Monday, 6 June 2011

Nasri prepares for Arsenal exit - Barca offer £40m plus Thiago for Fabregas

Morning Gooners.

It appears there is just one place to start, with Samir Nasri who has been speaking to French television about his future at Arsenal.

Nasri said:
"Let's find out if their interest is true first, and then we'll talk about it.
"I don't know if I will sign a new contract. Anyway, the discussions are on-going. For the moment, I don't want to think about this. We will speak about it after the match with Poland. 
"Do I want to go to United? We should see if their interest is real and if it is concrete first."
To be honest I'm disappointed with Nasri. He was led down this road by the interviewer but could have easily quashed any speculation of him joining Manchester United by simply saying: "I have a contract with Arsenal who my agent is currently in discussions with about extending. Any speculation about my future is exactly that."
But instead all you read yesterday was about how Nasri was open to a move to the north west.

We know there is an impasse with his contract talks. He want to virtually double his money from £67,000 a week to £110,000 a week. He's asking Arsenal to pay him the cash they would be using as a transfer fee to add to his weekly wage. But the club don't appear to want to go above the current top salary they pay which is £90,000 a week to Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie prior to any bonuses.

If the Frenchman had continued his form from 2010 into 2011 I don't think anyone would suggest anything other than paying him the money. But as Opta Joe tweeted yesterday, the Frenchman's form seriously dipped after the New Year.
"In this season's Premier League, Samir Nasri bagged 8 goals and 1 assist in 2010, but only 2 goals and no assists in 2011."
Whilst it would be disappointing to not see Nasri develop his potential at Arsenal, I don't think if he were to be sold it would be such a huge loss compared to Cesc Fabregas leaving. Whilst Nasri is one of Arsene Wenger's first picks this past season, would he be chosen ahead of a fully fired up Andrey Arshavin? We could also nip across the Channel and purchase the Belgium international Eden Hazard, who I think probably has far more potential than Nasri did when he was 20.

We won't be held to ransom by Nasri that's for certain. No one player is bigger than the club. If he doesn't agree to a new deal he'll be sold. But it won't be to Manchester United and it won't be for £10m. He might be in the last year of his contract but I think we can expect double that figure for him.

There are more rumblings on the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga with the Daily Mirror reporting Thiago Alcantara could be part of Barcelona's cash plus player offer for our captain. The fee would be £40million plus the 20-year-old midfielder.

The only spanner in the works for Barcelona is that Thiago's father has told the Spanish media his son has a contract with the Spanish champions and does not want to move away. That's not to say that Barcelona won't make it perfectly clear the player has no future and it's best for his career if he moves on.

Am I that interested in £40m plus Thiago? Not one bit. Cesc is the one player we need to keep at all costs this summer if we are to have any chance of finishing in the top four next season. Fans will say we've got Aaron Ramsey as a natural replacement but the Welshman has just returned from a long term injury and we don't know he'll cope with the rigors of a full Premier League campaign.

A couple of transfer rumours doing the rounds. The Daily Mail report we're fighting it out with Liverpool to sign Bojan from Barcelona. Whilst the Daily Mirror say Wigan are prepared to sell Charles N’Zogbia for £9million.

A quick round up on news involving Arsenal players on international duty.

Wojciech Szczesny played the full 90 minutes as Poland beat an Argentina B side 2-1. Arsenal youngster Damian Martinez was an unused substitute for the visitors.

Kieran Gibbs and Henri Lansbury were both half-time substitutes for England Under-21s as they beat Norway 2-0 at St Mary's stadium.

Emmanuel Eboue was yellow carded in the Ivory Coast's 6-2 victory over Benin. Arsenal target Gervinho scored one and was fouled for a penalty for the Ivory Coast.

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