Saturday, 25 June 2011

Alvarez, Gervinho & Chamberlain set to sign - Positive Nasri news

Morning Gooners.

With all the silence over Arsenal's transfer business over the last week, it appears that the next ten days are going to be busy before the players return to pre-season training.

Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis have been working hard behind the scenes to line up several transfer deals and next week we will see how hard they've been putting the effort in when several players will come through the doors at Highbury House and sign for the Arsenal.

It seems very likely that Ricardo Alvarez will be one of them. As reported yesterday, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has claimed that Arsenal have beaten the pack to the midfielder's signature. The Sun are claiming that the Argentine attacker - who holds an Italian passport - will cost us £11million and will take Cesc Fabregas' role in the team. He isn't the new Cesc as they put it. Our captain is a far better player.

I can't claim to know a lot about Alvarez - only what I've seen on YouTube but he doesn't appear to be a typical Wenger signing. He's tall at 6'2", versatile enough to play anywhere across the midfield and likes to shoot from range.

Anyway, we can only judge him on what we see so let's wait for him to sign and play a few games.

The second of our trio of signings could be Gervinho. The Ivorian has long been linked with the club and The Sun say the deal for the attacker could be in place for him to sign "in the next few days".

And Alex Chamberlain could be the third deal completed. The Daily Mirror report he could join Alvarez and Gervinho at the club.

Elsewhere there are positive sounds coming to the club over the future of Samir Nasri. The Daily Star and the Daily Telegraph are both reporting that the Frenchman is prepared to sit down with Arsene Wenger and discuss his future with the club.

To me this is very positive news. Why would Nasri waste his time sitting down with Wenger if he didn't have a future with the club to discuss and had already have up his mind on what he is going to do next season and whether he will commit to a new long term contract.

I think we have a real chance to persuade Nasri to stay with the club. We're going to be busy next week with signing players but this should show a clear signal of our intent to challenge next season. If Nasri wants to be shown we're up for the fight and want to win silverware next week will be proof of that. However if his wage demands aren't adjusted, I believe he will be sold.

As for Nasri's and Cesc Fabregas' futures being linked as The Guardian seem to believe, I'm not so sure. If we receive a decent offer for Cesc, say £50m, I think we'll allow him to leave. But that won't sway us to give Nasri the bumper contract he has been demanding. The Frenchman could also be sold if he doesn't agree a new deal just because Wenger's fingers have already been burnt by Mathieu Flamini.

As for Fabregas, I really can't see him leaving the club at this point in time. Our valuation of him and that of Barcelona are too far apart.

And despite the Daily Mail claiming Cesc could have played his last game for us, I just can't see it. The Times are reporting that AC Milan are interested in our captain.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said:
"We've not just discovered Fàbregas this morning. Having lost Andrea Pirlo [to Juventus], Milan need a player of important technical qualities."
Cesc wants to go only to Barcelona so Milan becoming involved doesn't really change much. However I still think he'll be with us next season just because Barcelona won't pay the true price of Europe's best midfielder.

And if you thought signing three attacking players wasn't exactly what we need the Daily Express comes to the rescue. They report Arsene Wenger is keen to add two central defenders to his squad and in meetings with his coaching staff this week has now made defence a priority.

Wenger is searching for a  new left back - Leighton Baines please Arsene! - and will not consider moving Thomas Vermaelen there.

With a bid having already been made for Blackburn's Christopher Samba, Bolton's Gary Cahill is the other target with Everton's Phil Jagielka also on the radar.

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