We know that chief executive Ivan Gazidis is working on new deals for Nasri and Gael Clichy. Talks have been on going for some time behind the scenes on a deal for the pair.

The midfielders' deal is worth around £75,000 a week according to the Daily Telegraph and would see the 23 year-old sign a four year extension on his contract.

Nasri's father Hamid tells the Daily Telegraph:
"He is only 23 years old and still has much room for improvement.
"I am convinced that he can go even higher. I think that yes, this will be with Arsenal.
"It is a club that is close to his heart, that knew how to bring him to the level where he is. I think that Arsenal remains his priority."
There has been some interest in the Frenchman from Barcelona according to several of the papers. How meaningful that interest is, at the moment, is unclear.

However his agent isn't so equivocal in his message that Nasri will stay at Arsenal as his father is.

His agent Jean-Pierre Bernes, tells The Sun:
"We're in discussions to extend his contract.
"Then we will see afterwards what direction Samir wants to take with his career."
Obviously there is going to be a bit of speculation until the Frenchman does put pen to paper on a deal with us. From what I understand of the situation, Nasri is happy in London. He loves Arsenal and is keen to continue working with Arsene Wenger.

So hopefully it is only a matter of time before the club announces the deal.

There also appears to be interest from Spain in another of our players.

According to the Daily Mirror, Valencia have moved into the race to take Carlos Vela on loan for the remainder of the season and hope to hijack any deal Bolton hope to make for the forward with Arsenal.

I'm not sure that Arsene Wenger would really want Vela going to Spain, so I'm pretty sure this one will be knocked on the head pretty quickly.

The idea of sending the Mexican out on loan is to get Premier League experience and the chance to do that every week from now until the end of the season.

Quite how Vela would learn more about fighting for a place in a English Premier League team in Spain is unclear to me.

We know there is clear interest in the player from Bolton and their manager Owen Coyle has been in touch with Wenger about a possible deal to take him to the north-west.

Vela's agent, Eduardo Hernandez, told a Spanish newspaper of the loan deal arrangement:
"Nothing has been decided. I'm going to London this week to resolve the case. We will explore all options available to him, and when I say all I mean everything.
"Carlos has good memories of Spanish football and it's flattering that a club like Valencia is interested. We will analyse the situation."
Like I said, I think we can rule out Valencia. I just can't see Arsene Wenger agreeing to it if he feels Vela has any future at the club.

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